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6 Reasons to Hire a Proposal Photographer + 2 Questions Answered

Jul 15


1. The Memories

OF COURSE this needs to be #1 on the list. It’s extremely possible that you’ll black out while you’re proposing, and so will she! Even if you have a long speech prepared, afterward you might not remember how it all went down.

It’s amazing (and a little funny) how many people completely forget to ask the question “Will you marry me?” because the rush of emotions takes over and it all becomes a blur!

This is why you’ll love having photos of the whole thing!

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2. She’ll love it

Trust me, even if your girlfriend hasn’t mentioned wanting a photographer there to photograph your proposal someday, she’ll love it.

From How He Asked: “We surveyed more than 1,000 women about their ideal proposal and learned that capturing the moment with photos ranked higher than selecting the perfect ring.”


6 Reasons to Hire a Proposal Photographer

3. Not being alone when planning

Most of the guys I work with have only told 1-2 family members or friends that they plan to propose, and sometimes I’m the ONLY one who knows!

Some people are afraid that their family would accidentally let it slip, and some people are just private. There’s nothing wrong with that!

But there’s no reason that you should be completely alone in planning your proposal. It’s helpful to talk to someone else who’s “in” on the plan. Bounce ideas off each other to make the proposal as awesome as it can be.

Speaking of that…


4. Your photographer will help you make the right choices

Hiring a professional who will not only photograph your proposal, but help you plan and organize your ideas will make a HUGE difference in how your proposal goes down.

Your photographer will help you choose the best location and time of day, and can even tell you where to stand and which direction to face. They’ll sense how much assistance you need and will help you make decisions to create a proposal that’s perfect for the two of you.

While it may be tempting to save money by having a friend or family member take pictures on their phone (or even a nice camera), there are big risks involved with this. Aside from the photos not being great, you’ll lose out on a photographer’s knowledge and tips that have come from photographing many proposals before.

Plus, if your girlfriend knows this person, you risk ruining the surprise by her noticing them before the proposal.


6 Reasons to Hire a Proposal Photographer + 2 Possible Worries


5. It’s an extra surprise

For most guys, I know that one of the most important aspects of their proposal is making sure it’s a SURPRISE. The surprised look on her face is one of the things they look forward to the most.

And for a lot of people, including more than one surprise is part of the fun! Whether it’s the surprise is a fun date, family being there to celebrate with you, an afterparty, or a fancy dinner with all of her friends… there are so many ways to add “bonus surprises” to the proposal.

Having a photographer there is an amazing bonus surprise!


6. Sharing/ using your photos

Of course, having photos for your own personal memories is wonderful, but you can also share the photos with friends and family! You can print photos to hang on your walls, give them as gifts, post them on social media to announce your engagement, and even use them on your Save the Dates.

Your parents will also LOVE seeing photos your proposal. You’ll still enjoy those moments in private, and they’ll get to see how it all happened without physically being there.

Side note – This is why I deliver all of my proposal galleries in the same day! I know that you’ll want to share your photos quickly, so you’ll have your full gallery just hours afterward!


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2 Worries + Your Questions Answered

  1. Will it still be private? Yes! If you want it to feel like a private moment between the two of you, there are many ways for your photographer to take great photos without being intrusive. Long lenses allow a professional photographer to be much further away than you would need to be if taking photos with a phone.
    • In fact, your photographer will probably make it MORE private! Any time I photograph a proposal that’s in a public place, I always get there early to set up. Whenever I know you’re about to arrive, I’ll make sure the area where you’ll propose is clear of any other people!
  2. Is it worth the money? After buying a ring, you might not be excited about spending more money. However, this is a once in a lifetime moment that you’ve been planning for a long time. You won’t regret spending a little bit more to make sure you remember it!



Bonus: Hiring the right photographer

Look for a photographer who…

  • Is experienced with photographing proposals… many, MANY proposals! Just because someone is a photographer – even a professional and even a wedding photographer – doesn’t mean that they’re prepared to photograph a proposal and help you make it awesome.
  • Is local to the area. A local photographer will know all the best locations and when to visit them. This is especially important for destination proposals!
  • Has a photo style that you love. Make sure you can find lots of examples of their work. Do they consistently take photos that you like?

More about proposal photography! >


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