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Surprise Proposal at Joshua Tree National Park - Doug and Jey

This was a very special and exciting shoot because it’s the first time I’ve gotten to capture something like this for a couple that I know! Doug and Jey went to college with Jesse and I at Missouri State and they both moved here to LA shortly after we did. They’ve been together for over 5 years so as soon as I got a random phone call from Doug this summer I KNEW what was happening. We coordinated back and forth with dates, times, location etc. until we had a solid plan in place. They were going to take a trip to the desert for Doug’s birthday weekend so that seemed like the perfect time for him to propose!

Jesse came with me for this and he used my backup camera to take a video. We got to the trail a little early, looked around, and realized the spot we talked about meeting up was not the best so I was like “oh crap, I gotta text Doug and let him know to go to a different spot!” We headed back to the trailhead and just as we rounded the last corner we saw them! We hid behind a bush and watched them look at the trail sign for a bit and then they started heading straight toward us (turns out they would come to the right spot anyway lol) so we RAN back down the trail and found new spots to hide so we could capture the proposal. Jesse was stationed pretty close to where the trail opened up a little bit and Jey ended up seeing him and realized right away what was happening - she kept saying “I knew it!!” and ran away from Doug hahaha. Obviously, she didn’t run very far and Doug got down on his knee, proposed, and she said yes!! We explored a little more, took photos until the sun set, and then celebrated with drinks and dinner at a local bar/restaurant that reminded us so much of home in Missouri. Love these two and so excited that they get to spend forever together!

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Click here to watch the video. This was only the second time Jesse’s made a video like this so I’m excited to see what he’ll create as he continues to learn!

Michael + Kelly - OUE Skyspace Proposal

Michael contacted me early in July saying that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Kelly, and have me capture it. His first idea was to do it at the Griffith Observatory on a Saturday at sunset, but if you've ever been to the Griffith Observatory on a Saturday at sunset then you probably know why we decided not to do that haha (crowded AF). We went over a few other options and decided that hiking to a view of the city wouldn't be the best either since Kelly would most likely be wearing heels. That's when Michael suggested the Skyspace Observatory. 70 floors up above the streets with an amazing view of downtown LA - okay PERFECT!! After switching dates around in order to make sure we got the time slot at Skyspace with the best light, we finally had a plan in place.

DAY OF: 
I brought my boyfriend, Jesse, along with me on this shoot so he could get some video footage of the proposal and he was just as excited about everything going on as I was haha! We arrived early to get to the sky deck and met Will (on the guitar + singing) and a couple of Michael and Kelly's loved ones who were also helping out with the surprise. As you can see in the photos below, the sunset was AMAZING - we were all getting so hyped for the soon-to-be engaged couple to arrive. The part of the deck where we were was sectioned off from the rest, but a crowd started to form at the rope once people realized something exciting was about to happen. So like, EVERYONE was READY. 

When we finally got the heads up that Michael and Kelly had just got off the elevator, we all got in our places. The doors opened and out they walked. Kelly had the biggest smile on her face and I'm pretty sure everyone else on the deck mirrored that smile on their faces too. Michael got down on his knee and proposed, Kelly cried a little, (we all cried a little LOL), then when Michael stood back up and they kissed, they got a huge round of applause from all the onlookers. It was incredible. 

Congrats again, Michael and Kelly!! 

Scroll down to see the photos and then click the video link if you really wanna feel like you were there!

Click here to watch Jesse's video.

(Disclaimer: he's not a professional videographer and this is his first time filming something like this. But he really enjoyed it, so maybe in the future we'll get to be a photo/video team hehe)