CCA senior, local photographer land magazine cover
Citizens Christian Academy (CCA) senior Kalli Douglas graced the cover of Bold & Beautiful Magazine’s September senior issue, with photographer, Coffee County native Rachel Bender, featured as the cover artist of the magazine. editing.
The edition features senior photos of 12th graders from around the country, with Kalli de Bender’s image on the cover page. Four other local seniors photographed by Bender were also featured in the special, including Evan Coffee, Ada Wooten, Madeline Morris and Gracelyn Day.
Bold & Beautiful, according to its website, was created by one photographer to help inspire other photographers. The creator said the magazine can be used as a creative outlet for budding and established photographers to see their work in a print publication and help win clients.
Bender describes herself as a “lifestyle photographer” who grew up in the industry, her mother having been a photographer for 20 years. In 2018, Bender said she “started educating herself” in all aspects of photography as a creative way to capture and preserve all of her memories with her children as they grew up. What started as a hobby eventually turned into a career when she started her own business, Rachel Bender Photography. Bender’s photos have been featured in other magazines before, with his work being featured as the back cover of Chasing Light magazine last month.
After the cover was revealed, Bender told DouglasNow, “I’m thrilled to see the hard work I’ve put into the photography paying off. I’m also so grateful to all of my amazing clients who have made me confidence to capture all their most important milestones!”
Kalli’s image was taken during a senior photo shoot last month at Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. Bender said she excitedly “ran home” on the night of the shoot to edit some of the “stunning” photos, and submitted the award-winning photo to the magazine soon after. The cover was revealed on Bold and Beautiful’s social media page on September 20.
Kalli is the 17-year-old daughter of Kevin and Karla Douglas and a longtime resident of Coffee County. She is an active member of the school’s varsity cheerleading team, Leo Club, Key Club, National Honors Society, a HOBY Youth Scholar, and secretary of the FFA. She will graduate next May and then plans to attend South Georgia State College to pursue a career in nursing. After graduating from SGSC, Kalli would like to continue her studies to become a nurse practitioner.
“I’m so honored to have my senior photo selected to appear on the cover of Bold and Beautiful. Rachel Bender is an extremely talented photographer who made filming so much fun and the image she captured for the cover is certainly I’m so grateful she submitted the photo and the magazine’s editors recognized how talented she is!” Kali commented.