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A photographer in Nebraska wanted to ensure a high school senior had portraits to remember.
Now, those photos have spread across the internet.
Photographer Susanne Beckmann on Saturday shared senior portraits of Julia Yllescas on Facebook. In the photos, Julia is seen looking at a transparent image of her father, U.S. Army Capt. Robert J. Yllescas, who died in 2008 from injuries injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near him in Afghanistan.
In Beckmann's post, Julia is wearing dog tags in one photo and holding an American flag in the other.
Nebraska high school senior Julia Yllescas is pictured with an image of her father, Army Capt. Robert J. Yllescas, who died in 2008. (Photo: Courtesy Snapshots by Suz)
"It almost felt when I saw those pictures, that he really was there," Julia told KOLN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Beckmann, who said she's been taking photos for about eight years, told USA TODAY she's known the Yllescas family for years and has been taking photos of Julia since the teen was 9 years old.
Beckmann, a military wife and mother of two, said she never expected the photos to gain such attention. As of Tuesday evening, Beckmann's Facebook post has been shared about 38,000 times.
Nebraska High School seniors Julia Yllescas is pictured with an image of her father, Army Capt. Robert J. Yllescas, who died in 2008. (Photo: Courtesy Snapshots by Suz)
"We just took the senior photos on Saturday and posted them to my business Facebook page Sunday night. Now it's Tuesday and it's been shared this many times … it's just insane, "Beckmann said. "I had no idea it would resonate with so many people and there would be so much support and positivity behind it. It was super cool."
She posted the photos to her photography page, " Snapshots By Suz. "
Beckmann first shared photos with Juila's mother, Dena Yllescas. Beckmann said both Dena Yllescas and Julia expressed gratitude after seeing the photos.
"Her mom just said they took her breath away," Beckmann said.
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