I recently did a small job for a client who was over in London from L.A. with his girlfriend which was certainly one of the more interesting (and stressful) assignments I’ve had to date.
He was planning to propose to her on a bridge in Regents Park and wanted me to take candid shots to give to his Fiancé on the day of their wedding. It was only arranged a couple of days beforehand but I was well prepared. He’d given me the details of exactly which bridge (as there were a couple) and what time they were going to arrive. I made sure I got there with about ¾ of an hour in which I could check out any potential hiding places as well as the best vantage points, vantage points weren’t a problem, hiding was! There was absolutely nowhere for me to hide without potentially being seen (or restricted to taking photo’s of the back of the lady’s head).
Having wandered round (a lot) there were quite a number of tourists milling around taking pictures of the park as Queens Gardens is a particularly picturesque part and a small number were taking photos of the rose bushes (of which there were plenty). I decided the best course of action would be to just blend in with the other sightseers and keep watch while the couple were on the bridge. Unfortunately, the little wooden bridge was only open on one side which I couldn’t take photo’s from as there was a very large willow tree who’s branches were dangling almost to the ground so I was restricted to taking the shots from the other side which was covered in foliage, but from there I would also be able to manoeuvre around the surrounding rose-bushes and take some of the lady head on.
The couple soon arrived and I blended in well, taking close-ups of flowers just as a few other people were and before long, the couple were on the bridge as planned. My heart was going crazy at this point as I was worried about making myself obvious but at the same time, I HAD to get some good shots. I started by the rose bushes and took a few head on when I was spotted. I carefully moved around the roses to the other side of the bridge and positioned myself.
It was then that the gentleman went down on one knee and of course from the side I had selected, all that was visible was his head, hovering above the foliage. I took the shots anyway and then I heard a small squeal from the lady (an obvious yes!) at which point they embraced and the gentleman stood up. I did get some pretty nice shots then, of them both embracing on the bridge which was a lot easier for me as they were both too wrapped up in the moment to even think about anything going on around them. It was actually a really touching moment and very romantic.
As I usually do when I get home, I uploaded my photo’s straight away and had a look on the big screen and was pretty pleased I had managed to capture that special moment. I can’t say I did it perfectly, but it was my first job of this nature and like all first times, they are also a learning experience!