Dushan had emailed me separately, unbeknownst to Emma, to plan the perfect sunset surprise proposal. Several emails back and forth, we had devised a full proof plan. Meanwhile, Emma and I were talking all things outfits and vibing on how amazing their “just because photo session” was going to be. I shared with her my Pinterest Board of couples outfits that look great in photos and she texted me her potentials. The location was chosen between us, with a couple of must-have points: firstly, the location had to be on the beach for sunset. Secondly, it had to be a location that offered a bit of privacy. We landed on Hawaii Polo Field on Oahu’s north shore. Being an open book and a bit of a planner, allows my clients and me to craft a beautiful session.
When planning a surprise proposal, setting up a cue is key. Dushan knew that Emma was going to do a second outfit change and this was his only opportunity to place the ring box in his second pair of pants, without Emma noticing! Worked like a charm. I quickly led them back to the beach, under the guise of “oh my gosh we have to catch this pink sky!” I promptly placed them on the beach, and gave the ultimate cue, “just stand here embracing each other as I set up the shot.” As I walked back to get a wide angle shot, I paused and started shooting, he was seconds away from getting down on one knee. Thru my camera, I could tell that Emma knew what was happening even before he reach for the ring. I wonder, what did he say that made her realize this was the moment? Some things, are meant to remain a secret.
A few moments of tears and just the two of them, I kept my distance, allowing them this private moment. We then continued on with the session, a bit more excited, more elated, totally in love and in awe of what just happened.
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