Captured Moments presents… August Senior Spotlight

I just can’t believe that summer is almost over and kids are back in school!  Where does the time go?  Once again I was blessed to photograph some fabulous seniors and have “spotlighted” several in this blog.  I’m sure that you will agree with me that these are some amazing kiddos.

colorado-springs-senior-picturesShelby is a senior at Air Academy and will play tennis for the Kadets this spring.  She loves the outdoors, specifically skiing, hiking and rock climbing at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon.  What else does she love? Coffee!  Especially sampling local coffee shops and vendors around the area.  Not many seniors know with so much detail what they want to pursue after high school, but Shelby has a passion for helping others and has decided that she wants to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner and work with people suffering from mental illness. With the busy schedule she has on the horizon, it’s a good thing that she had a very relaxing summer traveling to Virginia and an awesome cruise, where her favorite memory was jumping off waterfalls in Jamaica.

Spencer started his senior year at Rampart this fall after a busy summer filled with work and a great vacation to San Francisco, where a visit to Alcatraz was a highlight.  Spencer works at Sonic and he also volunteers at Critter Clips (dog grooming) and with AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination).  In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, snowboarding, fishing and hiking.  In general, he is passionate about all things outdoors and hopes to attend a college in Colorado after graduation.colorado-springs-high-school-photography

 

 

 

 

senior-photography-colorado-springsJordyn has many passions including her family, friends and sports.  She will be the starting libero this fall on the Rampart Volleyball team and she is planning on playing soccer this spring for the Rams alongside her sister, Jade.  And if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she is a hostess at Texas Road House, a math tutor and a youth volleyball coach. On top of that, she is on the Rampart Link Crew (assists the incoming freshman the first several days of school), Deca and National Honor Society.  She was able to fit in a vacation this summer between volleyball nationals in Indianapolis and the start of school by traveling to the Florida Keys where she got to swim with dolphins.  What will she be doing next year?  She recently signed to play volleyball for UCCS (the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs).

Heyden loves sports, especially the Denver Broncos, Anaheim Ducks and playing goalie on the hockey team for the Rampart Rams. Over the summer Heyden vacationed in Atlanta where he visited family, and then traveled to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When he’s not hanging out with friends or playing hockey, he can be found working as a food server at the Summit Glen Retirement Home. In addition to playing hockey for Rampart, he also works on their KRAM school news program.colorado-springs-senior-photographers

 

 

 

high-school-senior-photographers-colorado-springsEric, a senior at Liberty High School, is in National Honor Society and plays center back on the soccer team for the Lancers. While he is passionate about soccer, Eric enjoys playing basketball, hiking and watching movies.  In addition, one of his favorite past times is listening to music and he likes all genres. Eric volunteers working with kids at Vacation Bible School and at the Liberty High School Kids Soccer Camps. He collects soccer jerseys — the ones the he played in make up most of his collection, but he is hoping to purchase additional ones from his favorite teams around the world.  Next year he wants to go to college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either business or journalism.

Mattie, a cheerleader at Liberty High School, has been on the cheerleading squad all four years of high school.  In fact, she started cheering when she was just five years old. Besides cheering, she is very passionate about animals and is excited about an upcoming volunteer opportunity at a local animal shelter.  After graduating next spring she will go to college to study to be a veterinarian and she has a specific interest in marine life. In her spare time Mattie plays the guitar, hikes, camps, fishes, backpacks and boats.  This girl loves being outside! This past summer she traveled to Florida and Oregon to visit family and her favorite memories from the trips were going to the beach and being outdoors in new environments.colorado-springs-senior-portraits

 

 

senior-pictures-colorado-springsTanner loves running and is on both the cross country and track team for TCA High School. With running taking up most of his time, it is no wonder that it is his primary passion.  This past summer, in addition to a running trip for two weeks in Breckenridge, he volunteered with coaching the youth runners and helping to get them to the running trailheads. He has quite a collection of race bibs and he hopes to get the opportunity to run in college next year.  When not running, Tanner likes hiking Colorado’s Fourteeners and particularly enjoyed climbing Humboldt Peak, Mount Princeton and Pikes Peak. Tanner is also a member of National Honor Society.

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy 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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Captured Moments presents … Going Urban

Nature not your thing?  No problem.  Choose to have your session take place in Old Colorado City where you will be photographed among enchanting walls, staircases and storefronts that add an eclectic touch to your images.  Old Colorado City is a national historic district of Colorado Springs where the streets are lined with art galleries, outdoor cafes and colorful items for sale.

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It was founded in May of 1859 and is not lacking in history or photo opportunities.  The brick paver sidewalks, mature trees and turn of the century architecture all provide a charisma that you won’t find anywhere else in Colorado Springs.  For a session to remember, go urban and call today to schedule your session in Old Colorado City.

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colorado-springs-senior-photoswendy 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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Captured Moments presents … Sometimes You Have It — Sometimes You Don’t

Snow that is!  Skiing and snowboarding are two favorite pastimes of many of my clients. But when you’re having your portraits taken during the summer or early fall there is nary a snowflake in sight! However, it only takes a little creativity to produce some really awesome images, and at Captured Moments, we aim to do just that.

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Who needs snow if you’ve got artistry and imagination!  When the temps drop and the flurries fly we can head outdoors for some images in the powdery, white fluff.  But until then, sometimes pretend is just as good. And the best part, you don’t have to get cold or wet!

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy 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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Captured Moments presents … Fun in the Sun

There’s nothing like being outside on a Colorado summer morning! Being outdoors just plain makes us happy, and healthier as well. John Muir wrote, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings” — and we, in Colorado Springs, are so lucky to have the wilderness just a few short miles away.  Being outside has been shown to increase concentration skills as well as creativity, and fresh air is an amazing way to jump start your day. Forget your morning cup of coffee — schedule an outdoor session with Captured Moments and your day, and possibly your week, will start off right — surrounded by beauty and tranquility.

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Spending time in nature has been shown to lower heart rate and reduce levels of stress.  While being a senior is not supposed to be a stressful event, thinking about making life-changing decisions like where to go for college or what to do after graduation can sure cause some anxiety.  Take a break from that worry, go outdoors for some “fun in the sun” and enjoy your session in the great outdoors.

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Do your body, soul and mind a favor and call today at 719-590-8826 to inquire about locations for scheduling your outdoor session


 

colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy 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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Captured Moments presents… Where a Man Can Walk a Mile High

Have you ever had a song stuck in your mind — so much so that every time your thoughts wander, you find that you’re singing or humming the tune of the song? Recently I had that experience with a song from my childhood and I was determined to find it.  The problem was that I could only remember one verse of the song. And, even worse, it appeared that the song was just a figment of my imagination. After failing to find the song in iTunes, I scoured the internet to try to locate any trace of it — could I have imagined singing it?  I tried “googling” the lyrics that I remembered, but nothing.  I asked my husband if he remembered it and he said that he did. On second thought, he admitted, maybe it only sounded familiar because I had been singing it non-stop for weeks!

But this native Colorado girl was not to be deterred. For the song, you see, is about Colorado, and I was certain that even with my vivid imagination, I had not conjured up a fantasy about singing this song!  The lyrics that I remembered went like this:

If I had an airplane I would fly to Colorado, fly to Colorado, if I had an airplane I would.  If I had an airplane I would fly to the state where a man can walk a mile high.

So right about now I expect that my readers who grew up in Colorado in the 70’s and 80’s will be having an “aha” moment as you too remember singing this song!  Just as I was about to give up my search for the song, I hit pay-dirt and did, indeed, locate the song!  It turns out that lots of other folks have also tried to find the song, many reporting that they too only remembered snippets of the chorus but could not locate the song.  The song is called “The Colorado Song aka If I had a Wagon” and was written by Paul Colwell & David Allen in 1965.  It was recorded by Up With People and I have included that version in a link below for your listening pleasure.  If you grew up in Colorado during the 70’s and early 80’s, I am most sure that you will remember singing this “folksy” song and I hope that it brings back great memories as it did for me.  And I was most relieved to find that I had not lost my mind — a song with this chorus did exist!

So, with my mental stability established (and my husband recanting his answer — yes, he did now remember this song) I hope to give a little history and some “fun facts” about this amazing state.

On August 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation that made Colorado the 38th state in the Union. The state was named after the Colorado River and the word ‘colorado’ means “colored red” in Spanish. Colorado is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it became a state during the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest cog train in the world, snaking its way up Pikes Peak, the very mountain that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write her song ‘America the Beautiful’. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly One Mile High (above sea level). Colorado Day is celebrated on the first Monday in August — which happens to be today! These are just a few of the fun facts about Colorado — to view more fun facts check out:

http://coloradofunfacts.facts.co/coloradofunfactsforkids/coloradofunfacts.php

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Both of my parents and all of my grandparents as well as great-grandparents are Colorado natives.  In 1976, the Colorado Centennial year, my uncle, Randy Moyle, won a contest for his design of the Colorado Centennial logo that anyone living in the state during that year would have seen plastered on every available surface from soft drink cans and bottles to clothing to collectible coins.colorado-springs-senior-photographers

As a proud Coloradan, my heart always sings when I have clients that choose to show their state pride by wearing colorful Colorado clothing.  After all, there is no other state that lies, in its entirety, above 1000 meters elevation, has the highest incorporated city in the US (Leadville at 10,430 feet) or can claim to have invented an American classic, the cheeseburger (Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In)!  To all fellow native Coloradans, to those currently living in Colorado or to those who wish they were, let me wish you — Happy Colorado Day y’all!

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy 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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July Senior Spotlight

I just can’t believe that July is nearly over and August and “back to school” is almost upon us!  I am once again feeling very blessed to have photographed some amazing kids this month and I am spotlighting five of them below.

colorado-springs-photographersJared will be a senior at Rampart High School this fall and is looking forward to his upcoming wrestling season where he will wrestle his fourth season for the Rams.  He also participates in FBLA at Rampart, but outside of school he loves to rock climb (both indoor and out) and has taken a few rock climbing trips with his brother.  A highlight of his summer was a road trip to South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, and he especially enjoyed staying in a lakeside cabin for a few days with family.  Jared has a huge zest for life, his two dogs Ava and Ping, and would love to attend CU Boulder next year after spending the summer as a rafting instructor.

 

colorado-springs-high-school-senior-photographyTara will begin her senior year at Sand Creek High School next week where she is very active with Theatre and as the Student Body Secretary for Student Council.  In her spare time she works for a company called Soccer Buddies coaching soccer to 3 & 4 year olds.  If you ask Tara what she is passionate about, she will answer that she loves helping others, traveling and just having fun. This can be seen by one of the highlights of her summer which was volunteering on the work crew with Young Life for an entire month in Egmont, British Columbia.  Following this adventure she spent several weeks at Lake Tippecanoe in Indiana with family. After high school, Tara would like to be a freelance videographer.

 

colorado-springs-seniorsChristopher will be a senior at Palmer Ridge High School where he enjoys being in the Robotics club.  He especially likes the Robotics competitions he participates in at Denver University. Christopher’s favorite past times include gaming and art, and he hopes to make a career in the fields of art and game design after attending DigiPen Institute of Technology in Seattle upon graduation.  Currently he is very interested in all things “Doctor Who” and he brought several props from this classic science-fiction series about time travel to his session.  Christopher has one pet, a cat named Shadow — you guess his color!

 

 

 

colorado-springs-senior-photographsDaniel had a fabulous summer traveling to California where he visited Disneyland and Universal studios, and also to Nebraska where he built a computer from scratch with his brother-in-law. Daniel loves sports, baseball in particular, but he can be seen jogging and playing tennis in his free time as well.  One thing is for sure —  you better obey the law when you’re with him, as Daniel wants to pursue a career in Criminal Justice after graduating from Lewis Palmer High School next spring. Daniel also enjoys gaming, especially with the faster cpu on the computer he made, and hanging out with his three dogs and one cat.

 

 

colorado-springs-senior-photographyJosh is very passionate about one thing — swimming.  He will swim for Liberty High School this year and he also swims on the club team the Rocky Mountain Rapids.  Josh swims the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley and he will soon be traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida to swim in a Championship swim meet. He does manage to do a little gaming as well as boating and waterskiing in his limited spare time, but has his sights set to swim in college after graduation and is very focused on that goal. What does he do for a job?  Lifeguard, of course! And you can find him working at the pool at Banning Lewis Ranch.

 

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Wendy 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 CapturedMomentsGallery.com

 

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Captured Moments presents… It’s Time for a Little Black & White

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in Black & White, you photograph their souls!”  — Ted Grant

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While I love color photography, I do agree with Mr. Grant that there is just something a little special about black & white images.  It might be the timeless quality. Or perhaps its that the subject’s emotions come through more intensely in black & white imagery. Or maybe its that black & white photos tend to “tell the truth” — speaking more honestly about the subject, without the distraction of color.  Whatever the reason, black & white images are very simple and pure, while at the same time being so “real” and full of life.

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Captured Moments provides beautiful color images, while also offering several black & white portrait options.  Achieving a powerful black & white portrait takes a little planning on both sides of the camera as special care must be taken with clothing, expression and background choice. So if you desire a timeless black & white portrait, please inform Wendy prior to your session for the best success at an image that will truly “capture your soul”.

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy 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 CapturedMomentsGallery.com

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