Surprise Engagement / by Londen Wheeler

Love is in the air, y'all!  I got to shoot my first mini engagement shoot yesterday at the Dallas Arboretum.  With Hurricane Harvey a little over 4 hours south of us, we still managed to get a little shoot done.  We did get caught in the rain several times so we pretty much just gave up trying to shoot after a while.

So here's the backstory.  Carl hit me up last week saying that he was going to propose to his girlfriend and wanted it to be a surprise.  I happily agreed to do it since I've never had to shoot a surprise engagement!  When I arrived at the arboretum and met up with Carl so we could plan where we were going to get the perfect shot.  After about five minute of setting things up, we set out on our mission to get the engagement rolling.

I had to put my 007 spy gear on for this one.  It was hard to follow Carl and Kierra without looking like a creep.  It was interesting because a lot of people gave me weird looks but I kept thinking to myself, "obviously I'm following a couple for an engagement shoot."  I had this huge 70-200mm lens strapped to my camera (still got weird looks) and was constantly giving a thumbs up to let Carl know that I was set and ready to go.  We sat in one spot for about 10 minutes but because there were so many people, Carl made the wise decision to move to another spot.  Who knew the arboretum had so many people come through on a Sunday afternoon?

Finally, the moment was right.  Carl sent me a quick text saying that we were at a good spot.  I hid behind a bush here and caught the beautiful moment!  Right before he knelt down, there was literally nobody around.  By the end of it, there was literally a crowd full of people behind me and behind Carl and Kierra, clapping and congratulating them.  As the photographer, it was quite a rush.  I'm sure Carl had some weak knees for a moment as well but he pushed through and is now going to have to help plan a wedding!

Thanks, Carl for allowing me capture the beginning of the next chapter of your life!