How to Use a Photographer to Capture the Marriage Proposal

A young man putting a ring on the finger of a pretty woman with the sun setting in the background.

Most couples hire a professional photographer to shoot their wedding ceremony and reception, which is a no-brainer. Did you know, however, that more and more people are now enlisting the help of photographers to capture the moment of their marriage proposal? In fact, this trend is seriously on the rise!

The popularity of marriage proposal photographers is growing and for good reason. After all, who doesn’t like the idea of having a picture of the moment they popped the question—and said yes? It’s a momentous occasion and one that definitely deserves a place in the family scrapbook or photo album. Other benefits include:

  • Your proposal photos can easily be incorporated into your wedding ceremony and reception; many couples choose to utilize them on the wedding stationary as well.
  • Even if your closest family and friends aren’t able to be present for the proposal, they can still share in the excitement of the event.
  • A professional photographer can provide expert advice regarding the location of the proposal, as well as the decorations and lighting.

But how exactly do you pull this off? While weddings are generally structured and follow a specific schedule, it’s a little harder to guarantee that the proposal will go as expected. Unsurprisingly, orchestrating a proposal that incorporates a professional photographer takes just as much meticulous organizing. It takes a lot of work to make a moment like this picture-perfect!

To ensure that your proposal is captured in the best light, keep the following helpful tips in mind:

Keep the Day about You (as a Couple)

While the idea of proposing marriage should be exciting, the most important factors to keep in mind are you and your partner. It can be easy to get so caught up in the strategic planning of the moment that you lose some of the sincerity. Do not let this happen! Stay involved in the moment with your significant other. After establishing a course of action with your professional photographer, sit back and enjoy the ride. The photographer will handle the rest.

Get the Blocking Down

A woman getting proposed to with a ring box on a rooftop.

Before the big day, it’s a great idea to meet with your photographer to discuss your plans. Not only will this give the professional an opportunity to scope out the area, but the two of you can discuss a few very important specifics. For example, a photographer can provide valuable insight regarding the lighting for your big moment. In most cases, they can tell you which way the two of you should be facing, as well as the optimal way to kneel. A meeting such as this can go a long way to ensuring you get the proposal pictures you were hoping for.

Decide How Hidden Your Photographer Should Be

One of the first decisions you will need to make is how hidden you really want your photographer to be during and after the proposal. Obviously, some settings provide better hiding places than others. On the one hand, placing the professional too far away from the action can be problematic. On the other hand, a (seemingly) complete stranger snapping photos of the two of you could be quite distracting—and even spoil the surprise if your partner happens to notice them.

It’s also important to keep your partner’s potential preferences in mind. Would knowing that he or she was being photographed make him or her less comfortable in the moment? Some photographers specialize in paparazzi-like photography. These individuals can usually take photos of your proposal without your significant other ever knowing that they are there. Opting for this method means there will be no need for an awkward introduction midway through your special moment together. Of course, this also means admitting to your partner that you had him or her photographed without their consent. Take some time to determine which option is best.

Establish Must-Have Shots

Your professional photographer will likely have many great photo ideas for your proposal, especially if they can spend some time onsite before the big moment. You may also have a few must-have shots in mind. Make sure that you spend time discussing these with your photographer ahead of time. Together, you can create a mini shot-list. It’s likely you will end up with many additional images as well, but this ensures you receive the ones you know you really want.

Take Some “After” Photos

A man and woman holding hands and looking at each other with many white Christmas lights in the background.

When you hire a professional to take pictures of your proposal, do not assume the fun has to be over after the big moment passes. If you are okay revealing your photographer’s presence to your partner, then there are plenty more great photo opportunities still to come! In fact, you and your significant other can have a mini couple’s photo shoot right then and there. The resulting images would be great for use in wedding stationary. Additionally, they would be the perfect addition to your wedding website.

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