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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

phampantsDecember 24, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Aww! Merry Christmas to you Erin, Winston & Lucy!

kimDecember 27, 2012 - 6:50 pm

The dog has the best expression on her face in this photo! Such a perfect pick!

I hope your holiday was spectacular!

On Assignment | Conceal and Carry | 225

During the summer, I was assigned to visit a gun range with one of 225‘s reporters, Daryl Moore. He was writing a story on what it took to obtain a conceal and carry license in the state of Louisiana, and they wanted me to get some shots of Daryl working on his aim at the range, as well as some portraits of him.

I was unsure what to expect, as I’d never been to a gun range before or shot a gun for real. (Somehow, I didn’t think the BB guns and pellet rifles I shot… and taught children to shoot… at summer camp really count in the grand scheme of things.)

Upon arrival, Daryl told me he was going to let me shoot a round or two… and I told him that it was perfectly OK for him to take all the rounds because I needed to get good photos of him. But then Daryl told Gordon, his instructor, and I was roped into shooting after I had the photographs of Daryl for the article.

225 reporter Daryl Moore practices his shot at the Baker Range in Baker, La., on Fri., July 27, 2012. Moore went through the concealed carry handgun permit process last year and has written a story about his experience for September 2012

225 reporter Daryl Moore practices his shot at the Baker Range in Baker, La., on Fri., July 27, 2012. Moore went through the concealed carry handgun permit process last year and has written a story about his experience for September 2012′s issue of 225. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

So after Daryl was done with his rounds, it was my turn. I was a bit terrified — I mean, I’d never really shot a gun before, and it was something that wasn’t on my life list of things to do. But after some instruction from Gordon, I was ready to go.

I handed off my camera to Daryl, requesting a few photographs of the experience because it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t and because I was convinced no one would believe I actually shot a gun otherwise.

It was a good time had by all… and turns out, I’m not half bad a shot!

To read Daryl’s article, read Carry out: The trials and tribulations of securing a conceal and carry permit.

To learn more about the conceal and carry course Daryl took, visit Gordon Hutchinson’s website.

One Year Ago Today | Matt & Anna {Wedding Photographs}

One year ago today, I had the enormous pleasure of photographing two friends of mine tie the knot.

I’ve known Matt and Anna for quite some time now. Matt was a co-worker of mine at the Hattiesburg American, and I met Anna through him on the sidelines of a Southern Miss football game. The two of them are wonderful, and I was honored to photograph their wedding in Anna’s hometown of Columbus, Mississippi last December.

It was a beautiful day, and looking back on their wedding photos makes me smile.

Anna Truitt and Matt Bush get married in Columbus, Miss. on Sat., Dec. 10, 2011...PHOTOS BY ERIN PARKER. (Erin Parker)Anna Truitt and Matt Bush get married in Columbus, Miss. on Sat., Dec. 10, 2011...PHOTOS BY ERIN PARKER. (Erin Parker)

Anna Truitt and Matt Bush get married in Columbus, Miss. on Sat., Dec. 10, 2011...PHOTOS BY ERIN PARKER. (Erin Parker)

Happy anniversary, y’all! May year two be as exciting as year one… and may there be many, many more!

Friday Favorites

Hey-o! It’s December, y’all, and I am back after yet another impromptu break. Life has been crazy, but I am finally settling in to the Dallas area, and I am happy to be blogging again.

In celebration of being back and kicking this thing off right, I’ve got several links to share with y’all today.

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  • Yep, I think these Cranberry Rosemary Spritzers need to be made this weekend.
  • I absolutely loved Freaks and Geeks, and these photos of the cast reunited after 10 years makes my heart happy.
  • Do you know about Striking Truths? If you don’t, you should because they are putting out some beautiful work that is inspiring every day.
  • If you haven’t seen Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots performing “All I Want for Christmas is You,” you need to fix that immediately. Stop what you’re doing and watch it now.

Here’s to a happy weekend and to more successful blogging this month.;)

Friday Favorites

I can hardly believe it is Friday again, y’all! Fall weather descended upon Dallas yesterday afternoon, and I am currently bundled in two blankets, wearing my furry slippers and drinking a cup of cocoa. (Yes, I’m that stereotypical person when it comes to cooler weather… and as much as I love it, my body has a hard time adjusting to the change.)

This week has been a good, albiet crazy, one, and I’ve got some great links to share with you today:

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And that’s all I got for today. What about y’all?