Emulating enthusiasm

At Magic Moment Photography, we talk a lot about photographing gifted young people in the Gwinnett community year after year and our delight when they emerge as talented young adults. Since one picture is truly worth… well you know, I am including a 2007 AND a 2010 picture of Grayson High School Track member Billy Kovalczyk. Billy and older sister Abby always had a special place in my heart, because they always honored Mom’s insistence that they do their track picture “together”. It was a sad thing when Abby graduated and Billy had to face posing alone. However, Billy Kovalczyk HAD to pose alone recently for his GHS Wall of Honor picture as the State winner (time of one minute, 52 seconds) for the half mile. Billy will be headed up north shortly with a scholarship to Columbia University.
Great minds think alike and so do not-so-great minds. While I was at the Gwinnett Civic Center photographing Mill Creek High School’s Prom, my daughter (and co-photographer) Taryn Beard Barnett was covering the Central Gwinnett High School Prom held at the Atlanta Biltmore. Always up for trying the interesting prop we had bought matching sets of “10” balloons. “You’ll never guess how I posed the Prom King and Queen” Taryn texted me. Well I didn’t have to guess because, I had reinvented the pose. CGHS’ Queen is Kia Pittman, dancer/volleyball player headed for Georgia Southern University, Mathew Balonta, King, is well known to us as Man of All Seasons—Soccer, Wrestling, Peer Leaders, Concert Band. He recently posed for us with Devon Fernandez, voted “Best Best Friends” by the CGHS student body.
We were delighted when Mill Creek High School voted Patrick Diaz as Prom King. When he walked up, our staff yelled, “Shoe Guy” because he was well appreciated as the one student who came to Senior portraits last summer with 12 pairs of shoes still in boxes. Queen Moneshia Simmons is another Volleyball stand-out and will be enrolled at Clemson University next fall.
Victoria Stilwell, internationally acclaimed dog trainer and star of the television series “Its Me or the Dog” has taken up residence in Atlanta recently and we were honored to offer our photographic services when she was at an event by Petzone, a Monroe based “no kill” Animal Rescue Group.
Owner of “The Yoga Source” in Snellville, Marcia Scredon, does a classic Lotus pose as she is surrounded by Yoga students, (left to rgt) Vivian Carroll, Sara Schuler,. Katie Lovitt and Katrina Love-Abrams. In front of Marcia is dedicated student Diana Thurman of Grayson who is known throughout the Gwinnett (and Atlanta) area for her murals and paintings. The mural behind the students is Diana’s latest creation.
As we all plunge headlong into summer, we could do well to emulate the enthusiasm of the fine graduates of Loganville Christian Academy’s Kindergarten class— also known as High School class of 2022.

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