Everyone who’s had at least one first date (and if not, maybe this post will be the motivation you need) knows that it can be a nerve-wracking experience: choosing the perfect outfit, rehearsing a simple “hi” as if it’s the first time you are going to say it, overthinking all the possible scenarios that might go wrong. And although sometimes they come true, in most cases, after a few awkward moments, you realize it’s not that bad after all. Now, blind dates are a different experience―you either are more nervous because you have no idea what to expect or you go in without any prejudice or thoughts because of the same reason.

However it goes, it usually stays between two people (and a few friends for moral support), but not this time. Indiana photographer Lindsey McCaffry decided to capture a real blind date in a series of photos. And instead of cringe, we actually get full-blown chemistry. Karmon and Daniel, who signed up for an unusual adventure, look like they’ve been dating for years although they had just met!

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Karmon and Daniel had never met nor seen each other

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We asked the photographer how did she come up with the idea for such experiment. “I saw another photographer do one about 2 years ago. I thought it was a cute idea and wrote it down on my wishlist of things to do. When quarantine happened, my schedule freed up to work out all the details and make it happen,” McCaffry told Bored Panda.

Lindsey McCaffry posted an open call for single males and females who would agree to have their blind date photographed from start to finish. Daniel, 27, and Karmon, 32, were the first to participate. They had never met nor seen each other—they didn’t know anything about one another other than that they were going to be photographed posing with a motorcycle and get wet in the creek. A little bit of refreshment was a brilliant idea because the photoshoot heated up really fast.

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“We received about 6 male applications and 15 female applications. We chose them based off of a questionnaire they filled out by common interests. We really tried to match for a potential real relationship to come out of it.”

Their blind date was photographed from start to finish and the chemistry was definitely there

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“Holy smokes, they brought the FIREEEEE!!!”

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No one knew what to expect from this date, but the couple definitely did not disappoint. The photoshoot captures the whole intimate date from the anxious moment they took their blindfolds off, the first genuine reaction to seeing each other, the instant connection, to passionate hugs and kisses. Would you ever be able to tell these two people had just met? “Holy smokes, they brought the FIREEEEE!!!” said the photographer in her Facebook post.

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“We were all nervous before the shoot nobody knew what to expect or how it would actually go. After the shoot we all felt like we had known each other for years. They had fantastic chemistry together.”

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“Posing was prompted, emotions captured were real and raw”

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McCaffry shared the result on Facebook and the post went viral with 69k shares, 58k likes, and 20k comments. Netizens pointed out the undeniable chemistry and infectious passion and were interested in how the relationship between the couple evolved. It feels like a new dating reality show people are obsessed with!

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