Sitting on my couch this past Sunday evening, a cold beer in my hand, I received a Direct Message from my Instagram account. It said this, “ My name is Avery. My boyfriend and I are in town and would like to get some photos taken. I see that you are really into photographing marriage proposals but this is not a proposal. I just want some photos of us while we are out here in Colorado”.
I am not really into posing couples for portraits, it is just not my thing. I was thinking of the nicest way to say no. I sent Avery a message letting her know that I was very busy and not sure if I would have time this week. This was not a lie by any means, I have three upcoming proposal sessions to prep for and seriously did not think I had spare time.
PING, PING. My text message app was going off. There was a message waiting for me that said, “Hi, this is Travis. I am Avery’s boyfriend and I want to propose. She is texting with you right now. Do you think you can help me with this?”
GAME ON! I had to save both their phone numbers to my phone as to avoid confusing who I was talking with. I gave Avery my personal cell and setup a phone conference for the next day. Travis and I were scheming the whole time. I asked Travis to snap a quick photo of Avery while she was trying to hire me. He was in the kitchen and she was sitting on the couch.
Avery and I spoke on the phone and setup up the photo session for 9:30 the next day at Sapphire Point Overlook near Frisco, CO. Travis was playing it cool and just going with the flow of things. I had asked him if he wanted to blow her mind, on top of asking her to marry him. He replied that I had intrigued him. I texted The Glass Art Company in Breckenridge and had some etched champagne flutes ordered. The Glass Art Company opened their shop a few hours early to accommodate this last minute request.
We all arrived at Sapphire Point Overlook on time. Avery and Travis formally introduced themselves and down the trail we hiked. I asked them to just hang loose while I took some test photos and calibrated my camera. During this I was testing a few different locations for Travis to drop down on one knee. I don’t usually get to place my clients in the EXACT spot and position since I am hidden in a ghillie suit in the trees. This time I find the perfect spot, angle, and lighting. As Avery was moving around as I asked her, I stopped and asked Travis if there was anything he would like to say at this moment. This was his que and he took it perfectly. He dropped to one knee and this is what I saw…