Last week I got a Facebook message that made me squeal… yes SQUEAL with delight. A young man I am acquainted with from my church was asking me to to covertly capture photos of him proposing to his long time girlfriend Maria. My answer… ABSOLUTELY! I would LOVE to! Jesse, the gentleman preparing to propose, later confessed to me he thought I might be even more excited than he was. I’m not sure that is possible, but he might have been close.
So that is how I found myself on a Friday night, out in the cold dark and wet night, hugging a tree and trying to make myself as invisible as possible. I admit I didn’t feel the cold at all, too much adrenalin I guess. I was grinning ear to ear the entire time… especially when she started squealing and jumping up in down with happiness. What a moment!
What an experience! I was truly nervous! This guy was trusting ME to capture one of the biggest moments of his life. To say it was a challenge is an understatement. This might have been the most DIFFICULT shoot of my life. It isn’t easy to hide behind a tree and take photos of two moving people, in the dark no less. Camera’s are not fond of focusing in the dark. They either don’t focus at all or they focus on the wrong thing. I did the best I could and I definitely got some keepers. I cannot WAIT to share!
I pray to God these two are happy with what I created. As crazy as it sounds… I probably won’t sleep much until I KNOW they are happy with what I got. But that’s just me… ever the perfectionist worry wort. Ah well… I don’t think I’ll ever change.
Congratulations Jesse and Maria! Thank you so much for trusting me with your big moment!
My vantage point as I awaited the big moment.