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Dani Leigh 

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Nick Proposes to Rachel!!

Nov 21, 2013

I had the privilege of being involved in two surprises this weekend!! Last week I got a call from my friend Nick saying he was going to do it. He was going to propose to his girlfriend. And then I got a call every single day for the rest of the week to work out plans and details and tell Nick to calm down. Nick wanted to propose at the Walters and he wanted me to photograph it. So, we worked out a plan. On my way to Elle’s surprise birthday party, with Frank sitting in the car with me, I called Rachel and vented about how my assistant had just canceled on me for a shoot (which none of my assistants would ever do) and that I couldn’t think of anyone else such short notice to assist. I told her all she would have to do is hand me lenses and make fart noises over my should to make the kids laugh during the family session. She asked if are you serious and do you think I am capable of doing this? To which I giggled in my head and said, of course she could do it.

The next morning came and I picked up Rachel (and Nick because he convinced Rachel to ask me if he could come too so they could hang out at the museum after the shoot). I also had the ring because he had it at his dad’s house and he didn’t have time to go all the way to Frederick to pick it up so I got it and had it in my backseat waiting for him.

So with Rachel sitting in my front seat, and watching Nick through the rear view mirror, we pull up to the Walters and Nick heads off. I pretend to test my lighting with Rachel modeling in the courtyard area, I especially love the photo of her gesturing towards the naked sculptures in the background moments before Nick shows up and proposes.

We celebrated with a few more photos outside on the square before they got on with their festivities for the rest of the day.


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  1. Brea

    November 21st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Awwwww!!!! Heart this big time!!!

  2. Katie

    November 21st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Love this!!! Also your plan was GENIUS!!! Haha might have to keep it in mind for when my friend gets engaged!!

  3. Jaime

    November 21st, 2013 at 8:39 am

    You’re doing lots of firsts lately aren’t you?! He’s a keeper. I wish I had someone to capture my engagement!

  4. Krista A. Jones

    November 21st, 2013 at 9:25 am

    What a perfect plan! So sneaky! I love this Dani!

  5. Jen Harvey

    November 21st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Gahhh! I love this! They are SO cute. What a sweet moment.

  6. Steven Schwartz

    November 21st, 2013 at 9:54 am

    There was a photographer on Shark Tank looking for an investment in his company that photographed marriage proposoals. You might have hit on a cool way to expand your client base and a growing trend of photographing this type of event!

  7. Emilia Jane

    November 21st, 2013 at 10:49 am

    1. these are gorgeous. 2. what a BRILLIANT plan!

  8. jennifer

    November 21st, 2013 at 11:02 am

    LOVE these!

  9. Michael & Carina

    November 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    What an awesome setting for an awesome day!!

  10. Miriam Schwartz

    November 24th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    too cute!!!

  11. Laura

    November 25th, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Awww how fun! I love her expression when he asks the big question!!!

  12. tPoz

    November 25th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    love love love proposals!! and I love that she fell for your story! great captures!

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