I love the contrariness of couples who are happy and in love, but with a glaring reminder that we all have our respective problems. I love those awkward moments in a relationship because they are painfully humbling and cause a disconnect that make people feel powerless, vulnerable and disheartened. Without those disconnects, couples sometimes become content with a neutral coexistence.
Each couple were allotted one Polaroid as a challenge to both me and them. The couples had a single chance to demonstrate that awkward moment, which put the pressure on them, creating obvious tension and natural awkwardness.
David and Zi Duke
David, Concept Design, and Zi Duke, Graphic Designer, dated 2004-2015.
Mary and George
Mary, Plant Ecologist, and George, Musician, married 2010-2014.
Jacklyn and Andrew
Jacklyn Von Treskow, Art Studio Manager, and Andrew, Warehouse Manager, dating since 2008, married in 2016.
Danielle & Jason Walker
Danielle, Photographer, and Jason Walker, Musician, partners since 2011.
Evan and Sana
Evan, Photographer, and Sana, Creative Director, dating since 2011.
Adam and Jessalyn
Adam, Songwriter, and Jessalyn, Singer, dating since June, 2012.
Tania and Seb
Tania, Comic Book Artist/Writer, and Seb, Audio Engineer/Musician, dating since February, 2012.
Brittany and Steve
Brittany, Registered Nurse, and Steve, Television Producer, dating since 2009, married in 2015.
Davey & Net
Davey, Mechanic, and Net, Makeup Artist, dating since 2007.
Milissa and Mike Myles
Milissa, SVP of Photography, and Mike Myles, Director of Digital Content, together since 1997.
Barbie G. and Barbie
Jason Barbagelott, Photographer, and Barbie, Chef, dated 2011-2013.
Stacie & Bretsky
Stacie, Wedding/Portrait Photographer, and Bretsky, Photojournalist, dating since April 2010, married in 2014.
Bryan and Val
Bryan, Failed Musician, and Val, Chef, dated in 2011.
Chris and Waldo
Chris, Project Coordinator, and Waldo, rescue dog, partners in crime since June 2012.
Marisa and Nate
Marisa, Actress, and Nate, Graphic/Web Designer, dated 2009-2013.
Tanya and Emmett
Tanya, Student, and Emmett, Project Manager, dated July 2012-2016ish.
Dan and Kyla
Dan, Audio Engineer/Production Sound Head, and Kyla, Commercial Production, dated March 2012-2013.
Lindsay St. Antoine and Patrick
Lindsay St. Antoine, Nanny, and Patrick, Musician, dated July 2012-2013.
Alex and Erik
Alex, VP of Publicity, and Eric, Data Collector, dating since 2008.
Zach and Christina
Zach, Photographer, and Christina, Massage Therapist, dated 2009-2014.
Irena and ------
Irena, Model/Actress, and some guy chatting her up for the last 10 minutes.
Victoria and Daniel
Victoria, Music Technology Marketing, and Daniel, Photographer/Designer, dating since August 2011, married in 2016.