10 on 10 – August // Summer Living

I’m so happy to be sharing another 10 on 10 post! It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to play along, so I’m highlighting some of my favorite photos from June and July – get ready for an onslaught of images!

We’ve been living and loving all that Southern California has to offer! Quite a bit has happened the past couple few months – everything from first communion to beach time, cousin play dates to zoo visits, and everything in between! Here we go…

We celebrated my big girl’s first communion in the Catholic Church. What a beautiful spiritual passage for my sweet girl! And luckily, she was able to enjoy this lovely step in our faith with some of her closest friends!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First Communion poses Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First Communion poses Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First Communion poses Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First Communion poses

 

Visiting the zoo with friends and cousins is always great fun! The zoo membership is a great value and we love being able to visit different zones every time!

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And it wouldn’t be summer without some beach photos! Besides family and friend beach outings, my girls enjoyed a fantastic week of water sports camp – kayaks, catamaran, sailing and paddle boarding – they loved it all and already want to go back!

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My girls just adore their little cousin and we love spending time together! Whether they’re blowing bubbles, in the pool, at the zoo, relaxing, playing, or cuddling, it’s the best!

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On one of our beach outings in Mexico, I grabbed these shots, knowing I’d want to eventually make stickers for my planner! What do you think? Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Shell, quote, Shell Yeah! bokeh, pacific, ocean, beach, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sea Star, Starfish, quote, let your inner star sparkle, bokeh, pacific, ocean, beach,

I’ll be sharing another Planner post soon, but in the meantime, here’s a little peek of a few of the stickers I’ve been busy adding to the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop! By the way, have you been keeping up with my YouTube channel? I’ve been posting a Plan With Me video at least once a month. Be sure to check it out if you’re a planner girl! Oh, and be sure to save September 19th for a day of online planner bliss: True Scrap PLANNERLOVE! It’s the first of it’s kind and I’ll be teaching! I would love to see you there!

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10on10logo3x3Well, I hope you enjoyed our summer recap! One month left before school starts, hopefully we’ll get quite a few more memorable outings in before we’re back to the grind! Be sure to head on over to the lovely Kathleen Ries to see how her summer is coming along! Being a part of this photo circle is truly a blessing – these girls are all extremely inspiring with their beautiful and heartfelt images!

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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Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s Day! May your day be filled with love and beauty!

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!

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10 on 10 – March // Blissful and Serene

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Can you believe it’s already time for another 10 on 10 post?! One of my favorite sayings regarding parenting is “the days are long but the years are short” – and it totally applies to this monthly photo project – the months just whizz by!

I recently posted this photo {available in my Society 6 shop} from my morning visit to my church.

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Being at my church is one of my favorite places to be. The community, the clergy and staff, the friendships, the beauty of the grounds…it’s all truly blissful! The design and architecture that went into it is gorgeous and always makes me want to linger. And heading over mid-week with my camera allows me the opportunity to savor every bit and piece of it! I said it once and I’ll say it again…It’s amazing what you can find around you when your heart finds bliss, your mind is clear, and you have the serenity of a quiet church!

I hope you see the beauty I see and feel the calmness I feel. Enjoy!

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As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out our monthly 10 on 10 photo projects! 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 beautiful eye for details!

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!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Open Door quote - Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls

Depth // Love is an Open Door {Photo Challenge}

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Post inspired by the weekly photo challenge “Depth” and the Capture Your 365 prompt “Commitment” – I’m inspired to continue to follow my photography and craft teaching dreams through those open doors ❤

I often find beauty in unexpected places. I captured this photo at my church, in a side area, leading to a back garden area. It’s amazing what you can find around you when your heart finds bliss, your mind is clear, and you have the serenity of a quiet church!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Every great Adventure begins with a single step, St Paul, France, medieval village

Adventure // St. Paul {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Every great Adventure begins with a single step, St Paul, France, medieval village

Remember the part of the American Pie movie where the girl (Alyson Hannigan) is always saying “One time, at band camp…”? Yeah, I sometimes feel like that when I share photos from my 2013 trip to France. But as a wife and mom with lots of day-to-day obligations, it was a pretty amazing trip! The last big trip with girlfriends before that was back in 2003 to New York, and I didn’t even have a DSLR camera back then!

So I guess I’ll just have to embrace the catchphrase…

One time, in France… my friends and I had the most exquisite private tour of a few of the villages along the South of France. Our adventure included a tour of the South of France, including Nice, Monaco, Ese Village and more. One of the villages (photographed above), St. Paul de Vence – had fantastic shopping, food, architecture and views. You can find out more about the village here or even better, you can find our entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide Katherine Coppex here. I can’t wait to share these experiences with my daughters when they’re a tad bit older!

Photo Tip: While traveling, go beyond photos of local tourist attractions – get yourself in the shots too! Get a phone selfie, a camera selfie or ask a travel companion to take the photo with you in it! You’ll be glad you did, especially years later when perusing those images! {Click to Tweet}

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 🙂

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The new Daily Post weekly photo challenge prompt: “Adventure!” came out today, and you guessed it, inspired this post! Be sure to check out the inspiration being shared here! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // little girl running into ocean, arms stretched out, excitement, Ralph Waldo Emerson quote "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

Between // Summer is coming! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // little girl running into ocean, arms stretched out, excitement, Ralph Waldo Emerson quote "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

Between telling my 7-yr old to only dip her toes in and the allure of the great beautiful Pacific Ocean, my girls decided getting totally wet in their summer dresses and jean jackets was totally appropriate!

Really, is there more to say?! Hope you’re ready to kick-off summer (officially, tomorrow, June 21st, also my birthday – woot-woot!) with as much exuberance as my 7-yr old in this shot! Also, I love, love, love this quote, so I had to pair it with this silhouette. Besides, my daughter defines the “free” and “wild” parts of childhood, this image and quote just really encapsulates her!

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 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. This photo was inspired by prompts/assignments from The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Between, as well as Capture Your 365,  and Practice – have you checked out Katrina Kennedy’s offerings yet? So much inspiration for daily, everyday photography! Be sure to check out all the “betweens” being shared this week! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink flower from above with Maya Angelou quote: If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Lyrical, Smooth & Buttery {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink flower from above with Maya Angelou quote: If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou’s timeless quotes have always carried so much insight, heart, compassion, and soul. But what made her true to herself was that she could be all of that while still being direct. Her words could be lyrical and smooth and buttery, but they always had phenomenal depth and truth. RIP Maya Angelou. Thank you for sharing your beauty, heart, mind and soul with the world.

Are there any quotes from Maya Angelou that have resonated with you? Or any quotes in general that have deep meaning in your life? I’d love to hear!

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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PS. The daily prompt at Capture Your 365 was “North”, and since I live in very Southern California, I decided to use this photo that I captured above, er, um, North, of the flower 🙂