Jacob — A Winning Gamer

Jacob is a senior at Air Academy High School where he plays the cello in the orchestra. And like many boys his age, Jacob is very passionate about video games. But in addition to just playing games for fun, Jacob has also been successful in turning his gaming hobby into some income as he often wins online tournaments where he is awarded with gift cards, and sometimes a cash prize.  When he’s not gaming or working on his computer, he can be found playing with his Black Lab, Olive.

After graduation, Jacob looks forward to a family vacation to California and the many fun beach activities they will enjoy, such as beach volleyball, badminton and bonfires. Upon returning from the trip, he then hopes to join the military.



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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 Captured Moments Gallery

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Antoinette — Music is Life

Antoinette is a very artistic senior at Palmer High School that loves music and drawing.  She plays the piano for fun, began playing the violin at age ten, and now plays in the Symphonic Orchestra at Palmer.

Drawing “Anime” is her specialty (Japanese for animation type drawings), but in addition to drawing, she enjoys other activities as well. Primarily, Antoinette loves to hang out with friends, go hiking and read fantasy books. She was also set to be a cheerleader at Palmer, but Covid has put that on hold.

She is described as someone who puts others before herself, and this is evidenced by her volunteer work with many different running races that take place in the Colorado Springs area including the Color Run, Mud Run and Insane Inflatable 5K Run.

After graduation, Antoinette would like to attend college for a Music Theory Degree or do something else with her violin.

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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 Captured Moments Gallery

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Max — Marching for Success

Air Academy senior, Max, is very active with his AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) unit. He is a Vice Wing Commander, and as such, is responsible for helping to lead his unit in a number of different activities. Max is also on the varsity AFJROTC Drill Team, which marches competitively against other teams, and placed 2nd in 2019 at the National competition in Ohio. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to Covid.

Max volunteers with the JROTC, and one local event they help with is a three-day trap shoot competition. He also helps at a dog adoption event for the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society, a No Kill animal shelter with a mission to improve the well-being of animals in the San Luis area, one of the poorest regions in Colorado.

In his spare time, Max helps a neighbor doing “odd jobs” for The School in the Woods, plays video games, hangs out with friends, goes paintballing, and enjoys all things Star Wars. In particular, he enjoys the tv shows that go along with the Star Wars movies, especially, “Mandalorian.” Finally, as a dog lover, he likes spending time with his two dogs, Kobe and Duke.

After graduation, Max plans to attend an in-state college to major in mathematics with a specialty in actuary science. 

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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 Captured Moments Gallery

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Bailey — Never a Dull Moment!

Never a dull moment! Such is the life of Bailey, a senior at Pikes Peak Christian School, who is an athlete, academic, actress and fashion guru all wrapped up in one pretty package!

As an athlete at Pikes Peak Christian, Bailey plays guard and post on her basketball team, is a setter and hitter for volleyball and runs the mile for the track team. She is also the captain of the cheerleading squad.

Academically, she is in Student Council and National Honor Society, where she is involved with volunteer work including a school recycling program, Operation Christmas Child and Donuts with Dads. One of Bailey’s favorite memories was a school mission trip to Costa Rica where they renovated a church and taught English to Spanish speaking adults.

In addition to acting in the school plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pygmalion and Death by Dessert, Bailey is also in Drama Productions where she gets to design sets & costumes and do makeup.

Finally, one of Bailey’s hobbies and passions is that of a “Fashionista” where she enjoys helping her friends with their styling needs. She shops (mostly online) not only for herself, but for her friends, so that she can design outfits for them to wear at special events and occasions. And if they can’t find clothes online, the friends often resort to borrowing Bailey’s clothes! Sometimes she also does their hair and makeup.

So what, then, does this smart, athletic, fashion conscience actress want to do after graduation? You might be surprised! She wants to go to college for a degree in Chemistry, with her ultimate goal being to work on new innovations in a lab at Eastman Chemicals.

Good luck, Bailey, with all of your sports and activities this year, and as a future chemist!

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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 Captured Moments Gallery


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Logan — Looking Toward the Future

“Loyal and friendly, then dark and twisty… A great protector that will fight to the end.”

This is how Logan, a senior at Peyton High School, describes the two personality sides of the wolf, an animal that has fascinated him since childhood. He has a collection of wolf memorabilia, including paintings, drawings, clothing and knick knacks.

Logan works odd jobs as a handyman and doing various landscaping projects. In his spare-time he enjoys gaming, reading and listening to music (all genres except Country!)

Due to Covid, and a hybrid learning program (two days in person and two days online), Logan’s senior year has started very differently than what he imagined. He remains positive, however, that he will be able to end the year with a much-anticipated senior trip to Wyoming. Here, he and his family will stay in cabins, have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the buffalo and enjoy a wonderful meal at the Winchester Steakhouse, nicknamed “The Best Steakhouse in the Nation.” Sounds like the perfect vacation for this nature loving senior.

Next fall Logan plans to attend Pikes Peak Community College where he will spend his first two years getting his core classes out of the way before transfering to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for a Business Accounting Degree.

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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 Captured Moments Gallery

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“Saddle Up” for Sheridan!

Sheridan, a 2021 senior at the Vanguard School, is an award-winning equestrian that specializes in dressage. She started riding at the age of five, and throughout her riding career has won numerous International Championships and collected over 100 championship ribbons.80Sheridan

As the founder of the Vanguard High School Service Club, Sheridan organized and led numerous community service projects locally, nationally and internationally. She and her service club supported a variety of organizations such as: Care & Share, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Support Our Troops and Project Angel Heart. She was also featured in The Gazette for leading her school’s fundraiser for the wildfires in Australia.

1731SheridanSheridan is in the National Honor Society, Science Club and was the media coordinator for the Vanguard School chapter of The American Rocketry Challenge – a program where high school teams from all over the nation compete to create and build model rockets designed to meet specified criteria. As the media coordinator, Sheridan was responsible for the social media part of the challenge where she advertised and solicited sponsors and donations to fund the supplies.

This girl is one smart cookie, so it was no surprise, then, that she was selected by the US State Department to serve as a Youth Ambassador to the country of Belize. While the actual trip to Belize had to be postponed until next summer due to Covid, Sheridan and her fellow US Youth Ambassadors are involved in a 6 week virtual program to learn about diplomacy, leadership, cultural awareness and civic engagement both in the US and Belize, with the goal that she will create and lead her own community service project here in the United States.
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Next year Sheridan would love to attend Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio to major in cognitive behavioral neuroscience. After her four- year degree, she would like to join the Peace Corps and then get a PhD in Psychology where she would spend her time divided between doing research and psychotherapy. Holy cow!

So, what does this beautiful young girl do with her limited spare time? Works at a frozen yogurt shop and hangs out with her two “goofy” Bernese Mountain dogs: Indy and Kenai (pictured) of course!

1681SheridanIt was my sincere pleasure to photograph Sheridan, the 4th and final child of the Kraus family that I have been photographing over a span of fourteen years. To quote mom, Paige, “Captured Moments Senior Pictures are a Kraus Family Tradition.” And I am equally grateful for their business and ensuing friendship.

 

 

 


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Josh — “Mask Wearing is Part of My Story”

Since I started my portrait business in 2001, my advertising has always included the tagline, “Our portraits tell a story … let us tell yours.”

And throughout my nearly twenty years of photographing high school seniors, my portraits have indeed told many stories. Stories as unique and diverse as the individual seniors I’ve photographed.

1609Joshblog3While the majority of high school seniors are photographed in the fall of their senior year (in order to meet yearbook deadlines), others, such as Mitchell High School graduate Josh, elect to have their portraits taken towards the end of their senior year.  

For Josh, and most of the class of 2020, his final months, and thus his senior story, were anything but normal due the impact of Covid-19.  And while his spring semester didn’t amount to what he had anticipated, but was instead marked by quarantining and mask wearing, Josh chose to wear his mask in some of his portraits as a reminder that it was, in fact, part of his senior story.

Josh was born and raised in Interior, Alaska where he grew up hunting big game. He loves the outdoors, collects rocks, geodes, fossils and petrified wood, and has extensive knowledge of guns. He loves playing with his dog, Oreo, (a Siberian Husky/Border Collie mix) works at McDonald’s and is very excited about his upcoming move back to Alaska this summer and starting a career in welding or another trade.1520Joshblog2

1532Joshblog1When I asked Josh how he felt about his time in quarantine, he said that as the oldest of five kids living at home, it was quite challenging that he couldn’t get away. He loves space and freedom, and there was nothing he could do outside during those long weeks on the military base where he lived. He also missed hanging out with his friends. But on the plus side, he was very happy to have a job and that he got out of school earlier than planned.

Good luck, Josh, in the wild outdoors of Alaska!


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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We Must Stop Meeting Like This!

We must stop meeting like this!” were the words I found myself repeatedly uttering yesterday afternoon.

I was at a memorial service.  

And for myself, and a handful of others, this was the second memorial service in less than a month that we found ourselves attending for friends whose lives ended way too soon. In addition, two other young clients of mine also lost their lives this past fall.

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As humans, when we are faced with a tragedy, such as the death of a friend or relative, it is our nature to want to help out in some way.

This help comes in many different forms; whether it be bringing a meal, starting a “Go Fund Me”, donating money, organizing a prayer chain, helping with funeral arrangements, etc.

For me, that help is in locating images that I have taken of the deceased (sometimes from very old back-up drives) and sending them to their families. My hope is that by providing the digital images, these families can relive wonderful memories of their loved one.

As we all know, life is precious and fleeting. To quote a friend who was at both of the services this past month, “Life is a precious gift, and I am sure being hit in the face to acknowledge it”.

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So, make memories with your loved ones, capture those times together with photos and then print them (or at least categorize and back them up for future reference). If you haven’t had a family portrait in a number of years, it might be time to consider taking one. And, finally, tell your family and friends you love them, smile at strangers, be kind.

Every day is a gift.

During this month of love, I wish you and yours, “health, love, happiness and many amazing captured moments.”

~Wendy


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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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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