Katie contacted me awhile back to go ahead and book a spot for pictures of her and her boyfriend Daniel. Katie is in school and Daniel is in the Army National Guard and deploying in a few short weeks. I was happy to squeeze them in!! Shortly after nailing down arrangements with Katie, Daniel contacted me with a huge surprise. He wanted to propose to Katie on the shoot. I was thrilled to be a part of it!
We worked out a plan and crossed our fingers everything would work and it went off without a hitch! We started at our first location and did two outfits there and Katie & Daniel had so much fun. His family was there for a family Christmas picture as well as to witness the big moment. We played and had a good time, just letting their personalities come through and giving them chance to warm up to the camera. Then it was time for our second location and our last outfit change, their dressiest outfits including Daniels dress uniform at Daniel’s request.
We got to the park and got set up, with their families off to the side, just “talking” and minding their own business. I set them up where I could have a quick private word with Daniel and at my request he went back to the cars to grab my extra SD card. (little does Katie know that this is all part of the setup)!!
I ask Katie if we can take a few of just her while we wait. Then with Katie’s back to Daniel he begins to slowly walk back into the frame. At this point my heart is racing and I can only imagine how Daniel is feeling. Katie is obviously completely oblivious to what is happening. Daniel gets directly behind Katie, and as we talked about, taps her shoulder.
The rest is all his moment. After speaking to her for a moment he drops down on one knee and the rest it history. Her answer, of course, is yes and the rest of the shoot becomes an engagement shoot! How awesome is that?
I was so very excited to have been a small part of this exciting moment for the both of them and wish them nothing but the best as their love story continues!!!