Our last senior for the class of 2017 – but certainly the most important to us, is our youngest, Laith. Of course this is when I wish one of my “word smith” friends would write the blog, because as a mom, I have so much to say!
Laith is graduating from Cypress Lakes High School and will walk across the stage today! We are thrilled for him, truly, we are super excited for all that he has accomplished but mostly for the incredible future that awaits him. In high school, Laith was part of band and played the French horn, he was also a member of Pals. In his spare time he mostly enjoys playing video games or volleyball and basketball with his friends.
If there is one word to describe Laith, I would say it is loyal! He is a true friend and unselfishly puts their interests above his – this could be why he has had the same group of friends since 6th grade! When Laith sets his mind to something there is nothing that can get in his way. He is dedicated to his physical training and likes his “alone time” when he enjoys listening to music or playing his guitar. In our family he is the “dog whisperer” because when he is around, our three dogs are totally devoted to him and want only his attention!
Laith will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station and will be a member of the Airforce Corps of Cadets. He eventually plans to join the air force in special operations. Laith, your parents and Nounou Photography wish you all the best! The future is yours to mold…
Nick hails from Magnolia West high school, where he is the Varsity Swim Captain. For as long as Nick can remember, he has been swimming – he started at the age of four for his subdivision’s summer swim team. Most recently, Nick was part of the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay that advanced to region from his high school and just missed a chance to compete at the state level by one place. In addition to Nick’s athleticism, he is also very smart and is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on Student Council.
Nick enjoys being around animals and has grown up with many, but his favorite one is his dog Jet. Jet is a special breed, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog or “Swissy”, and he is 6 years old and adores Nick. Jet has quite a lot of energy, and his size can intimidate you, but he truly is the sweetest!
In Nick’s spare time, you might find him listening to rap music (Kanye West is a favorite), watching James Harden play basketball for the Houston Rockets, playing video games, or hopping into his Jeep to go hang out with friends.
We have known Nick since he was born, and in fact it’s because his mom, Kindra, and Teresa were both pregnant at the same time that a wonderful friendship started between the two moms. Of course Nick was fun to photograph and has a charming smile albeit he admitted he “was only doing all of this for his mom”! We secretly know he had a good time and he was even able to visit briefly with his old friend Laith.
While blue is Nick’s favorite color and he looks great wearing all shades of it, he might be adding a little maroon to his wardrobe since he will be attending Texas A&M University, studying Electrical Engineering. Nick, we at Nounou Photography wish you the best of everything now and in the future as you achieve your goals.
Meet Alex, a natural beauty with big blue eyes and clear fair skin. Her name is Alexandra, but she much prefers Alex. We had the privilege of photographing her two older sisters as well, and each sister has her own individual style. Alex prefers dresses over jeans or pants, and looks wonderful in blue – this color makes her eyes “pop”! When Alex is amused sometimes she can’t stop giggling and she will have to wait for the laughing spell to abate before she can finally catch her breath – we discovered this a couple of times during the photo shoot – Alex you are super cute! She likes country music best, and absolutely loves Ed Sheeran and we discovered that while she likes the country, she doesn’t like chickens and roosters!
Alex is active in her church. She teaches Sunday School and volunteers often. She will graduate from Cypress Lakes High School this spring and plans to study at UT Dallas majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in math. In the future, she hopes to have an internship with NASA.
Alex, we wish you much success in your further studies and career. We had so much fun (and adventure too) photographing your senior pictures and preserving this moment in time for you. Go Class of 2017!
Hunter Daniels likes the dark sky of a rainy day, classic rock, watching baseball, and stories of war heroes. He is a senior at Langham Creek High school, where he plays tuba in the band. He serves as tuba section leader and he is one tenacious young man! For three years Hunter was a member of the LCHS marching band and was in a wheelchair due to a brace on his leg from multiple baseball injuries to his ACLs.
As a member of the Technology Student Association, Hunter placed first in a TSA state competition for recycling old school lockers into a game console. He even welded one of his favorite video games, Call of Duty, symbols onto the game console he created to decorate it.
Hunter is a very patriotic guy and his favorite subject in school is American History. He really admires is Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II, who received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian, heroism awards. Hunter currently does physical training with the Army and the Marines several nights a week.
Teresa has known Hunter and his family since elementary school and it has been fun to watch him grow into such a mature, polite, young adult! Long gone are the days of both families sitting on the sidelines watching the kids play baseball… hello to the new journey they will embark upon soon.
Future plans for Hunter include training to be an explosive ordnance disposal expert (Bomb Squad) in the Army, which will require a lot of tactical and technical training. This group performs some of the most harrowing, dangerous work in order to keep others from harm’s way. We are sure he will save many lives. Hunter, we wish you all the best.
Just look at that beautiful smile! Sweet, gregarious, hardworking and devoted to her studies, Raquel graduates from Cypress Lakes High School this spring. She is a member of National Honor Society, HOSA and Key Club, and her favorite subject is science. Her love of science has provided an opportunity to attend Baylor University and study to be a neurosurgeon.
One of Raquel’s favorite scriptures is Matthew 19:26, in which Jesus says, “With God all things are possible”. We believe Raquel has so much potential and that God will help her make her possibilities into realities.
Raquel, we at Nounou Photography wish you much growth and success in your life and study of medicine!
Nounou Photography met Jade several years ago thanks to our partnership with Copper Creek Orthodontics when she was offered a Quick Takes session after her treatment. We photographed her with her ballet shoes and learned that while she loves to dance, she is also shy at first and needed some extra help to relax.
Jade loves everything about dance. Of course she loves to dance herself and even escape into the music while performing, but she also enjoys watching aquatic dance and even a popular TV show, Dance Moms. She admires her dance teacher, Miss Jamie because she has a great personality, is a positive teacher, very creative and loves to dance and share her passion with others.
Photography is also something that inspires Jade. She loves to be creative with her camera and is currently taking a photography class for the first time this year. Who knows, perhaps she might one day become an animal photographer which would fit in well for her future goal to become a zoologist!
We wish Jade much success and we hope she continues to love art and to dance through life! To meet her career goals, Jade plans to attend Lonestar College for her basic courses and then transfer to A&M Corpus Christi to finish her degree in Zoology.
What a fun time we had photographing Danny, a current senior at Cypress Lakes HS. Although since Danny’s mom, Kathy has been my assistant for several years, Danny did have some insight into my craziness and he kept me on my toes – sometimes literally because he is quite tall!
As a four year band member to the Cypress Lakes HS band, Danny has played several percussion instruments, including the marimba, snare, cymbals, etc., and has also participated in the Drumline and traveled to many in state competitions. In addition to loving to “bang on things” – his mom’s words (he apparently figured out that window blinds can be a fun thing to create “music” at an early age), Danny also plays the piano and really enjoys playing the Ukulele. He is self taught on the Ukulele and when he plays it, it reminds him of his trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago.
Danny is also a member of the Cypress Lakes Varsity swim team and he plans to be a lifeguard this summer. In what little spare time remains for Danny, he enjoys reading and is currently working to complete his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project .
After graduation, Danny plans to attend a year of college and then begin his two year mission. We are sure that whatever the future holds for Danny, he will spread his wit and humor to everyone he encounters – and he might even teach them to keep a steady beat!