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Surprise Engagement Grindelwald First

Surprise Engagement

I have a lot of experience when it comes to photographing a surprise engagement. Every marriage proposal is different.

I think it is important to keep it simple*. We might have to change the location at the last minute because of the weather.

A proposal can happen whilst sightseeing, hiking or on a return trip from the Jungfraujoch.

*I don’t organize flowers, music or sprinkle rose petals on the ground.

I have written some ideas below.

Meet at the location in or near Interlaken

We can meet at the location. Iseltwald for example. I normally get there 30 minutes earlier and set up and set my equipment. The first bus from Interlaken arrives at 7.25 am. Please check the time of sunrise. We will be in contact using WhatsApp.

You can also follow me to the location. I use this often in Lauterbrunnen. For example we can meet at Interlaken Ost or Lauterbrunnen railway station on platform 3B. You can follow me on to the train. Off the train at the other end and up the street to the cable car. On the cable car up to the top where you follow me at a short distance to the location.

I am unknown to your girlfriend. I’m just another tourist taking pictures. I keep my distance until it is time for you to propose. Unfortunately, I have little control over the situation. You might be standing in the wrong place or the background is not spectacular. The sun might be casting shadows on to her face or people could be walking past.

Perhaps suggest to your girlfriend that you ask “that man over there” (me) to take a picture of you both with your camera. I can position you both better with the sun and mountains in the background.

 

Propose during a photo shoot / guided tour

Ask your girlfriend to marry you during a couple’s photo shoot / sightseeing tour. We can visit one or more locations depending on your budget. You can give me a signal when you are ready to propose marriage.

TIP: Ask your girlfriend to put on some makeup. She will hate sharing pictures with family and friends if she has no mascara on her face and wearing old clothes.

TIP 2: Avoid wearing white clothes if the photo shoot is in the snow. A little difficult if the engagement is a surprise.

I have met some nervous men during these “surprise engagement” photo shoots. Please check that I am ready!! So far, good – experience counts!

Weather

Often the weather is not as bad as it is predicted. It might seem “last minute” but it is best to wait until the evening before the event. I can check the TV weather forecast at 8 p.m. Also the animation feature on my weather app.

Please remember that we have high mountains and lakes filled with ice cold water. It creates local regional weather. Clouds can be created at sunrise when the sun hits the cold water in the lakes.

The sun can be a problem. You will have to keep your girlfriend’s back to the sun (if possible). Try and get her facing in the direction of my camera to capture the expression on her face.

Nobody wants a photo shoot on a rainy day. However, these days produce a lovely, soft light for the pictures.

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