As engagement and wedding photographers sometimes we have to be actors. Eunice contacts us for a “You and the City” shoot, a great way to remember their stay in Paris. We set a date, exchange ideas about locations, so far nothing extravagant. But then two days before the shoot we receive a secret email from John, her boyfriend of 10 years. He wants to surprise her by proposing during the shoot. He writes how he wants us to play a role in the proposal. Towards the end of the shoot he wants us to ask them to do a cheesy pose like him getting on one knee. Then he will take over by pulling out the ring and popping the question. We are a little stressed because we have to decide where and when! This was made difficult by the fact that it had to be at the end (so tears wouldn’t mess up her make-up at the beginning of the shoot). Further, the end of the shoot would be at night because a dusk shoot by the carousel had been scheduled.
Shooting documentary shots by flash can be very unflattering. The solution, steal lighting that is set up for a movie shoot. We won’t reveal our connections, but we had inside info on a movie shoot at the foot of the Trocadero. When we show up the movie lighting is waiting for us so all we have to do is give John his cue. We call for the one knee pose but to distract Eunice from the obvious, we ask her to look straight into Anthony’s lens and show some model attitude. Audrey is right beside them with a second camera waiting for the proposal. Gracefully, John pulls out the ring and softly calls his girlfriend’s name. Eunice, heeding Anthony’s call for model attitude won’t break character. John romantically calls again and Eunice, eyes still locked on the camera lens counters with “stop calling me we need to show attitude!” Such professionalism brings a slight chuckle from John and Audrey. This causes Eunice to finally glance down and realize a proposal is about to take place. The emotion that followed was captured forever in the images you can see in the slide show below.
Thank you Eunice and John for letting us be a part of this great moment of your life.