Leah Cruz – December 19

Cheyenne East student Leah Cruz laughs while packing Community Christmas food boxes at the former Wyoming Liquor Division Warehouse earlier this week. Cruz, 14, is a safe schools ambassador and said she joined because she doesn't like to see people bullied. "I know that there are many families that are less fortunate so it's nice to be able to help," said Cruz about volunteering for the Christmas food boxes event.  To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne East student Leah Cruz laughs while packing Community Christmas food boxes at the former Wyoming Liquor Division Warehouse earlier this week. Cruz, 14, is a safe schools ambassador and said she joined because she doesn’t like to see people bullied. “I know that there are many families that are less fortunate so it’s nice to be able to help,” said Cruz about volunteering for the Christmas food boxes event. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Debby Barnes with Mirelle Conkling – December 18

Home hospice R.N. Debby Barnes laughs with Mirelle Conkling and Conkling's daughter home earlier this week. Barnes has been caring for Conkling for the past 6 months and they share a lot of laughs. "I've always been a laugher and a cryer," Conkling said. Barnes mentioned she loves the oportunity to provide hospice care in the home.  To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Home hospice R.N. Debby Barnes laughs with Mirelle Conkling atConkling’s daughter’s home earlier this week. Barnes has been caring for Conkling for the past 6 months and they share a lot of laughs. “I’ve always been a laugher and a cryer,” Conkling said. Barnes mentioned she loves the opportunity to provide hospice care in the home. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Frank Gerstenkorn – December 17

Guns & Gear store owner Frank Gerstenkorn stand in his store at 2110 Evans Avenue. "Wyoming is a bastion of freedom in the west. The people are independent and believe in the preservation of personal rights," Gerstenkorn said about his time living in Wyoming. The business owner is an advocate for shooting sports, hunting rights and is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.  To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Guns & Gear store owner Frank Gerstenkorn stand in his store at 2110 Evans Avenue. “Wyoming is a bastion of freedom in the west. The people are independent and believe in the preservation of personal rights,” Gerstenkorn said about his time living in Wyoming. The business owner is an advocate for shooting sports, hunting rights and is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Dominick and Alison Ragan with daughter Ella – December 16

Dominick Ragan, holds his 4 week old daughter, Ella, as his wife Alison looks on at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Lions Park. "I was a surprised by how much support there is for young families," Alison said about the help and information she received at Cheyenne Region Medical Center. Dominick mentioned that the winters in Wyoming are worth it to have wonderful summers. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Dominick Ragan, holds his 4 week old daughter, Ella, as his wife Alison looks on at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Lions Park. “I was a surprised by how much support there is for young families,” Alison said about the help and information she received at Cheyenne Region Medical Center. Dominick mentioned that the winters in Wyoming are worth it to have wonderful summers. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Kaiser Cunningham – December 15

Cheyenne Central High School senior Kaiser Phillip Cunningham III poses for a portrait with his camera at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle studio. Cunningham is an aspiring photographer and will be in the photography program at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wy. next year. "Everyone here looks after each other and come together in times of need," said Cunningham. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne Central High School senior Kaiser Phillip Cunningham III poses for a portrait with his camera at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle studio. Cunningham is an aspiring photographer and will be in the photography program at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wy. next year. “Everyone here looks after each other and come together in times of need,” said Cunningham. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Gary Shenefelt – December 14

Construction superintendent Gary Shenefelt stands on September 8, top, and on December 12, bottom, at the entrance to the new Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club on West Jefferson Road. "I feel proud to part of a project that benefits the community," Shenefelt said, "all these latchkey kids need a safe place to go." Shenefelt loves the mountains and fishing and said the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club should be completed around the first of the year. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see the published portraits, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Construction superintendent Gary Shenefelt stands on September 8, top, and on December 12, bottom, at the entrance to the new Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club on West Jefferson Road. “I feel proud to part of a project that benefits the community,” Shenefelt said, “all these latchkey kids need a safe place to go.” Shenefelt loves the mountains and fishing and said the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club should be completed around the first of the year. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

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Tobias Martin and April Wilson – December 13

Tobias Martin stands with his mother April Wilson and her dog Kato in their business at 317 West Lincolnway. Martin and Wilson have owned Graffito Make Your Own Pottery for the past 11 years. "We are both enjoy four season activities, although we only have two season," joked Martin about the weather. Wilson added she liked that it only takes her seven minutes to get to work and that there is no state income tax. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Tobias Martin stands with his mother April Wilson and her dog Kato in their business at 317 West Lincolnway. Martin and Wilson have owned Graffito Make Your Own Pottery for the past 11 years. “We are both enjoy four season activities, although we only have two season,” joked Martin about the weather. Wilson added she liked that it only takes her seven minutes to get to work and that there is no state income tax. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Kevin Olson – December 12

Cheyenne Central High School video production teacher Kevin Olsong has his portrait taken in a production room his classes. "I like working with kids. I had a lot of teachers growing up that taught me more than just the curriculum," Olson said about teaching. Olson has lived for 25 years in Cheyenne and has taught at Central for four years. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne Central High School video production teacher Kevin Olsong has his portrait taken in a production room his classes. “I like working with kids. I had a lot of teachers growing up that taught me more than just the curriculum,” Olson said about teaching. Olson has lived for 25 years in Cheyenne and has taught at Central for four years. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Elsie Cowan – December 11

Elsie Cowan,3, smiles while preparing to perform in a Christmas program  at her pre-school at Christ Lutheran Church. According to Elsie's father, Gregory, she is wishing for snow for Christmas. Cowen spent last ski season in a pack on her father's back and wants to start skiing on her own this winter. Her parents said they enjoy and take advantage of the outdoor opportunities close to Laramie County. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment.  Michael Smith/staff

Elsie Cowan,3, smiles while preparing to perform in a Christmas program at her pre-school at Christ Lutheran Church. According to Elsie’s father, Gregory, she is wishing for snow for Christmas. Cowen spent last ski season in a pack on her father’s back and wants to start skiing on her own this winter. Her parents said they enjoy and take advantage of the outdoor opportunities close to Laramie County. To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Wyatt Gaulke – December 10

Cheyenne Central High School junior Wyatt Gaulke poses for a portrait with his bike at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle studio. "Riding is freedom," Gualke said about his passion for riding and racing road bicycles. Gaulke started riding seven years ago and has been racing in Colorado for the past four years. "I get out and ride whenever I can even during the wind and cold," Gaulke said,"it builds character." To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith's "Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County" project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne Central High School junior Wyatt Gaulke poses for a portrait with his bike at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle studio. “Riding is freedom,” Gualke said about his passion for riding and racing road bicycles. Gaulke started riding seven years ago and has been racing in Colorado for the past four years. “I get out and ride whenever I can even during the wind and cold,” Gaulke said,”it builds character.” To take part in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff