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Orange // Neighborhood Flowers {Photo Challenge}

Somedays, I just need a 10-minute stretch photo walk to feel refreshed! Thankfully, these flowers were just steps away and game me a chance to get a few shots for this week’s “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time” with the Daily Post!

I’m still experimenting with my new Tamron 90mm Macro, and loving the crispness in the shots. I haven’t used a tripod yet, but can only imagine the results I’ll get then!

Did you check out my recent post with a macro rose photograph? I shared one of my favorite tips for getting your focal point in the sweet spot! Check it out! Click here!

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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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Reward // Macro Flowers {Photo Challenge}

After a couple years of saving, I finally invested in a macro lens! My sweet reward for forgoing other wants and wants and wants! I’m still getting comfortable shooting with the Tamron 90mm macro, but I’m looking forward to lots of creative camera time!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, orange, yellow, gerbera daisy

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, pink, gerbera daisy

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro flower shot, natural light, curves, petals, orange, yellow

Love these images? They’re available for purchase in my Society6 shop! Click on any of the flower images and you can see what I have over in my shop! I’m giddy over how pretty these flowers look as prints, along with laptop covers, pillows and more!

Want to stay in the loop with me? Be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! 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!

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Rule of Thirds // Rosey Tutorial {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // macro shot of pink rose, natural light, curves, petalsAre you familiar with the “rule of thirds” in photography? How about adjusting your focal point manually? If not, get ready for a whole new world to open up in your photos!

My first daughter was born in the fall of 2006 and my push/Christmas gift was my first DSLR. Lucky girl, I know! Two new babies to love, lol!

I quickly realized the photos I envisioned capturing of my new baby with my brand new camera just were NOT happening. Total blur. Underexposed. Overexposed. Bleh. Nothing felt comfortable or natural those first few weeks of having that camera. I needed a class to learn how to use the camera if I was ever going to be happy using it.

So that’s exactly what I did all those wonderful years ago! And I can honestly say that learning to shoot manual made my colorful world such a happy, happy place! Two of the tips I learned in that first class were about the rule of thirds and adjusting my focal point. Now, I rarely compose a shot without using both of those – visually composing my shot with a tic tac toe grid and adjusting my focal point, almost always onto one of the thirds lines or the sweet spot of where those lines intersect.

Not sure how to do it? I use a Canon 60D, and it was relatively the same on my Rebel XTi. Hope it helps you!

1. Click on the zoom in button in the right hand corner

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2. You’ll see the Automatic selection screen come up showing all the focal points colored blue:

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

3. Use either wheel to move the selection to just one of the points:

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4. This is the focal point I used for the rose image above 🙂

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5. Using the rule of thirds — the tic tac toe grid lines that break your image into three rows and three columns — visually on your image helps as well, giving a stronger composition to your photos. The point I selected above coordinates with the focal point I used for the rose. Do you see the faint grid lines below?

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6. Using any of these four focal points gets you on or near the intersection of the rule of thirds lines. That right there? That’s the sweet spot! Aim for THAT!  {Juicy tip, right?! Click to Tweet!}Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // focal point selection, tutorial, manual focus

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Did you find this information helpful? I’d love to share more tips with you in the future, so be sure to subscribe to Clicky Chick Creates newsletter! 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 roses? Check out my collection and buy a print in my Society6 shop!

PPS. This post was inspired by the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: rule of thirds!

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10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, holding hands in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Sometimes I feel like my daughters make me crazy. Like how many times can I say “put away your shoes?” or “we have to leave before we’re late” or “NO you cannot wear that!” But truth be told, I’m absolutely, unequivocally, head-over-heels, crazy in love with them!

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They made me a mommy. They pick flowers (sometimes weeds) and lovingly hand me their bouquets. They draw pictures for me and write cards for me. They constantly want my attention and love to sing and dance, showing off their newest moves or lyrics. At bedtime, they ask me to read to them, even though they both can read, especially my 8-yr old who can breeze through chapter books, but still wants me to read to her. They’ve given me the most amazing gift and journey… motherhood. Truly, they’ve made me complete ❤

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But life gets busy. I get overwhelmed with the everydayness of life — cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, volunteering, working, blogging — everything it takes to make our family life keep plugging away. And I forget to take it all in. To take in my girls as they are right here, right now. So for this month’s 10 on 10, I wanted to focus on just them, my baby girls, before yet another month goes by and I realize I’ve been focusing  my lens on the “stuff”, and not the most important beings: my beautiful, smart, lovely, compassionate, free-spirited, whimsical, silly, big-hearted, musical, fun loving baby girls!

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I hope you don’t mind indulging me and letting my proud-mommy-ness shine through ❤ We spent an afternoon in Balboa Park having fun, getting pictures of them being little girls, being themselves. My girls are my life and I love that they radiate joy, love, innocence, sweetness, and all the goodness that my dreams filled with at the thought of having daughters! Truly, I am blessed!

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As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to be inspired by the sweet life of Laura Bastien – she’s an incredibly talented photographer with a true gift of capturing grace, beauty and light!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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. 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 session!

PPS. I’m linking this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge, sharing that even amidst the craziness of our life, my girls bring much needed “Symmetry” and balance to my heart ❤

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Scale // Perspective {Photo Challenge}

Playing with scale, emphasizing proportions, is definitely a great way to help tell your story in photos. The Daily Post photo challenge this week “Scale” reminded me of some of the fun photos I’ve shared in the past! Join me as I stroll down memory lane with five of my favorite photos playing with scale 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'AzurCarefree in the South of France

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sleeping baby in a basket, newborn photography, San DiegoBaby Leo

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // newborn session, swaddle, guitar, love, young family, bohemian, boho chic,Rock-n-Roll Luke

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Shrunken and Big Alice in Wonderland in doll house with tiny dog drinking from giant teacupMake Believe

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little Girls wearing Mama's shoes, dress up, toes, growing upIn Her Shoes

I hope you’ve enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, taking in the scale and proportion in fun and loving ways! Links are posted below each image to the original blog post sharing these images along with others.

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Express Yourself

Express Yourself // Wild Girls {Photo Challenge}

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This photo is from 2012, when my girls were just 6- and 3-years old, but I love the energy and wildness of their personalities expressed in it! It will always be one of my favorite candids of them!

It makes me think of the wild days they have ahead. I just pray that along with the fun in their future, that they always stay close and watch out for one another ❤

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 to schedule your 2015 session!