I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to write for Adorama’s Learning Center about How to Get the Perfect Proposal Shot. Check out the article here: https://www.adorama.com/alc/how-to-get-the-perfect-surprise-proposal-shot (and give it some likes if you like!)
“One of the most quickly-growing photography trends is proposal coverage. For a photographer tasked with getting great candid coverage and staying hidden, this job can be quite stressful because there are so many unexpected factors to juggle.
I think excellent documentation of a proposal is 90 percent preparation and 10 percent making the right decisions in the moment, so here are a few tips to help you prepare to get that perfect proposal shot.
Communication is everything
When a Proposer first contacts you, you’ll want to find out the following:
- When & where do they want to pop the question? Find out what the light situation will be in this case and suggest adjustments accordingly. Will it be daytime? Dusk with streetlights? Indoors with tungsten or fluorescent lights, or candlelit? Can you hand-hold your camera or will you need a tripod? (If it’s so dark that a flash will be needed, keeping your presence a secret isn’t likely.)
- If the Proposer is flexible about the time and place, suggest a location and time of day that will allow you to have the best chance of creating fantastic images. Often this means outdoors, somewhere pretty and not too busy, during the day when the sun isn’t straight overhead but is still above the trees, and surrounded by something behind which you can hide (trees, landscaping, people, buildings, etc.)
Dry run (and more communication)
Once you have the time and place nailed down, you’ll want to do a dress rehearsal of sorts with the Proposer, preferably at the same time of day as the actual proposal will occur. Where will the Proposer stand when they ask the question? Can this be discreetly marked with a piece of tape, golf tee, tennis ball, volunteer friend stand-in? Will they kneel? How….” (finish reading this article HERE)