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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…

Spencer and Leigh

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!

Spencer and Leigh

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.

Spencer and Leigh

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!

Spencer and Leigh

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

Spencer and Leigh

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!

Spencer and Leigh

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?

Spencer and Leigh
Spencer and Leigh
Spencer and Leigh
Spencer and Leigh

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

Spencer and Leigh

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.

Spencer and Leigh

We called it a day shortly after this.

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

Spencer and Leigh

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!

Spencer and Leigh

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.

Would you like me to photograph YOUR love?

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 –

Looking back on March
Looking back on March
Looking back on March
Looking back on March
Looking back on March
Looking back on March

In March, I wrote the following at MiddlePlaces.com

Looking back on March

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

Let’s get this part out of the way first: I don’t even LIKE these people. But ugh, they just keep ending up in front of my camera. It’s just wrong that I must suffer like this, what with all the laughing and comfort and Chrissy’s ability to completely pose herself. It’s after sessions like this that I just dream of quitting and moving on to something much more exciting, like accounting or testing to see how long it takes paint to actually dry. Anything but this.

James and Chrissy

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This girl, yet another awesome friend of our family. She is my daughter’s closest friend, one of those giggly kinds of girls we used to want to muzzle when she came over. I kid, I kid…or do I?

We love you, Jay-Nail!

I’ve watched Janelle grow more and more beautiful over the years, with a heart of gold, and still giggly. I can’t believe we’re already at the part where the girls will move into the next phase of their lives. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Janelle, Class of 2015

So, anyway, mush aside, I showed up bright and early on a cold day, and Janelle decided being warm is for losers. (Hi, I’m a loser!) Being super cute for pictures is most important. Yeah, I guess she pulled that part off OK.

Janelle, Class of 2015
Janelle, Class of 2015
Janelle, Class of 2015
Janelle, Class of 2015
Janelle, Class of 2015

Incidentally, working with Janelle is a bit like working with my own children… And we broke no laws. I think.

Janelle, Class of 2015

Our session was rather short. Because someone was cold. And I don’t mean me. But she rocked it all the same!

Let’s do it again soon, Beautiful Janelle!

Me and Janelle by Klocke Photography

Would you like me to photograph YOUR senior?

…but not before making some photographic memories!

Living in a military area often means people are coming and going. I have the honor of photographing many military families, but sadly, I don’t always get to keep telling their stories because they move on to the next assignment. That was the case here, but it was especially important to capture their time with some Colorado beauty. So we met up with the intent to shoot big. That is, though scenery is fun and part of many sessions, the focus is typically more up close and personal. But for their memories, they really wanted Colorado with Family, not so much Family with Colorado.

We met up early but as Colorado is wont to do, the sun was shining super bright. I don’t like to shoot in bright sun because it can be very hard for clients to not go blind and for me to get THE shots, but I took on the beautiful day like a champ: Challenge accepted!

The Ahn Family

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