Portraits and a Proposal

Kevin called me with a plan. He and his girlfriend, Samantha, had been wanting to have some portraits taken. But he thought he would add a twist — half-way through the portrait session he would drop down on one knee and propose! That sounded like a fun shoot to me, so we came up with a session that suited their personalities.

They wanted to do outside portraits, so we thought of some places that would look nice despite the blahness of late February this year. We settled on Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH as the perfect place. Bear Brook has a small lake, nice wooded areas, a beach and a beautiful stone building. Not only is the park a marvelous place for photos, it also happened to be conveniently located between where they live in Hooksett and I live in Pembroke.

When we met on Sunday afternoon, the winter weather offered us a little pleasantness, temperatures in the 40s, but thin clouds veiled the sun. A soft sun makes for nice lighting most of the time. However, there were some shots I had in mind that needed a bright, cheerful sun, so I imitated the sun in a few photos with an an off-camera flash. February can be a challenging time of year for outdoor photos, but more so this year without gleaming white snow as a backdrop.  A little creativity, the visual interest of some twisted branches on leafless trees, and the green of pine boughs all came together to uniquely capture Kevin and Samantha’s special day.

About a half-hour into the shoot, after a signal between us, Kevin reached into his pocket for the ring and got down on one knee in front of Sam and asked if she would do him the honor of being his wife. She paused, totally surprised (his plan worked), and then she said, “Yes!” After a few minutes of taking in this wonderful moment, we continued with what became their engagement photo session — which would provide just the right photo for newspaper and save-the-date announcements, social media blitz, etc.

By then, the sun had slipped behind clouds and trees and the air started to turn a bit nippy. We agreed it was time to wrap things up. It was a pleasure to be part of their special moment, and I wish them all the best in the future.

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