So honestly, if I were just a professional photographer in this situation, the title would read “Caroline + Christian Proposal” but Tanner is my little brother, and although we do call him by his middle name, I just can’t bring myself to call him by Christian ever. So even though to the rest of the world he is Christian, he will probably forever be “Tanner” to me and my family and those who grew up with him.
I’m not shy to jump in and help with a proposal, so after I got to go ring shopping with Tanner to pick out Caroline’s engagement ring (I went ring shopping with Caroline the week before to learn what she likes, but Tanner found this ring all on his own!), I pitched a couple proposal ideas and together came up with this plan. We would set up a photoshoot where he would propose. But we needed to keep it a surprise.
Tanner is like most guys and isn’t some big fan of getting his photos taken for an hour, so we needed a plan. So I posted on my personal facebook account lying about a previously scheduled client who cancelled last minute leaving me left with paying the location fees and nobody to take pictures of and asked if there was a couple who could fill in. I even tagged a few couples in the post after rivately messaging them and asking them to reply that they were busy, it was great.
It took a few hours, but when Caroline responded that she could, my heart skipped a beat. We were on! She was even nervous to have to tell Tanner what she signed them up for, but to her surprise, he didn’t fight it.
I told them to pick 2 outfits. We did a few pictures in the first outfit, then while Caroline was changing into the second outfit, we went over our plan. The next pose I would do, Tanner would stop, then walk over to my camera bag and pull out the ring. I’m so glad that I was there to capture the entire moment!
As you can imagine, the second half of this session had even more genuine smiles than the first half! Plus Tanner was a bit less nervous.