BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
AFTER YOUR WEDDING
MY SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER
Jamie is my fiancé. We met when we were just 13 years old, and she was my childhood sweetheart. She's also the one who convinced me to chase this dream of becoming a photographer. Together we make the ideal team to document weddings.
How I photographed my own surprise proposal
I proposed to Jamie on our 5th anniversary in a log cabin in the Catskill Mountains. We LOVE camping and being outdoors, and had always talked about renting a cabin.
Before we headed up to the mountains for our week away from the city, I told her to pack a nice outfit so we could take an anniversary photo. We're always making great pictures for other couples, and I wanted to make some for ourselves. Of course, I forgot to pack MY nice clothes.
On the last day of the trip, we made some mimosas to go with our brunch and then spent the day lounging around the cabin. We went outside and played with our dog Jax before enjoying the mountainous sunset from the jacuzzi on the deck. It was 20 degrees out, but we couldn't feel anything other than the warmth of the 104-degree water.
After the sun had set and the vivid blue and yellow tones faded into the night sky, we went inside to prepare for that "anniversary photo." I set up my light, had Jamie stand in front of the fireplace, and then set the camera on a timer.
This was it. The moment that I'd spent so much time planning. I got down on one knee and opened the terrarium style ring box. As Jamie gasped, Jax ran right over to see what was going on. It couldn't have been more perfect!