Love Your Everyday Life » Angela Giles Klocke, Southern Colorado Freelance Writer and Photographer

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“We were heading out for a late lunch — me, my son, and his wife — before a night out at a concert, when the conversation turned to hard things. My son mentioned something he thought I knew about, a little piece of a story that was almost 20 years old. Despite its age, this news, it came rushing at me all fresh and heavy, as if it just happened. My chest swelled with anger as the force of the betrayal swept through me like a hurricane. And then tears, because so much time had passed and I had been left unknowing, unaware, and helpless to do anything this many years later.”

Continued at MiddlePlaces.com – This side of healing

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Warning: Tons of serious cuteness in this post.

These are my grandson’s “9-month” pictures. That is, well, our plans in the ninth month didn’t happen and he was actually just over 10 months. But whatever, it worked and he is gorgeous and hilarious and oh so very loved, so it was the best timing.

The whole session took place in the bed. That’s right, the whole thing. I stress this point because so many clients fear there isn’t enough space in their home, and yet, there really is!

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“The strangest thing about having babies is that before you know it you have adults.” -Anna Quindlen

And then you are standing there watching your boy with his own boy. So. So. So. Wild!

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And y’all, his boy sure does adore him!

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That smile. That face!

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Kisses are funny!

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Until, you know, they’re not. It’s hard to be loved sometimes…

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Babies of all ages need breaks and time to cuddle.

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Of course, he’s at that age where he also needs to get back to playing ASAP!

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It’s a hard life, all that love and playing.

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And snacks…

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I seriously almost can’t handle the level of adorbs here.

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And here!

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Sigh…and here too.

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Look, I want you all to know that I have shown great restraint in narrowing down the images to share today. Because with moments like these, I could have just loaded this post up with all 200+ final images. Yes, that’s right. Total overload. But I’m a mom AND a grandma now, so my pride levels are higher than I ever could have imagined. So, bear with me.

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Yeah, that’s right. He knows how to look up at me, how to time that just right. You are loved, Little Mister!

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A few behind-the-scene shots —

Tanya absolutely cracks me up as she tries to jump out of the shot.

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And we were not above bribing and using whatever works to get Baby Man into play.

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One last one of me with our little man, taken by his mommy

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Life just moves so quickly. I hope you are taking time in your lives to just enjoy life, to do more than working for a paycheck. Only yesterday, my children were babies. Life is beautiful now, of course, but I can’t believe how much time has passed me by, how many months are blurs of just work without joy. “Love Your Everyday Life” … it’s more than a tagline for my business. It’s how I live now.

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Let’s do our session at the dog park, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

AND IT WAS! Even if I had to creatively crop out random dogs doing their “business” in the background. HA!

(And let me just say that as a dog owner, meeting at the dog park means I don’t have to worry about any stray Hailey “coming along” with me, if you know what I mean!)

I met Wendy at school in an advanced public speaking class. Friends, this woman has skillz! (Just sayin’…if you need an enthusiastic speaker or presenter, Wendy is your gal! I can put you in touch.) One thing led to another and next thing you know, here we were, laughing and carrying on among dozens of dogs, traipsing across ice, and just getting to know each other better.

Wendy was really worried about her wardrobe choices for the session, but I think you’ll agree she pretty much nailed it. That color with her hair? Perfect!

So, it was winter (January) but it looked like fall. The sun just lit everything up all warm and gold. Until it dropped quickly, as it is wont to do in the winter, and everything was a lovely cooler feeling. (No sarcasm. It was truly lovely!)

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These two couldn’t keep it together. “Look into each other’s eyes,” I said. They could only make it for 2 seconds at a time. SO mature!

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People like this make my job SO hard! (Wink, wink!)

Nothing like a little doggie photobombing! I’m tellin’ ya, Rocket adored me, except when I actually wanted him to pose in a picture. Dogs, amiright?

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Such an awesome little family!

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And y’all, isn’t Wendy gorgeous? Again, that hair, but also, those eyes! I had to convince myself to stop taking a million only slighty different shots of her because I was mesmerized by those beautiful eyes.

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And then her big guy stole me with his. So much soul in his look, so much beauty, err, you know what I mean…handsome! But seriously, ‘dem eyes!

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Oh snap! (<-- Cool people like me still say that.) They ALL have gorgeous eyes! And I am so in love with their love, this moment. So precious to me to get to capture it for them.

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Family pictures never need to be perfect. They don’t need to wait for the perfect time of the year or for everyone to be looking right at the camera. But sometimes they do. Sometimes everyone is on board, including the dog (even if his eyes make me want to look behind me to see what monster is sneaking up on me!), and then you end on this note. Ah, I love it!

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You guys, you’re the best. Thank you for your service! Wendy, I’ll catch ya on the speaking circuit, right? See ya there!

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  • Wendy Baird Packard - Omg!! Girl. Thank you! We needed this lift. Again with the incredible timing. Thank you for the kind up lifting words of inspiration and hope. As I am starting to fade with this school thing you remind me of gifts I have doubted and give me hope in the future. Also you capture the crazy day exactly as it was. Lol! Combining your gift with words and your gift with a camera is alway s perfection. # hug# blessed# to# know#/youReplyCancel

  • Teresa Packard - Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos of my brother’s family. I’m so happy you were able to capture their unique loving relationship on film. I’m glad Brockton will always have these to share with his own family some day.ReplyCancel

  • Cici Marie Weinberg - Omg!!! Love this story!! Miss yall so much!!!ReplyCancel

Sharing stories over coffee and tears by Angela Giles KlockePINIMAGE

“We sit in our little square of four, the rich smells of coffee and the boisterous comings and goings of morning life filling our senses. In our own little ways, we each store away the details for later use in whatever we are currently writing. We lean in close to share from the different pieces of our lives and works-in-progress.”

Continued at MiddlePlaces.com – Sharing stories over coffee and tears

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To answer the first question: no, no we did not get stuck in the snow. Why do you ask?

Moving right along…

Living in Colorado comes with many perks. But sometimes it comes with changes that happen so fast, you have to up your own game, especially as you run out of daylight. And the snow stops falling softly and instead begins to assault you…sideways. Seriously. Yet, there is laughter and kisses (them, not me) and beauty and a celebration of love all the same. And that’s what I live for, why I do this job, even if sometimes it means you have the worst drive of your life on the way home.

Spencer, Leigh, Yota*, and I met up last summer to see if we were a good fit for each other, and lo! We were! So we planned a winter engagement session with the hopes of a wintry look and maybe some nice snow, right? Oh, best laid plans and all that jazz. Worse, I became so nervous as a passenger that you could officially change my name to Chatty Cathy. Truly. (I have Passenger Anxiety. It’s real.)

Announcing…

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I’ll be there!

So, after not being stuck in the snow, we got started and Leigh immediately got comfortable with my camera. That hair, those eyes, that smile!

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Now, I want you to notice that it’s just barely starting to snow here. It’s light and pretty and hardly makes us freezing cold.

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By the end, the snow will drench us and everyone’s hair will fall flat, and Spencer never stops complaining about how much time he spent doing his hair ALL FOR NOTHING! Ahem, sorry…creative license.

They are just too stinkin’ cute!

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Y’all, come on. Leigh is absolutely gorgeous! This just makes you excited to see what she will look like on her wedding day.

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Let’s not forget Spencer. I love this series because he’s trying so hard to be a good little model and Leigh is standing behind me making faces at him. “Stop making me laugh!” He’s gonna work that wedding day attire, but I may have to keep Leigh out of range if she’s gonna keep up these shenanigans!

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If you’re not working with animals, you haven’t lived. I love that almost every session lately has included a fur baby. Yota was the best! And by “the best,” I mean, well, dogs…whatcha gonna do?

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Eh, forget the dog. We can do this without him.

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So, this is where we started losing control over the situation completely. You see how the snow is getting heavier? And we’re losing the battle with good hair. And no one is warm. NO ONE! But look at how they are holding it together. Truly professional. I’m sure I was professional too, hardly whining and shivering at all. Because I’m professional.

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We called it a day shortly after this.

Here are some phone shots I took when we were NOT stuck in the snow…

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Before leaving, Leigh and I had to get one selfie in. Spencer basically laughed at the idea and stayed in the truck where it was toasty warm. Notice how the snow is downright smacking us. OK, you can’t tell, but it is!

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Seriously had a blast with you two, and I can’t wait for September, where I will talk much less…unless you’re driving me somewhere. Then, I make no promises.

*I mentioned at this meeting that my husband would love them since they seemed to be Star Wars fans, what with naming their dog Yoda. But I was totally mis-hearing them and so yeah, that was fun! That beauty is actually named for the car, not a wise green fella.

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  • Grace West - This is very professional! Love your blog and your photos! :) Can’t believe those pictures you got of Spencer Slosser! Great work!ReplyCancel

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A few things I learned –

Sometimes you have to shove the to-do list aside and just live.

Focus is an ongoing journey — trying on what works and what doesn’t. Being OK with letting things go.

Self-led learning is the absolute best for me.

There are hard days and there is hard work. But there is also light waiting for you.

You should get up and dance. Dance like no one is watching, even when you know they are. Even when you are surrounded by thousands of people. Just dance.

Embrace who you are. It’s OK. You’re OK.

It’s OK not to like something anymore and to move on from it.

There are silver linings to the upcoming empty nest thing.

Always find a way to laugh on hard days.

Snapshots of the month –

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In March, I wrote the following at MiddlePlaces.com

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Did anything amazing, exciting, or beautiful happen for you in March?

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I’ve sort of told this story a bit before: I met Autumn before there was a Jake in her life. We worked together, and she is so beautiful and kind that I might have hated her if not for how messy she was when she worked (Hurricane Autumn) and my tendency to not really hate people. Thus, a friendship was born. And I’ve been paparazzi-ing her life ever since.

This beautiful family keeps growing and I am more than honored to get to keep coming back to capture all their new wonderful memories.

So now, Baby Girl 2! Little Lady E.

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I think you’ll agree with me — aren’t they a beautiful family?

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Truth (as every family knows) — for every sweet, calm shot, there are half a dozen of children trying to escape.

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A daddy and his girls. I can’t tell you how funny I think it is that Jake is now REALLY outnumbered.

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One bear, two girls, zero final photos of what I had planned…

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But seriously, cute no matter what! You just never know how a session will go with babies and toddlers. They laugh in the face of your plans.

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Oh, and if you think I actually came home with that bear, you’re just silly.

But this was S. when I was working with her baby sister. I love how small children are, how they bounce between joy and frustration about this new little person in their lives.

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So, I try to explain to families I work with that the reason your session can take so long — why you need to square off a good chunk of time for me — is because there’s a lot of time spent feeding babies, changing, soothing, etc. And if there are older siblings, they have needs too. But every moment is a possible photo opp. Seriously!

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Cuddles make perfect photo moments, too.

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And sometimes, “Don’t take my picture but don’t stop focusing on me” works.

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With a bit of warmth in the air, we headed outside for a few shots.

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Just a kiss from big sister. And where might she have learned this?

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Oh, right…

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Sometimes toddlers make big demands. Basically, if you want me to participate in this here picture taking event, ya better make me enjoy it. Daddy to the rescue! As you can see, he still tosses her.

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Ah, two sweet girls. A houseful of perfect and gentle kindness. At least, that’s what I hope. I only had one girl and I grew up with brothers, so I’m not really sure how the whole sisters thing goes, but I heard it’s very peaceful. *wink*

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I’ve decided my new favorite thing to say to toddlers is, “Show me your eyes.”

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Sweet, sweet Baby E wasn’t too keen on sleeping OR staying awake for long.

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I wouldn’t be ME if I didn’t sneak myself into a sweet photo moment every now and then… I think Autumn’s on to me.

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PS: Selfies with the girls? You know it! (Left – Miss E. Right – Miss S.)

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I love you girls! (You’re OK too, Jake. I guess.)

Related: Little Lady S’s newborn session

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