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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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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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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