Ballie and Braxton’s Central Park Proposal was a massive success! This was the first time I photographed an actual proposal, and I had to approach it a completely different way. When Braxton told me he wanted to fly me to NYC because he was proposing, I was in shock.
We planed the proposal to happen on Saturday morning. I flew in on Thursday evening, scouted the location on Friday, and shot it on Saturday morning before flying back home Saturday evening. Braxton also flew both their parents to NYC to witness the proposal.
The morning of, I met their parents and hid them away so Ballie wouldn’t see them walking to the location. The plan we had was for them to walk up to me standing at Bethesda Fountain and then she would see me. This is exactly what we did and she was in SHOCK. I told her that I had simply flew to NYC to do a regular portrait session, and she was so excited! little did she know that she was about to become engaged.
I took them to this BEAUTIFUL location with the NYC skyline in the background. This is where I had planned for Braxton to pop the question. I started out by taking some normal images so she wouldn’t suspect anything. Shortly after, I posed them back to back and told them that on my count, they would turn around to each other smiling and laughing. this is unlike any sort of posing I usually do, but it was the only thing I could think of.. keep in mind, I also had to call their parents and tell them to come out of hiding while I had their backs to me so she wouldn’t see.
“Okay, 1, 2, 3!!!” Ballie turns around, Braxton is on one knee, and their families are watching. She is in shock, she’s crying, I’m shaking. Their families are smiling ear to ear. She says YES!! I felt so relieved. It was finally over. We had a successful Central Park Proposal!!
After the proposal was over, we headed to Shakespeare’s Garden and Gapstow Bridge to take some more photos.
I am forever grateful for this opportunity and I’m so so happy for Ballie and Braxton!
I hope you love these images as much as I do!!