Surprise Wedding proposal in Switzerland

Interlaken Photographer – Get in contact!

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

I am a photographer based in Interlaken, Switzerland.

I normally reply to a message within 8 hours.

Please contact me again if you have heard nothing from me.

I live in the European time zone.

I do not answer e-mails between 22.00 – 06:00 hours European time.

Sorry, I cannot join in video calls or telephone conversations.

I only communicate by e-mail.

It gives me an accurate record of what we have agreed. I print out our e-mails and file them under the date of the photo shoot.


I am not available:

  • August 22 to August 31, 2023.
  • December 5 to December 14, 2023.


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• Do you have WhatsApp?

I have WhatsApp but I only give it out on the day before the photo shoot for last minute coordination. All the planning will be done with e-mails. It's safer and I avoid a double booking. With e-mails I can send links to pages. I print out all the emails and file them under the dates to reserve the booking.

• Surprise engagement help

The first step would be for you to look at my website. I have written a page on scenerios for a surprise engagement. For locations, click on the category for surprise engagements on my blog page. This is a good starting point.

• Where should be the best location for proposal?

Please look at this website for ideas. Several locations are closed during the winter months. Others might be fence off and cattle grazing on them. It's a good idea to give me an idea of what you are looking for (ie: lake, river, mountain etc.). We can choose the location a day or two before the event when we have a better idea of the weather conditions.

I do get a few time wasters asking me lots of questions and pumping me for ideas. Then they don't use me. I have become secretive regarding my locations. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

• How shall I pay you?

Cash please for any job under CHF. 800.- paid at the end of the photo shoot. There are plenty of ATM machines.

I have to pay commission with credit cards, PayPal etc. I end up with little when the company takes its commission and changes the currency into Swiss Francs.

• Can you tell me the typical weather conditions for my visit?

Sorry. It's impossible to predict the weather because of the temperature on top of the high mountains and the cold water in the lakes. Please don't rely the national weather forecast.

Several times the weather forecast has been bad. It has been wrong. There is a lot of local weather in the Interlaken /Jungfrau region because of the high mountains and the lakes.

• Do you have a Plan B for bad weather?

No plan B.

I am flexible. We can change the times or day days. It will be your decision to go ahead with the photo shoot or cancel. I can take pictures in the rain.

There are no cancellation fees if you decide to cancel.

• Does the location get crowded?

Some locations get busy like the Harder Kulm viewing platform. Or the Iseltwald pier. It also depends on the time of the year. I cannot guarantee that we will be completely alone.

• Do you know any one else that you can recommend? Your prices are reasonable and everyone else wants ridiculous amounts of money that I just don’t have!

(This was an actual e-mail that I received.) I can't recommend anyone else. Every photographer has his or her own style and price! It's best to search on the Internet. Check their collection of photos on their website. What is the detail like. Are the pictures small or large? Check to see if they do a lot of photo shoots with couples. Do they have a blog with REGULAR updates.

• Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Ich spreche Deutsch, Englisch und Norwegisch. I speak German, English and Norwegian.

• Cancellation fee?

There is no cancellation fee. Please let me know as quickly as possible if you have to cancel.

• Shall I pay a deposit?

There is no deposit if it is under CHF. 800.-.

I do not ask for a non-returnable deposit.

• Do I get you or your assistant?

I photograph your event. I do not hand the job over to an assistant or another member of the family.

Anyone can click a button on a camera. However, composing a picture with a spectacular background and creating a good atmosphere makes a good photographer in my opinion.

• How long does it take for you to edit and share the photos with us?

I normally edit at least 100 pictures on the day of the photo shoot. I create the online web gallery and will send you the link with the pin number. The rest of the images will be edited over the next 2 day depending upon my workload.

• How long is my web gallery online?

Your web gallery is online for at least one month. Your pictures can be downloaded for free in single images or all together in zip file. I create 2 backups of your files and can upload them again at a later date.

• Can I send you a WhatsApp message?

No. I don't have the time to answer them. I have no record of what we discussed. All inquiries by WhatsApp are ignored. I only use it for last minute coordination. I will send my number to my clients the day before the photo shoot.

• Can we get a discount?

Sorry, my prices are not negotiable. Please check with other photography websites. You will quickly discover how my prices compare with other photographers. Please remember that a lot of the time is with editing the pictures after the photo shoot.

• Are you busy?

I am very busy during the high season. My prices attract a lot of interest. Lots of work means lots of experience.

• Can I ask you a few questions?

Please keep your e-mails short. Long e-mails are normally from a person asking me about locations and with no intention of using my services.

• Can you call me back?

I cannot call you back or take part in video calls.