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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Jake — Works Hard, Plays Hard

Although Jake has gone to six school districts in twelve years, this “military brat” is looking forward to graduating from Air Academy High School this spring. Having lived in Japan, England, Washington DC, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and now Colorado Springs, Jake has seen much of the world. Missouri is his favorite, however, because that is where most of his family lives, and where he considers home.

Jake is very academically focused and hopes to study biology or an engineering discipline in college. His college of choice? He’d love to go to Duke! After college he is considering medical school. Jake is in National Honor Society and received his Eagle Scout in 2017.1103Jakeblog2

Jake is on the “Rocky Mountain Robotics” team with District 20, where he is involved with the engineering and programming departments. His team has been to State, Regionals and even Nationals. He is also on the “Knowledge Bowl Team” at Air Academy, which he describes as being like the game show “Jeopardy”.1070Jakeblog1

Over the summer Jake worked in the maintenance department for an assisted living facility in Missouri and was responsible for cleaning HVAC’s. Last spring when Missouri flooded, Jake volunteered to help the farmers with sandbagging the levies to prevent breaching. In North Carolina he helped renovate portions of the Humane Society; specifically the cat quarantine area and maintenance shed.

23Jakeblog3It’s not all work and no play for Jake in the southern part of the United States, however, as this is where Jake can really unwind and engage in his favorite hobbies of camping, fishing and hunting. And North Carolina is where he got his rescue dog (from the East Carolina Humane Society), an Irish Wolfhound mix named Shamus.

After graduation next spring, Jake hopes to go back and visit Japan with his family as this is where he started kindergarten and his love for academics began.

 


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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And the “Best Comedy” Winner is… Megan!

Megan, a Rampart senior in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, loves art and writing. And not just your typical kind of writing — Megan writes screenplays. In fact, one of her screenplays won “Best Comedy” at the Rampart Film Festival!714MeganK4x5

When it comes to art, Megan loves to draw, color and paint, and her specialty is creating “mandalas” (the word “mandala” comes from the Indian language of Sanskrit and is loosely translated to mean circle or center.)  Megan proudly displays her favorite mandalas on a wall in her room. She also attends an art class outside of school and enjoys painting landscapes and flowers.727MeganK4x5

During the summer she worked at Captain D’s, but now that school is back in full swing, her priority is on her studies, as the IB program is especially challenging. Megan is in National Honor Society (NHS) as well as NHS for Spanish. She is a leader at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and also mentors to middle school TAG students in a program called “Irises and Oaks”.

Despite her busy academic endeavors, she is very family oriented, loves hanging out with her dog, Peanut, and cat, Ari, and stays fit by running and lifting weights. After graduation, Megan would love to continue her passion for film and screenwriting in college.


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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Aidan — Ready for Adventure

Aidan has two passions – football and snowboarding. This Air Academy senior athlete plays both defensive end and offensive tackle for the Kadets. He particularly loves playing defense, and his main objective, of course, sacking the quarterback!Aidan1

With winter right around the corner, Aidan anxiously awaits the first snowfall when he can enjoy his second love — snowboarding. Arapahoe Basin is his preferred resort and boarding through the trees is what he likes best.

In addition, Aidan works for his dad’s wholesale fastener company and this summer he spent a considerable amount of time doing inventory. What did he have to say about performing that task? “It’s doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” In other words, it was boring!

Aidan2During the Christmas season, Aidan volunteers at “Christmas from the Heart” where he organizes food and then hands it out to families in need.

When he’s not playing football, snowboarding, volunteering or working, Aidan can be found wrestling with his one year old Pit Bull mix, Cubby. So that the dog knows play time is over, Aidan ends the wrestle session with a hug.

After graduation, Aidan hopes to attend Montana State University and is looking to study engineering.


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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Megan — Backbending over the Equator

Meet Megan — a Colorado Springs Christian School (CSCS) senior that loves helping others and is extremely passionate about soccer.  She hopes to play soccer next year, and while the college she will attend is still undecided, she prefers to go out of state.

470MeganB3This past summer, Megan and her soccer teammates traveled to Ecuador to work in an orphanage. While there, they also painted a mural, and one of the highlights of her trip was doing a backbend over the equator!23MeganB1

In addition to playing soccer, Megan plays volleyball for her high school and is the boy’s soccer team manager. She is in the Evangelism Club, which is a women’s ministry that mentors female underclassmen and she is the General Manager of the school café.

Megan also works at a daycare; primarily with the babies. She has volunteered as a counselor at a Christian kid’s camp as well as helping out in her church nursery.542MeganB2

Hobbies?

How she has time for hobbies with her busy schedule is beyond me, but  in her limited spare time, Megan loves to crochet, paint with acrylics, sew purses and make baby hats for newborns in the hospital. Whew! Here’s wishing Megan an awesome senior year!

 

 


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Emma’s World of Music

There are not many seniors that are intent on attending college in a foreign country … but Emma is one of them. In fact, she has her heart set on attending the Leeds College of Music, in Leeds, England, for a degree in music production.

Does she play an instrument? Hmmm… the question is, “How many”? Emma plays the drums, piano, guitar, ukulele, base clarinet, clarinet, bassoon and oboe. And if that’s not enough, she is learning to play the cello!Emma3

What does she do with all of that musical knowledge? To start, she performs in volunteer jazz gigs around town as well as volunteering with “A Positive Note” – a music program at the conservatory that is designed for children with disabilities.

Emma1In addition, Emma is working on the release of an “Extended Playlist” (an EP is like a mini album) and she even designed the cover. Oh yes – she’s an artist too!

Besides her love for music and art, Emma also enjoys writing fictional short stories, collecting Converse shoes and hanging out with her rescue dog. And what would a music lover name her dog? “Melody” of course!Emma2

At her high school, Emma is in the National Honor Society and International Baccalaureate Leadership, and is hoping to go to Greece with her family after her graduation from Rampart next spring.

 

 

 

 

 

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Guilty As Charged

Ok I admit it. I’m guilty.

I’ve dropped the ball. Fallen down on the job. Neglected my duties.

Where are the images and write-ups about my seniors, you ask?

Well … it’s all Riley’s fault…

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On July 11th, at 9:51 pm, I had the most wonderful privilege of being present at the birth of my first grandchild – Riley Martha Schicktanz. Watching her enter this world was an amazing experience, and one that I will never forget.fullsizeoutput_4e6b

Yesterday Riley turned one month old. One month already! How could that be?  Working around my photography schedule, I’m spending as much time as possible with her (in Parker, Co) so that I don’t miss any of the magical moments of her life.IMG_3171

Like holding her in my arms and staring in wonder at the miracle of this tiny little being. I never imagined that I would be so content to spend hours doing just that. And then exclaiming in delight when she wakes for a brief period of bonding eye contact. Her diaper needs changed? I’m right on that! And, of course, I couldn’t wait to photograph her!IMG_3172

Obviously, I’m smitten. Guilty as charged.

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But it is senior portrait season, and I’ve had the pleasure of photographing some great – no, make that amazing, seniors. I know you will agree!

I’m super excited to share them with you, starting with Emma – her story to follow in a few days.

In the meantime, thanks for being patient with me while I kiss and snuggle my baby granddaughter!

~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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The Bell Ringing that Almost “Wasn’t”

Our bell ringing almost didn’t happen this year.

At 6:00 pm the evening before our scheduled bell ringing shift, I received a phone call from the Salvation Army coordinator informing me that she was cancelling our time. She explained that they needed to hire a “paid” ringer who could take the entire eight hour shift.

“Oh No!”  Tony was coming from Denver, Mike and Cody had taken off work, and our family was looking forward to what had become for us, a treasured holiday experience.

After pleading our case, it was decided that we would ring the bell for four hours, instead of the scheduled two, thus allowing us more time to fill the Red Kettle.

 

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As always, we are so grateful for the opportunity to support this wonderful charity, and this year we feel especially blessed since it almost did not happen. The additional hours flew by and we were fortunate to enjoy being outside on a beautiful Colorado December day.

My husband summed it up best when he said, “It is the small things that make a big difference. Being able to chat with the friendly folks who walk by and witness the generosity of the season from those who donate to the bucket makes this experience so worth-while.”

Special thanks to our friends who took time out of their day to stop by and generously donate to the Salvation Army! And thanks to those who happened upon us by chance and made a donation – we are so grateful for your generosity.

If you were unable to come visit us last week, please consider making a donation to another Red Kettle and help those in need this Christmas season.

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 very blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2019!

~Wendy

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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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