Serenity // Ocean Beauty {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Serenity

When I read the weekly photo prompt at the Daily Post: Serenity, I knew exactly the image I wanted to share from a recent photo shoot! My beautiful friend is at one with the ocean, and even though I was nervous for her to be so close to the cliff, she was totally calm and relaxed. She is so in her element at the beach!

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She’s a photographer as well and takes amazing ocean images. I bet she was a mermaid in her past life ❤

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

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 // Champagne Christmas

New // Think Over {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Champagne ChristmasThe new year is welcomed with new photo challenges…

I have now been blogging for almost two years, with 290 posts, and a huge majority of those being photo focused. I think in 2014, I participated in the Daily Post weekly photo challenge at least 50 of the weeks in the year! But there have been lots of other photo-centered posts, too. Where do I find the inspiration for those? Mostly at Capture Your 365, with daily prompts and a fantastic, inspiring and supportive community. Katrina decided to mix things up a bit this year and along with the daily prompts, we have weekly overarching themes. So whether you’re interested in daily or weekly inspiration, CY365 is another great source to tap into! Have you signed up for the free daily prompts? You’ll see my contributions as part of the Creative Team! Be sure to say hi if you pop over to the gallery or forum!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Champagne Christmas

For today’s post, I decided to merge both DP and CY365 prompts… NEW and THINK OVER.

The new year usually brings along new resolutions. We spent a lot of family time together yesterday, starting our day with a lovely hike at a beautiful San Diego trail.

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Last night, we continued our new year’s celebration with family game night. I also decided to enjoy another glass of champagne! While we were enjoying our game, with the tree and lights in the background, I was contemplating my goals and dreams for the year… more champagne, more photos, more family time, better time management, more patience, less stress, better sleep schedule, more business, less sugar, more crafting. Still need some ironing out, but at least I’m thinking it over! What are your goals, dreams, resolutions for the year?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Champagne Christmas

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

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sister photo session, Iron Mountain Trail, Old Poway Park, sisters, rustic, park, field

Warmth // My Girls {Photo Challenge}

Warm Seasons Greetings from my family to yours!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sister photo session, Iron Mountain Trail, Old Poway Park, sisters, rustic, park, field

My girls, as most kids in born in the last decade, are quite comfortable being in front of the camera. They automatically warm up to it and have their poses down… from sweet sisters, to silly faces, to rockstar poses! They crack me up and I’m blessed to be their mama!

PHOTO TIP: When photographing kids, be sure to give them breaks in between settings to get the wiggles out! Those are some of my fave shots and it keeps them fresh and engaged! {Click to Tweet}

Something that keeps me “warm” with the camera is being engaged in the Capture Your 365 community. The daily prompts keep ideas fresh, creativity flowing, and getting a shot top of mind! Have you joined the free email list yet? Hop on over and get your daily dose of inspiration 🙂 January 1st is a great time to start your daily (or weekly) photo project! No rules or expertise expected… just an awesome and supportive community to help you on your commitment to a fabulous photo project!

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

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!

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, decorations, ornaments, wine, cork, upcycling, recycling, reuse, art, creative, Balboa Park, Spanish Village, San Diego

Yellow // Snowflake?! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, decorations, ornaments, wine, cork, upcycling, recycling, reuse, art, creative, Balboa Park, Spanish Village, San Diego

Certainly a fantastic upcycling use of wine corks! Spotted these beauties in Spanish Village at Balboa Park and can’t wait to recycle my lovely memories into beautiful Christmas holiday creations and decorations!

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge “Yellow” reminded me I had not shared these yet. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to do something with those wine corks you might have been saving for the perfect project!

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Are you all done shopping and prepping for Christmas? If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

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!

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Bokeh and twinkle filled snow globes, star bokeh, Christmas

Twinkle // Bokeh Snow Globes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Bokeh and twinkle filled snow globes, star bokeh, ChristmasThe magic of the season is having taking notice of the small things and being grateful. My girls are still young and continue to love snow globes, with a beautiful twinkle in their eyes. How could they not when their little faces are in those adorable snow globes?!

Using a handmade filter to create the star shaped bokeh made this project extra fun! I used the bokeh tips my amazing friend Katrina Kennedy shared over at Capture Your 365 to learn how to make it. Using a star shaped paper punch gave me the perfect star!

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!

Have you checked out my Etsy shop goodies? Or my Society6 shop? Lots of my creations to share with your loved ones during this holiday season! And if you use this link to head to my Society6 shop, you can get free worldwide shipping and $5 off most items! Don’t delay – promotion ends Sunday, December 14th!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Join the fun of the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Twinkle. Check out my previous photo challenge entries here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Candy Cane Love scrapbooking layout, little girls with candy canes, Christmas family photography, Old Poway Park

Candy Cane Love {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Candy Cane Love digital scrapbooking layout using #CreativeChristmas Bundle kits

What’s Christmas treats do you love? My girls love candy canes! And getting extra ones during an outing for Christmas card photos? Even better!

Being a photographer means I have tons of photos, and luckily many of those photos are of my girls. Being a memory keeper means I print my photos and get them in pages for my family to enjoy. Being a contributor to the Creative Christmas Bundle means I get to play with all the yummy goodies that are in the bundle, like the papers, embellies and overlays in this layout!

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I loved taking bits and pieces from 4 different contributors kits to create this layout (listed below). They worked beautifully together, and there were definitely enough goodies in each kit to make lots of projects without even needing to mix and match. In total, there are 15 designers who contributed to the bundle, with lots of different projects, designs, and ways to help you make this your most creative Christmas ever!

Lisa Harris of My Kreative Pursuits did a great job summarizing what each designer contributed to the kit in this video…

 

I really do love the way this layout came out! I’m envisioning this would be lovely as part of a December Daily album. What do you think? Be sure to check out the entire Creative Christmas Bundle and let me know in the comments what project you’d love to create first? There is so much value in the kit with over $300 worth of products — classes, downloads, cut files, stitch patterns, calendars, gift projects and more — for only $29.99 – get it before it’s GONE! Yup, I know, it’s a phenomenal deal! All the projects are great and I look forward to an amazing, enjoyable and super creative Christmas!

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Oh, did you know it’s Small Business Saturday today? It is! So even though the Creative Christmas Bundle sale goes until Monday, check it out and support today! Even if you don’t purchase the bundle (and miss out on so many great projects for a steal of a price – say wha?!), be sure to support at least one small business today. Each designer (links below) who contributed to the bundle sells great products, classes and services, and there are tons of wonderful creatives, artists and makers over at Etsy, as well as Society6. Keep small businesses moving forward and show them some love today ❤

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Creative Christmas Bundle Designers & Contributions

Alison Day – December Daily Cut Files and video (retail value $15) 

Beth Soler – Cricut Cut Files/phone tutorial (retail value $12) 

Cara Vincens – Whimsical Printable Christmas Cards with bonus postcard option and coupon code to The Hooting Pirate Etsy Store (retail value $15) 

Carole Cassel – Calendar Making Class using Paint Shop Pro (retail value $10) 

Connie Hanks* (that’s me!) Printable Advent Calendar w/family activity list (retail value $15) {advent activity and numeral used}

Gina Zee – Upcycled Christmas Workshop (retail value $15) 

Janet Carr* – Digital scrapbooking bundle (retail value $20) {papers, embellishments and overlays used}

Jen Funk Weber – Silhouette cross-stitch patterns (retail value $12) 

Jen Wright – 12-Day Advent Envelope Project Tutorial with bonus Advent Cards (retail value $20) 

Karen Fitting – Flower Calendar with Bonus Tutorial on tips for using Artisan beyond scrapbooking (retail value $15) 

Kristie Sloan – Art Journaling Basics online class (retail value $20) 

Lisa Harris – Santa’s Helpers Workshop – quick, inexpensive gifts (retail value $20) 

Margareta Carlsson* – Digital pack of holiday pocket page cards and photo overlays, everything both for digital scrapbooking and as printable pdf files for hybrid scrapbooking (retail value $10) {overlays used}

Mary Moseley – And Jackie Lyals Photo Gifts for the Holidays (retail value $10) 

Melissa Shanhun* – Digital scrapbooking bundle with bonus audio and video inspiration and tutorials  (retail value $80) {papers and embellishments used}

*Designers products’ featured in my “Candy Cane Love” layout.

PS. Linking up with the Daily Post photo challenge: Converge – who doesn’t love when two shapes, especially candy, form a heart?!