When you think of the moments in your life that a professional photographer is needed one usually thinks 1) My Wedding 2) My Graduation....? If that.
Of course your wedding is the biggest day to have a photographer but what about sharing big news of your marriage proposal? As a photographer I host Engagement Photography Sessions, which are always the best for couples to get to know me better and have these photos to announce their engagement. I see capturing a proposal as another way to share this news only this way it is actually happening in real time!
The two different circumstances I see proposals happening with a planned photographer are:
Within a couples session planning to get down on one knee
Having the photographer "hide in the bushes" to capture the moment
Both are great options!
From Bridal Guide .com https://www.bridalguide.com/planning/engagement/how-to-propose:
"He or she can hang out close to your proposal spot and covertly capture amazing photos of your proposal scene. Expert photographers know how to capture the light, make your setting look even more magical, and position themselves perfectly to get a priceless shot of the look on her face when she realizes what's happening. It's a big trend now to invest in pro photography — these images are way too important to risk losing via dead camera batteries or other mistakes non-pros might make."
This may seem daunting and crazy planning required, but it really isn't. Here are the basic steps:
Connect with me, tell me your plan. This plan should include a time, location, and instructions for how you want to propose: down on one knee, in a restaurant after you eat dessert, on a stage after her favourite musical is over, whatever it may be!
We talk about what the best location and "spot" for the proposal would be. I'm here for YOU whatever setting you have chosen I will be able to find the best angle and spot to capture the moment and we can talk about the best way to do that together.
I show up ahead of time either hiding for the private moment or blending into the crowd in a public setting.
I wait for the moment and "snap snap" my camera.
We meet up after your proposal and capture some great moments together. This can double as an engagement shoot too. I'm cool with that!
And me not being much of a writer here is some people who put it the best, from the Huff Post:
1. Make it unique to the relationship.
Whether it's including elements like your song or staging it in the place you had your first kiss, Redditors said they want their proposals to be reflective of the relationship. "I don't want a proposal that was copied from someone else or that didn't take any thought or effort," one Redditor said.
2. Think outside the box.
Even ordinary moments can become extraordinary when it comes to asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you. That means you can go big with crazy proposal stunts like skydiving, or you can simply turn a regular ice-skating date into the surprise of a lifetime.
3. Create an intimate atmosphere.
Whether the proposal is over-the-top or in the most private of places, creating an intimate moment is key. After all, marriage is a commitment made between two people and no one else. As one Redditor put it, "While growing up I wanted a big public proposal (baseball game, hockey game, etc), now I would be happy with any type of proposal. As long as we're together."
So what you are waiting for! Let's join forces and make this happen :)