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

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.

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

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 // heart hands, red door, beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

10 on 10 – February // Crazy Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, holding hands in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Sometimes I feel like my daughters make me crazy. Like how many times can I say “put away your shoes?” or “we have to leave before we’re late” or “NO you cannot wear that!” But truth be told, I’m absolutely, unequivocally, head-over-heels, crazy in love with them!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters

They made me a mommy. They pick flowers (sometimes weeds) and lovingly hand me their bouquets. They draw pictures for me and write cards for me. They constantly want my attention and love to sing and dance, showing off their newest moves or lyrics. At bedtime, they ask me to read to them, even though they both can read, especially my 8-yr old who can breeze through chapter books, but still wants me to read to her. They’ve given me the most amazing gift and journey… motherhood. Truly, they’ve made me complete ❤

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But life gets busy. I get overwhelmed with the everydayness of life — cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, volunteering, working, blogging — everything it takes to make our family life keep plugging away. And I forget to take it all in. To take in my girls as they are right here, right now. So for this month’s 10 on 10, I wanted to focus on just them, my baby girls, before yet another month goes by and I realize I’ve been focusing  my lens on the “stuff”, and not the most important beings: my beautiful, smart, lovely, compassionate, free-spirited, whimsical, silly, big-hearted, musical, fun loving baby girls!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart hands, red door, beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

I hope you don’t mind indulging me and letting my proud-mommy-ness shine through ❤ We spent an afternoon in Balboa Park having fun, getting pictures of them being little girls, being themselves. My girls are my life and I love that they radiate joy, love, innocence, sweetness, and all the goodness that my dreams filled with at the thought of having daughters! Truly, I am blessed!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, jumping in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, playing in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, running in Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // beautiful, spirited daughters, sisters, twirling in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! 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 true gift of capturing grace, beauty and light!

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!

PPS. I’m linking this post with the Daily Post weekly photo challenge, sharing that even amidst the craziness of our life, my girls bring much needed “Symmetry” and balance to my heart ❤

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little girl twisting in her twirly skirt

Twist // Blue Spin {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little girl twisting in her twirly skirt

Canon 60D | Tamron 28-75mm | 1/15 sec at f/2.8 | ISO400

Birthdays and art shows and parties, oh my! The past two weeks have been beyond bananas! Not just as a mama and wife, but as a room mom and fine artist volunteer at school. My baby turned 5 this week – so of course we celebrated in many ways on many days: Tuesday with just our “4-family” as my girls call it on her actual birthday; Wednesday we had a Chuck E. Cheese party for her with friends and family; and Friday (today) she had a class celebration. My 1st graders open house and art show at school was scheduled for last week, but you may have heard in the news that San Diego, California had quite a few fires burning? School was closed and open house / art show was postponed to this week. Teacher appreciation week was also last week, which was split and rolled into this week. Are you as exhausted as I am just reading this stuff?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little girl twisting in her twirly skirt

Canon 60D | Tamron 28-75mm | 1/15 sec at f/2.8 | ISO400

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a night owl. Between 1am and 3am is my usual “call-it-a-night” curtain call. Once the kitchen is cleaned up, kids are in bed, kids are asleep (because “in bed” and “asleep” are sometimes hours apart), laundry is rotated and folded (wow, I kinda sound like Cinderella!); once all of that mama and wife stuff is done, then I get to edit photos, write blog posts, and work on other creative or room mom stuff. But this week? Pure exhaustion took over and not a single blog post was written! Eeek! Please forgive my absence, but know that I am now full of energy and ready to post!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little girl twisting in her twirly skirt

Canon 60D | Tamron 28-75mm | 1/15 sec at f/2.8 | ISO400

I missed last weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge, but am happy to jump back in this week. The theme is “Twist” and just last week I was having fun with my little one with a motion shot… pretty perfect for today’s theme! I definitely would have had better results using my tripod, but getting a (then) 4-yr old to twirl in the exact same spot is a bit challenging! The settings were exactly the same for each shot: 1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400, with Canon 60D and Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens. Clearly the slow shutter speed captured the movement of the sequins on her skirt, but had it been on a tripod, there may have been a tad bit more sharpness in the outline of her skirt. Just a tip in case you’d like to replicate with your own twirly skirt 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Little girl twisting in her twirly skirt

Canon 60D | Tamron 28-75mm | 1/15 sec at f/2.8 | ISO400

Is it weird that in just one week I now feel totally rusty in blogging? How do you get your creative mojo back? What do you do to get back on the horse, so to speak? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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