A blind date photoshoot? Wow, what a concept. Two people meeting for the first time without swiping right? Inconcievable. This was all arranged by me, Barbara De Santa Barbara, the photographer who wanted to capture the moment. As a wedding and portrait photographer I capture a lot of love and romance, and I pride myself at getting to the heart of the real bond between a couple, telling their real story. The same was the case for me here, I wanted to capture the real story, sweet awkwardness and all.
But why would you capture awkwardness? That’s one of two immediate questions I get, so let me answer. I want to capture what is real. I’ve seen a few other blind date photoshoots that were basically staged to look like the couple had been in love for years and were engaged. I think its pretty cool that a photographer and a couple of people can create that illusion. But, I wanted to portray reality instead of illusion. I think there’s enough illusion out there, so I wanted to try and capture something more authentic. How often do you get to photograph the charge of nervousness that I felt when they unmasked themselves and laid eyes on one another for the first time. The electricity in the air was palpable! What followed was me promtping them into some photo poses and capturing a range of emotions. To maximize the crazy energy, I had them wear masks and ‘reveal’ themselves to each other. In hindsight, this could’ve been done better, ha! I also told them a series of promts, the first one was this ‘when this person turns around, pretend you are laying eyes on your celebrity crush!’