5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Proposal | Orlando Proposal Photographer

Whether you’ve been together six months or six years, planning the perfect proposal can be nerve wracking! Picking out the ring of your significant other’s dreams is only the first step! You’ll want to make this an unforgettable moment, complete with amazing photos to document your proposal! Here’s my top tips for planning the perfect proposal.

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1. Pick the Perfect Location

The perfect location can be pretty much anywhere, but the key thing is to make it meaningful to the two of you! Love hiking? Find a gorgeous spot on the trail. Avid beach-goers? Find a secluded stretch of sand to pop the question. Disneyphiles? Pick your favorite theme park! The more meaningful the spot to the two of you as a couple, the better!

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2. Choose Your Time of Day Wisely

Timing your proposal properly is important for two reasons: crowds and lighting. If you’re popping the question at notoriously busy spot (Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve, anyone?) it’s going to be chaos and you’ll be surrounded by 100k of your not-so-closest friends. But MK on a random weekday just after the park opens means you can have some privacy while snuggling up near Cinderella’s Wishing Well. Time of day is also a key consideration when it comes to having your proposal sneakily photographed. If it’s pitch black, a photographer firing off their flash to capture the moment isn’t exactly romantic or subtle. Planning to propose about an hour before sunset allows your photographer to have ample (and beautiful) light, while still being unobtrusive.

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3. Get By with a Little Help from Your Friends (+ Family)

Surprising someone, anyone, can be a challenge but even more so if they have an inkling that a proposal is imminent. Enlist the help of family or friends to help set the scene and help manage the deception to get your intended to the secret spot where you’ll ask for their hand.

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4. Celebrate!

If bubbly’s your thing, have a bottle on hand to celebrate with! Heck, hire someone to shoot off fireworks if that’s your jam! Savor the moment together in your own little bubble for a bit before you share the news.

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5. Share and Enjoy!

Key people in your life shouldn’t hear about your engagement via social media, but once you’ve told them (either in person or on the phone) share your photos for the world to see! Then, it’s time take a deep breath and start wedding planning! But that’s a whole other post!

2010 :: The Year in Review

As I write this, I'm bundled up in bed, struggling through day three of the flu. My hot date for New Years Eve will consist of matzah ball soup, a movie marathon, and a nap or three. I figured it was as good a time as any to look back on the amazingness that was 2010. January Project Runway Party. A whole lot of R&R, including a last minute trip to NJ to visit family.

February Paws in the Park, Dress Trashing, Carnival of Love, and the bronchitis that wouldn't quit.

March Three wonderful weddings {1, 2, 3} and a proposal and US Weekly!

April Tokyo. Vietnam. A super cool engagement session.

May Got another year older (boo!) 2 fab weddings {1,2}

June Puppy power and family fun.

July Home sweet home. A fun Gator engagement session.

August Maui. Kauai.

September Sleep, a wedding, and more sleep.

October Two weddings {1,2} and a Bar Mitzvah. A fun family portrait session in New Jersey.

November Awesome engagements {1, 2}. New York. A Thanksgiving weekend wedding.

December Was actually quite uneventful from a work perspective. And that's just the way I wanted it. For the first time in a long time, I was able to enjoy the holiday season and family and friends. Granted, I'm ending the year with a whimper instead of a bang, but I couldn't have asked for a better year!

Happy Flu New Year! Here's to hoping that 2011 is just as amazing (if not more) than 2010!

She said yes!

When Craig called and asked if I could photograph his proposal to Jackie on a boat during the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom I couldn't say yes fast enough! I thought it was super sweet of him to think of capturing the proposal and I had so much fun working with them and I'm honored to have been a part of such a special occasion! Congrats you two! steel-23

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