Target has become a cultural icon and a source of entertainment and stress relief for many young adults today. I mean, come on, who doesn't love Target? When you have extra time on your hands, you go to target to sip on your Starbucks and stroll through aisles of irresistible items that you more than likely don't need, but will buy anyway....
Since I am part of the majority, I love Target and I was SUPER excited when Zack and Kristen had the idea to shoot their photo session at Target. This month, I have been offering discounted sessions for couples. My vision for these sessions was to capture the couple in their natural elements doing things that they love to do together. When I asked Zack and Kristen their vision, they said "we go to Target almost every Friday for date night." I was instantly inspired. I have seen blog posts floating around the internet recently of photographers taking photos in hardware stores, and hobby lobby so I knew I could make it work. Target has so many displays that are vibrantly colored that I knew I could find some really interesting backdrops for the couple.
My idea (and hope) for the session was to make sure that it wasn't cheesy. I didn't want all of the images to SCREAM Target and take away from the couple. I should also add that I contacted the local Target and spoke with the manager to get permission for this shoot. They were very welcoming. I made it a point to be as discreet as possible. The displays that we rearranged were all put back in place after we were done.
Prior to the session, I went to Target to get some initial ideas to keep from possibly scrambling once Zack and Kristen arrived. I was really nervous to shoot in a VERY PUBLIC place. I deal with a lot of insecurity in this area! I'm afraid someone is going to see me and think I'm some sort of fraud! So, this shoot pushed me WAY out of my comfort zone... and I think it paid off! I pushed myself in ways I hadn't in a long time! Not only was I able to capture images I'm proud of, I had a lot of fun with Zack and Kristen on their date night!
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