Taking senior pictures is a rite of passage for most teens, but for one Nebraska senior it’s become more than just a collection of memories. 

Aurora High School student Julie Yllescas had a photoshoot with local photographer Susanne Beckmann over the weekend that included a very special request: Julie wanted her dad in a photo with her. 

Julie’s father died 11 years ago.

Captain Robert Yllescas was severely wounded by an IED in Afghanistan in 2008 and later died in Maryland from his injuries. 

But Julie knew she wanted her father beside her as she enters her senior year of high school. 

When the teen asked Beckmann, a military wife who owns and operates Snapshots by Suz in Denton, NE, if she could create an “angel picture” with her dad’s image next to her, Beckmann set to work layering a near-translucent image of Captain Yllescas with a photo of his daughter Julie. 

The result has been shared more than 26-thousand times on Facebook and will undoubtedly become a treasured keepsake for a devoted daughter. 

Take a look at the post with the two images from Snapshots by Suz here

Photo from Snapshots by Suz of teen and fallen soldier dad
Image via Snapshots by Suz/Facebook

Carolyn Moore

Carolyn traded a career in local TV news for a gig as a stay-at-home mom, where the days are just as busy and the pay is only slightly worse. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four young kids, and occasionally writes about raising them at Assignment Mom