This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a proposal for some new clients. Being recently engaged myself, it was really fun to be able to revisit that moment in another couple. I scouted a location in Descanso Gardens with the Groom to be, Walter. We went on a Saturday, and walked around the gardens for about an hour. We eventually settled on a beautiful spot next to a weeping willow sitting next to a stream. The angle of the sun in the morning hits the multitudes leaves and vine-like branches, making them glow green in a gradient. Two weeks later, I was waiting for their big moment with my Nikon D750 and my 70-200mm lens, and it went off without a hitch. Congrats to Walter and Celeste!
We followed the proposal with an engagement session around the gardens, and I surprised the newly engaged couple with a 2x3 print made with a Polaroid Zip Instant Printer, which is a wonderful little device that lets you make photographic prints straight from your phone. It’s wireless, it’s portable, it doesn’t use ink (heat releases dye in the paper), and it creates fantastic little keepsakes. I used the wifi in my D750 to send a photo of the proposal to my phone, which I connected via bluetooth to the printer to make a print for each of them. I took some photos of them with the prints during the shoot.
The shoot went great! At some point the eye piece popped off my camera and got lost, but that thing has been trying to escape for as long as I’ve had the camera, and is of no real consequence.
Good luck to the newly engaged couple!