If I were trying to plan the proposal, I would ask these questions randomly 3-6 months before the proposal. I would share TikTok videos with my partner and ask their thoughts. Did a celebrity just get engaged? Did your partner talk about it, how did they feel? Keeping note of these moments can help you plan the perfect engagement proposal because you are catering the moment to your partner’s wants, not just copying a proposal idea you saw off of a TikTok.
Side note — Is your partner traditional? Would they want you to ask their family for approval to propose? There is no wrong/right way, but it would be best to slyly ask your partner their thoughts (if you’re unsure).
When my wife proposed, she tried to take me to this scenic view we had visited when we first started dating. However, when the day came, we kept driving around and couldn’t find it, so she ended up just pulling off into a meadow and it turned out even better than she planned.
Speaking of planning….
Jess had already proposed to Elissa when they booked me for their engagement session. I received a private message from Elissa, stating she wanted to propose to Jess during their session. I have a variety of poses to choose from when I get this type of inquiry. But I went with the kidnap pose which is a lot more fun than it sounds. I have one person close their eyes and the second person sneak up from behind and give them a hug. We do this a few times and then it’s showtime! It’s super cute, always brings so many giggles and such a surprise.
Justin wanted to surprise Matt during their couples session. We scouted and found the perfect loft location to capture some of the downtown Fresno views but also keep it intimate for just the two of them. I worked with Justin to create the perfect atmosphere and gave tips on where it should take place and the candle placement. He did a fantastic job and really brought the vision to life. Check out my original inspo photo compared to the real proposal!
When Bre reached out for a couples session she was so anxious on how the proposal would play out. We discussed the details of the session over the phone and came up with a game plan. We had to sneakily exchange the ring box at the beginning of the session and then half way through I had to “switch lenses” and give her the ring box without Nichole finding out. Everything worked out smoothly and Nichole was so surprised.
As we were planning their engagement session, Carol reached out to me stating she wanted to propose to Nikki in Yosemite. Yosemite decided to shower us with a rainstorm and a bit of snow. We lost light a little sooner than expected but I think these images are so romantic. It was pouring rain and these two still wanted to spend the moments together dancing between our headlights and the moon light. Carol got down on one knee and surprised Nikki with her own proposal. An unforgettable session!
Let’s book your engagement session where you two had your first date, where you two first said I love you or even at your home for a little at home date idea. Check out this couples session for an at home brunch session.
Hey there, I’m Michelle!
Wedding Photographer + Creative behind GunnShot Photography.
With over 3 years of wedding experience, I help couples feel comfortable, confident and capture timeless memories to share for years to come.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I provide invaluable insight on how to navigate the wedding planning process as a queer couple in this heteronormative wedding world. You two can can create your own traditions and I’ll be there to capture those timeless moments.
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I specialize in inclusive wedding photography for all. I went from being engayged to being a Fresno Wedding Photographer when I couldn't find any photographers locally who held my same values.
Fueled by equal parts coffee and passion, I believe your story, your love, is beautiful and I can't wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come. I believe in real moments and genuine connection. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together.
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