Surprise proposals are some of my favorite special events to shoot. Getting down on one knee to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage is one of the most exciting moments in your relationship. With the right timing and setting, it can also be one of the most picturesque. As a photographer who loves to capture authentic and candid facial expressions, I always get excited right before the big question comes!
Planning a Surprise Mountaintop Proposal
If you are considering a proposal in Lake Tahoe- especially on a mountaintop- I can help! As a photographer who lives here full-time (since 2011), I know all the best locations. And since you probably want to enjoy this momentous occasion without lots of people in the background, it helps to know which spots are less crowded and when to go.
In this case, the groom-to-be contacted me to check availability and and discuss some ideas. Mainly, he wanted to hike somewhere with a beautiful view. Then, he would surprise her and pop the question! To begin with, I offered some recommendations for where to find the best views. After he chose a location, we discussed the best timing for the lighting and background at that spot. Since I know the location well, I even gave some specific ideas about where to stand for the best photos.
On the day of their surprise marriage proposal, I arrived early so that I would be in the right position to shoot. When they arrived, I pretended to photograph the other side of the lake and a couple of red-tailed hawks circling above. As I waited, I grabbed a few photos of the two of them.
Popping the Question
When you get on one knee, the excitement and adrenaline will most likely take over. Your job is to simply be in the present and enjoy the moment! Since we already have a solid photography plan, I will be in the right spot capturing the expressions and views.
After the excitement subsides a little, I will be available to document the scene and the moment further. I can even grab a few photos on your phone cameras for you to instantly share. Since we will already be in a stunning location, let’s take a few more photos to memorialize the day and share with your friends and family!