No, not that The One – you’ve already found them, I mean the other ‘One’! Most engagement moments are between two people, but if you’re planning a proposal photoshoot to pop the question, there’s a third person who’s also going to be instrumental: the photographer. Your proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime moment – that’s what makes it so exhilarating! – so the question of how to choose a proposal photographer who’ll capture it perfectly is important.
But don’t worry! You don’t have to work it all out on your own: we’re proposal experts, so we’ve got everything you need to think about below.
Here’s our guide on how to choose a proposal photographer who’ll capture your moment flawlessly – 6 questions that will lead you to the perfect person!
Do you like their work?
This one may seem obvious, but it’s so important that it needs to be said: make sure you pick a photographer whose work you like!
Professional photography is about so much more than being able to point a camera and click a button. There’s all sorts of technicalities to it such as lighting and editing, which can totally transform the end result. With that in mind, it’s imperative to pick a photographer who has a style that you love, as you’ll want to treasure the photos forever.
Do you like their approach?
There are a couple of different ways you can incorporate a photoshoot into your engagement, which you can read more about here. If you’re electing to plan the photoshoot and pretend it’s for something else, then it’s also really important that you like your photographer’s approach as well as their photography style.
You want to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed around your photographer. Not only do you want to try and keep calm so as not to psych yourself out before the big question, but you also want to look like yourself in the photos! Being in front of the camera might not feel natural to many people, but photographers have lots of experience in making you forget that it’s even there. For this reason, when you’re working out how to choose a proposal photographer, and indeed who to pick, it’s a good idea to pick someone who you get on with.
Have they shot proposals before?
Whilst you’re looking at their portfolio to see whether you like their style, see if they’ve shot proposals before. These might not feature immediately on their website or Instagram, so feel free to email them asking for any proposals they’ve done that they can share with you.
In contrast with the typical type of photography that you might picture when thinking about the industry, where models can be kept in one pose for hours whilst everything is made just right, proposals instead are instantaneous, fast-paced and high emotions. This means that your photographer has a much smaller window to capture the moment.
Luckily, nowadays, a lot of wedding photographers practice documentary, candid style wedding photography, where they take photos as they happen in the moment. This practice serves very well for proposal photography, so even if they haven’t got any specific engagements that they can show, their work will still give you a feel for their ability to immortalize a moment.
Do they know the location?
Due to the aforementioned instantaneous nature of proposal photography, another thing to look for when deciding how to choose a proposal photographer is someone who knows the location well. In the run-up they’ll be able to help with picking the best place for you to pop the question, taking into consideration the lighting, timing, footfall if it’s a busy area and, of course, the most beautiful backdrops your local area has to offer! It also means that they’ll be able to suggest somewhere that they can see clearly from somewhere discreet, ensuring they get that all-important angle. Most importantly, it also means they’ll be able to offer solutions and alternatives if something happens last-minute which means you may have to adjust course slightly.
Can’t I just get someone I know to do it?
Another question that often comes up when you’re wondering how to choose a proposal photographer is, ‘Can’t I just get my friend who’s good with a camera to do it?’ Well, if your friend truly is handy with a camera, they may well be able to take the photo – but will they be able to be discreet? Do you trust that they’ll be able to hide themselves away well enough, or will your partner recognize them?
Can we use the photos how we want?
This isn’t just something to consider when wondering how to choose a proposal photographer, but any supplier for anything! Make sure whoever you choose offers what you want: for example, usage of them for Save The Dates, invites, or Christmas cards, perhaps. Also, make sure you’re on the same page with announcements: you’re obviously so gorgeous that they’ll want to splash you on their social media, but if your relationship is a more private one, you might want to ask them not to.
So there we are, 6 questions to ask when working out how to choose a proposal photographer. If you’re planning your proposal photoshoot and want more tips, you can check out our guide here.