She said 'Yes'! / by Luke Cheng

I had a really exciting chance to photograph a live proposal. My client Michael found me and asked if I could capture the moment of his proposal to his girlfriend. Of course I would! I had done one of these before, and I knew that timing and positioning would be critical in capturing the moment. Michael and I met the day before to plan out his route. His girlfriend did not know me at all, so that really helped - I didn't have to hide behind any bushes or worry about her seeing me!

The location of the proposal was the rose garden at the state capitol. It's a beautiful location that many folk come to for weddings and wedding photography. There were a good amount of people there that day, but when Michael came to the spot he would propose at it was all clear! He got on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

I was lucky enough to be right in front with a clear shot at the moment. Bringing both a shorter zoom lens (Canon 24-70mm f2.8L) and a longer one (Canon 70-200mm f2.8L) I was able to capture both wider shots and also zoom in to catch a little more detail. I have to say that getting these moments relies on camera gear that flat out works... and I have to give it to Canon in that their stuff does the job flawlessly. As some of you know, I'm slowly transitioning to the Sony system, but Canon's reliability and ease of use is hard to top.

The entire proposal lasted less than a minute, but it was really important for me to get every reaction that took place in those precious seconds. I think I was able to capture quite a few beautiful moments for Michael so that he and his now fiancee will remember for a lifetime. I've got to hand it to Michael for getting all this together. Kudos to him for making sure to get a pro photog to capture the moment, some guys forget or elect not too, you know!

After all was said and done Michael pointed me out to his new bride to be. She was elated and was truly shocked and surprised. Michael really did surprise her with this today. A lot can change in just a moment, and I know that this day would be the start of something new for the both of them.

Before we parted ways we did a very short photo session at the park. It was a gorgeous day, so we definitely had to take advantage of it. I really wish the best for Michael. He's off to a great start!

Wedding season is coming soon and wedding dates are quickly being booked throughout the summer and fall. Let me know if you're in need of wedding photography and we can see if the date is available.