The story behind the photo – a rocker’s journey

by Rachel B Posted on April 27, 2011

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Shutterfly member Tammy C. is the grand prize winner of our “What was I thinking?” contest. Her winning photo? This rock-out picture of her husband promoting his 80s band. We loved this photo so much we asked Tammy to tell the story behind it.

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Shutterfly: How did you discover Shutterfly and how do you use our service?
Tammy: My daughter created a photo book of her graduation trip for me in 2006. Been a fan every since. I have made recipe books as gifts, as well as scrapbooks. We do a Christmas card every year, and most recently I purchased “save the dates” and bridal shower invitations for our oldest daughter.

Shutterfly: Where was this photo taken? What was it for?
Tammy: The photo was taken under a railroad tressle in Indianapolis. It was a promotional picture for an album Mike was working on.

Shutterfly: Who took the photo?
Tammy: A friend of Mike’s, Dennis Eikenberry.

Shutterfly: How did you and your husband meet?
Tammy: Honestly, my oldest daughter and I were “willed” to him 23 years ago. He was my first husband’s best friend. When my first husband passed away in a car accident he promised to take care of  “that baby girl”, referring to my daughter. He’s never left our side. Yep – he is an AWESOME GUY and a keeper!

Shutterfly: Tell us your favorite rock-n-roll memory
Tammy: My favorite is anytime he pulls out a guitar. My knees still go weak. Mike’s personal favorite memories are much cooler – he has “partied” with Billy Idol, Alice Cooper, Kip Winger, Eric Singer, Judas Priest and opened for the Greg Kihn Band back in the early ’80′s.

Shutterfly: Were you in the band?
Tammy: Oh no, I couldn’t carry a tune in a paperbag and my youngest daughter won’t even let me “tour” with her on ‘Rock Band’ because she loses fans and money!

Shutterfly: Does your husband still rock out?
Tammy: Absolutely, he has a sweet red guitar…I call it the “save the marriage guitar”. Anytime he knows he has aggravated me – out comes the red guitar and his rendition of Michael Stanley’s “Lover.”  His last big performance was at a PTA fund raising event with 1700 people. Me and my PTA Board teased that we were going to throw our panties on the stage just to watch him blush!

Shutterfly: Does your husband still wear a mustache?
Tammy: Oh YEAH! Now he sports the Seattle Goatee.

Shutterfly: Where is the rock and roll outfit from the photo? Do you still have it?
Tammy: No. He still gives me grief for pitching this outfit, parachute pants, and leg warmers years ago. He still rocks that heavy metal leather jacket!

Shutterfly: Where is this photo now?
Tammy: Oh – it gets high visibility. I have it on my checks – the printer initially refused to print them because “you can’t print a picture of a celebrity unless you are in the pic.” After lots of chuckles, explaining he was a celebrity in his own mind only, I now have him on all of my checks. Shutterfly also did a poster size print I had framed as well. We’ve proudly displayed it!  It’s a great conversation piece.

Shuttefly: So what was he thinking?
Tammy: He was thinking that he really hoped it (the music and photo) would pay off! Today, this rock and roll dude is a VP for a Fortune Five Hundred Company, the father of three and is in the final stages of earning his Ph. D. I can absolutely guarantee you that was not on his radar at the time.

It’s been a pleasure sharing some great memories with you! Thanks so much!

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  1. Joey Says:

    How awesome is this photo and the story behind it. I loved reading this – awesome idea.
    I LOVE how Tammy tried to put the picture on her checks and they wouldn’t let her use a ‘celebrity’ photo! Thats funny and i bet it made her husband feel awesome cool! I love how they met.
    I like this idea of sharing the story behind a photo

  2. Joey Says:

    PS: Congrats on being the grand prize winner!

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    I have to say … I love your photo…and 2nd… I was a rock and roll 80′s gal too. My husband sang heavy metal with his guitarist brother at the time I met him.
    25 years and a masters degree in vocal performance later, he still sings and now plays guitar every night in our home. Love your story….

  4. Jean B Says:

    Tammy, Congrats on being the big winner!! Loved your stories and the picture too!!
    Rock On Shutterfly!! :0)

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Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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