Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Handful of Strawberries, inspired by Jeannie Thiessen

Handful of Strawberries {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Handful of Strawberries, inspired by Jeannie Thiessen

One of my assignments in this month’s “Practice” class is to find inspiration from a fellow photographer in the fabulous Capture Your 365 community. I didn’t have to think long before settling on the amazing “Handful” project by my friend and fantastic photographer Jeannie Thiessen : )

Do you “Practice” your photography with intention on a regular basis? That’s definitely one of the aspects I love about taking Katrina Kennedy’s classes – the way she breaks down the monthly theme so we can develop our skills and artistry. There’s still time to register for “Practice!” Or if you’re looking for a deeper understanding of manual mode, check out “Exposure” – receive $10 off registration if you sign up by April 28th. No code needed. Class starts May 5th. Check it out! 

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/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, perspective, pose, angle, beautiful

Photographing PhotograpHers!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, cowboy, cowgirl, boots. perspective

One of the best things about studying photography was all the outings we would go on during class and field trips. The creativity that came out of those sessions, being able to play with fellow photographers, was always a blast! I’ve written about some of those assignments here, here, here, here and here.

These lovely gals are some of the most amazing friends I made through our photography courses at UCSD. We’ve all finished the certification program, but still keep in touch and get together occasionally for a fun photo shoot. Last week was exactly one of those fun, creative, inspired, playful sessions!

And I have to admit, I was tickled pink when I saw my friend Luca was wearing her beautiful cowgirl boots. Aren’t they amazing?! Love them! I knew exactly what I wanted to photograph…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, cowboy, cowgirl, boots, perspective

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, cowboy, cowgirl, boots, lines, perspective

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, cowboy, cowgirl, boots, perspective

And you might remember my friend Jennifer from a blog post earlier this year “All is Not as it seams…”– you can read it here. That was during a class field trip. Miss those days!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, laugh, bridge, perspective

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, perspective, pose, angle, beautiful

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, train, tracks, shallow depth of field, trees, park, perspective

We seriously had a blast getting these shots! Can’t wait for another session with these girls : )

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

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // what's for dinner, mom? daughter snacking during dinner prep

Family Habits {Photo Challenge}

Where in the world did the weekend go? It’s Tuesday, almost Wednesday already?! This is nuts! I’ve been wanting to write this post since Friday morning, but I’ve been blessed with teaching classes, photographing clients, and editing gorgeous family photos, and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to focus on the blog…

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // dress up, boa, beads, flowers, little girl

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit seemed easy enough, but when I thought of habits, I couldn’t help but giggle a little thinking of our habits as a family. Take my baby for example… she LOVES to dress up. It’s rare that she goes an entire day without several wardrobe changes. And besides wardrobe, she rarely leaves the house without wearing a tiara! Yes, a tiara… that’s my girl!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // what's for dinner, mom? daughter snacking during dinner prep

My first born baby, well, she loves to come in the kitchen when I’m cooking and grab “samples” of what’s on the menu, or better yet, the ingredient list! Luckily, she usually asks before grabbing, and knows not to go near a knife in motion. She’s such a good, healthy eater!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // vintage Hohner guitar

My hubby? He’s an amazing guitar player! Besides the awesome songs he’s written for me and my girls, he’s really great at playing covers and I love seeing my girls rock out with him! The girls will either dance like maniacs, sing their hearts out, or grab additional instruments and jam with their Daddy! One of my favorite nights at home recently included margaritas, my hubby on the guitar, and belting out Pearl Jam’s “Last Kiss,” a definite favorite around here. Seriously, what’s not to love?!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // washi tape love

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Tim Holtz Distress Ink collection and organization

And my habit, which I’m slowly, and little by little, turning into a daily habit, is crafting. I love using inks, stencils, Washi tape and all the other supplies in my craft room, I’m sure you’ve noticed some of my crafty posts here! There is something very fulfilling about taking a blank canvas and creating a beautiful new project! And the fact that my girls love getting crafty too? That just means I get to enjoy it that much more : )

What kind of habits are you documenting? Are you playing along with the Daily Post? I’d love to see!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are loved always, heart from a book, simple.

Paper Heart // Simple {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are loved always, heart from a book, simple.

I’ve been playing along with Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 over the last week or so, and I am LOVING the inspiration! Okay, truth be told, I’ve been receiving the daily prompts for months and months. I loved reading Katrina’s tips and daily inspiration. I just hadn’t taken the time to make shooting a daily part of life. More like once or twice a week. But after reading one of Katrina’s posts about the collective story our photos tell.. well, I’ll let you read her post here, and you can feel the same inspiration and creative pull I felt too. And after seeing the entire list of prompts for the month, I just decided to go ahead and jump in when I could.

Today’s prompt was SIMPLE, and the photo example of paper with light and shadows reminded me of a photo I saw years ago that I always loved – a heart shaped from pages in a book. Maybe it was an image by Katrina Kennedy? Maybe it was by Tracey Clark? I don’t recall, but I absolutely LOVED the way it looked. As I was setting up the shot, my daughters came into the frame and started hugging, then my 6 year old started carrying my 4 year old (not that you can even see that!). Regardless, it just came together better than this mama could’ve wanted : )

So this is my take on Simple. Are you playing along? Link up in the comments – I’d love to see your take on Simple!

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