Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, worn, beach, pier, wood

Beachy Texture and a GIVEAWAY!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, worn, beach, pier, woodIt’s Friday, which means the Daily Post came out with a new photo challenge for the week: Texture! Lucky for me, I grabbed these shots earlier this summer while my hubby, daughters and I headed to the beach for a sunset walk. There’s an old… wait, before I tell you about what’s in the shot, I have to give you some backstory…

Years ago, I knew the kinds of images I wanted to capture – images just like these – I could see them in my mind, but I didn’t know how to get them. Have you been there? Have you envisioned a specific image, but aren’t quite sure how to capture it? Well, I’m going to share with you two aspects that have been monumental in my development as a photographer…

1. Knowledge is POWER! If you’ve read a blog post or two (or a hundred) here at Clicky Chick Creates, then you know I’m an education junkie. When I am passionate about a subject, I want to learn all there is about it. And that has definitely remained steadfast in my evolution as a photographer.

The first thing that rocked my world behind the lens: learning to shoot in manual mode. Taking the power of the camera, developing your eye and shooting with intention? Absolute recipe for success!

2. Shooting with INTENTION… that’s right, I said it again! But I don’t mean “oh, I want to photograph a yellow rose!” I mean looking at our everyday environments, whether we’re at home, work, school, running errands, running for exercise, or running away for a vacation, looking around and enjoying the little details. It’s the beauty in those details, those everyday bits and pieces of our days, that beckon to be photographed.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, worn, beach, pier, wood

Being part of Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 community and “Practice!” class has been a beautiful daily reminder to be thoughtful in the everyday surroundings, wherever I may be, and has without a doubt elevated my everyday intentional shooting. That’s why I’m honored and excited to announce another giveaway…

But first imagine… Imagine you’re able to take more control of your camera, harness the power in that DSLR and get the shots you want! Well, you’re in luck!

Your Life Captured Through the Lens GIVEAWAY!!

I’m so excited to giveaway a seat in Katrina’s upcoming “Your Life Captured Through the Lens” class to one lucky reader! For an opportunity to win a seat, just leave a comment telling me what you’re most excited to photograph in manual mode! And if you want a second entry to win a seat, sign up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list. {If you’ve already opted-in, you’ll automatically get an extra chance to win!}

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Are you neglecting your dSLR? Did you spend your hard earned money only to shove it into a closet so you can use your phone? Get that camera out!

It’s time you take creative control of your dSLR and create photos YOU LOVE! Your Life Captured Through The Lens is a 7 week on-line class that will get your camera out of the closet and your settings off auto!

In 6 lessons scheduled over 7 weeks, you’ll explore your camera’s buttons and dials. In each lesson you receive technical and composition instruction with practical exercises to get you shooting.

This is a 7 week, online class that begins August 11th, 2014. Written and video lessons are posted each Monday. Katrina Kennedy will lead two live webinars to answer your questions and guide you to creative success. Webinars are recorded in case your life makes it difficult to show up at a particular time. For more details, click here.

Katrina Kennedy’s passion is capturing life’s everyday moments. She knows her way around a camera and has a knack for teaching you how to use yours.  She has helped thousands of students get the most out of their cameras through her on-line classes and FREE daily email prompts.
Connect with Katrina Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Leave your comment quickly… I’ll be picking the lucky winner this Sunday, August 10th, 6pm PST.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rustic, worn, beach, pier, woodSo what did I photograph? What are those images of? An old fence? A piece of a bench? A favorite restaurant? It’s the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California 🙂 It’s old, worn, rickety and quite lovely ❤ And the green in the background? The Pacific Ocean underneath the pier!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Canon Rebel XTi
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
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UPDATE: Winner-winner, chicken-dinner! We have a winner for Katrina’s class! Drumroll….

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Congrats Lili! Please contact me at “Connie@ClickyChickCreates.com so I can get you the registration information! Class starts Monday, August 11th! Enjoy the class and please keep me updated on your progress!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // body scrub containers at a baby shower

Containers // Beauty Within {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // hanging planterWhile in college, I fell in love with all the containers and organization at Bed, Bath and Beyond, as well as The Container Store. But perusing my photos, I didn’t find the kinds of photos I was envisioning sharing. So many times we view containers just as a holding place – an item between us and what we really, really want… the contents within those containers!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // cool, refreshing, Mexican waters - Agua de Melon, Pina

But as I perused my archives, searching for photos for this week’s theme for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Containers, I realized many of the containers I’m drawn to are glass, or have a clear aspect so we may see the contents, which got me thinking about the glass in itself – the different patterns and shapes. It’s really beautiful when you think about it!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // body scrub containers at a baby shower Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // wine containers in the South of France

What types of containers are you drawn to? Clear? Opaque? Plastic? Glass? Ceramic? Wood? Metal? Colorful? Monotone? Me? I like it all! No container discrimination here! But it looks like I like to photograph the glass ones the most : )

Photo Tip: When photographing a repetitive subject, like jars lined up, get it at eye level and from a side angle to get visual interest. {Click to Tweet}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Scentsy candle pots Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // spice containers holding crafty wood veneers

While in college, I always hoped to win a fabulous closet make-over from one of the organizing stores. Not to replace the contents of my closet (I was voted best-dressed in high school, after all!), just the organization part! Never won it, but I’m definitely a container junkie and my craft room is full of containers holding all my crafty goodness.

I’m in the middle of reorganizing my craft room, but maybe if that’s done before the week is up, I’ll put up another “containers” post! I just finished a scrappy-hour with some scrappy-friends on Spreecast and got a tour of my friend Alice’s studio – from Scrapbook Wonderland – cute name, huh?! Anyway, her studio is amazing and reinvigorated my desire to reorganize my craft room, so wish me luck!

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!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater

10 on 10 – January // Doors of Balboa Park

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior TheaterMy dear friend and amazing photographer, Kim Bajorek, invited me to join her with a few other photographers in a 10 on 10 monthly blog posting circle, showcasing 10 (or more!) photos taken on the 10th of the month, and linking to the next photographer in the circle. This month, I’m linking to the fabulous Micah Hewett Images – definitely check it out!

Seeing that the 10th of January landed on a Friday, I had a chance to sneak away as both my girls were in school! I chose to head to Balboa Park and photograph the beautiful and different doors of the park. Spanish Village for the colorful doors, International Cottages for some more color and iron, Junior Theater for wood and iron and Sculpture Court Cafe for beautiful iron. I really love being at the park – there is always something to see, something to photograph, something I hadn’t noticed before.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior TheaterConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior TheaterConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // doors of Balboa Park, Spanish Village, International Cottages, Junior Theater

And I’m totally serious that I always discover something new…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // caterpillars of Balboa Park Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // caterpillars of Balboa Park

I had no idea there were so many caterpillars on some of the different trees around the park! I really wished I had a macro lens to get closer and better details as I grabbed these shots. Without a doubt, I was fascinated with these ravenous leaf-eaters and colorful creatures!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Don’t forget to check out the next photographer in the 10 on 10 circle – Micah Hewett Images  – lovely images and I hope her little man is all better now!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c