Baby It’s Cold Outside

Last Monday, December 16th, the weather forecast was for snow and freezing temps — with a high of around 28 degrees. Not wanting to let the frosty weather get the better of us, however, we donned a few extra layers and set out for our annual Salvation Army Bell ringing. We were thrilled when the snow stopped just prior to our start and the sun even peeked out at intervals. It was, however, cold, cold, cold.

Every year we bring a small speaker so that we (ok…  just me) can sing along to Christmas carols while ringing the bells, and this year we added stomping our feet to keep our toes from freezing! We weathered the storm, and fortunately, our bright red “Rudolph” noses didn’t scare off the many people who dropped money in the Red Kettle.

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It is always good to witness the generosity of people, especially when they are freezing and hustling to get into or out of the store. And true to form, we were treated to a story from someone who had called upon the Salvation Army in her time of need, and she was more than happy to make a donation.

We are so grateful to all of our friends who made a special trip to donate this year, and to those who had great intentions to come, but were deterred by the snowy streets and frosty weather, we sincerely hope that you can make a donation to another Red Kettle.

To my portrait clients, past and present, thank you for your business and referrals. And to all who are reading this blog, I wish you a most blessed Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

~Wendy

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Madeline Rose — Beautiful As Her Namesake

Madeline Rose, named after her mom’s favorite flower, has a soft spot for the less fortunate, and can be found giving both money and food to the homeless.

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Family is also a priority, and her family frequently engages in what they call “Joke Wars”. This involves getting ideas from sources like You Tube, etc. and then carrying out the harmless pranks (i.e. painting someone’s toenails while they sleep) on unsuspecting family members. The result is a lot of family bonding.

Madeline loves to be both in action and at rest. Her favorite resting activity is reading, but when it comes to moving her body, she prefers to be in nature and hike with her family. Their favorite places to hike include Red Rock Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park, and her favorite season is fall.

MadelineCMPblog2At her high school, Pueblo South, Madeline is a member of National Honor Society. And aligning with her love of the natural world, she is also in an AP Environmental Science class and Environmental Club, where she provides community service with the hope of saving the planet.

Madeline currently has a job at Dairy Queen and hopes to take a road trip after graduation with her friends to major US cities. Next fall she intends to start college, locally first, at Pikes Peak Community College to get her general credits out of the way, and then transfer to UCLA or UNLV in her quest to be either a Veterinarian or Pediatrician.


8419Wendy4x5Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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Josiah — A Zest for History

Josiah is a senior at The Classical Academy (TCA), where he plays nose guard on defense and guard on offense for the Titan football team. His favorite subject is history; particularly US and military history. Last summer he enjoyed a trip to Washington DC to experience some of our country’s history and visit the monuments.

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As a certified Drone pilot, Josiah is starting his own business by photographing commercial properties for Insurance companies. He has also spent the last year working as a cashier for the food truck K2 Cuisine, which serves American food. In his spare time, he enjoys his two cats, Cally and Chance, the family dog, Dusty, and playing video games.

JosiahCMPblog1Josiah volunteers at Woodman Valley Church in the 4th grade room, enjoys going to the shooting range and is considering joining the police force after graduation next spring.

 

 

 


8419Wendy4x5Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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Emilee — The Heartbeat of a Senior

Not many of my senior clients bring a stethoscope to their portrait sessions. But then, not many spend part of their school day studying to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) either. For Rampart senior, Emilee, attaining her EMT status is just a stepping-stone towards her goal of becoming a Radiation Therapist — the person who administers high power radiation to cancer patients.

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To balance her left-brain medical training, Emilee loves to engage in various hobbies outside school. Reading, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking and cuddling her two dogs, Cooper and Mollee, are a few of the ways she spends her free time. But her favorite hobby is baking cookies and cakes, and her “Ultimate Chocolate Cake” is her specialty.

EmileeCMPblog3Emilee is in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and participates in “Ramantics” – Rampart’s version of a variety show. She volunteers during the summer at the Air Force Academy stables by helping with the rental horseback rides.

Another unique way that she volunteers is by fostering cats.  In other words, she helps baby kittens that are not old enough, or weigh enough, until they are ready to be adopted. This usually lasts between three and four weeks, when they are returned to the Humane Society for adoption.EmileeCMPblog1

After graduation Emilee wants to take a road trip with friends to California and Oregon and then pursue her Associates degree in either Texas or Washington.

 

 


8419Wendy4x5Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

 

 

 

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Erin — Making the World a Better Place

Erin has three terrific passions: people, dogs and the environment.  How does she help people? Let me count the ways!

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Erin volunteers at school events, with Care and Share, and is the social media representative for the Colorado Springs chapter of “March for our Lives,” a nation-wide student led organization whose mission is to “harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.”1230Erin4x5CMP2

She has also been offered two part time jobs that started as volunteer positions. Erin began as a volunteer for the “Falfins” swim team, teaching swim lessons to beginner level kids until they are skilled enough to join the swim club as year-round swimmers. After just one year of volunteering in this role, Erin was asked to join as a part-time employee and has worked for them for two years.

In another volunteer position, at the Colorado Springs Therapy Center, after just two months of volunteer work, she was asked to become an employee. Here, Erin helps children and young adults as an assistant during their Aquatic Speech Sessions.

64Erin4x5CMP3Erin is super passionate about dogs and protecting the environment. She has two rescue dogs, Gabby and Tiki, and is very active with social movements concerning climate change and protecting our planet.

As a senior at Rampart, Erin is in the International Baccalaureate program and National Honor Society. After graduation she plans to go to college to study speech and language pathology.

 

 


8419Wendy4x5Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeremiah — Never Standing Still

While Jeremiah has played many different instruments throughout his life, including the violin, trumpet and sax, for the last three years he has played the clarinet in the Rampart Regiment Marching Band. He is also the clarinet section leader.  Band this year has been extra special as the Rampart Regiment just returned from a National Band Competition, in Flagstaff, Arizona, where they finished 9th. He is also in the Wind Ensemble, which is the highest level of band at Rampart.Jeremiah2

Jeremiah has some very unique hobbies! One such hobby is baking pastries — and cheesecakes are his specialty. He also loves to drink coffee, and prefers a nice, dark roast that he makes himself. When he’s not making music with the different bands, baking, making or savoring coffee, this senior enjoys playing sand volleyball and chilling with his Beagle, Chloe.

Jeremiah1Academics are extremely important to Jeremiah and he is in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. When I asked him how his Spanish was, he modestly replied that he’s “relatively” fluent.

Jeremiah volunteers at his church with the youth group and overhead ministry technology (running the display screens and music) and helps the church with their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless.

Next year he wants to attend college, preferably out of state, to study biochemistry so that he can eventually become a medical doctor.


8419Wendy4x5Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

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Jocelyn — Always Willing to Help Others

Jocelyn was glowing the morning of her session — even more than her usual, dimple smiling self. The reason?  She had just returned from a college visit to the University of Texas at Austin where she hopes to go next year to study Criminal Psychology and eventually become a Forensic Psychologist.957Jocelyn4x5CMP

Meanwhile, Jocelyn is enjoying her senior year at Discover Canyon High School and loves attending school sporting events and participating in all things “spirit related.” She is a member of “Sources of Strength,” a mental health program that focuses on reaching out to students in need. The program aims to reach teens in ways that they connect, rather than how adults would reach out to teens. In addition, she is also a “Peer Partner,” which gives her the opportunity to help special needs students with their classwork and teach them life skills.998Jocelynblog

Jocelyn loves football, especially the Denver Broncos, and is the Discovery Canyon football manager/trainer. She volunteers for Air Force Falcon football by installing and removing “seat backs” on the seats of season ticket holders.

This spring will be Jocelyn’s fourth season on varsity throwing the shot put and discus and she has earned her varsity letter every year. One of the highlights of the track season is when they host a “little kids track meet” each spring.21Jocelyn4x5CMP

To make money, Jocelyn walks dogs, does minor lawn work and babysits. And that cash will come in handy for a trip to Oahu that her family plans to take after her graduation next spring.

When I asked Jocelyn what she was passionate about, she didn’t hesitate to tell me. She loves helping people. And hanging out with her family and Gemma, a German Shepherd mix, are pretty great too.


8419Wendy4x5Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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