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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Valentine’s, 3-month session, just because…

So, this face…amiright?

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These are my best friend’s girls. I am including that tidbit so you understand the casual laid back way these photos were done, as well as why the girls show up so often. Also, we’re getting close to a certain young lady’s FIFTH birthday, and we’ll be doing another Grow Into the Dress series of shots in early May. So, it was time to share some from this relaxed morning of play and photos of them.

Ever so silly —

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Smoodgie kisses!

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Sisters forever — but not always cooperative for together shots. Still, a few…

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I adore a good baby profile!

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Sometimes little girls get thinkerly while waiting for you to play Barbies (there might have been a little bribing: “Let’s take these shots, and then I’ll play with you!”)

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Kids do what kids do —

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Then they give you a smidge of what you want, and then they’re off to do better things.

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A little focus on the baby, while Big Sister colors and such —

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Those cheeks, they kill me —

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And that tongue!

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Sweet sweet babyness —

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Rora dressed up for some outdoor pictures, and that girl has style, but we ended up getting blown away by the wind.

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And let me just end here, with a picture Aurora took of ME. She’s not bad, eh?

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This was one of my favorite kinds of photo sessions. Lots of play, talk, food, and love at home with time on our side. Ah yes, I do love this!

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Now Accepting Clients

Photography by Angela Giles Klocke (Klocke Photography) is now accepting clients. Please review the “No Session Fee” Session Information HERE!

Photography by Angela Giles KlockePhotography by Angela Giles Klocke

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The Gates Family

Last year, I held a “Share the Love” session giveaway. Stephanie entered and was one of the winners! When she entered, she told me that she had guest-blogged at MiddlePlaces.com, where I blog with a host of other beautiful women, and that she had been reading my personal blog for a while. I was drawn to her story because like my family, she and her family moved across the country to Colorado just because they wanted a new start.

Anyway, I was really slow at connecting the dots, but I realized that I had been reading her blog because another Middle Sister, Heather, had talked about how wonderful her friend Stephanie is, and on and on. So these two people named Stephanie morphed into one, and I was getting to photograph her and her family. Seriously, life is pretty cool like that, huh!

Oh, and by the time we had our session, Stephanie had joined the MiddlePlaces.com group of writers, and since our session, her writing career has been growing and growing, and she even wrote a beautiful series on the MOPS International blog, one of which was about me. (Read it here.) Like I said, life is pretty cool like that!

OK, so onward with the session. Suffice it to say, I get a little involved with most of my clients and we typically have a friendship in the works before our session ever happens, or definitely by the time the session ends. Because we have fun!

I love families. LOVE! But the start of most sessions can be chaotic as we figure out all the details on the spot, location, lighting, etc. Plus, it can take some or all of the family members a bit to warm up. But we get there, because I love what I do and impatience is not a word I understand.

Even the shots I consider THE ONE, the image where everyone is looking at me for the traditional family shot, there are little Easter eggs of imperfect delight. Can you find it?

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Here’s a hint: look at the smallest of the bunch.

Ah yes, he’s missing a shoe. Where is it? Who knows. It eventually found its way back on his tiny foot, but when I took the photo, I didn’t notice that detail because I was so focused on all the wonderful faces looking at me AT THE SAME TIME!

That’s what I love about family sessions. Also, I love this about family sessions –

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I typically get one or two shots like this every time. It’s my favorite! Because life? Isn’t still. It’s always on the move, especially family life.

It takes a village to raise children, or at least, I believe we should have a village to support us, and that’s just who the Gates have in their corner — one amazing woman!

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Gates Family

And let’s just shine the spotlight on the amazing kiddos, because seriously, they are beautiful beautiful beautiful and oh so sweet and precious! They had me laughing…and they wore me out. Mom and Dad, my hat is off to you!

The oldest, a gentle soul who does the most amazing impersonations of super heroes and cops –

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Gates Family

The second-born, who is all kinds of personality and spunk –

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I said, “OK, now give me a serious face.” And this is what I got –

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The only girl, Little Miss Sass and Joy, with a smile that could light the world. And those eyes, oh, those eyes –

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Gates Family

And then there’s the baby, so sweet and calm and GORGEOUS!

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Gates Family

Sibling photos are such an amazing thing. I love to watch brothers and sisters of all ages interact with each other. You can tell a lot by how close they get, how they squeeze in or stand apart, how they joke and smile, or grimace and scowl. I think you get a pretty clear picture here of love and closeness. Dad and Mom, when 10 years have gone by, recreate this moment. And then do it again and again!

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Brothers…oh my heart –

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And let us not forget Mom and Dad, who head up this amazing family with love and laughter and sometimes a lot of prayer, amiright?

Not having “done pictures” in forever, let’s just say they weren’t exactly relaxed as I tried to pose them. “Act like we like each other? I’m confused!”

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Ah, too late: your laughter and ease with each other gives you away!

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This…is called Kid Wrangling. Mom is a pro!

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All for these awesome moments –

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Gates Family

Finally, this is real family life, right? Fully of silly and laughter and chaos. And it’s worth it, every single second. (So hang in there, moms and dads and aunts and uncles and grandparents and god-parents!)

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Oh, and one more picture because, well, it fills my heart with laughter. The joy is just in your face!

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The Photographer

 

At the end, the boys wanted a picture with me. (Only one of the shots came out.) I was so honored! And I think that’s a good sign that things went well. No one was crying at the end, everyone still seemed to have their hair and wits, and the weather was beautiful. All in all, a wonderful day!

 

I often hold contests to win sessions throughout the year on my Facebook page. If you’d like to win a session like the Gates Family, join the page and keep an eye out!

Stephanie Gates - Thanks again for the pictures, and thanks for sharing them!

Heather VanHoose Truett - Ok, this made me cry more than I should admit. The last time I got to see Steph in person, Emmy was in her belly, and now look at her, this little person and a whole other baby on the scene as well. *sniffle*

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Looking back on January

A few things I learned –

Fail once, try again. Fail twice, try again. Try try try again!

Keep asking.

I really CAN do hard things!

It can be scary to speak out (or participate in a public discussion), but it gets easier and easier the more you do it.

A few things I saw –

The beautiful union of my son and daughter-in-love!

Lots of love and laughter.

Lots of snow!

A blur…as in the month went by in a happy blur!

Snapshots of the month –

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In January, I wrote the following at MiddlePlaces.com

And the following at Live-Brave.com

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

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“Your camera takes really nice pictures!”

So, one thing photographers love to hear is how nice our cameras are at taking pictures.

OK, that’s not true. Actually, we all twitch about just a little when we hear those words, because the implication is that our talents lie in what the camera is doing (even if you don’t mean it that way, that’s how it’s often heard), not us.

Recently, when I was out on a session where I was in front of the camera instead of behind it, I decided to just randomly hit the shutter button, just to see how nice the pictures could be if my camera was in charge. Following are some of the results:

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This is the ONLY shot I took where I actually did the work of setting everything, and I had to do it quickly because this look says, “Angela, this your photo shoot*. You’re not supposed to be working!”

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Not too long ago, a friend bought a nice SLR camera and within hours called me to complain that something must be wrong with her brand new camera because her photos didn’t look at all like mine. It made me chuckle just a little because the very common misconception is that all one needs to make nice pictures is a more expensive camera.

Not true!

I’ve seen amazing work done with phones, with point-and-shoot cameras, with 35mm film cameras, and on and on. The beauty comes from the artist’s talent and skill in using the tool, the camera.

You wouldn’t approach a painter and tell him how his paint brushes create really nice pictures, because you’d recognize his talent. That’s important to keep in mind with photography — our cameras are our chosen artistic mediums. The camera itself might offer more in terms of technical aspects, but even the most expensive, best camera on the market can’t do anything without the artist.

Make sense?

*Nic took the photos of me that appear throughout the site, such as on the About Me page and otherwise. Thanks again, Nic! Please see: NIC Photography on Facebook.

Tina Champlin - Um…I know from experience most the time I take photos they are blurry….so it must be the camera….not me right???LOL!!!hahahah You are a great photographer and I am so thankful you taught my son how to be one too! Love ya!

Kira Martin - Well, your camera DOES take beautiful pictures. But if it was my camera, it would mysteriously stop working quite so well. Sad, but true.

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