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Larry Walker Jr.

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Picture This Selfie Studio owner Larry Walker, Jr. held a Father-Daughter Dance Friday night.

The event sold out weeks ago and a packed house on Friday night enjoyed dancing, dining and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

It is one of many things Walker does in the community to make Vicksburg a better place.

Walker first came to the attention of the Vicksburg Daily News when he and beloved photographer Courtland Wells came by the Klondyke on North Washington to take photos. There was an old red Volkswagen Beetle parked in front and Walker took the best picture that has ever been taken of that car.

Photo by Larry Walker, Jr. \  Skywalker Photography

It wasn’t long after that a photo contest was held for the Military Park and Larry Walker won. “The fact that I was being recognized — it was like, ‘Oh wow, people actually like this stuff.’ It was crazy,” he said. “The feeling of winning was, like, kind of surreal. It was awesome.”

Larry Walker's winning photo of the Vicksburg Military Park.

Larry Walker’s winning photo of the Vicksburg Military Park. Photo courtesy of Larry Walker / Skywalker Photography

Walker grew up in the Openwood section of Vicksburg and attended Warren Central High School where he was a defensive tackle for the Vikings. He went on to play at Southwestern Community College and Mississippi College. “Got a championship there in 2009,” Walker said matter of factly. He currently works for the City of Vicksburg as the Director of VTV.

Daddy Daughter Dance
Daddies and daughters making memories. Photo courtesy of Larry Walker / Skywalker Photography

He opened Picture This Selfie Studio last year and has hosted several events there. The Father-Daughter Dance was captured on video by Vicksburg Daily News’ Keith Phillips and it shows a heartwarming scene of dads and daughters dancing to a popular song. Big smiles are seen on the faces of the dad and the daughters as they bond over a shared sense of belonging. The video was an instant hit, gathering hundreds of likes, and reaching over 20,000 at the time of this story.

It is what Walker does.

In a story the Vicksburg Daily News did on Walker being named the City of Vicksburg’s Employee of the Quarter, Walker said, “So, I grew up in the church and had the seed sown there,” he said. “That, I guess, kind of decided my walk and decided my passion for how I live my life.”

Picture This Selfie Studio is located at the Outlets at Vicksburg, the old Outlets Mall. It is a place where kids and adults can enter fantasy photo settings and create selfies for their social media or just for fun.

The author's grandson in full creative release at the Selfie Studio. Photo by David Day
A child in full creative release at the Picture This Selfie Studio. Photo by David Day

Walker’s innovative mind has also produced two books and operates a photography studio, Skywalker Photography.

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