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Being the adventurous hearts that they are, Maia and Johnny agreed to my silly scheme. We’d spend Sunday afternoon with bottle of wine, my camera, some carefully curated questions from the internet, and just see what happens. If all went weird, we could go to a bar, have another drink, and laugh about it. (Image: Karen Kirsch Photography)
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Documenting Blind Dates: Maia & Johnny

This week, we're taking a break from our regularly scheduled "Documenting Love" programming to give a shout out to all those struggling to date in this city! So today instead of Documenting a Couple, we're Documenting a Blind Date. Will they? Won't they? Who knows...but this is just as much a reality as gorgeous loving romantic photos are! Taking us on this journey? Photographer and amateur matchmaker Karen Kirsch. Take it away Karen!

I don’t know how to date nowadays. I met my fiancé in 2011, when dating online was for the older generations and/or the folks not looking for anything special. Just seven short years ago, most folks still relied on the old fashion ways of fate to meet their other half.

From what I know, dating today is a much more vulnerable process compared to yesteryear. Before dating profiles, you’d meet a person, hang out for a minute, and then decide if they were fun to hang out with or not. Now, it’s a whole process. You need a profile picture, one where you look happy but not too happy, cute but not trying too hard, and interesting but not pretentious.

The game has changed in dating, but what I can see clearly now is that single folks can make up the rules. So one day I thought I’d play along too.

I decided to take fate into my hands and play matchmaker. I set up two singles on a blind date with a twist - I would be there every step of the way to document.

Meet Maia, a spunky registered dietitian who climbs mountains, lifts crazy heavy weights, cooks fresh veggies on the regular, and just really knows how to have a good time. She’s a dynamo if you ask me. Now meet Johnny, a pro chef who just moved to Seattle a couple of months ago. When he isn’t in the kitchen, you can find him on his bike, writing his next podcast episode, or making furniture for his new home. He is a real clever and genuine person - a catch some might say! It seemed pretty obvious to me that these two should meet. Right?

Being the adventurous hearts that they are, they agreed to my silly scheme. We’d spend Sunday afternoon with a bottle of wine, my camera, some carefully curated questions from the internet, and just see what happens. If all went weird, we could go to a bar, have another drink, and laugh about it.

On the day of the date, I didn’t have to do much prodding to get things started. They started chatting away like old pals while we enjoyed the sunny afternoon and a bottle of rosé. My weird questions barely made the cut! It was clear to me that these two were refreshed by the offline human interaction.

Eventually, the date moved inside and my fiancé joined us too.The oddball, paparazzied, blind date quietly ended and the normal homey double date began. Johnny rifled through our fridge and effortlessly prepared some fresh Poké for dinner. We kept with the questions, drank some more wine, and played cribbage until late into the evening. Was it a match made in heaven? I’ll let those two decide on their own. But we all sure did have a good time.

So to all my single Seattle friends out there, be brave. Put down your phones and let fate take the wheel every now and then. Know that old fashion dating still holds up and that you can make your own magic. You just never know!

Come along on the date with Maia and Johnny in the gallery!

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