The time has come. You’re ready to get down on one knee and surprise the love of your life with the most important question of your life. First off, congratulations! This is such an exciting chapter, so shake off those nerves and take a moment to soak in the feeling of this once-in-a-lifetime joy.
Now, when it comes to planning the perfect proposal, there are so many moving parts that go into it. One aspect that has become increasingly popular is having a photographer shoot engagements. And we understand why. Those are memories you will want to look back on for years to come. If this is something you want to include in your special day, we’re here to help.
From finding the best photographer for your needs to figuring out the perfect location, we’re breaking down how to hire a photographer for your proposal (and why we think it’s 100% worth it).
Tips On How To Hire A Photographer For Your Proposal
Find The Best Photographer For You
When it comes time to find the best photographer for you and your needs, there are a couple of things to consider. Two of the most important are experience and location. Don’t be afraid to check out their website and social media profiles to ensure that their style aligns with your vision. We suggest making sure that they keep their profiles up to date with current work and checking if they have testimonials on their site from previous clients.
If you find that the photographer you have in mind has a lot of wedding photos that you like but aren’t seeing many proposal photos, reach out and ask if they have any experience in it, if it’s something they’re interested in, and if they have a gallery that you can look at. Often times they do but keep their social media and site tailored to weddings.
We know that searching for the perfect photographer can be overwhelming, to say the least. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our directory of wedding photographers from around the world.
Before hiring the photographer, it’s important to discuss pricing. Once you begin your research, you’ll likely find photographers have different packages. Some may have you pay a flat hourly rate, while others may have an engagement package that includes the proposal and a photo session after. Is this something you are interested in? If so, it’s crucial to find a photographer that offers this.
Hire Them ASAP
It’s no secret that photographers book up quickly in the wedding world. Although a proposal takes up far less time than a wedding, reaching out to them ASAP will ensure that you book the photographer you want. It also gives you time to plan out the proposal.
While it may seem like something you can quickly put together, this isn’t ideal–especially for the photographer. They’re going to want to scout out the location, figure out the perfect hiding spots, create a timeline for the day, etc.
Figure Out A Location
Speaking of the location, it’s ideal to have the location sorted out before you hire your photographer. However, this isn’t necessary. Many photographers know beautiful spots that make for stunning proposals.
If you’re unsure of how you want to pop the question, ask your photographer for help. Using them as an aid during the planning will help ensure that you have the proposal of your dreams and that they’ll know exactly where to be while photographing it.
Have A Plan B
There is no such thing as being too prepared. And just like with everything else in life, sometimes things don’t go according to plan–which is alright! That’s why a plan B will help relieve some of the stress. If someone ends up in your planned proposal spot on the day of, you won’t even have to worry because you’ll have a backup plan. Just be sure to discuss this backup plan with your photographer plan ahead of time.
Why You Should Hire A Photographer For Your Proposal
Still on the fence about hiring a photographer for your proposal? We understand it can seem like an unnecessary expense. But we’re giving you a few reasons why we think it’s worth every penny.
Capture One Of The Most Important Days Of Your Life
Life goes by too quickly, and your proposal is going to be over in a blink of an eye. One minute you’re getting down on one knee, and the next, it’s your wedding day. Hiring a photographer to capture one of the most important days of your life will help those memories last for years to come. You’ll be able to look back and experience every single emotion felt on that day.
Photos Can Be Used For Engagement Announcements
Engagement photos can be used for quite a few things. From the initial social media announcement letting all of your friends and family know about your news to your save-the-dates and wedding website, the photos will come in handy more than you think.
Create A Relationship With A Photographer
For many couples, the photographer they choose for their proposal also ends up being the photographer who shoots their engagement photos and their wedding. This gives you a chance to become familiar with them as a person and as a photographer–especially if you end up shooting your engagement photos on the same day. And the more comfortable you are with them, the more it shows in your photos.
If you discover that it’s not quite the look you’re going for when it comes to your wedding day, you’ll have figured that out sooner rather than later, which is also a win.
Now that you’ve figured out how to hire a photographer for your proposal, it’s time to think about how you’re going to ask. If you haven’t pinned down an idea yet, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up 15 proposal ideas that are as sweet as they are creative!
And of course, once they say “yes!” (which they definitely will), it’s time to start thinking about your engagement party. We know that feels like a lot to think about right away. That’s why we’ve rounded up 16 engagement party ideas so you have one less thing to worry about.