Kimberly reached out about a couple session to celebrate their new move to South Korea. A few weeks later I got a text from her boyfriend, Ryan,”Hey, can you call me?” Cut to three minutes later and I’m sitting in my gym sobbing happy tears because Ryan had just asked if I could also photograph him proposing during their couple shoot. All the feels!!
Ryan and Kimberly went with my two-location couple package and really made the most out of their locations! So we started on the boats in Central Park which are such a cute, easy, and fun way to add a unique little twist to your ~regular ol’ (and definitely not a secret proposal) couple session! Ryan and I coordinated everything before, and I gave him a little password that just he and I knew. When we finally figured out how to get the boat to stay in one spot (they’re tricky!!), I wove the password into our conversation, and Ryan somehow got down on one knee… in a boat. I’m surprised the whole thing didn’t tip actually.
This is the photo. I can die a happy photographer. Ryan and Kimberly did a few laps around the pond, I imagine talking mostly about how much fun I am, but also probably talking at least a little bit about their future and how Ryan coordinated the proposal, and whether or not Kimberly suspected anything. But probably mostly about me.
After a few laps, they jumped onto dry land, changed into more casual attire and then we all got down. I mean like down in the grass. New York doesn’t have much greenery, but you’d be surprised how much you can find when you love nature and are naturally drawn to it always.
If you know me at all, you know I REALLY take pride in wherever I live. So if I live in New York, I am a FULL BLOWN New Yorker, like do not ever question my love for this city, it is my city, I live here, I love here, I KNOW THIS PLACE! So I channeled that innate NYC knowledge to find a literal wildflower field? In the middle of New York City? The city of PAVEMENT?? Am I a wizard??
I’m going to be honest- I believe there should always be alcohol on hand, and Ryan and Kimberly thankfully share in that belief. They actually came to the shoot with a plastic bottle filled with wine (shhh please don’t tell NYPD), but I wasn’t expecting them to crack out an entire bottle of CHAMPAGNE?!
When we realized it was starting to get drunk (and we were starting to get hungry), we jumped in a cab and drove across the water to one of my favorite shoot locations- a waterside plaza in Queens that looks back at the skyline. What did I say?! When I love a city, I love it hard! And I have loved exploring NYC and finding all of the best locations!
Ryan and Kimberly danced until the light was gone, and they were illuminated only by the spark between them (hehehe). They’ve since moved to South Korea, where they are totally killing it and planning their winter 2019 wedding. When they received their engagement photos, they immediately booked me for their wedding, which is fun for me because it’s going to be in Dublin! Cheers!