Military precision is key when planning a surprise engagement shoot and something I can now add to my CV ;). Michael contacted me several weeks before the big day to chat about arranging a portrait session with his girlfriend and their two basset hounds Winston and Bailey. Then he told me about his plan to include a marriage proposal and have the whole thing photographed. It doesn’t really get much more romantic than that.
Michael suspected that Jen might be on to him (as it turned out, she wasn’t) so we planned to meet at the park, have a quick scout around for a location and then I’d keep Jen busy by ‘checking the light’ whilst he got the ring out of this backpack as subtly as possible. We’d planned to get the proposal done first because I knew Michael would be nervous and I wanted to make sure I was ready to capture the moment as it happened.
Ta dah. One completely surprised fiancee.
I actually think I might have been more nervous than Michael.
The dogs took the whole engagement in their stride and happily posed with chalkboards for some formal announcement photos (as long as we kept the snacks coming, they were happy).
And we took advantage of the most gorgeous late afternoon light to complete a lovely engagement shoot.
As someone whose ex-husband proposed as we were sitting on the sofa watching TV with the phrase ‘do you fancy getting married’ (and then had to go out the next day and get a ring), it was a real treat to be a part of this incredibly special and well thought out engagement. Romance is very much alive and I wish this beautiful family all the happiness in the world. I’m hoping the bassets will be included in the wedding.