The other day a lady came up to me in the grocery store and said, “Aren’t you Mr. Parish?” I said that I was and she said, “You took my wedding photos in Ozona in 1997.” She introduced me to her 13 year old son and said their family was moving to San Antonio so he could go to TMI. I said that was great and maybe I could take their family portrait someday!
A few weeks ago we photographed a big wedding at Trinity University. The mother of the bride said that I had photographed her wedding 31 years ago. A couple standing nearby then said, “He did ours 36 years ago.”
Since Parish Photography first started in 1964, we have photographed over 4,000 weddings and events. I run into people all the time who tell me that we did their event in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.
Here is a mother and daughter. I photographed the mother 1n 1976 and the daughter in 2009. The daughter was wearing her mother’s dress…with a different veil. They were both photographed in the exact same place!
Now I am waiting on grandchildren to get married!
Two weeks in a row we photographed weddings at Trinity University Parker Chapel. Both weddings the men wore uniforms. Usually, the bride and her attendants are the colorful ones and the men just wear black. These two weddings were very different.
In the first wedding the men wore Scottish kilts. That is a tailored garment that is wrapped around the wearer’s body at the waist. The fastenings are straps and buckles on both ends. The association of particular patterns with individual clans and families can be traced back perhaps one or two centuries. They make very colorful wedding attire!
This week some of the active and retired U.S. Army and Air Force men wore their dress uniforms. These are very handsome outfits (guaranteed to have an effect on young ladies). In the Army, the color that is shown denotes the branch of service. Red is the Engineer’s color and it is my favorite because that was my branch (a long time ago)!
Added features on a uniform are medals and insignia. In fact, if you know what you are doing you can know everything about someone in uniform. You can tell their salary, their interests, where they have been and how brave they are! It is a lot to explain, but it is much more than a name tag!
Whatever the free country, branch, color or uniform, we are proud of our service personnel. They all provide the freedoms we too often take for granted! And they make my pictures more colorful!