Zion and I met for a coffee one afternoon in June last year to discuss his plans for his proposal to Miya. He had everything sorted out except the exact location and wanted my advice on what might work best for the photos and timing. We spent an hour or so getting to know each other and discussing options before settling on a row of metasequoia trees at the base of the hill. Excited, we both left to plan our respective parts of the shoot.
Once we had a final date, Zion stopped by to drop off his bluetooth speaker and the ring, which I would bring to the location. He had a song in mind that he wanted playing as they arrived and wanted me to place the ring at the spot that he’d propose. I charged and double-charged the speaker that evening to make sure it would be good to go and kept the ring with me at all times. Nothing could go wrong for this special moment.
I arrived at the location an hour before the shoot to make sure that nothing had changed (Korea can be unpredictable!) and set up the music and ring for the proposal. Zion and I exchanged a few texts to make sure that everything was on schedule and I set myself up on a park bench nearby to wait for the couple to arrive.
Once I saw them crossing the bridge, I got everything ready and set the music playing as they walked by me. I made several images of the moment before Miya noticed me. She hadn’t actually realised what I was there for, but was looking for someone to take a photo of them to commemorate the moment! Of course, I obliged and then we let her know that she could also have an hour of my time to make some more portraits of them at this special time. You can see that series below.
Thanks again to Zion for reaching out. If you’re interested in having your own proposal photographed, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Please do also follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I share additional images and stories there and would love for you to drop by.