For many couples, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to kick off an engagement. If you spend any time hiking, biking, sailing, tubing, skiing, parasailing, skinny-dipping, or (insert outdoor activity here) here, then you know. The views are amazing. The sky is usually blue. And you can be so busy taking it all in that you don’t realize your partner is down on one knee. Kyle planned to bring Candice here for a weekend getaway, with a surprise Lake Tahoe proposal on the first morning. He wanted photos of the proposal and he wanted to keep it a secret, but he wasn’t sure where to go or when to be there for the best conditions.

When someone hires me to photograph their surprise proposal, there is a fair amount of strategy involved. Since I will remain incognito during the proposal itself, there are some important things to discuss ahead of time. Obviously, location is the primary consideration. Even if we agree on the same trail, there can be more than one vista point or lookout spot. Then, there is the time of day. Not to mention the position of the sun, the direction of the lake and mountains, and any potential crowds or hikers. Owing to many years as a Lake Tahoe photographer, I can listen to your vision for this important moment, and help come up with a good plan that takes everything into account.

Kyle’s idea was to hike to a beautiful spot for the surprise proposal. I offered several options and explained the pros and cons of each. In the end, he loved the idea of asking Candice to marry him at the top of Eagle Rock. For one thing, the hike isn’t that long. It is a fairly steep trail but it only takes 15-20 minutes. At the summit, the views are amazing. On the morning of the proposal, he sent me a final text message to let me know they were at the trailhead. At that point, I was already in position and waiting for them to show up.

Lake Tahoe Marriage Proposal Photographer

As a Tahoe wedding photographer for more than 10 years, I am very familiar with the best places to propose in Lake Tahoe. Most importantly, I can photograph this important event from a distance to make sure you have photos that capture your partner’s surprised reaction. I offer two surprise proposal photography options. One includes photos of the proposal as well as a few other candid portraits at the same location. The second option includes more time, which means more photos of you and your fiancĂ©. This second option is quite similar to a traditional engagement photography session. Contact me to find out more about these options, including current pricing.

If we are close to the water, we might get shots like these Chimney Beach engagement photos. Another example would be these Sand Harbor engagement photos. If you pop the question during the snowy months, your images might look more like these winter Lake Tahoe engagement photos.


  1. Matthew Lara says:

    Looking and asking around for prices for May 2,2024 want to do a surprise proposal.

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