Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, surfers, surfboard, reflection, low tide, beach, sunset

Silhouette // Coastline {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, mother, son, child, beach, sunsetLearning, whether in the classroom, in books, online or hands-on, is something I love to do, and love to share. You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I met up with fellow San Diego photographer Erika Thornes last year, a connection made through our mutual friend Carole. I was ecstatic she asked me to tag along and offered to teach me the magic of silhouettes!

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We captured some amazing shots, and I wrote about the experience here. Huge thank you to Erika for an amazing experience and fabulous launch into the lovely world of silhouettes!

I had recently found out my sister was pregnant, so I looked forward to trying sunset silhouettes with her and her baby bump! The opportunity didn’t come for six months, but it was worth it! You can check out that posts here.

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Since then, I’ve taken quite a few silhouette shots – some for client sessions, some of my daughters, some of family and friends, all with lots of heart and excitement!

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I actually headed out this evening to the beach with my daughters and a dear friend to have some summer fun and get a few more silhouette shots, but those will have to wait to be posted another day… this mama is tired! 

Be sure to check out The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – so much inspiration being shared! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries! Want to see all my silhouette posts? Head on over here!

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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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UPDATE: Fellow blogger and friend, Linda asked if I could share some technical tips on capturing silhouettes. I LOVE TO SHARE, SO HERE WE GO

  1. Shoot in Manual Mode
  2. Set your ISO between 1600 and 3200
  3. Use spot metering and adjust your focal point to your subject – you’ll get crisper lines and better focus as your lens won’t have to hunt
  4. Open up your aperture as WIDE as you can go (mine have been between 2.8 and 5.6, depending on lens and distance)
  5. Meter for the sky, adjusting your shutter speed to get the right exposure (mine have usually been between 1/1600 and 1/4000, but as low as 1/400, even 1/8 once — 1/8 is crazy, I know! I’m pretty sure I was using my tripod – that’s the shot of my daughters with the very vast open sky)
  6. Get as low on the ground as you can possibly get. I’m usually laying on my tummy or sitting on my bum at the very least! It elevates your subject so the horizon doesn’t cut through their heads. Aim to get the horizon as close to their feet as possible.
  7. Ask your subjects to give as much distance as possible between their body parts or else it’ll look like a blob! {Imagine someone standing straight, feet together, with arms locked at their sides… blob! Get arms and legs away from body – it if can bend, bend it!}
  8. Have fun! Whether you’re capturing strangers from a distance, or your own family, make sure you try to capture the moment, an emotion, or an action – it’ll give more impact to your image! Good luck!
Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Maternity session, baby bump, Balboa Park, family of three growing to four, pregnancy, big sister, baby, couple

10 on 10 – August // Maternity… soon to be 4

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Maternity session, baby bump, Balboa Park, family of three growing to four, pregnancy, big sister, baby, coupleI had the fabulous pleasure of photographing this beautiful family for a maternity session as they prepare to welcome their new bundle of joy! We had a blast capturing this special time in their lives. It’s amazing to think back, to when your tummy is growing and you’re feeling the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, it goes so slowly. Yet, once the baby is out, we realize what a rare and special time it is to be pregnant. I’m overjoyed to be able to capture this brief window in time for such a special family 🙂

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PHOTO TIP: working with families, capturing their truest selves, is the best part of being a photographer! it’s important To give a bit of direction, but don’t forget to bring the fun and silly in your direction at sessions, too! {click to tweet}

I can’t wait to meet the newest member of the D family! Coming sometime in September : )

Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share this adorable baby bump session! You may have come to me from Loni Judisch  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – get ready for some gorgeous and inspiring images, and check out her great photo tips!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // M+R maternity session - golden hour beach silhouette in Newport private beach

Silhouette {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // M+R maternity session - golden hour beach silhouette in Newport private beach

Even though my sister is no longer pregnant (my adorable nephew is now almost 2 months old!), I absolutely love this baby bump silhouette and thought this was perfect for Sue’s A Word a Week Challenge – Silhouette.

For some reason I didn’t include this shot when I posted my “Golden Hour” blog post with a few of the other silhouette shots I loved from this photo session with my sister and brother-in-law. Guess it all worked out perfectly since I was able to use it this week!

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

Photo Challenge: Golden Hour

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Golden hour beach silhouette of pregnant Mandy in Corona Del Mar private beach

My little sister makes pregnancy look beautiful! My nephew will make his debut next month, so my sister and I had planned to head to the beach this summer for a fun and short silhouette photo session before the little blessing arrives. It was a beautiful day and my brother-in-law took us to a little private beach in Corona Del Mar. {He swore me to secrecy, so don’t even ask 🙂 }

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Golden hour beach silhouette of pregnant Mandy in Corona Del Mar private beach

The beach was small, serene and perfectly peaceful to capture these shots. And lucky for me, The Daily Post challenge this week is the golden hour. Lovely serendipity!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Golden hour beach silhouette of pregnant Mandy and Ryan in Corona Del Mar private beach

On a side note, I was lucky to have spent an afternoon earlier this year with Erika Thornes who is an AMAZING photographer, especially when it comes to silhouettes. So glad I was able to learn from her as I would’ve been lost getting these shots without her previous guidance!

What are your favorite “golden hour” shots? Link up in the comments – I’d love to see! Besides looking forward to getting silhouettes of my daughters, I can’t wait to get silhouette shots of my nephew out of the tummy, too! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c