Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Torrey Pines beach, La Jolla, CA, rock art, balance, beach umbrella, relax

Sea // Balance {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Torrey Pines beach, La Jolla, CA, rock art, balance, beach umbrella, relax

Hope you’re enjoying this long last weekend of summer! The Daily Post weekly photo challenge theme for the week is SEA.

I shot this on Friday as we were on our way out of the beach. Kids and sand toys, towels and umbrellas, boogie board and beach chairs; everything packed up and as all parents with little kids do – my hubby and I definitely looked like overpacked mules carrying all the goodies out. But I spotted this little creation and I just had to get the shot! Dropped all I was carrying (except my camera of course!) and got as low as I could go to get it.

What does this image make you think of? The beach? Relaxing? Sand between your toes? Crashing waves? It reminds me that life is all about balance! Take the time to enjoy it!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

PS. Check out the other entries playing along with the weekly theme. Holy inspiration, Batman!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'Azur

Carefree // South of France {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - getting cheeky, kissing a naked statue in Cote d'Azur

You know those carefree moments when you’re just enjoying life? Yup, that’s what this group of girlfriends had earlier this year on our adventure to the South of France.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - upside down umbrella in Cote d'Azur

Traveling with fun, outgoing, silly, life-embracing friends makes any trip fantastic. But throw in the fact I’ve been making memories with two of these girls  since 1991, and the other fits in like we’ve known each other just as long, well, there’s no better word than AMAZING to describe the trip!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // carefree in the south of France - dipping toes in Mediterranean for the first time, Cote d'Azur

Besides being fun and entertaining, these girls did such an awesome job researching and planning the whole trip. I was able to be CAREFREE the entire trip. “Oh, we have reservations? Fabulous!” “We’re going there today? Awesome!” “Pre-bought tickets so we don’t have to stand in line? You’re amazing!!” – yes, I was truly able to just enjoy the trip! Thank you girlies for an amazing adventure! Where are we off to next? : )

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

PS. Although I’m posting this so late in the week, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to play along on the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week. The prompt is “Carefree“, and these photos really do scream that out to me!! What says “carefree” to you? Share your link in the comments!

Summer, summer, summertime!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  bucket and sand castle at sunny beachSummer is almost here! And although summer doesn’t officially kick off until June 21st (quite conveniently the summer solstice and my birthday!), the perfect Southern California weather we’ve been having is making me giddy with excitement for the season!

School is almost out for my daughters and I can’t wait for some relaxing, lounge-lizard days, beach-bound days, fair days, camp days, playdate days, radio-blasting-crazy-dancing days, stay-at-home-and-craft-all-day kinda days, and just overall memory-making kinda days!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  baby girl enjoying building sand castles at beach on sunny dayClearly, I love to click away behind the lens. How could I not when I have scenes like these to capture?! My girls love building sandcastles. My baby in particular loves knocking them down just as quickly as she sets them up! Can’t wait to get new shots this summer as they build and play the days away. Cheers to enjoying sandy toes and salty kisses!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  colorful beach umbrella and ocean scene on sunny dayWhat memories are you looking forward to creating this summer?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c