November 14, 2018

Picture This | A Guide to Beautiful Proposal Photos

A Guide to Beautiful Proposal Photos

Everyone wants beautiful proposal photos!  Here is our foolproof guide:

Beautiful Proposal Photos Saratoga Springs NY
A classic black and white proposal photo that features the ring? Yes, please.
Saratoga Lake Wedding Photo
A proposal on Saratoga Lake!  She said yes!

Are you thinking of taking the Next Step in your relationship by proposing to your Significant Other?  The Winter Holidays are a season when many people consider becoming engaged.  Of course you will want beautiful proposal photos. Lately, there has been a real trend toward hiring a professional wedding photographer to photograph the proposal.  I have been so lucky to have been included in some fabulous proposals, so I would love to share a few tips for making sure you get great photos of the happy event.

Surprise Proposal Photos Saratoga Springs NY
You get to spend your life with your best friend–document the proposal with professional pictures.  The photos from this event were taken outdoors on a beach during the Golden Hour for perfect light.

Location is Everything:  Think carefully about where you want to propose.  This includes thinking about what the backgrounds look like and good lighting!  High noon on a beach might seem like an awesome idea–except for the harsh shadows on faces!  If you are thinking of a location with little to no shade, choose a later time of day–the Golden Hour is ideal.

Doc Brown's the Nest Proposal Photos
Super fun family photo after a surprise proposal at The Nest on Saratoga Lake.

Include Family and Friends:  Surprise your partner by inviting at least the parents.  It will make for some awesome family photos for holiday cards!

Beautiful Proposal Photos
Possibly one of my most favorite engagement photos ever.

Just Be Yourself:  Act natural so the photographer can capture you being yourself!

Perfect Proposal Photo
Conversation Hearts can be really cute as a prop.

Enlist Help:  Having a friend(s) to help organize can be very helpful.  They can get to the location ahead of time, bring some props or champagne and generally help keep you on track.

Engagement Party Photos
Of course you need friends to celebrate with afterwards. Jane’s friends were instrumental in pulling off this surprise proposal at the Pavilion Grand in Saratoga Springs NY.

So with these tips in mind, go forth and plan that surprise proposal!  I am sure it will be picture perfect!

Did you enjoy this article on beautiful proposal photos?  You might enjoy this post about a recent surprise proposal on Saratoga Lake.

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Photographer Susan Blackburn of Susan Blackburn Photography specializes in photographing Wedding and Engagement Photography sessions. With a photography studio location in Saratoga Springs, NY, Susan serves the Saratoga Springs, Lake George and the Adirondack Regions. She is also available for travel assignments.  Susan has been a professional photographer for 20 years. Her goal has always been simple—help make people look good and take pictures that her clients love.