MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Photographers at a local photography business in Crawfordsville had to creative during the coronavirus quarantine. And they had no idea that their blind date photoshoot would go end up reaching people across the world.
Karmon Waite and Daniel Allen had never met before doing a photo shoot with Lindsey McCaffry and her team.
"This is the craziest idea ever," Waite said was her initial thought about doing a blind date photoshoot.
"They just brought super chemistry to the screen," said McCaffry, who saw it all unfold from behind her camera lens.
McCaffry has owned McCaffry Photography for about nine years. Heather Toro and Amy Warner work with her in the business. She said coronavirus had hit her business hard.
"We weren't able to work until the restrictions were lifted," she said. "We weren't able to do anything."
With all the free time during quarantine, McCaffry and her team had the time to put together a unique opportunity.
"I actually came across it from anther photographer about two years ago, just kind of wrote it down on my wish list of things I wanted to do," she said.
She posted a model call, asking for a single male and female to do a blind date photo shoot at the Darlington covered bridge. The post explained what would be expected of the models during the shoot, including intimate posing, showing affection and kissing. Waite, who is from Crawfordsville, agreed to it.
"I sort of creeped on Lindsey's page and I'm like, her photos are phenomenal," she said. "I'm pretty spontaneous so I tried it."
Allen, who is from Lafayette, also agreed.
"I'm good friends with one of Lindsey's co-workers and she tagged me in the post," he said. He added with a laugh, "I do all kinds of random stuff that people ask me to."
But what happened after the blind folds came off and the photoshoot progressed, no one expected.
"That chemistry, like you can't fake that or make that up and it was just so obvious right from the get-go that it was there," said Toro, who helped direct the Allen and Waite in the photoshoot.
"He made sure I was comfortable and that was like the best thing," said Waite.
Once the photos were posted on Facebook, it went viral with more than 68,000 shares.
"It's been crazy honestly! We haven't had a chance to enjoy any of this," said McCaffry. "It has just been texts, after message, after phone calls, and emails and interviews."
And everyone wants to know, did the chemistry in the photos last?
"He's my go to person," said Waite." He legit texts me every single day."
"We've actually become really good friends in the last week or so," said Allen. "Between work and this and messages and all the interviews we've been doing, we haven't had a chance to go on a date, even if we tried."
McCaffry is selling a magazine with the photos that fans can order. She said she is also planning to do more of these blind date photoshoots. Keep an eye on her business's Facebook page to learn more.
All photos used in this story were used with the permission of Lindsey McCaffry.