It started off as a holiday card session. I had found this little lot in Apopka where I had photographed a client of mine. It was so cute I told my girlfriend and fellow photographer, Whitney, that I would come back that same week to do a little shoot of my own (with my tripod, of course). “I’ll photograph it!” she exclaimed! At that point you’d think she was in on it, but she wasn’t. We were both clueless that Michael would decide that would be the perfect moment.
You see Michael had been planning and perfecting for months. Every plan devised ended up back firing. After all, how do you propose to your long time love who just happens to be a professional in the wedding industry? Whose friends are in that same industry? The standards are crazy. But he had waited long enough he later told me.
I arrived to the lot, clueless. I scouted the perfect little tree to decorate for our session and started to set up. Unbeknownst to me he had sent Whitney a quick text letting her know he was about to pop the question. He knew the code among photographers “Always ALWAYS let the photographer in on the surprise.”.
We started the session normally when Whitney said “Guys! The light is so beautiful over here.” and moved us away from the tree. She posed us and stepped away. That’s when Michael started whispering in my ear. He told me he loved me, he told me he couldn’t imagine his life without me, he winked at Whitney. Then he reached in his pocket, pulled away from me, and got down on one knee. I was in awe. It took a second to register and I kissed him. He said “Is that a yes? I need to hear the word.” “Yes!” I giggled.
I’m engaged. Engaged to my best friend. <3