My last photography session of the year may have been the most exciting - ok, it definitely was. I received a request in the Fall from my client that he wanted to do a surprise mini session proposal for his girlfriend. Besides receiving a request for a wedding or an elopement, I'm pretty sure this is one of the more fun requests that any Seattle photographer could receive. On top of being a referral from another client (thank you!), he requested Kerry Park in Seattle since it had a view of the Space Needle - the location of their first date.

Male wearing tan coat kneeling holding girlfriend's hand Kerry Park

A surprise proposal in late December doesn't come with its own share of challenges, but it's completely possible and this is where I jump into careful planning mode. We set a tentative date and time for the proposal and I began tracking the weather to see what the day could potentially look like. After finding a "dry" window of time that guaranteed no rain, I began to search for the exact right spot to meet and sent pictures to my client to meet there. After confirming that it was indeed a surprise, we coordinated to make sure we could find each other so that I could begin to take pictures at the exact right moment.

Female embracing boyfriend at Kerry Park, Seattle
Couple kissing with Space Needle in background Kerry Park

I'm so glad that I was able to capture this moment for this sweet and happy couple. These are the kind of moments that I simply live for. The adrenaline from the excitement level of capturing a proposal at just the right time is something I don't take for granted. I know that there are a ton of Seattle couples and family photographers in the city, so being chosen out of a sea of many always feels like such a privilege.

Closeup of female's wearing diamond ring resting against tan coat
Couple wearing tan and black coat walking at Kerry Park, Seattle, WA
Couple smiling at camera Space Needle in background Kerry Park
Female holding partner's arm showing off ring finger

In addition to planning out the location and timing of this proposal, I also send all my clients outfit guides and a guide on just a general idea of what to expect during the session. Client experience is of the utmost importance to me and making sure that all my clients feel comfortable, beautiful, and simply their best selves during their chosen photography session. This couple truly brought their beautiful style forward and I feel as if the client took my advice to wear neutral colors that would show up so beautifully in the front of my camera lens. Color coordination is so important and look at what a difference it makes! I'm always more than happy to help you with this process and actually prefer to assist my clients with their outfits.

Couple facing each other with Space Needle in background Kerry Park, Seattle

I always ask my couples and families to show me their connection and I do know that this can be an intimidating request. However, I like to make my couples and families laugh, so you'll hear me giving you prompts to snuggle, look into each other's eyes - but then I'll throw in a funny joke to get everyone to laugh and you know what - it always works. I'm always looking for those in between moments when I see the tenderness, the secret whispers, the knowing look that only you give when no one is looking, the scrunched up smile that is so sweet, the forehead kisses, and then the warm hugs that always follow. All of these moments are my specialty that I love to convey and capture for all my clients, kids, and their families.

Closeup of engaged couple with pinky finger entwined
Smiling engaged couple with pinky finger entwined Kerry Park