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Toronto Proposal Photographer :: Cullen + Steph

How to make your proposal photoshoot look great!

It’s every photographer’s dream to photograph proposals! It’s the beginning of your love story. Earlier this spring, Cullen contacted me looking for a Toronto proposal photographer to help him capture a very big surprise! It was easy to see how much planning and consideration Cullen had put into each part of the afternoon. From the fantastic planning Cullen did, it is easy to see how to make your proposal photoshoot look great! Here are the three tips I took from this day:

  1. Special Location: Cullen chose a location in Toronto that is very special to them. He selected Humber Bay bridge for the proposal, because he and Steph regularly return here for their monthly anniversary. After putting a love lock on the Humber Bay bridge, Cullen surprised Steph with one of the sweetest proposals! The week leading up to the proposal, we met for a site visit to confirm the location and timing. I selected a spot that would insure I was incognito, but still able to capture the moment.
  2. Include your pets in a fun way: Once Steph accepted, we walked towards the beach to capture some portraits where surprise #2 happened – family members met them with their fur babies, who were very appropriately dressed for the occasion. Cullen had planned for their two dogs to be in a matching suit for doggie #1 and a wedding dress for doggie #2. What a cute idea! It makes it all the more special for them to have the other members of their family present for this day.
  3. The details are everything: Cullen was impressive with all the details he came up with. I was thrilled when he revealed the ring, and the box it came in. Some how he managed to not only find a gorgeous engagement ring to offer Steph, he presented it in the most unique and stunning ring box. With their initials and a heart etched into the side of this beautiful wood box, Cullen succeeded in bringing their spirits to life in these photos!

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Cullen and Steph’s engagement serves as a great example of how to make your proposal photoshoot look great. Reflect on the details of your relationship, and get a little creative with how to bring them to life in the photoshoot. For every couple those details will be different. I would love to help bring them to life with you, and then capture them on your big day.

  • Deanna - June 27, 2018 - 8:37 am

    The Toronto city line always makes a great backdrop for any photo. Love watching the proposal take place through your lens…and the pets were adorable in their outfits! Nice work!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - June 27, 2018 - 8:55 am

    I love how their fur babies got to be part of their proposal! Such a touching, personal moment for the two of them. They were lucky to have you there to capture it <3ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Gonzales - June 27, 2018 - 9:00 am

    What an awesome proposal and way to be a ninja until it was time to be seen. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - June 27, 2018 - 9:22 am

    What a special moment!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson - June 27, 2018 - 7:38 pm

    Wow! So much planning went into this and it turned out perfect! I love that the puppers got to be a part too!ReplyCancel

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