Just a normal couple's portrait session....or was it?

Matt had emailed me last week to schedule a photo shoot as a surprise for his girlfriend, Jamie. They were visiting my part of the Finger Lakes for the first time to check out the scenery, Keuka Lake, and some of the wineries in the area.

What Jamie didn't know was that Matt had another plan for the shoot. He had told me ahead of time that why he really wanted the photo shoot was so he could propose to Jamie! I was excited for this shoot and my only worry was that I would give Matt his cue too soon. but everything went according to plan.

After doing a good routine of couple's portraits in the woods on one of my favorite portions of the Finger Lakes trail, I set up a new composition with the two, looked at Matt and said, "This is the PERFECT spot. I love this setup." Then I put my camera into it's quiet mode and shut up.

Matt got down on one knee and asked Jamie for her hand. I do not know his exact words because I wanted to give them a little space for this very personal moment. I was honored to be asked to document it though. I loved watching Jamie's face turn from pleasure to joy when Matt pulled out the beautiful, diamond ring he had chosen for her.

She said yes of course :)