Photo by Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

Gwinnett's beginnings
By Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

Very recently Les and I celebrated our 40th Wedding anniversary. For many blessed reasons our marriage has been filled with other people, mainly family. I was surprised to realize that it would be just the two of us at Church on our anniversary day.   Then I realized that for all the joy, distraction and heartache of others, every marriage—better or worse—comes down to just two people. 

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In our case, a not very worldly girl from New Jersey and an athletic young man from Atlanta couldn’t stop staring at one another; then we blinked and we were taking our grandchildren to movies and searching for our reading glasses.

At Mountain View High School, I always look forward to seeing Varsity Coach Jackie Lindquist. Many teams are carried by their Senior players but in a twist of that metaphor we show Jackie with her 5 Seniors: Aneysa Williams, Arianna Williams, D’ Andre Pringle, Keni Haynes and  Iceis Walker.  

Nicole Booker’s class approached the Grayson Elementary Book Parade with a sense of unity by all choosing to dress from the well loved book “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (by Judi Barrett).  Thanks to the imagination and skills of parent Jenna Dye, they were a huge hit and I asked if I could photograph them all. Standing with an umbrella at the center of this group is Chris and Jenna Dye’s son Jackson.

During our annual Club Day Pictures at Mill Creek High School, it is always the photographers’ duty to attempt to identify the photobombers. The Book Club, sponsored by Melody Price and Beckie Fulcher, brought just enough books for each registered member of the club.  Imagine the surprise by the members as well as photographer Meredith Chastain when they were suddenly three books short and they had three new male members in the all female club.   The boys were sent off with suggestions of good books to read and the actual club members picked their favorite books for their Club pose.  

My assistant, Lauren Britt (Archer Class of 2013), and I were at Archer High Football Senior Night, celebrated before a game betweenArcher and Dacula High Schools.  As is always the case before a high profile Friday night football game in Georgia, there was an intense hushed feeling as we stood on the sidelines.  Then a distinguished looking man and his lovely wife walked onto the middle of the field.  Before moments had passed, both Archer Coach Andy Dyer and Dacula Coach Tommy Jones were paying homage to Dave Hunter who has loomed large in that phenomenon known as Gwinnett Country sports for many years. Both Coaches – as Brookwood High School Seniors, were co-Captains under Coach Hunter. And that as someone once used to say, is the beginning of the story.

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