Keeping everything running smooth
A good portion of our photography is centered around posed sport pictures which means we see LOTS of coaches.  We have become sensitive that not all of them are that happy to face Photo Day.  Coach Tim Schroer, head coach of Mill Creek High School tennis, pretends to be happier to see us with each passing year.   Coach Schroer came from Dacula High School and has now been coaching tennis at Mill Creek since its opening seven years ago.  Pictured with 5 year old Blakely, Tim and wife Linda have 4 daughters.
As befits Best All Around title,  Central Gwinnett Seniors, Becca Tanner and Nick Diaz posed with just some of the equipment that goes into being Best… at a lot of things. I have photographed Becca for most of her young life and she is involved in track, church, peer leading, band, indoor drum line and last year was crowned Miss Junior CGHS.  After a college degree, she hopes to become an event planner. Nick Diaz is involved in wrestling, Gwinnett Student Leadership Team, Castle Alliance.  He wants to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study Criminology or International Relations where he plans to continue to get good grades and try hard to be the best at everything he does.
Coach Sarah Crawford, Brookwood High Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, made the ball sparkle this month with her latest accessory—an engagement ring received on December 23 from fiancée Matt Voelkel.  Coach Crawford, has taught at Brookwood for 5 years-- biology and also anatomy & physiology.  She was the BHS varsity assistant  girl’s soccer coach for 5 years and is currently in her second season as the Varsity Girl’s coach.  As a teenager, Coach Crawford played soccer at Brookwood High School and went on to play collegiate soccer at Georgia State & Florida State where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in exercise science and a masters in sport administration. She just completed her specialist in educational technology from Walden University.  She met Matt through a mutual friend and yes, he is an accomplished soccer player.
Only in its 2nd year, Archer High School is finding its place in the community in many ways.  Recent success in basketball has been noted and the star quality shown in this Winter Sport Senior Night image taken cannot be underestimated.
The great sport of Lacrosse started coming to Gwinnett County a few years ago.  It took some determined parents and coaches to champion the sport and the growth is phenomenal.  In Grayson, Georgia, an original band of players is shown in 2008 photo taken by Dee Marney and most of those same players appeared for an update picture that I took this spring of 2011.  Happily, Coach Scott Marney and Coach Gorski are also “still in the picture”.
Back – Ben Mertz, Zach Dirkse, Austin Martin, Marcus Lindquist, Thatcher Smith and Mike Santry; Middle – Colin Marney, Josh Parris, Garrett Gorski, Tommy Van Galder and Carter Ward; Front – Connor Hays and Tyler Fitch
The Father-Daughter Dance at Lovin Elementary is a chance for us to ooh and ahh.  We have a weakness for the Fathers and Daughters that “MATCH”.  Lesley Yates and father Jonathan fit that criteria.  Lesley and Dad love to swim, travel and are great roller skating buddies.
Central Gwinnett High School has a dynamic baseball program and one reason I look forward to photo Day is particularly fun and engaged parents.  The past few years Diana Mackel, mother of Senior Dillon Mackel, has always been there to make it all go smoothly.  This year, was hard because husband Jim succumbed to cancer last fall.
 In the words of Diana, “It felt great to be in the middle of a bunch seniors that my husband and I got to watch  grow up at the ball field.  Through the years my husband Jim was a coach and I was always the Team Mom; the one who keeps everything running smooth. So many years our lives were spent around a baseball or football field.  Jim was proud all his players, they all made their High School teams.  Jim recently lost his fight to Lung Cancer in October.   Many of his players through the years came with their jersey's on to his memorial service.”
So if you stop by to see the Black Knights this spring, you will notice that each player has “JM” embroidered on the Central Gwinnett Baseball teams hats.  Diana’s baseball players are still looking out for the Mackel family.

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