An Impeccably Executed Surprise
For those of you who know me well, you have probably heard me talk about this a lot. I don't like taking pictures of people. I don't like the pressure of getting things perfect, I don't like having to position people because I'm terrible at it, and I don't like how impatient they can be. That being said, I think it's important to note that I have never actually done a shoot where I had to work solely with people. I guess I should change my statement from 'I don't like taking pictures of people' to 'In theory, I don't like taking pictures of people.'
Because let me tell you, it's actually really fun.
I had the wonderful opportunity to be there when my friend Austin proposed to his girlfriend Nicole today. What a beautiful thing to witness! Everything about the evening was perfect; from the scrumptious food to the wonderful people, and the impeccably executed surprise, the night could not have been any better.
I had been asked about a week prior to take pictures of the evening. This worked to Austin's advantage because this was an ordinary request, as I am over at his family's' house quite often and they like having me take pictures of everyone at the dinner table. They had also invited Nicole's family to dinner on other occasions, so it wasn't weird to Nicole that they agreed to come over tonight. Essentially, anything that could tip Nicole off to the surprise had an established cover, and a perfectly reasonable explanation so she wouldn't suspect a thing.
We finished a delicious dinner, and everyone wanted to get a group picture together. Excellent. Then I got a picture of just Austin and his family, followed by Nicole and hers. Superb. Then, as I was taking a picture of just Austin and Nicole, he pulled a ring from his pocket and held it in front of her. It was a hilarious moment for all of us as we watched Nicole smile on for the photos for another 15 seconds, completely unaware of the ring held just before her. Then in a beautiful, precious moment, we all watched Nicole's revelation as the full impact of the moment took effect on her, and she cried and laughed and said yes.
Austin and Nicole, I wish the very best for you two; may your lives be filled with the love of God, love for each other, and a love of life as you navigate through it together.