Anyway, it is the very first photo taken of us. What is eerie is that I looked on the back and found it had been taken exactly 14 years earlier to the day, on the 16th of June 1999.
I had forgotten this photo had even existed until I saw it on the weekend. It's not our best photo. Far from glamorous. We look so young! The ageing process really kicks up a notch once Kids come along don't you think? We had met only 4 weeks earlier on the night of my 22nd Birthday. I obviously thought 4 weeks was long enough to know whether it was serious enough for him to meet my Dad.
The photo was taken on a visit to my Dad at his farm which is a 45 minute drive from where I was studying at University in Canberra. I was showing The Pianoman around the farm on the Quad bike on a freezing cold Braidwood day when Dad came out with his camera, snapped this shot and subsequently mailed it to me.
We look awkward, signs of the early days of the relationship but more because it was the first time meeting the future Father-In-Law and we were fully aware that this photo would probably do the rounds with all the extended family and friends. I was probably hoping my Dad wouldn't embarrass me with a request for more photos and The Pianoman was probably wondering where the most appropriate place to put his hands were. If someone told us then that we would move to Tasmania (3 times), live on a farm and have 5 Kids we probably would have laughed. Funny how things work out.
I've been pondering the broader effects of social media lately. Back then there was no Facebook, Instagram, mobiles phones with built-in cameras or texting. This photo was the first glimpse of the new boyfriend my extended family had, a whole month after we met. Nowadays you see all the young people out at bars taking selfies and posting them on the internet instantaneously. It got me thinking how the dating scene will be when our kids are older. Will I be seeing the new boyfriend/girlfriends for the first time when they come over to visit us for afternoon tea? I doubt it. I'll probably find out on Facebook or some other means first. I imagine I'll just need a name and within seconds, being the nosy Parker I am, I will be able to locate said person on any of the various social media platforms available. It's a very strange concept. I'm wondering if young people today will be so used to strangers having access to their pictures on the interwebs, that the awkwardness when they meet people for the first time will be lost in the knowledge that they have already been "seen". Is it the end of awkward photos? Will there be no more awkwardness or will there be more because people just won't know how much of their life has been displayed for all to see?
So who took your very first photo as a couple and where were you?
Edit: Apologies this Post was lost for around 24 hours while I was sleeping. Blogger has been messing around again!