Carter reached out to me about a week before he was set to propose to his girlfriend. He knew he wanted a Charles River Sunset proposal. He found me via Yelp and apparently great things were being said about me and my services. If you would like to see other reviews, please check out what wonderful couples have said about me on Google Business, or The Knot.
Carter was very certain he wanted someone that could handle candid moments when searching for a Boston proposal photographer. He asked for samples of “unscripted” moments as he knew he already loved my style of rich colours that were true to life. I sent him several examples since I’m a child photographer. There is no such thing as a scripted moment when working with kids. You have to move quickly and think fast. You have to keep an eye out for the light, the background and the composition. I also sent a gallery of a wedding so he saw how I would photograph a day since it would be comprised of scripted and unscripted moments.
There is so much to consider when searching for a surprise proposal photographer and I’m glad Carter knew what he was looking for and asked the right questions. The work I sent him sealed the deal.
The Esplanade along the Charles River provided the backdrop for this sunset surprise proposal and engagement session. We really lucked out that day with the most stunning weather and light. Carter really knew how to pick the date.
After several emails back and forth planning the big day, it was time. We finalized the details and the timing of when they would arrive at the Esplanade along the Charles River. I had a vague description of a jacket and a dress on them. I didn’t have a photo to work with but going forward I think that would help me identify the couple. Before Carter arrived with his fiancee, I actually mistakenly started stalking another couple that matched his description. Thankfully I didn’t get the right queues from them and went back to my hiding spot before Carter and his girlfriend arrived!
When they finally came into view on the bridge I started to capture the process. The story begins for me before the actual proposal. I love to provide the context of the day. This way, their family and friends can relive that moment when the images are shared.
They passed me and Carter headed toward the waterfront. I waited to see where he would set up shop so that I could choose the best location to capture the moment without being obtrusive. I used a long lens, meaning I was photographing the moment from over 20 meters away but it didn’t look as removed in the images. This way I didn’t intrude on the moment and they were free to be who they were and react however they wanted.
I love the runner crossing into the image because it gives a sense of place. If you’ve ever been to the Charles River, you know that it’s absolutely flooded by runners and bikers during the warmer months.
Angling to make sure my view wouldn’t be obscured I had a few seconds to decide how to shoot this. And then the moment happened.
This is where I started to get a bit closer to get a new angle and a different perspective.
After I was noticed, I was invited into the moment. I introduced myself and congratulated the newly engaged couple. Now it was time to move into the engagement session portion of the session.
I love to do a mini posed engagement session after the proposal since the proposal is super short usually, and the images can be used for saved the dates and replace a standalone engagement session. Something to note is that I include a complimentary engagement session with my wedding packages, so do reach out for details if you are in the market for my wedding services.
That light! It was golden and just made the moment incredibly magical.
Sarah wanted to share the happy news with her family immediately. This sequence is one of my favourites because they are just being so natural and present. This is who they are as a couple. Nothing scripted. A session doesn’t have to be about a million poses. I love my couples to direct and lead a session. It takes a lot of pressure off of me and allows me to do my best work.
The family were so excited to hear about the couple’s Charles River Sunset proposal.
I never pressure couples for more photos, or poses of any type. I fall into storytelling mode when a couple expresses their desire to end the posed portrait section. This way every session turns out differently for each couple. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Boston and Mother Nature were really showing off that evening for this Charles River Sunset proposal. We were blessed with the most stunning sunset. I photograph outdoors several times a week and I would say we get gorgeous sunsets maybe 20 times a year. If even that many. I definitely tell my couples not to expect this.
Then it was time to say our goodbyes. The happy and newly engaged couple had dinner reservations that evening. I’m so thankful that they chose me to document this incredible moment in their life story. Congratulations Carter and Sarah.
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For his Boston surprise proposal, Patrick found me through his sister. I had photographed her adorable family a few years prior. His sister’s family had moved away a couple of years ago but kept looking back upon our images. I am always so flattered by the fact that my images are such keepsake mementos in people’s lives. People tend to find me through referrals and positive word of mouth. It’s always so rare when a photographer’s body of work matches their portfolio. I’m so proud that people keep coming back for more because I deliver.
So when it was time to propose to his girlfriend, Patrick knew who to reach out to. We chatted over the phone prior to the surprise proposal to set a date and time when this was going to unfold. He told me a bit about her style and their story. Most of the time I work just off people’s descriptions of themselves, as I rarely ask for photos ahead of time. I was excited to see this all unfold against the beautiful backdrop that the Boston skyline provided. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect engagement.
I acted like a tourist taking photos because I had no idea what they looked like and I had no idea when they would be arriving. Patrick kept me updated that they were running a bit late but getting into their uber. It was game time. I saw the beautiful couple coming toward me and I tried to get into position to capture it all without drawing attention to myself. Kerri was so caught up in the moment that I was able to capture these images without her breaking eye contact with her beau. Now that’s love! Kerri said yes and I came over and congratulated them. This was a dream surprise proposal as all of the elements just came together perfectly. It was a cold Boston winter’s afternoon, but look at that glorious light.
We spent the next 25 minutes just wandering around the Pier and the Boston Children’s Museum area to just soak in the freshness of the proposal. She was so ecstatic and happy. I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter couple to capture this moment for.
Please enjoy their images.
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