Friday, August 10, 2012

The story behind a photo

Happy Friday everyone! I'm spending the weekend in Boston for my dear friend Melissa's birthday/ going away party- she's moving to Armenia for a year!  So in honor of that, I thought I'd repost this post I did last year for Anonymous Was A Women's "My Favorite Photo" series.  Have a great weekend!

Here is the story behind this ridiculous photograph.  In 2005, I was visiting my very dear friends (photographers themselves, they shot my wedding) in Northampton, Massachusetts.  It was a year after I'd graduated from the University of Massachusetts and a year since I'd moved away from living in the same town as Fred and Melissa.  I was there for a weekend visit and brought my now husband, but then just-started-dating-boyfriend, Alex.  They were meeting him for the first time, and I was kind of nervous about it. I really wanted them to hit it off.

In the lobby of their building, someone had left a big box of clothes for the taking.  Without speaking really, Fred, Melissa and I came down from their apartment, saw this box in the lobby and immediately started trying on clothes and vamping.  Because that's what you do when you find a box like this!  At least that's what you do when you're with Fred and Melissa.  Alex took the picture on a little disposable that I had brought with me and the rest is history.  In case you can't see this crappy photo scan too clearly, I am wearing a fur coat, Fred is wearing some sort of hippie skirt, and Melissa has on goggles and is holding a boom box, somehow managing to look like a super hero.

This photo always makes my heart swell with love for these friends and makes me realize what a good and hilarious time we always have together.  We can have a party with just the three of us, every time that we meet.  Give us a box of junk and suddenly we're ten years old again and playing dress up.  Even though I didn't meet Fred and Melissa until the end of my senior year in college, they're the kind of friends that I feel like I've known my entire life.  Luckily Alex fit right in that weekend, making that awesome threesome grow to four.  I love how he is the one taking the picture and I can still hear him laughing behind the camera every time I look at this photo.

PS- I got a really good pair of jeans that I still wear today out of that pile!

PPS- I'm not sure if Sarah is doing this series anymore, but it's really fun, and a great way to find inspiration for a blog post.  You can submit yours to Let me know if you do your own in the comments!


  1. This is fantastic. And I'm pretty sure my mom had that same exact skirt... and I wore it as part of my halloween costume when I was a gypsy in 6th grade.

  2. Being spontaneous and silly with friends is one of the things that makes life so great. Having a camera handy really seals the deal. I love it.