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Achievement // Cooking! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash ChipsIf you would’ve asked me as a young teenager and young adult to make you something to eat, you would’ve received either top ramen or chili cheese dogs! That was about all I knew to make for too many years.

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Then, while in college, one of my roommies and I worked at a little Italian cafe. We ate like queens! It was a wonderful family run business and not only did the food have wonderful ingredients, but so much heart, love and tradition was put in it that it changed how I saw food.

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Fast forward a couple years, and I was living with my besties at the beach, while also taking a great wine pairing class. Learning about flavors found in wine, and experimenting with pairings, opened my eyes to a whole new world of flavors. Around the same time, my now husband and I were dating, and I quickly found out that the way to his heart was definitely through his tummy! Luckily, I had learned a few tricks along the way on making yummy pasta dishes 🙂

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So why do I consider cooking an achievement? Because as a young teen, I really never planned to cook! I had zero interest and was perfectly happy having someone else cook or eating out. The domestic duty of slaving away in the kitchen offered not one iota of interest to me. I’ll never know exactly when the tide shifted, but I’m thankful for the shift and the path I’ve been on! I’m able to offer my family tasty dishes, made with lots of love ❤

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And I’ll even go as far as considering food photography a double achievement! Ha! These shots were actually part of the “Practice!” class I’ve mentioned before. I get so much inspiration from Capture Your 365 to photograph everyday moments, and cooking is definitely one of those everyday bits and pieces! By the way, I’ve been asked to join the Creative Team at CY365! Woot-woot! Be sure to check out the daily photography inspiration over at CY365!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Oh, have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. Here’s the link if you’re looking for the recipe on these yummy Garlic Parmesan Squash Chips!

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Sisters Through and Through {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

I’ve shared lots about my daughters, and I just have to share these shots from earlier in the year. I had an assignment due for my Practice class with Katrina Kennedy at Capture Your 365 (#CY365) The assignment was experimenting with custom temperature settings on your camera. Haven’t done it? Yeah, I hadn’t either! Definitely explore that capability. I am still in awe!

{Side Note: The Practice! Class runs for a full year and we still have 4 months left. If you’re looking to make practicing your photography a priority and are looking for a class, this is IT! There’s even a mid-year discount on it. Check it out!}

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After a very busy few weeks, I had to squeeze in my Practice assignment at the very last minute. Luckily, we were headed to the Girl Scout store in order to get my 7 yr olds Brownie uniform in preparation of her bridging from Daisy to Brownie, and were conveniently down the street from Balboa Park.

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During the class webinar and live critique, a fellow photographer (and friend) commented on the barn doors in the shot. They are quite lovely, aren’t they?! But truth be told, they’re actually the doors to the carousel in the park. The carousel doesn’t run often, I think it’s only on weekends, but I’m not sure if the summer schedule is any different? But I digress… back to me and my photos and offering you some tips 🙂

The reason I mention the doors is because over the years, I think I’ve honed my skill of noticing backgrounds, textures and locations to use for photography. Do you take the time to notice what’s right in front of you and easily accessible? So much beauty that isn’t necessarily seen as beautiful from the get-go. {Click on the photos below to link to the original blog posts featuring that specific image and more!}

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The pink background in this self portrait? My daughter’s Cinderella blanket!

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The awesome rock wall? A BBQ pit at a local park!

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The gorgeous Moroccan lanterns? Hanging high overhead on the ceiling in a local restaurant.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

The Uncommon Beauty in everyday sights? Our Mexican Palm tree.

What have you noticed and photographed that wasn’t so obvious at first? Take a look around your part of the world today. I bet you can come up with at least 5 things that are interesting to photograph. Be it textural, colorful, foreign or just plain old pretty! Share what you discover – I really want to hear and see!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Nighttime // Seaport Village {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Seaport Village San Diego nighttime photography

The year-long “Practice” photography class I’m taking with Katrina Kennedy over at Capture Your 365 challenges me every month by being behind the lens with intention. Last month, the subject was Landscape photography and I realized that as much as I love landscapes, I just don’t do many of them. Nowadays, seems I direct my lens at people much more often than scenery 🙂

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So I headed out to Seaport Village, a tourist spot on the harbor near downtown San Diego. I once owned a retail clothing store there, so it’s definitely my old stomping grounds!

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Maybe it’s because I expect more from myself, but I was really challenged with the landscape exercise, but probably more so because I arrived so late!

PHOTO TIP: Heading out for nighttime photography? Be sure to bring along a handy tripod, even an inexpensive one, for slow shutter speed, letting in plenty of light!

Do you photograph with intention? Being in “Practice” keeps me shooting intentionally and growing as a photographer. There is now mid-year pricing on the class. Check it out!

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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. The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Nighttime inspired this post! Be sure to check out other interpretations of nighttime and my other entries into previous challenges!

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