Is Love Blind?

Area photographer wins hearts with viral shoot

Karmon Waite and Daniel Allen, the subjects of a blind date photoshoot gone viral, test the waters and each other under the Darlington Covered Bridge in June.
Karmon Waite and Daniel Allen, the subjects of a blind date photoshoot gone viral, test the waters and each other under the Darlington Covered Bridge in June.
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Fans worldwide are sharing a Crawfordsville photographer’s social media post that highlights the many emotions often experienced during a blind date.

And now that more than 12 million people have viewed the cute, funny and, at times, awkward photoshoot online, Lindsey McCaffry of McCaffry Photography said demand has grown for a second chapter of the blind date shoot after posting the album on her Facebook business page in June.

“We have our second test couple on Aug. 2 — hopefully all goes well,” McCaffry said. “If it does go well, we will for sure be implementing it. Our plan is one a month. Currently, we are not charging for these; it’s just fun for us. We’ve had so many requests for different types of things, such as older couples ... all age ranges have reached out.”

The shoot took place June 26 at the Darlington Covered Bridge over Sugar Creek between volunteer models Daniel Allen of Lafayette and Karmon Waite of Covington.

McCaffry and her team then shared the post the following day. As of July 10, the McCaffry’s post had reached more than 58,000 “likes.”

“With all the media and everything, we all talk pretty much on a daily basis,” McCaffry said. “(Allen and Waite) haven’t really had a chance to hit it off, other than talking about this. But they’ve developed a really good friendship.”

However, she said the pair’s “chemistry was real” on the outdoor set.

“All of it was real,” she said. “They are the ones who took it to the next level.”

McCaffry has been interviewed multiple times since the initial post. CBS 4 Indy, WTHR, WLFI and national media outlets such as Fox News have featured the post. McCaffry and members of her team have also appeared as guests on the FOX59 Morning Show.

“I’ve been reached out to by Metro, they’re big in the U.K. ... a few areas in Australia have reached out and ran the story,” McCaffry said. “It’s worldwide at this point. We have a 14-year-old son and he goes, ‘Mom, have you Googled yourself?’ He goes, ‘Don’t do it. You’re all over.’”

In addition to media attention, letters of appreciation have been pouring in.

“We’ve had probably 18,000 messages come through on our business page,” McCaffry said. “Considering all the negativity going on right now, I would say the majority of the feedback, almost all of it, has been positive.”

Applications for male and female models can be found on the company’s website at www.mccaffryphotography.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/McCaffryPhotography.

However, those looking to book other types of photo shoots may need to act fact as McCaffry’s schedule is booked through the remainder of 2020.

For more information, contact McCaffry Photography online or by calling 765-491-5351.

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