Planning a Photographed Proposal

Planning a Photographed Proposal

Hey hey, it’s engagement season! This is the time of year where I receive the highest volume of inquiries for weddings. My inbox is filled with the cutest engagement stories and it fills my heart with such happiness. Engagement Season lasts until after Valentine’s Day, so if you are hoping to plan a sweet and meaningful proposal, but want it to be done right, stick around. This post will outline exactly how to plan a photographed proposal without spoiling the surprise. Ladies, you have a duty to your friends to send this post to their boyfriends if this is something you know your babe would appreciate. I’m just saying ;)

So where do you start? Let's start with the obvious.

Keith + Jenny: Trillium Lake Proposal

Keith + Jenny: Trillium Lake Proposal

Shooting secret proposals is one of those session types that I wish we could shoot more of, but it's definitely NOT for everyone. But for those who opt to surprise their babe with not only a shiny ring, but also photos of the special moment, are definitely bring us photographers a lot of joy. Surprise proposals are also VERY tricky...because they're supposed to be a surprise. In our experience actually, we've never had to hide behind trees or cars to capture the event, but actually working with the couple before it even happens. The trick is, finding the RIGHT excuse to keep it a secret. Personally, I loved Keith's disguise. He promised Jenny I was just getting started in this business and needed couples to pose for me to grow my portfolio! At first, Jenny didn't believe him. But he swore up and down this wasn't the moment he would propose...whoops! 

Eight Tips For Creating Your Save The Dates

Eight Tips For Creating Your Save The Dates

First of all, congratulations! If you're reading this, you're either engaged, know someone who's engaged, or are hoping for a ring this Christmas. Either way, I'm glad you're here. Let's talk about announcements! The first time you'll announce the engagement publicly is likely through Facebook. You post the proposal images, the ring shot, and a couple photos of the two of you absolutely beaming. The second announcement will come after you've decided on a date. For some couples, this comes after they've found their dream venue, and for others, it relies entirely on your family's schedules. 

How To Plan A Photographed Proposal

How To Plan A Photographed Proposal

As we approach 'engagement season', I find it appropriate to dedicate this blog post to those gifting a ring to their loved ones. Let's be honest, proposing is stressful. Fun too, of course! But if you're ready to pop the question, your mind is probably racing with ideas and possibilities.

So where do you start? Let's start with the obvious. 1. You want to spend the rest of your life with your person and you want to show them a sign of your commitment. 2. You have a ring or other symbol of love for your significant other to show off to their friends.

Pierre + Jacqline Proposal

Pierre + Jacqline Proposal

What sweeter feeling is there than to be a witness of a couple's love? When Pierre asked me to document his proposal, I had to really contain my excitement! Having worked with him and Jacqline before, it was an honor I didn't take lightly. Their love and energy is truly radiant and unique, and being able to serve as a photographer and artist for these moments is what I really live for.

Lena + Scott: Sauvies Island Proposal

Lena and Scott were impatiently awaiting their next step as a couple: a home together. They are split up between a few roads, and a few hours as Lena finishes her degree; it would be a happy reward to her hard work and missed could-be date nights. We connected so they could document this important part of their beautiful relationship. Little did she know, there would be an even bigger surprise in it for her. 

I met with Scott in Portland a week before the shoot to "talk about the session". I put quotation marks here, but I didn't know Scott's plan at the time either! Before our meeting had ended, he asked if it would be okay if he proposed. Of course, I quickly said yes, brainstorming all sorts of ideas of where to shoot and where to stand. Scott told me that he had planned on proposing to Lena this holiday season, but he knew how important these photos would be to her, being a photographer herself. 

Of course, we had to keep our mouths shut, and act clueless the whole time. Sauvies Island was the perfect backdrop for this fall session. And November always surprises me when there is a hint of sunshine. Of course, she said yes, with no idea of Scott's plans, and proudly displayed her ring. When asked if he was nervous, Scott said not really, he was more excited than anything. 

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