Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handful of sunshine, silhouette

Contrasts // Handful of Sunshine {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handful of sunshine, silhouette

Meeting up with photog-friends for a walk and some drinks earlier this week gave me the opportunity to capture this silhouette of my lovely friend Jennifer. She is absolutely beautiful, both inside and out!

We were playing around with some shots of each other with the sun on our faces, when I noticed the fabulous opportunity for a silhouette. Jen was a great sport cupping her hand to catch that handful of sunshine! There were lots of buildings and distractions, so it took a little work to get the right angle. I think she had a double arm workout that day… thanks Jen!

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: Contrasts, 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 “contrasts” being shared this week! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

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

Have Lesson, Will Travel

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I can’t imagine going a day without learning, without exploring, without growing. I had the great pleasure of learning to photograph silhouettes this weekend from a fantastic local photographer, Erika Thornes. Her style is very relaxed, it’s as though she’s a fly on the wall, just capturing beautiful moments between the family members she’s photographing.

I first saw her images on a friend’s Facebook page – Erika photographed the gorgeous family of five at the beach. Right then and there I knew I wanted to learn from her. I emailed her inquiring if she’d be open to have me tag along to watch and learn from her, and she was quite lovely in her willingness to share her knowledge and experiences. We tried to connect in the fall, but with uncooperative tides, hectic schedules and the holidays abound, our meeting would have to wait until the new year.

As luck would have it, Erika contacted me on a whim on Sunday as she was heading to the beach in the afternoon. Her friend Jason (also a photographer) and his family were coming to San Diego from Arizona; he too wanted to learn from Erika. The weather was warm, tides cooperative and schedule open – yay for me!

So, with Erika’s experience and willingness to teach, off we went to Del Mar. I finally captured some silhouettes! I’ve attempted silhouettes before, but would quickly give up when I couldn’t figure it out. I love these images and I hope Jason, Cat and Rowan do too! It was fantastic shooting side-by-side with Erika. Literally, tummies down on the sand, cameras in hand, working with the sunset, horizon line, waves and bodies, capturing lovely moments in time. I can’t wait to do more of these… with my daughters and hubby, with family, with friends, with clients!

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And just as we had packed up our gear and were heading off the sand, we came across two surfers, who were willing to take a couple minutes to let us photograph them as well. They were amazing! Can you believe this handstand on the sand?! I have a hard enough time just walking on the sand! Simply, amazing!

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I still have a lot to learn about silhouettes, but this whole experience reminds me how much I love to learn and share. I guess it’s also validating the decision to start this blog and share with the world! I hope my crafting, creativity, and organizing tips, and especially my “Photo Fridays” series in which I share photography tips, helps and inspires you, the same way Erika was able to help and inspire me!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy crafting!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I hope my experience encourages you to reach out to someone you’d like to learn more from… We can all be a tad shy about putting ourselves out there, but our world is full of gifted teachers in need of eager students to share with!