Your marriage proposal will probably soon become a magical moment for you. Usually, a proposal comes as a surprise, and there are often a lot of emotions in play. Sadly, the moment itself is often also quickly a thing of the past. So the question arises: how do you immortalise your symbolic moment forever? We have some useful tips for getting wonderful proposal pictures!
The search for a photographer
First things first: snare the perfect photographer, whether a friend or a professional! Take some time to look at some websites and portfolios so that you can see each photographers’ style. Or maybe there is someone in your area who can take beautiful pictures? Look for someone you have a good connection with and talk to them about whether the concept you have in mind for your secret mission for the proposal pictures is ‘doable’…
“A proposal is the first step of your journey through life together,” says wedding photographer Yves Schepers. “Later, you can use photos to look back on this unforgettable moment and on the emotions that you felt at the time. Your love for each other is what everything revolves around.”
A good start…
… is half the battle! A successful marriage proposal inevitably succeeds or fails due to the amount of preparation you put in. You need to get all the parties in the right place at the right time. For example, do you have a surprise proposal in mind? Then make sure the photographer is inconspicuous when taking your proposal pictures, so your sweetheart won’t get a whiff of anything. When you get down on one knee, the photographer can move closer and immortalise your beautiful moment!
“It may be useful to agree on a certain codeword or hand gesture with your photographer,” Yves advises. “Thus, your photographer will know right away when your big moment has arrived.”
A symbolic location for your proposal pictures
Will you be making your proposal at home, at a restaurant, or in another symbolic location? The location you choose for your marriage proposal may depend on your special memories of that spot. If you choose a new-to-you location, you’ll have a life-long connection with that place from then on. A superb environment also contributes to perfect proposal pictures. Go for a fairy tale forest, a vast beach, or how about a proposal during an underwater dive?
The perfect timing
What time and day do you want to surprise your loved one with your proposal? At certain times of the day, the sun shines in such a magical way that your setting, and therefore your proposal pictures, will take on an added dimension. A proposal on one knee at dawn or sunset makes for the most romantic photos, with that beautiful ‘golden hour‘ glow on your faces…
Go on a pre-visit to your location, and discuss your planned proposal and pictures in advance with any parties involved, like the restaurant manager or photographer. This way, everything should go smoothly, and your photographer will be in the right place so that they can shoot from the correct side in the perfect light.
“Do you want to be absolutely sure? Surprise your future fiancé/e with a ‘love shoot’, a fun photoshoot with just the two of you”, says Yves. “Communicate your secret plans with your photographer and surprise your loved one during your shoot by going down on one knee. The most beautiful images, guaranteed!”
Use a ring camera
Would you rather experience this intimate event with just the two of you? That’s possible too! “But then we won’t have any footage as a memory…”, we can already hear you thinking. Enter: the ring camera! This mini camera is secretly hidden in the ring box… So you’ll still record every second of your proposal on screen and even get a unique point of view for your proposal pictures – a handy gadget for an unforgettable memory.
Do you still want some extra unique pictures of your engagement afterwards? Then decide on a wonderful engagement shoot!
Yves Schepers is a household name in the world of wedding photography. His authentic journalistic style has already earned him many international awards, such as the recent Reportage award in 2020. He is also an ambassador for Sony and House of Weddings and a photographer for the well-known TV programme Blind Getrouwd (similar to Married at First Sight!)