My absolute favorite thing to capture (besides weddings) are proposals! When Kodak first approached me to capture this surprise proposal in San Francisco, I was elated because it is one of the most amazing things to capture.
I remember how nervous I was planning out how I was going to propose to my now wife. For guys, there are not too many events that we can plan without our better half being apart of it, so it means a lot to us when things go well and to have it captured.
We planned out the location well in advance and just had to execute the timing of it. I got there ahead of time and put my gear together. Since I hadn't met his girlfriend yet, I knew she wouldn't recognize me, so I pretended to be a tourist taking pictures of the amazing view at Ina Coolbrith Park.
They eventually got there and slowly walked right by me into the position I told him to get into. As they took in the beautiful view, I saw him nervously reaching into his left pocket to get the engagement ring and box out, so I knew it was game time. My camera settings were dialed in, and he turned to her, and I felt those same butterflies I had during my own proposal. He got on one knee, pulled out the ring and the rest was history!
I think every guy should hire a professional photographer to capture their proposal. She will not only be surprised by the ring you give her, but she will also love the impromptu engagement photo shoot. Kodak and Anna are such a cute couple and are totally in love with each other and I cannot wait until their wedding!