September Senior Spotlight

Hello fall!  School is back in swing and cooler temps are here for the next several months. It’s been a great month and I’d like to share with you a few of the special seniors that I photographed this past month.  Enjoy the September Spotlight!

senior-photographers-colorado-springsSarah loves music!  In addition to being in the choir at Rampart High School, she enjoys both listening to and composing music, and her tastes range from Beethoven to David Bowie and everything in between.  Sarah has a talent for writing lyrics and performing the songs she’s written on her guitar in public places like the mall and the commons area at Rampart.  In appreciation for her performances, students have “paid” her with snacks and money while she’s been playing.  She plays both the acoustic and electric guitar, but prefers her acoustic guitar. Next year she would like to attend the University of Northern Colorado and pursue a degree in music.  A favorite memory of Sarah’s from this past summer was a trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida where she went in the ocean for the first time.

 

Ok, just go ahead and say it …. he looks an awful lot like Charlie Sheen!  Adam, a senior at colorado-springs-senior-photographyFountain Fort Carson High School, has heard it many, many times.  Adam is on the track and wrestling teams at his school and also participates in the “Blue Crew” — a group of kids that dress in blue and get students “hyped” for the football games.  Adam’s hobbies outside of sports include hiking and camping and he also works at Hollister.  When asked what he is passionate about, he replied, “helping people” and this is evidenced by a trip he took to Michigan this past summer where he built a fence for his grandma and cut down about 40 trees on her property.  He also marched  a 30K for Wounded Warrior, which involved “rucking” (carrying a 40 lb backpack) for homeless vets and vets that can’t provide enough food for their families.  Adam will be joining the Army after graduation.

senior-photography-colorado-springsGabe is a senior at Doherty High School and he, like many kids of his generation, loves playing video games and collecting the magazine Game Informer. His other passion is cars — both working on and modifying them. Besides cars and video games, he also likes helping people, specifically his friends and family, and has set a goal that he wants to consistently donate to different charities throughout his life.  After graduation next spring he hopes to attend college in Colorado and pursue a degree in game design.

 

Nakayla, a senior at Mesa Ridge High School, enjoys fashion colorado-springs-high-school-senior-photographersdesign, writing and cosmetology, and is currently learning to play the guitar.  She has a very bubbly personality and loves being around people, as well as volunteering at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club.  Nakayla has been a cheerleader for most of her life and is very passionate about the sport of cheerleading.  In addition to her part-time job working at Culver’s, she is preparing to go to college for a degree in business fashion and merchandising.

 

colorado-springs-photographersFavian, a senior at Doherty High School, plays the trumpet on the Marching Band. In fact, he’s played the trumpet since 4th grade.  When asked what he is passionate about, Favian replied “nerd culture” — video games, super hero movies and super hero comics. He specifically collects “retro” video games and hopes to go to college to pursue a degree in video game development and writing Sci Fi novels.  In the meantime, his part time job as a painter, painting both the inside and outside of houses, will have to suffice.  He is very much looking forward to celebrating his 18th birthday with a trip to Cancun this November.

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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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Captured Moments presents “The Boys of Fall”

colorado-senior-photographerAs a young girl there were several things that I looked forward to with the onset of fall — caramel apples, candy corn, pomegranates, cooler weather and the changing of the leaves to name a few.  But the one thing that I most looked upon with excitement was the start of football season.  As the daughter of a high school football coach, football, and all of the excitement that accompanies it, was always greatly anticipated.

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What better way to celebrate the game of football, and the tough guys who belong to that fraternity, than with some of my favorite football images.

Here’s to the “Boys of Fall”!

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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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Captured Moments presents … What’s Your Ride?

What you choose as a mode of transportation can say a lot about your personality.  Do you drive something sporty or prefer something older and well loved? Maybe a car that was passed down to you or one that gets good gas mileage? Perhaps you ride a motorcycle or a bike?  Whatever you choose as your “ride”, you are probably proud to call it your own.

Photography-high-school-seniors-colorado-springs Many seniors like to include their car, bike or motorcycle in their senior portraits to remember this special time of their life and the vehicle that got them to all of those fun activities or places to hang out with friends.

Your ride reflects your personality and perhaps, even, how you approach life. Are you bold, level-headed, practical or eco-friendly? If you have a special means of transportation that you would like included in your session, be sure to inform Wendy so that you can discuss the best location, time of day, etc. to be photographed with your ride.

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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 … To Take the Prize –Accessorize

Are you looking to up the “wow” factor in your senior portraits?  If you answered yes, then consider bringing some accessories to your senior session. Nearly anything that is special to you can be incorporated into your senior portraits. Clothing depicting your heritage, objects that you collect as part of a hobby or in your travels, or items that you are passionate about — all can be included in a few images to help tell your “senior story”.

 

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Choosing accessories that are expressive of your personality can really customize your portraits.  They can be the finishing touches that let your passions shine through and elevate your portraits from the ordinary — to the extraordinary!

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So don’t be shy about upping your wow factor while having some serious fun at the same time. Bring accessories along that will show everyone the “complete” you — your style, quirks and passions. Experience the difference a little accessorizing can create in making a statement and showcasing your personal expression.

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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… 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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