Photo by Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

Gwinnett’s hot bed of talent
By Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

I was looking from computer to computer today for a special picture today of my sisters, Linda, Janet and me taken in 2013.  The warning, I have smugly given to numerous clients over my 20 year photo career came back to haunt me: Back up digitally, back up in print.



Someone, somehow had deleted all images from my computer. In the 3 years since it was taken, I had never printed the picture.  The shoemakers kids have no shoes and the photographer has no recent pictures of her and her sisters. 

Central Gwinnett head football coach Todd Wofford, shown with Urban Meyer in front of the beloved CGHS Castle, has the ability  to draw excellence to whatever he does.  A native of Barrow County who played college football at Presbyterian College, Todd’s wife Aja and their four children now live in Lawrenceville.

Coach Wofford recently hosted Ohio State college coaching legend Urban Meyer for a "Central Gwinnett Elite Football Camp" open to any area football athlete from 9th to 12th grade. Highlighting the well attended camp was a closing speech by the Ohio State Coach.  And yes, our Gwinnett area is being recognized nationally as a hotbed of talent.  

The love of swimming tends to be passed on in families. My daughters Meghan and Tarn swam  in the 1990's on the South Gwinnett swim team with Monica Gomez Landress and now all three women are back at North Forke Swim team in Grayson watching their young children compete.  Shown are Monica's twins. Tessa and Tristan.

When Nancy Ward books us to photograph the Gwinnett leadership “Summit” every May, I clear my calendar and prepare to be entertained.  One tradition is that each of the 23 participating schools, does an opening cheer. This year one of the more expressive presentations was by the delegation from Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology.

After 3 years, I got a chance to photograph the Kiefaber family on the beautiful acreage one son and his wife now own. Susie is a beloved “client friend” who has been the Administrative Assistant for Archer High School since it opened. Part of the fun of doing their Picture is 1)beautiful setting, 2)always new adorable family members, 3)dogs included in the picture.

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