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Surprise Proposal in Seattle at Discovery Park


Ted reached out to me about his plan for a surprise proposal in Seattle at Discovery Park and I was immediately down. His lovely fiancé is Jaclyn and she said yes immediately. There were many tears and hugs. This type of session is exactly why I love my job.

A lot happens behind the scenes for this type of proposal to be photographed. So here’s a quick guide to proposing while having a photographer there!

  1. Decide whether you want to meet the photographer beforehand. Most times, the photographer is hired for a “couples session” and then the proposal happens during. In this case, it was all a surprise and I had to act like a passerby before Ted proposed.
  2. Pick a location. If you want the photographer to be incognito pick a spot where people normally are so they don’t seem out of place. A surprise proposal in busy Seattle can be hard to coordinate Discovery Park was a great choice. I could blend in and pop up when the proposal happened.
  3. Go out on a date beforehand and convince your partner to dress up nice. And then tell your photographer what you’re wearing so they can spot you easily.
  4. Have a call with your proposal photographer to walk through the surprise as Seattle weather and light can be tricky Also so you know where to stand and where the best light will be.
  5. That’s it! Propose and be merry!

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Congrats Ted + Jaclyn! It was so wonderful to capture this memory for you 🙂

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