proposal

maddy + spencer / dead horse point proposal

dead horse point proposal

i love that couples have started to hire photographers to capture their wedding proposals. i've shot about a half a dozen now, and every time they are so exciting! i get butterflies in my stomach right before someone gets down on one knee to pop the question, and i giddily run up to the couple (after they're done canoodling, of course) to shout congratulations. ya, i get a bit excited. spencer's proposal to maddy was no different. dead horse point at sunset was the perfect back drop for their cliffside picnic. their home is chicago, but they were on vacation out west, checking out all the beautiful national parks that the moab area has to offer. happy wedding planning to these two! thanks for letting me capture it all. :)

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brent + arifa / mesa arch proposal

moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos

mesa arch proposal

i've photographed quite a few proposals now, but every time i get that initial e-mail in my inbox or excited voicemail, i let out a little squeal. i love shooting these! they take a lot of planning and logistics, but there's always a bit that's left unplanned - you never know how they're both going to react when the moment finally hits - and that's my favorite part. it's possibly my favorite part about being a photographer, capturing genuine emotion for couples to relive long after the moment has passed.

brent contacted me early in the fall and we started scheming. he had a few locations in mind, and together we narrowed it down to mesa arch in canyonlands national park. this is the place to be at sunrise, so it was no surprise that there were photographers lined up in front of the arch long before the sun came up. i told brent to bring his soon-to-be-fiance to a little spot just out of view of the arch (but still with an amazing view) so that they'd have a little privacy. they watched the sun come up together, and i excitedly waited for brent to drop down on one knee. he popped the question at the perfect moment, the sun had just come up over the mountains and the desert was aglow in that burnt orange early morning light. pure magic!

we had a little engagement session afterward and got to chatting a bit. i remember walking away that morning wishing we had had more time to hang out, but i might be heading to florida some time next year so get ready for a phone call, arifa and brent! 

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moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
moab utah canyonlands national park engagement photos
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ricky + eileen / dead horse point engagements

where do i even begin? i mean, i feel like the luckiest person on earth when i get to witness a couple get engaged! okay, i guess i'll start at the beginning...

ricky e-mailed me about 2 months before he and eileen were planning on heading out west from nyc for an extended road trip. he asked if i'd be willing to photograph his proposal on the 4th of july at dead horse point, to which i immediately said YES! i love that park. it's quieter than the others nearby and has spectacular views pretty much no matter where you go. i also loved that in his initial e-mail he took the time to tell me a little of their story. one of the biggest reasons why i love photography so much is because of the way a string of photographs, of still images, can tell a story. so when an individual or couple immediately starts telling me the why behind asking me to take their portraits, i'm in. :)

plus, i don't think we could've asked for a better sunset to go with his proposal! congratulations ricky + eileen on your next adventure together! 

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