Nate’s family knew he was going to propose to Kelly and they contacted me to see if I was interested in recording it. “Oh heck yes”, I thought. “Could there be anything more fun?!?”
So when the family told Nate they had gifted him a photographer to record his proposal, our email and telephone conversations began. Nate’s sister-in-law Angela, the point man for his family, is an event coordinator and totally organized. So, on our first conversation, when Nate said, “ I guess I should get you a photo so you’ll be able to recognize us”. I said “no need”. Angela had already sent me an image. His response was something like, “boy they are good!”
Nate is going to make a marvelous husband as he not only cleverly scheduled the proposal logistics within Kelly’s vacation itinerary but also managed to get her hair and nails done without setting off an alarm. Then of course there is the ring he selected which is a bling-a-licious winner!
Moonstone beach just north of Cambria CA was the designated spot and I had not only a photo of them but also a description of their rental car and the color of his shirt to guide me. I was half an hour early, and brought my cell phone. They were a half an hour late, but Nate managed a text message to me via his brother and my assistant Brianna back in the office. When they arrived, I was so busy trying to look inconspicuous with my big lens that when he suddenly got down on one knee, I almost missed it!!
For all of the engagement shoots I have been privileged to shoot over the years, I had never recorded an actual proposal. It is different and even more wonderful than I could have imagined. Kelly could not stop kissing Nate. And Nate was over the moon.