Normally, I would do a Random XL-Images Pic of the Day here by just posting the pic and calling it a day. No backstory at all. Which is ironic because in all actuality, every single of of my shoots have a backstory. Some of them are actually quite interesting. I just don't want to bore you all with them. Most of them would probably only be interesting to me. And possibly the photo subject. But this one was a little different.
I had done this shoot with RayVynn quite a while ago. I want to say it was almost a year ago in Ames. It was at a park there that is known for it's great landscaping and flowers. Something that I knew that would be the perfect backdrop for a spring-like look with the right bright clothes. She brought the ideal gear for it and the shoot turned out great. I posted a few of my favorites on Facebook. Folks liked some of them. Folks commented on some. That was that.
However, recently this particular photo really caught fire on The Book. For those of you who don't know how it works...when someone "likes" a photo on The Book, it puts it back in circulation in the current news feed of anyone who is friends with that person who liked it. In this case, Ray recently changed her profile to this picture which recirculated it. More people started seeing it who missed it before and it was bombarded with a frenzy of "likes".
I'm not quite sure what caused this particular one to gain such popularity so quick. I'm thinking it was just the perfect storm. The entire state of Iowa (as with most of the midwest) is still experiencing one of their longest winters ever. They've been inundated with cold dreary weather and snow for so long that it seemed like Spring would never come. Then along comes this colorful picture right around the time of their Spring Break. It provided a visual sign of hope that those summer temps were just around the corner. That's my theory anyway.
So what ended it up happening is this picture became the most liked photo of any picture I have ever done. And it wasn't even close. The next closest photo to it has around 210 likes. As of the posting of this entry, it's currently at 328 likes and growing. All it takes is one comment and/or like for it to start increasing even more. Now if only my photo business could reap some of the benefits from the huge exposure that pic is getting...