Malone Maternity | Woodland Park, CO

The beauty in the following session is my daughter-in-love’s sister. We are not technically family, but we are family all the same. I think we’re all agreed that we can break the so-called family rules if we want to.

So, we made plans months and months ago to have a maternity session, and once we finally had it all mapped out and set, we were thrown a bit off-course when we arrived at our chosen location only to find they were closing before we’d even get to the golden sunset lighting of the day. A bit dismayed, I was without a clue which place we might be able to get to first before losing the light, since our location of choice was so far out (comparatively). As we slowly pulled away from our spot, I looked around and told them to pull over at the next road. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a photographer, it’s that any spot will actually do. The whole session took place on the side of a dirt road, and in my opinion? It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Now, you have to understand toddlers. They aren’t down with pictures, typically. In fact, the variety that toddlers come in is usually either very shy and I have to work VERY hard to get them to at least glance in my direction once or twice, or they have no use for pictures and I have to work VERY hard to convince them that this is the best idea ever! Typically, a toddler who has no use for pictures will not pose. However, they ARE happy to do everything else, like being a silly goose and making sure you really have to work to get those sweet moments before said toddlers totally jump back in. Even though they don’t want to be in pictures, you see.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography
Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Notice how he doesn’t really want to be in pictures. I mean, the way he avoids even looking DIRECTLY into the camera.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

I like to give men and children breaks when we’re on maternity sessions so I can focus on the beauty of the expectant mom, and oh my, isn’t it worth it just for these moments?

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Of course, this is usually happening nearby —

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

For the record, that happened because we actually asked him to pose. Which, you know, you never try to get a toddler to do. Because, well…

Anyway, he was much more into posing with his mom, dad, and sister-to-be (never mind how many shots I have to get while practically standing on my head to get him to look at me).

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

And then, he’s off while I catch some sweet moments -

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

My goodness, can you just imagine the sweet baby feet that will fill these shoes?

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Mom really wanted some pictures of him kissing her belly, and let’s just say it took eleventy-katrillion shots for me to capture him doing so, since he would run and kiss way too fast for me to catch.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography
Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

But then he got all movie star on me and treated me like the paparazzi. “No more pictures of my sister!” he said.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Since I’m hardly ever scared of toddlers, I just took his mom and ran with her. Simply gorgeous…

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography
Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Finally the time came to begin wrapping it all up. A few more pictures and we’d call it a night. And by a few more, obviously I meant ONE more with little man before he had better things to do again.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

What often happens on sessions is some need more time to warm up and relax, and I’m just so happy that happened for this guy, because for the very last pictures of the day, we ended up with these, and I couldn’t be more in love with the moment and the lighting.

Malone Maternity by Klocke Photography

Seriously gorgeous, amiright?

We laughed and had a ton of fun, and very soon after, a baby girl was born. And her newborn photos will be on the site very, very soon.

Karen - Love, love, love these photos and your blog! Love you, too!!!:-)

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Sound logic

Sound logic by Angela Giles Klocke
When I’m on sessions with children, we usually end up in play at some point. That is, it’s sort of expected and sometimes kind of demanded. Relationships with kids require trust, and part of building trust is giving back to them when you have asked much of them. In my case, asking children to participate in the making of beautiful and fun photos is a big ask. I’m requesting their patience, their time, and their energy, when they would prefer to do all the other things they like to do. I’m even requesting a break in their normal everyday life, and because that can throw them off, it’s best to give back.

In this case, Little Miss wanted to play in a car. (It’s all safe and good. Broken car, kept locked in general, and I was with her.) I … did not. I’ll chase you, I’ll color with you, and I’ll let you take my picture, but getting in a car to play? Not so much my thing given how much time I already spend in a car.

But she wanted it, and I protested and whined, as any good grown-up would.

“I don’t waaaaaaant to,” I said, refusing to give in to this four-year-old’s pressure.

“Come on!” she said back.

“No thank you, I don’t want to.”

She sighed, pushed her hair off her face, and pursed her lips at me.

“Angela-la, I’m not asking if you WANT to. I’m just asking if you WILL.”

Oh. She had me there. It was logic I couldn’t really argue with. Nope, didn’t really want to, but would I do it for her anyway? Dang it, of course. I love that girl. And her sound logic.

She’s a wee bit too smart for her age, I’ll tell you that right now! And that’s exactly the thought that crossed my mind as I climbed into the backseat and told my taxi driver where I needed to go.

Sound logic
Sound logic
Sound logic

These are the moments that live between the posed photos. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Wordless-ish Wednesday: Human Trafficking Awareness

*In honor of my first writing credit in a very long time being in this week’s local newspaper, The Pikes Peak Courier, here are some related photos that I took last year for the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado 6th Annual Symposium.

Wordless-ish Wednesday
Wordless-ish Wednesday
Wordless-ish Wednesday
Wordless-ish Wednesday
Yes! It's a year of new and restarts, and in today's paper you'll find my first writing credit in a very long time! I'm so excited, and even more because I got to write on a topic I'm passionate about. #writingagain #pikespeakcourier #humantrafficking

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