Proposal in New York

Photo: Sascha Reinking Photography

When it comes to a picture-perfect proposal, no one knows better than the pros behind the camera! Check out what these experts from around the country had to say about lighting, timing and location in order to get a wow-worthy proposal photo!

The Three Golden Rules
"Remember, a great photo is made up of three things—good light, beautiful location and, of course, the people in the photograph." —Brian Flint of b. flint photography in Oxford, MS

Take Your Time
"If you go down on your knee...stay down for a couple of seconds. Make sure to give me enough time to take the shot." —Sascha Reinking of Sascha Reinking Photography in Long Island City, NY

Consider a Second Shooter
"My assistant, Rachel and I work as a team, so together we are able to capture both of their expressions. We will scout out the area beforehand so we know right where everything will take place." —Laura Hernandez of Laura Hernandez Photography in Monterey, CA

Make Eye Contact with the Photographer
"Do not propose without 100% knowing that I am there. We have to make at least quick eye contact beforehand." —Sascha Reinking of Sascha Reinking Photography in Long Island City, NY

Keep It a Surprise
"Make sure to capture the surprise aspect. Those reactions I find are priceless." —Sarah Christine of Sarah Christine Photography in Fort Collins, CO

Have Something Special Waiting
"We offer to either simply capture the proposal, or have something special awaiting the new bride-to-be and groom to-be," says Laura. "Imagine a champagne and dessert picnic along the beach." —Laura Hernandez of Laura Hernandez Photography in Monterey, CA

Know Where the Photographer Is Standing
"I always send a Google map with exact locations marked so they will know where they should be standing and where I will be." —Sascha Reinking of Sascha Reinking Photography in Long Island City, NY

Choose the Right Time
"If the proposal is happening at night, make sure there is some sort of ambient lighting near the proposal site. That way, it gives it a very romantic feel and the photographer won't have to use flashes." —Brian Flint of b. flint photography in Oxford, MS

Email Photos of Each Other
"I will also email him/her a photo of us, detailing what we will be wearing that day, and have him/her send a photo of them as well, so we are certain of their arrival." —Laura Hernandez of Laura Hernandez Photography in Monterey, CA