When Chris approached me to get some photographs of him and his girlfriend Lisa, I was interested. When he told me he would be proposing to her during the session, my jaw dropped and I became ecstatic.
I met with Chris, and we covertly took a little trip out to the area to plan the session the week prior.
My job was to follow up with Lisa casually and plan a photo session with her. She was excited to get some images. She had no idea what was going to happen.
We had a great time at Mayfield. Chris was calm, and had to pretend like this was his first time out at the preserve. They changed clothes and we headed off to Mount Bonnell, which was only a 2 minute drive from the preserve.
We waited for the light to be just right. I killed some time at the peak of the viewing area, and even pretended to have problems with my flash and soft box to slow things down a bit! We scouted out the area, pretending like I wasn't sure what I was going to do next. It must have been killing Chris, because I needed to kill at least 10 more minutes, so we took some shots around the area. It was agonizing to know that we were 6 feet from where Chris was about to propose to Lisa and we couldn't do it yet.
I told Lisa that it would be fun to use some props. I pulled out a ring box and asked them if they would play along for my portfolio. Lisa reluctantly agreed. I told them where to stand, and handed the ring box to Chris. I could tell that Chris couldn't wait, because before I was even in position he popped the big question! I stepped back and snagged some shots. Lisa wasn't sure if he was asking for real, and when he said he was serious she was overcome with emotion.
One of the many perks of being a photographer is getting to not only witness, but to be a part of something really special. I can't say I have ever had exclusive privileges to view something so intimate. It's obvious to anyone who is around these two that they are totally in love.
Congratulations to Chris and Lisa!