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Baby D Newborn Session {Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // baby girl newborn photo session - sleeping babyI am so totally smitten with this baby girl! Baby D is just as sweet as can be and I had such a wonderful time photographing her in all her newness! And I was happy as can be to get some of her loving family in the photos, too, especially her gorgeous mama!

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I’ve known her stunning Mommy for about 5 years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to get some newborn photos of Baby D… Can you believe she’s baby #6?! She evened the score with 3 boys and 3 girls in this lovely family!

She’s a lucky little girl to come into such a loving family! I can’t wait to watch her grow!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
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PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 spring or summer session!

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Intricate // Macro Details {Photo Challenge}

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I’m squeaking in at the 11th hour with my submission to the Daily Post photo challenge this week. The theme is “Intricate” and these recent photos are totally in my mind with the amazing details that get overlooked so very often.

Have you ever looked closely at the details on the petals of a rose? Or the wick of a candle? Sometimes, it’s just the little things that fascinate!

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I truly love when my girls notice the world around them and proudly point out their discovery to me. Maybe it’s the photographer in me, but it’s definitely the mama in me, that smiles ear-to-ear, happy and proud that my girls are observant and appreciative of the world around them! My 5-year old had to stop us dead in our tracks while we visited the San Diego Zoo with our sweet friends Lynnette and Gracie, when she noticed this beautiful heart shaped leaf. It was high above us, but somehow she noticed it and I love that she made us pause to take in it’s beauty.

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What tiny details have you noticed lately? Are you documenting it? The daily prompts at Capture Your 365 are fantastic to help get you into the routine of noticing and photographing the details around you. If you haven’t checked it out yet, and you love photography, be sure to click here to take a look. You won’t regret it!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Fresh // Watermelon {Photo Challenge}

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There’s nothing quite as tasty as a bite of fresh, sweet watermelon on a hot day! I’m so thankful my girls love eating their fruit! What does “fresh” make you think of? Link up with the Daily Post photo challenge!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Wall // She’s Tough {Photo Challenge}

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My community is really quite lovely. It’s in San Diego, California, and it’s a suburb with a “country living” vibe. It’s a great community, and even though it’s rather large (we have 4 public elementary schools, with about 600 – 800 in each school!), it has a very close, small town feel. Sometimes friends refer to it as living in the bubble. Some call it Mayberry. It’s easy to stay in our neighborhood for weeks on end and suddenly realize you’ve been in the bubble a little too long!

There are times when a photo vision comes to mind. Sometimes inspiration hits for a very specific look, with a distinct feel. That’s exactly what happened, but finding an urban vibe in the bubble can be a bit challenging! So while my little one and I were at one of our many local parks, I noticed the texture on this wall. I knew I had to incorporate it into my shot and fulfill my urban vision!

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Getting out of the bubble just isn’t in the cards sometimes with school schedules, volunteer commitments, work obligations, playdates, family, etc., so making do with what we have around us is essential. Last weekend I taught my first live online photography class: “Location, location, location!” It was such a blast! I’m on the Creative Team at Capture Your 365 and we were celebrating our 4th birthday with a day full of live photography lessons, photo critiques, photo scavenger hunt, and more! We had lots to celebrate and an online web room full of photographers of all levels from around the world to celebrate with! Can you imagine the all the daily photo prompts that have gone into 4 years? Pretty amazing, and still going strong!

My “location, location, location” segment was wonderfully received, so I’m now working on turning it into an e-book. Pretty exciting stuff and more to come on that subject soon!

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One of the examples I shared was the photo of my baby girl in all her toughness (and cuteness!) against the wall. Want to know a secret? That wall? It’s the wall of the bathrooms at the park! Yes, that gritty, urban wall… the entrance to the park bathroom! In my e-book, I’ll share my tips and tricks on spotting locations that you wouldn’t necessarily think to use for backgrounds in your photos, transporting your viewer to a destination other than reality, incorporating surroundings in unexpected ways!

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If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about my Locations e-book, be sure to subscribe to the Clicky Chick Creates newsletter here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Do you love flowers? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop! I’m giddy over how pretty my macro flowers look as prints, along with laptop covers, pillows and more!

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Last minute Valentine’s Gifts?

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Valentine’s BINGO with Sweet Tarts

Are you one of those* last minute shoppers? Mad dashing on the 13th in hopes of a sweet gift for your special love, only to find all the Valentine’s themed items are picked over and it looks like a tornado whipped through that part of the store? Then you mad dash around, just to buy something and not show up empty handed? {*Truth be told, I’m one of those last minute shoppers, too, lol!}

So earlier this week I noticed a meme that totally made me laugh:

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Source: Some E-cards

So totally true! Ha! But it made me think of the last minute shopping and how so many times we get stuff, just to get stuff, but it’s not really the stuff that makes people get wowed. Certainly not like we do as kids getting the best gift ever, like my baby at her 4th birthday!

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I thought I’d help out and offer some last minute gift ideas for those of you needing any suggestions for the crafty lover or sweet photographer in your life! Or if you are the lover of crafts or photographer of the sweet stuff, then maybe you might want to share this link with your special someone 🙂 The best part about these suggestions… they’re all bought online AND they’re on sale! Woot-woot!!

Craftsy is having their “Sweetest Valentine” sale with great savings (up to 50% off!) on all kinds of great classes including Photography,  Crafting, Scrapbooking, Card Making, Sewing, Quilting, Knitting, Art, Baking and more!

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True Stamp is coming up March 28th! Have you heard about True Stamp? It’s the best in online stamping classes and inspiration, with 6 amazing teachers sharing their amazing stamping secrets, tips and tricks!  Best part? You don’t even have to leave home and can stay in your PJ’s – no judging! Use code STAMPLOVE at checkout to save almost 50 percent off the regular registration. But hurry – that code is good only until February 16!

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Hope you’re ready for a sweet Valentine’s Day tomorrow! And maybe these suggestions even help you to have a sweeter Valentine’s than expected? Whether your someone special purchases them for you or you just make it happen for yourself, I hope you enjoy these classes!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
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PS. The affiliate links provided in this post are to groups and classes I firmly believe in and have had wonderful experiences with myself. I only promote what I love and hope that by sharing, you’re able to grow in your photography and/or crafting as well! Purchases made using these links pay an affiliate fee, but you do not pay any extra. In fact, you save money by using these links and/or coupon codes!

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T Family at Old Poway Park {Sneak Peek}

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L and I have been friends since we were kids, well, almost kids…we were in college 🙂 Countless fun nights in college and post-college, loads of birthdays, weddings, bridal showers and bachelorette parties amongst our group of friends, years of travel adventures before kids, and more playdates than I know how to count! When we found out we were both pregnant, both with girls, we couldn’t be more thrilled! Our girls are best friends which means we get to see each other fairly regularly ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography at Old Poway Park, poses, kids, siblings, brother, sister, rustic, park, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography at Old Poway Park, poses, kids, siblings, brother, sister, rustic, park, Watching the kids grow over the years warms my heart and blows my mind! It’s not often we have close friends for over 20 years and see the dating years to the engaged years to the married years to the baby years and now the school age years. My how time truly does fly!

This is now the 4th year of portraits of this gorgeous family! I’m blessed to do what I love and have friends who believe in my vision…thanks T family ❤ Here’s a little walk down memory lane…

2011

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography at Old Poway Park, poses, kids, siblings, brother, sister, rustic, park

2012

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2013

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family photography at Old Poway Park, poses, kids, siblings, brother, sister, rustic, park

I hope they enjoyed our early morning at Old Poway Park and love their photos as much as I do!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch!

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Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
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