Days after the contract releases, and work order were processed, I thought all I have to think about was the “family portrait” shoot and the location, but days later, I get a call from a cautious Lionel saying… “Ok Let, you have to stay calm, but I’m planning on proposing to Courtney during the photo shoot.” (Can you imagine hearing that? How do I stay calm!?) I screamed, jumped up and down and said, “Oh my God!” repeatedly until I ran out of steam. After a few minutes we finally came into brainstorming mode and finally concocted a plan.
During the shoot, I tried to observe whether Courtney had a slight idea and Lionel was cool as can be- I felt like I was the one proposing…. When the time came, the plan was to pose Courtney by herself and placing Lionel right behind her. I told Courtney “don’t move, you’re perfect just like that, again and again- and so she did. As I cued Lionel to pose a certain way, he knew it was time and got down on his knee. Can you imagine watching him get on his knee while Courtney looks straight at me not knowing what was about to go down?! My heart was thumping and I was praying that Courtney would not turn around! I was so excited that I asked them to take a deep breath, thinking, MAYbe that would calm ME down.
I take a few shots, and I said to Courtney, “perfect, beautiful, I love that…” Lionel had the ring in front of him looked up at her just waiting for her to turn around then I said, “Courtney I need you to turn towards Lionel.” She turned and looked at him, confused, then asked, “what is that? Really? Really?” With overwhelming expression again she asked, “Really?”
She was shocked, and I kept taking pictures, Matt took pictures as well (because lord knows I was about to pee my pants with excitement and risking the chance of possibly not catching her reaction was not in my book!) Lionel, looked at her lovingly and asked, “Will you marry me?” Courtney giggled with excitement and said yes and jumped into his arms, hugging him, kissing him, hugging him then kissing him again. It was breathtaking. Literally. I felt like I was watching a scene from a 3D movie and I was right front and center. He placed the ring on her finger and boy did he do well! Courtney could not stop looking at it, even during her thankful hug, she snuck in a peek of her new sparkly ring. It was beautiful and she was in bliss. It was perfect.
Thanks to Lionel and Courtney for having me be part of such an amazing moment. This is why I love photography, because moments like this can forever be remembered.
look, feel, remember,
P.S. Special thanks to Matti once again… The guy who “ I struck gold” with.
To view Lionel, Courtney and Skunk’s family portraits, please click HERE