This past weekend, I was able to see some of our good friends from Midland. Rachel, her husband and 3 boys moved to Denver this past year. Rachel just had a baby girl and luckily while we were in Denver Rachel’s mom, grandma and sister were out there visiting. Her sister, Dana, was one of my best friends growing up and currently lives in Dallas so I had never met her adorable little girl. It was fun catching up and meeting the cute new girls in the Powers family. While we were there I was able to take some photographs of the four generations together. They are such a beautiful family.
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to take photos for this beautiful family after they completed their fifth annual The Gift of Life and Breath 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk. The Zollingers started The Gift of Life and Breath Foundation right before their father passed away from lung cancer. They learned first hand the difficulties faced with a deadly cancer that is rarely diagnosed in its early stages:
“On April 29, 2004 our lives were to be forever changed … Gary was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. Having never smoked, the diagnosis came with shock and disbelief. But the biopsy and CT scan revealed a deadly disease that had gone undetected in its early stage and now left very little hope of a cure. Determined to beat tremendous odds, Gary did everything he could to preserve his life for his family. This included standard cancer treatments as well as a rarely done double lung transplant. However, despite his heroic efforts, Gary succumbed to lung cancer September 9, 2007.” – shared by Thelissa Zollinger from their website
The Gift of Life and Breath is dedicated to raising awareness and funding to support the critical research needed for early detection of lung cancer. The Gary L. and Thelissa Zollinger Early Detection of Lung Cancer Endowment raises funds to assist AMC Cancer Fund and the University of Colorado Cancer Center in their efforts to give hope, provide research and make possible the gift of life and breath. Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women in the US, often it is diagnosed too late for treatment. For more information or to donate please check out their website
Hope you enjoy the pictures of this special family.
Monday night I was able to take some pictures of the graduating seniors with their family. It was fun seeing some of my past students there. I’ve worked like crazy (till about 2 am the past couple nights) to get these and the preschool orders submitted and back before school gets out. Here’s a sample from the senior banquet.
On Monday I was able to take some pictures of a dozen cute little preschoolers. They would crack me up about how trained they are to produce a fake smile and say cheese. They were so cute the way they would try to pose… most were pretty awkward. It took a little work to get them to be more natural. That is super hard when you only have a couple of minutes with each child. I love this age group- they are so fun! Here are a couple of samples from these adorable children.
Last week I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with Maggie. She is a senior at Coal Ridge High School. She plans on attending college at a small college for the first year and get her general classes finished. Then attend a larger university to pursue a degree in Business. In 10 years she sees herself starting a family and owning a small business. Maggie loves cheerleading, working out, singing, dancing, and camping. She says she can’t live without her cell phone and her fish. Her favorite movies are The Town and The Blind Side. Maggie’s favorite book is “A Long Way Gone” by Ishamel Beah, which I have also read and love. Her favorite quote is “To be content with oneself is true happiness”- anonymous. She says her friends like the fact that she has an outgoing and spontaneous personality, but she knows when enough is enough. Maggie wants people to remember her as a thoughtful, caring, and wholesome person.
I had a lot of fun taking Maggie’s pictures. The weather kept trying to ruin the fun- thankfully we only had a little rain and wind. It was probably good that it was pretty windy or else I might have another 100 pictures that I loved to put in the slide show. So check out this video (click the link above) of her senior photos. Unfortunately a couple pictures got a little clipped in the slideshow for some reason. This is the best way for me to show off 70 of my favorite photos. As you will see she has a beautiful smile. If you know Maggie you should ask her to do a serious face- she needs a little practice with this one. I loved her serious face because it would always bring out the best smile. This slide show is an example of what we can do in a one hour senior portrait session. I am now booking for seniors class of 2012. Summer is the perfect time to take your senior pictures. If you book a senior portrait session with me by July, you will get 24 free wallet sized photos. Hope you enjoy!