If you're in a serious long-term relationship, then trust me when I say, your sweetheart has definitely thought of the possibility of you popping the question one day. It's just kind of a thing we girls do -- we dream of the perfect proposal filled with surprise and romance. And that's exactly why you should hire a photographer to secretly photograph the special moment when you finally ask her to marry you.
The practice of hiring a professional photographer to document surprise proposals is becoming a growing trend, and as a wedding photographer, I can tell you -- these moments are absolutely meant to be captured on film! There's nothing more beautiful than seeing the look of surprise and raw emotions from both the soon to-be-bride and groom during the proposal. And trust me when I say, the moment will overwhelm the both of you so having it captured on camera is a good way to remember what actually happened
Here are a few tips to consider when planning your proposal to ensure the moment is picture perfect:
Unless you intentionally want a very public setting and quite possibly an audience, pick a location that gives your moment a sense of intimacy. Consider the time of day and what type of crowd may be at your location.
Pick a location where your photographer can essentially "hide," or at least not stick out like a sore thumb, therefore ruining the surprise.
Consult with your photographer on the best time of day to create gorgeous photos. If you want something done at sunset, talk to your photographer about the ideal start time -- he or she will appreciate your consideration.
Talk specifics with your photographer so he/she knows exactly what to expect and what cues to look for when you're ready to pop the question. If you want awesome photos, planning the details out with your photographer will help immensely in ensuring he/she captures the moment perfectly.
Do your research and pick the right photographer. Someone who has experience in capturing unexpected moments and someone equipped with the right type of lenses do the job properly. If this is a surprise proposal, then you'll want a photographer who has long lenses so he/she can document the moment from a distance. For a moment like this, it's not worth going the cheap route -- you want to make sure you hire a person who can do the job beautifully.
Remember the saying: "cheap aint good, and good aint cheap!"
Best of luck and I hope these tips help you document this special moment in the perfect way!
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About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world.