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 has served as Editor-in-Chief of Her View From Home since 2017. A long time ago, she worked in local TV news and fell in love with telling stories—something she feels grateful to help women do every day at HVFH. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four kids but is really meant to be by the ocean with a good book and a McDonald's fountain Coke.