I love surprise proposals! Nothing reminds me more of my days as a newspaper photographer than documenting a proposal. From the anticipation, to capturing the decisive moment, it has all the components I loved about being a photojournalist. Plus we get to be a part of one of the most exciting events in a couple’s relationship.
An engagement is an extremely important milestone in your life. It can also be pretty nerve-racking. Believe me, I know from experience. I had a beautiful speech planned out, but that was not what came out of my mouth. Add to the nerves, the thought of someone hovering around taking photos during this monumental occasion and it can be a little overwhelming.
Don’t worry, it's possible to document the “big moment” without being obtrusive. Besides, once you get on your knee and the ring comes out, she won’t notice anyone else.
Here are some tips to help you plan your proposal:
Keep it simple. You will already be nervous, so there is no need to overthink it.
Communicate with your photographer. Talk about where he/she will be in relation to where you would like to stage.
Think about the light. Time of day is important and while an evening proposal might be romantic, it will be harder to document without using flash, which will definitely be noticed.
Plan for a mini engagement photo session. I like to follow up the proposal with a short engagement session. That way you will have the proposal as well as some portraits of the two of you right after to cherish forever.
Know your partner. If they are a private person, having the proposal documented might be embarrassing to them and could take away some of their joy in the moment.
No matter what, be in the moment! Don’t worry about the photographer or anything else, just focus on one another and enjoy the moment.
If you would like to discuss your plans or schedule us to photograph your proposal, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-604-5904 today!