Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart shaped leaf

Intricate // Macro Details {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro photograph of petal layers of pink rose

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro photograph of candle flame and wick

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // multi-generation family on beach in Coronado Island

W and D Families on Coronado Island {Sneak Peek}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // multi-generation family on beach in Coronado Island

One of the gorgeous luxuries of living in San Diego is our beautiful beaches up and down the coastline. Add the bay. Plus the stunning island of Coronado. And yes, I’d say this has gotta be pretty close to what heaven looks like 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // multi-generation family on beach in Coronado IslandConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // multi-generation family on beach in Coronado Island

I’m always filled with joy when a family reaches out about a photo session, especially at the beach! So I was ecstatic when the W family reached out about a session on Coronado. I don’t head over the bridge very often onto the island, but when I do, it transports me to a different time. Besides the fact that my husband and I once owned a retail boutique inside the Hotel Del Coronado, there is something wonderfully nostalgic about the island itself. There’s a sense of calm and peace, almost like going back 50 years to Mayberry street ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // multi-generation family on beach in Coronado Island Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // multi-generation family on beach in Coronado Island

The W and D families were an absolute pleasure to work with on our sunny morning at the beach! Capturing 3 generations of family, from grandparents to parents to kids, there was so much love and joy amongst them that it really was quite lovely! I get so used to photographing during the golden hours of sunset, I forget how delicious the morning light can be! It was sunny, warm and bright, but it matched the extended family perfectly ❤

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,
/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 to schedule your 2015 spring or summer session!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouettes with Balloons

Afloat // More Balloon Silhouettes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouettes with Balloons

Last summer I shared photos of my daughters when we headed out to the beach for some silhouette shots with balloons. The sky was glorious and my girls had some fun playing they were being carried away by the balloons! Of course, having a digital camera means we* (okay, I) take way more photos than I will ever, ever need! The prompt “Afloat” at the Daily Post reminded me of the other shots I didn’t get a chance to share in my first post.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouettes with Balloons Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouettes with Balloons

What does afloat mean to you? Have you shared it? I’d love to see!

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,
/c

PS. Have a question for me? I’ve been getting lots of questions about my blog, photography, the Sela theme and more. I’ll be starting a weekly Q&A post with some of the questions I’ve been asked thus far. Have a question you’d like to ask? Be sure to comment with your questions, or feel free to send me an email at connie {at } clickychickcreates {dot} com – your question(s) just might be featured and answered in a future blog post!
Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp Shop

Big Girl Panties at Sweet Stamp Shop {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp ShopMy sweet friend Nicole over at Sweet Stamp Shop has kicked off her Grand Re-Opening today and asked a few friends to design using her ADORABLE stamps! Of course I had to jump right in!

Her stamps are super cute, fun, playful and GREAT for everyday cards. She also has a wonderful collection of planner stamps that I’m just itching to get my hands on!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Time to put on those BIG GIRL PANTIES card, designed for Sweet Stamp Shop

For this card, I used the adorable HIS & HERS stamp set for the super fun undies and the ALPHA TABS for the sentiment. You totally want these now, don’tcha?!

I used a 6×6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn “Hello Sunshine” and I definitely suggest using 6×6 pads when stamping and wanting to use smaller designs from patterned papers. So cute!

The clothes hangers or clips? Just strips of kraft paper folded in half and glued on!

Definitely check out her shop and blog. Full of awesome stamps and inspiration ❤ And if you head over today to see the GRAND RE-OPENING blog post, you’ll even spy my panties card as part of the featured designers!  Check out and COMMENT – FOLLOW – LIKE on the designer’s blog / instagram / Facebook page from now through April 12th… one lucky winner will win a $25 card to the Sweet Stamp Shop!

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As always, thanks for stopping by my  colorful little spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up to the Daily Post “BLUR” – I love adjusting the focal point and giving my viewer a specific spot to focus on… hello sunshine!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // watermelon, cut watermelon, knife

Fresh // Watermelon {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // watermelon, cut watermelon, knife

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

Wall // She’s Tough {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // child kid photography, locations, unexpected, wall

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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