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5 Creative Ways to Photograph a Proposal


Many men and women dream of that day that they get to say “I Do” to the love of their life. In recent years, this magical moment has become one that does not just reside in the couple’s memories but also in film and photos. Having the perfect backdrop, as well as the perfect photos to capture the emotions of the day, is important. There are some incredible places in Arkansas that provide enchanting locations to pop the question. This article will focus on how to capitalize on the beauty and photograph it all flawlessly!

Involve Family and Friends

Witnessing the joy and excitement of a surprise proposal surrounded by loved ones is a heartwarming experience. In this scenario, the boyfriend orchestrated a grand proposal at the chosen spot, where both families and friends were present. The photographer captured the priceless moment as the girlfriend walked in, greeted by a sea of familiar faces and flowers. The couple’s and their loved ones’ genuine emotions and reactions create beautiful and authentic photographs.


Throw Her Off

Sometimes, throwing off the unsuspecting partner adds an element of surprise and delight to the proposal. In this example, the boyfriend booked a casual photo shoot at their favorite local coffee shop as a ruse. Little did she know, the real surprise awaited her in the boyfriend’s backyard, beautifully set up for the proposal. The photographer discreetly captured the unfolding moment, from the initial confusion to the overwhelming joy and love shared between the couple.

Completely Hidden

For couples who prefer a more intimate and private proposal, completely hidden photography ensures the moment remains undisturbed. In this case, the photographer concealed herself in the bushes (behind a fence) near the proposal site, capturing every heartfelt moment without intruding on the couple’s privacy. After the proposal, the photographer revealed herself to continue documenting the joyous aftermath, resulting in candid and authentic photographs.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Concealing the photographer in plain sight adds an element of surprise while maintaining the illusion of spontaneity. Whether posing as a fellow hiker or casually leaning against a car, the photographer seamlessly blends into the surroundings while discreetly capturing the proposal. By strategically positioning themselves and coordinating with the boyfriend, the photographer ensures they capture every angle of the proposal without arousing suspicion.

Planned Family Photoshoot Surprise

Sometimes, the best surprises come in unexpected moments during planned family photoshoots. In this scenario, the boyfriend and photographer orchestrated a surprise proposal disguised as a routine family photo session. Arriving early with the girlfriend, the photographer suggested testing the light and settings before the rest of the family arrived, creating the perfect opportunity for the proposal. As the couple enjoyed a private moment together, the boyfriend seized the opportunity to pop the question, much to the girlfriend’s surprise and delight. Unbeknownst to her, the family, who had been hidden nearby, emerged to share in the joyous occasion, offering heartfelt congratulations and adding to the magic of the moment.


Capturing a surprise engagement proposal requires creativity, discretion, and impeccable timing. Whether involving family and friends, throwing off the unsuspecting partner, or discreetly hiding in plain sight, photographers play a crucial role in preserving this once-in-a-lifetime moment. By tailoring their approach to suit the couple’s preferences and vision, photographers can create timeless and cherished memories that will be treasured for years to come.

If you want help planning and capturing your perfect proposal, check out Ashel Photo at ashelphoto.com.

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Ashel grew up in Atlanta, GA, but Arkansas has been her home for over half her life now. She has grown to love the Natural State for all of its subtle beauty and loving community. Ashel finds joy in not only the grand adventures in life, but also the simple day-to-day moments that make up the majority of our time here. Photography is her gift and passion, and she is thankful to be able to do what she loves for her career. As you can see from her photo, she has mastered the mirror selfie. (Though, if you see her out and about, her hair will most likely be up in a messy bun!) She definitely prefers to be behind the camera, capturing life and creation all around her. She hopes that through her images people see the world in a uniquely beautiful way.

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