Friday, October 30, 2009

Favorite {Photo} Friday--Halloween Flashback

After I just spent 40 minutes far too long editing a photo only to realize that I already put it up (unedited) as a Favorite {Photo} Friday last year for Halloween, I gave up and threw in the towel. No photo today.

Just kidding.

Instead I went over to Facebook for a few minutes and posted embarassing old Halloween photos on some friends' walls, and then I came back to find another photo. :) And I had to go back a ways!

You know how it's retro-chic now to take Polaroids, make "Fauxlaroids," and there are all sorts of Photoshop actions to make modern photos look like photos from the '60s and '70s? There are even specialty (rather expensive in my view, although they're very wee and cute) cameras that are designed to take "vintage-era" photos! Don't get me wrong, I love this effect, especially what my friend Cynthia does over at her blog Technicolor Postcards (she uses, I think). But in looking back at some of our old photos, it made me wonder if in the future it will ever be "retro-chic" to reproduce crappy early-digital camera photos from the late '90s and early '00s? 'Cause when it comes to graininess and well, general crappiness, those cameras rocked!

For example, the photos I'm about to show. :)

When Jason and I were rather newly married we lived in Ohio while he went to grad school. Of course I knew that grad school would be more rigorous and demanding than undergrad (which I didn't experience directly with Jason anyway, but considering that senior year he took an Ultimate Frisbee class and got drunk with all his friends watching Seinfeld every Thursday night lasting through Sunday, anything would be more rigorous in comparison). But what I didn't bank on was that the Civil Engineering motto is "Word hard, play hard(er)!"

What I'm saying is that (blah blah blah, boring, they all worked really, really, really hard and) we had some crazy parties in Ohio! And hello? What else is there to do in Ohio, anyway?

So, yeah, crazy parties. :)

One year they threw a big party for Halloween and you had to come in costume. As a couple. So two evenings before the party Jason and I are thinking of what we could be, as a couple. And if you don't know this, it's cold in Ohio at Halloween. So while my friends were dreaming up all sorts of sexy outfits, I was thinking, "What can we wear to be cute but also very comfy and warm?"

I don't remember how it came to me, but it did. So we drove to the grocery store, bought the necessary samples, and then I headed to Kinko's in the middle of the night to blow up the label by hundreds of percents. I did the math, even, to figure out exactly how big we needed them for the costumes! Add in some stitch-witchery, lots of felt, and plenty of OCD tendencies, and you get:

See what I mean about the crappy photos? And this is post-fix. [Siiiiigh.]

But HELLO? Funny couples costumes? YES.

Here's another beautifully crappy shot from another crappy early digital camera. We have a bunch of these types of crappy photos because everyone wanted to take photos of our hilarious (and warm and comfortable) costumes.

Just in case you don't understand why these costumes are so hilarious, first, put yourself back into a college mindset. Then, sing the song...

"Almond Joy's got nuts, Mounds don't... because, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!" And then of course there's the whole "mounds" thing....

Ahhhh, college. :)

Soooooo... what are you going to be for Halloween?


Anonymous said...

THAT was so funny!!!! It really made me laugh :)

Love ya,

cynthia said...

You rule!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this:) the best couple costumes I have seen!!!!! And Heck yeah bring back the grainy digi, I'll use it:) Cameron, I hope you guys have a wonderful Halloween:)

Katie said...

Cute costumes! I love homemade!

jenwcom said...

You two are way too stinkin' cute! I love a man that'll wear a costume.

Brett and I were going to go as M&M's plain and M&M's with nuts one year, but he chickened out. Boo!

Love you.

Katie @ said...

haha! That's too funny. I kept thinking, "Why is she the Mounds??" But then... oh!! I love it.

No Halloween here in Berlin - wah. Instant homesickness for the US. But that homesick quickly disappeared as I nearly rolled of my chair laughing at your creativity. Awesome!

Erin said...

Hilarious! And also, you have the prettiest smile.

Ava's Mom said...

OH so cute. I could NEVER sew that. You are awesome!