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Afloat // More Balloon Silhouettes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouettes with Balloons

Last summer I shared photos of my daughters when we headed out to the beach for some silhouette shots with balloons. The sky was glorious and my girls had some fun playing they were being carried away by the balloons! Of course, having a digital camera means we* (okay, I) take way more photos than I will ever, ever need! The prompt “Afloat” at the Daily Post reminded me of the other shots I didn’t get a chance to share in my first post.

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What does afloat mean to you? Have you shared it? I’d love to see!

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. Have a question for me? I’ve been getting lots of questions about my blog, photography, the Sela theme and more. I’ll be starting a weekly Q&A post with some of the questions I’ve been asked thus far. Have a question you’d like to ask? Be sure to comment with your questions, or feel free to send me an email at connie {at } clickychickcreates {dot} com – your question(s) just might be featured and answered in a future blog post!
Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla Shores

Silhouette // Balloons at the Beach {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla ShoresAfter reading the prompt and posting my first “Coastline Silhouettes” response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette, I was inspired and knew I wanted to go out and play some more!

My original post included tips to improve your silhouettes, so if you didn’t already read them, check them out over here.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // How to Photograph Silhouettes tutorial, how-to, photo tips

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla Shores

I invited a dear friend to meet up with my daughters and I for these shots. She and I met in 2010, when I started my formal photography education, and she’s one of my go-to-gals for bouncing ideas (concepts!), discussing photo challenges (help!), and sharing good laughs and support in our photo journeys ❤

We had a blast and look forward to heading out again for another fun photo outing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach Silhouette, sisters, daughters, girls, kids, beach, sunset, jump, balloons, Pacific Ocean, La Jolla Shores

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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10 on 10 – February // Heart of Hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's BINGO, sweet tarts, candy, hearts, love, xoxo, hug me

Valentine’s BINGO with Sweet Tarts

Did you have a lovely Valentine’s day yesterday? Whether you were romantically swept off your feet, spent the day loving your kiddos, had a quiet day reflecting what love means to you, ignored the holiday altogether, or anything in between, I hope your day was absolutely lovely!

So speaking of Valentine’s, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to focus on hearts for this months 10 on 10. What is 10 on 10? An awesome project I was invited to join for 2014 where we photograph on or near the 10th of the month and post 10 (or more – I like more!) photos as part of a blog hop/circle. No matter where you start in the circle, you’ll end up back where you started and have visited all the posts in the circle.

Now onto hearts… Heart of hearts. Cliche? Who, me? February, Valentine’s specifically, only rolls around once a year, right?! So here we go…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart made of sprinkles, sprinkled heart, red, pink, white

Tiny heart shaped sprinkles

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine banner, handmade

Valentine’s day banner – Recollections

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day breakfast of fresh strawberry pancakes and fresh homemade strawberry greek yogurt parfaits

Valentine’s morning breakfast – fresh strawberry pancakes and strawberry greek yogurt parfait with granola

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's day heart bagel

Valentine’s heart shaped bagels

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart beads necklace, heart shaped

Heart beads in heart shape

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pandora bracelet, key and lock, hearts

Pandora key and lock – both with hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart shaped paper clip, Eiffel tower, pretty paper

Intertwined paper clip hearts, Eiffel Tower pretty paper

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // adorable Valentine Tag handmade by Simmone D. for ScrapHappy swap

Gorgeous tag received from my friend Simmone D. in Louisiana – super adorable and love all the hearts!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Tube, Daisy Troop, Self-Esteem, Self-Respect, Thoughtful, petal,

Daisy Troop “Love Tubes” – full blog post coming soon!

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My 7-yr olds heart hands

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Shadow with hearts

Shadow of Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day cupcake with heart shaped bokeh

Cupcake and bokeh – yum!!

Did you visit all the photographers on our 10 on 10 blog hop last month (January)? Really beautiful photos from  amazing photographers! It’s a small group, so make sure to make the rounds – you won’t be disappointed. Truly, I’m honored to be amongst such talented and gifted women! This month, you’ll be heading to Photography by Glenda – her images are gorgeous!! Be sure to leave some comment love!

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

PS. To see previous 10 on 10 posts, click here.

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For all photos in this post, Canon 60D was used with Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lenses. For more information on equipment I use regularly, visit my “What’s In My Bag” post. Please leave any questions or comments below – I love hearing from you!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // light banner, sunset, silhouette, baby hands, little helper, #OLW, #CY365

Encouraging Word // Light & Blessed (CY365 & OLW)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // light banner, sunset, silhouette, baby hands, little helper, #OLW, #CY365The prompt yesterday at Capture Your 365 was to “photograph an encouraging word”, and Katrina Kennedy encouraged us to incorporate our One Little Word if we had a word for the year. I’m so glad she suggested just that!

I had originally put this little still life together with one of my favorite tags and my cherished bible charm on my Pandora bracelet, thinking I wouldn’t have time to put something together with “light” (my one little word/OLW). After school, after running errands, my girls and I were headed home, when my 7-yr old commented on the lovely light, and that I should get a photo. Right then and there I decided to run back home to grab my DSLR and the “light” banner I had made. So glad we did! My 7-yr old really is getting the photography-bug and I love it! Those are her little arms in the shot. Absolute love!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // blessed tag, Pandora charm bracelet, bible charm, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Hampton Art stamps, Tattered Angels stamps, stickles, #CY365

Are you taking Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class? I’m looking forward to catching up on the class materials, but that certainly isn’t stopping me from jumping in where and when I can! What’s your word for the year? I’d love to hear!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

Light // Backlit and Colorful {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and when I read the prompt for the Daily Post “Weekly Photo Challenge: Light” I thought – perfect, I’ll do Christmas lights! I’ll get some bokeh! Maybe even some candlelight! Then I realized um, that would entail actually having our tree up and house decorated. And that’s a no go, so even though I waited til the very last moment to submit my photo {in hopes of getting said decorations up!}, I realized I’ve been busy at the beach with amazing photo sessions featuring our lovely natural light…

So here are a few of my favorite recent shots featuring the magnificent sun light and beautiful colors it provides.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful light

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

PS. Be sure to check out the amazing and inspired photos submitted for this weeks challenge!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // silhouette at the beach, twinkle star, sunset, play, girls, sisters

Unexpected // Twinkle Star {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // silhouette at the beach, twinkle star, sunset, play, girls, sistersI’ve been loving silhouette shots lately, and couldn’t resist this shot of my daughters. We were enjoying sunset on the beach during a mini vacation and I loved their playfulness and spirit showing through their silhouettes! And the unexpected bonus? That amazing, beautiful twinkling star in the upper left corner. LOVE!

Are you playing along with the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected? There are always inspiring and lovely photos to enjoy, so link up and check out the other contributions, too!

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