A Valentine's Day First Date
If you're one of those people who has just always had a boyfriend or girlfriend, and relationships have just come easy to you, congratulations, and also screw you..just kidding. To most of us, Valentine's Day can be the cause of quite a mixture of feelings, depending on the various states of disaster, or romantic bliss that our love lives progress through. I remember in college, if I didn't have anybody to celebrate with, I'd treat myself to some expensive takeout, including one or two desserts, and a girl power movie. When I had a boyfriend, I'd struggle with balancing realistic expectations and my secret, but not-so-secret desire for all things expensive and sparkly. Now that I'm married with an almost one-year-old, Valentine's Day has become a no-gift, let's treat ourselves to a nice (early) dinner, and go home early to eat ice cream and watch a movie in bed. It's crazy how things change as life moves along.
For this photo shoot, Samantha Klug of Samantha Klug Artistry was the visionary. She wanted to capture the excitement, awkwardness, and romance that people experience on a first date. The thrill of it all comes with the uncertainty. Questions like, "did he mean to touch my hand?" and "I wonder if he'll kiss me" or even sometimes, "when will this be over?" race through your mind. The models did an excellent job of portraying this. Sam did hair and makeup, and contacted me to do the wardrobe styling. I went for a warm, comforting look, that really represented Grand Rapids, something that felt right in a casual coffee house setting. Alex, the female model, had a cute selection of dresses to pick from, so we chose a lightweight suede dress in a warm tan tone. I paired it with a muted light pink bag, black tights and booties, and tossed on her red toggle wool coat to really bring out Alex's signature red lip. On the male model, I wanted to play up the red without overpowering Alex, so I decided on a casual red plaid button-down with slim, well-cut jeans, simple black shoes and a classic leather jacket. I wanted their looks to compliment each other, but not distract from or overpower the other.
Michigan, with its beautiful, snowy weather, gave us a perfect backdrop to our chill-with-a-touch-of-hipster coffee shop shoot. Lyon St. Café was the venue of choice with it's relaxing, natural vibe, and there were a few shots done at our female model, Alex's, urban-chic apartment. The photography was provided by Chelsea Seekell Photography, and she did a lovely job capturing this beautiful, budding, winter romance. We hope you enjoy these photos from our "first date" photo shoot. Happy Valentine's Day!
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