Last Saturday morning, I realized I had a missed call from a Florida number. In a bit of hesitation, I listened to the voicemail, assuming it must have been another telemarketer telling me I could be on the front page of Google again. In listening to the voicemail, I realized this was a phone call from a guy named Austin who stated he was traveling to Snowshoe and wanted to talk about a portrait session idea. Realizing I couldn't miss this opportunity, I immediately called him back in a haste. I left a message and hoped he would respond back, and I didn't have to wait long. He called me back, and we made the plans.
Austin talked with me for a few minutes, and told me he was taking his girlfriend on a snowcation to Snowshoe, WV. They were to spend a few days enjoying the slopes and spending time together. While there, he wanted to propose to her on that Monday.
We immediately developed our secret plans. He mentioned that texting wasn't out of the norm for him, so we communicated, literally for two whole days about how we were going to execute this wonderful surprise.
The decision was that I would pose as a vacationer with my husband, just taking our own little vacation pictures and they would approach me with Austin's cell phone to ask if I would mind snapping a picture of them, since that was something they would normally do. I would oblige, and then, I would ask if I may take a couple of pictures with my camera because I "was an aspiring photographer looking to build my portfolio." They would agree, and then I would snap a few images. At that point, Austin would be free to execute his plan to propose to Sara.
On the day of the proposal...
We decided that a family trip would be a better ruse. I let Austin know, and he agreed. So, we picked our son up from school and drove the trip to Snowshoe. It was literally two hours of no cell service and a ton of failed text messages later, that we were able to make contact.
Austin was ready. We staged at the Starbucks and I saw them sitting outside near the fireplace. I brought Jack and Jeremy outside, and we began with part of the plan. It was a few minutes later, they approached, and the plan was taking action. It went off without a hitch. Our acting was perfect, and Sara was completely taken by surprise.
Soon after the engagement, Austin and I revealed the plan. Initially, Sara was unsure of what had just happened and how a photographer was conveniently placed to capture this moment. We had to explain to her that I was hired, and that we were actually not vacationing.
With the temperature hovering around 10 degrees and huge wind gusts, we found warmth inside the Starbucks shop while the excitement settled, and we were able to capture a perfect little mini engagement session afterwards.
Now, these two are getting married, and will become Mr. and Mrs.
Congratulations you two! I enjoyed getting to know you both through our texting and wild adventure. Planning out one of the best surprises a photographer could ever hope for was one of the best things I could ever be a part apart of. Thank you again so much for allowing to be a part of your story.