This was that one time when Howard did a lot of the planning. The location was absolutely key: Tiff’s love of wildflowers was the determining factor so the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center was the one and only choice. We took the time to visit a few days before so we would set up a game plan and pick a spot where he would actually propose. Too fun!
The plan was that Jesse and I wanted to practice and needed some models to work with. Howard and his Kinsey were joined by Tiff and a couple of other friends, Edith and Larry, who volunteered to model, too. Lots of practice! In reality, Edith and Larry were there to get some video and we even got to have one of our kids come with us to assist. Everything was covered!
The Wildflower was really lovely and everything was green and blooming. Turn a corner and you’re greeted with a new pretty little view. Having people around who enjoyed each others’ company and enjoyed laughing made it a super fun time! The neat thing was that the early part of our session doubled as their engagement photos. Usually, it’s the other way around for us—proposal first—but this way was a nice variation!
The Big Moment
When we got close to the spot that we decided would work best for the proposal, I excused myself to head to the restroom/sneak up to the tower so we had another perspective. While that was going on, Jesse was photographing our other friends as Tiff, Howard, and Kinsey meandered a little further down the path. Howard hung back and waited for me to give him the thumbs up to say I was in place. When Kinsey got his signal, she tapped Tiff and asked her, “Will you be my stepmom?”
It didn’t quite register with Tiff so Kinsey signaled to her to turn around where she saw Howard on his knee. So he asked. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as she said yes, the sun popped out from behind the clouds. Loved that!
…and an amazing ring! Howard had it custom made just for her. Awesome.
We absolutely, positively love getting to photograph proposals because we usually get to do them together (and yes, we bring assistants sometimes who double as models/people to divert attention from what’s really going on). We’ve helped plan and execute some elaborate ones that involve scavenger hunts all the way down to the classic proposal at a very personally meaningful location. Each one has been amazing. Are you looking for an Austin proposal photographer? Please get in touch with us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you out with planning and real, lovely pictures.