Senior photos for annual magazines are all about showing off your personality. Students show off their personality, habits, and routines through pictures. It is a traditional thing that all the seniors get to do. But one particular student used this opportunity to honor her late father rather than showing her personality, thinks she knows or the things she learned.
Julia Yllescas senior student at Aurora High School lost her father in 2008. Her father sustained injuries from Improvised Explosive Device combat during his tour in Afghanistan and died due to the same. When it was the time for senior year pictures she wished that her father could be a part of it like others and did the unthinkable.
She had an idea for the same and explained everything to her photographer. With the help of her assigned photographer they developed some pictures which they call “angel pictures,” and the results are unbelievable. The pictures not only show that her father is with her but also send an incredible and thoughtful message to others. The thought is very unique.
When Yllescas saw the pictures the first time after they were created she was very emotional and said “Why it has hit my heart so hard is that I almost felt when I saw those pictures that he truly was there,” it was truly an emotional moment. The photos feature the daughter-father duo interacting with each other at different moments, but what is so different about the pictures is her father’s image in it.
A faint shadow of her father is featured in the pictures in different moments interacting with her. The faint shadow sends out a message of the angel and shows that her father is always there with her. No matter what she is doing or wherever she is her father is always watching her baby girl. Even if he is not there an aura and positive energy is surrounding her and protecting her.
After sustaining injuries overseas Army Captain Robert Yllescas was flown to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Even after intensive care, he succumbed to those injuries a month later. Army Captain Robert Yllescas is now buried in Osceola, Nebraska. It was a devastating period for the family but they went through it together and overcame the grief.
Even the photographer Susanne Beckmann of Snapshots by Suz shared her experience during the whole project. She told that “I was teary-eyed when I was editing them. All I could think in my head is I don’t ever want to have to do this for my own kids.” Beckmann herself being an active-duty military wife cannot think how much grief Julia went through but she can understand some of it and knows the constant fear of losing someone.
Susanne Beckmann thought that it was the least she could do for Julia and giving her this gift was a true honour for her in her whole life. She could serve someone and it was a very proud moment for her. She was very happy and eager to provide Julia this so that she could cherish it forever. “Just to have that on my wall and be like, no, he is with me, even though I can’t physically see him,” said Yllescas.