Monthly Archives: March 2012

What about body art?

I’ve been told that tattoos have been around since sailors had them in 1769.  Or, maybe people have had them in other parts of the world before that.  They have just become popular in the United States since the 1990’s.  Now, it seems that men and women have an equal number of tattoos.

People have these “pieces of art” all over their bodies.  When a bride and her bridesmaids put on their dresses, this “body art” becomes part of their costumes.  It is hard not to notice a bride with a tattoo walking down the aisle at her wedding.

I saw a groom who had his face painted on the back of his head.  When he was at the altar it looked as though he was facing the congregation!  It really made you think twice!

When the bride has this art on her legs, it makes quite a show when the groom is removing her garter.  She has to make sure that the garter matches the tattoos.

Maybe someday a bride and groom will have their rings tattooed on their fingers.  That would mean that they have to stay married because it would be practically impossible to have the tattoos removed!  Or, maybe they could put something in their marriage contract about who would have to pay for a tattooed ring removal!


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New owner, same traditions

As of March 1, 2012, Parish Photography belongs to Jenna-Beth Lyde.  We hammered out an agreement for the transfer of ownership of my 48 year old organization.

Parish Photography was started in 1964.  I had just graduated from Trinity and had completed my service in the Army.  I thought I would take a few pictures until I figured out which bank I was going to work for….since my major was “Commercial Banking.”

My uncle, George Parish, joined with me and we became so busy that I didn’t have time to worry about working for a bank.  Our studio was at 5021 Broadway for more than 20 years.  Then my uncle retired and I moved the studio to 7701 Broadway where the rent was lower!

I met Jenna-Beth at an Alamo Heights Chamber meeting a couple of years ago.  She had just graduated from Trinity University.  She came to work for me and after a short time, I was doing everything she told me to do!  She has great ideas and lots of energy.  So we just worked out a deal where she would own Parish Photography and I could work for her.

Now, I can come to work late!   We do weddings together….Jenna-Beth does all the modern things that brides love and I do all the old fashioned things that the parents love.  What a great deal for everybody!

Charles and JB



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