12 years ago Chris and I sat in Art Class together in high school, talking about things that probably weren’t important but made us laugh. These days we talk on the phone about how he’s met the girl of his dreams and she has no idea he wants to propose to her during a photo shoot with me. We still laugh, but it’s about more serious things, like when he says, “If she says no, this will probably be the only time you will see a grown man beg, but just keep shooting.”
The big day comes and we meet at the top of Beards Hill. Chris pulls up in his huge welding truck. Becca hops out of her huge truck- beautiful, curly auburn hair, white dress, finished off with cowboy boots. It’s obvious Chris has met his match.
She thinks we’re just here to get nice pictures of the two of them; he knows his life is about to change once we get to the bottom of the hill and I give him the signal.
It rains on and off the whole time. We have the whole hills to ourselves and hide out under the canopies. When we reach the bottom the rain kicks up the mist, but this is the moment, and nothing else matters. We convince her this will probably be our last stop, and to just wait while we get everything set up.
My assistant Taylor and I decide we’re going to perch them on top of a big rock jutting out of the water and proceed to take awkward photos of ourselves, as we always do, to check our light. We giggle the whole time thinking, "I know something you don't know!" on top of being so excited for Chris. When everything is set, we have them come out and get “posed.”
Chris knows his cue- I tell him to “pose” on one knee. Becca looks at me and at him as if that’s the most awkward pose I could suggest until… the ring comes out.
After that there was a lot of yelling, squealing, laughing, kissing, and hugging, but the best part was when she was so in shock she turned around to run away and found herself with nowhere to go on top of the rock.
Here's a taste of what we mean..
It was a beautiful moment to watch unfold. To be asked to be a part of it was truly magical. You can’t help but smile the whole time, to the point of your cheeks hurting.
We ended the shoot right where we started, back on top of the hill. Many others wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the shots, but they will always be able to. It’s the moment they went from being boyfriend and girlfriend, to an engaged couple, soon to be husband and wife, forever.