Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Vikash & Reena
"I contacted Mike through his website. I was looking for a photographer to capture my engagement proposal to my partner He came over and we set-up a rehearsal to make sure everything was in place . . .
A week later I popped the question and Mike captured the surprise proposal perfectly, with some great shots.
Highly recommend his services. Mike is a very professional and competent photographer. Definitely worth checking out his work."
Vikash & Reena proposal photography shoot
As a Portrait photographer, I love photographing engagement sessions. I offer all my wedding couples a free engagement session as part of my initial consultation. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know everyone, break the ice and give them a taste of how their wedding photography will look.
Never been a photographer on an actual proposal before, so naturally, I jumped at the chance.
I met with Vikash to discuss the arrangements and to work out meticulously, the timing and the locations. We scouted the area where he wanted the shoot to take place. Eventually, we opted for a lovely picturesque bridge in a park surrounded by trees and a lake.
The day of the shoot
The day came around very quickly and the weather was being very kind to us. I felt my nerves building the closer we got to the venue.
We arrived at the bridge with an hour to spare and I dialled in all the camera settings. as a professional photographer, I do like to be thorough and prepared leaving nothing to chance I then ran through some practice shots, just to make sure I had it all down.
Take your positions please . . .
I opted to use my trusty Canon 70/200 Telephoto. This lens is perfect for this kind of shoot. Giving me a great depth of field photographing from a distance, so as to not give the game away.
My partner and I were posing as tourists out walking around the lake, we even bought a map to look the part!.
The time seemed to rush by and I knew that I would only get one chance at this. The compositions were all set up and ready to go, and my settings were all in place. However, that didn’t stop my stomach from turning cartwheels. Steady . . .
The hour was upon us and I could see them in the distance walking along the path towards us, we got into position. We had worked out a couple of cues that would tell me when Vikash would go down on one knee to pop the question.
Ready aim . . . fire!
They were now approaching the bridge. I was ready, all the planning and the timing would soon come into play. As promised the cue worked and I started shooting. Capturing the scene and more importantly the look on Reena's face as Vikash proposed to her.
Anyone got a handkerchief ?
The cartwheels had long since dissipated. Now they were replaced with an air of urgency mixed with excitement and emotion. I often get slightly emotional at weddings, and this was no exception. As their photographer, I was capturing something unique, and very very special.
It all went by so quickly and without a hitch. We walked over and Reena didn’t even notice we were there.
She had absolutely no idea of what was going on until the last moment. She thought they were going for an early morning stroll. She didn't expect to have a photographer documenting her every move.
I told her I had captured it all for her, the look on her face was priceless.
We walked around the lake chatted together and I did some portrait photography of the happy couple.
Vikash was so delighted it had all gone to plan
I thoroughly enjoyed my morning beside the lake. It all went so perfectly and as a photographer, I couldn't have been happier.
It was wonderful to be the photographer for Vikash's proposal shoot. It was an honour to be entrusted with such an important role.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did in creating them.
I would love to hear all about your plans, wherever or whatever, they may be.