Surprise Engagement Photo Shoot

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Surprise Proposal Photos

I absolutely love surprises, and nothing beats the magic of a proposal! Hunter initially contacted me with the idea of planning a session around his proposal to Hanna. After a thoughtful phone conversation about the details and envisioning how to successfully pull off a surprise proposal with a photographer, we decided the location should be Red Mountain Open Space.

When we got to the parking lot, Hunter secretly handed me the ring box. Playing it cool, Hanna believed this was just a session for “cute couple photos,” so I started off our time like any other session. About 30 minutes in, I organized the setup and secretly signaled Hunter that it was time to propose. Handing him the ring, I hit record on my phone and instructed Hanna to “change positions and look at Hunter.”

She had the most excited and surprised look on her face when she realized what was happening!  It’s truly so amazing to be a part of these special moments. After a short walk back for an outfit change, we celebrated with some champagne!

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Colorado Proposal Tips

Planning a surprise proposal during a photo session is a fun way to ensure you capture the magic of your special moment.

  1. Start by reaching out to your photographer and sharing your vision for the proposal.
  2. During the conversation, discuss the details and plan how to seamlessly incorporate the surprise.
  3. Choose a location that holds significance for both of you, just as Hunter did when proposing to Hanna at Red Mountain Open Space in Wellington, CO.
  4. Arrive early and discreetly hand the ring box to your photographer. This can help make sure that she doesn’t have any idea of what’s coming!
  5. As the session unfolds, trust your photographer and listen to their prompts. They will let you know when the time is right!
  6. After the proposal, enjoy the rest of the session and celebrate such an exciting occasion, while capturing stunning photos to remember the moment!

The element of surprise, captured authentically on camera, allows you to continue to treasure these special moments forever!

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surprise engagement photo shoot

Tips for Red Mountain Open Space:

I’ve been able to do a few sessions at Red Mountain Open Space, and it is a stunning location that reminds me a little bit of Utah! It’s located 25 miles north of Fort Collins, and this open space welcomes the public during the spring, summer, and fall months. However, it’s important to note that the Management Plan requires closures from December 1 to March 1 due to winter weather changes and wildlife requirements.

Red Mountain Open Space, spanning 15,780 acres, gives you deep crimson and tan rocks, rolling grasslands, and sandy washes. There is so much for everyone to explore with over 15 miles of multi-use trails from the trailhead. The trails also connect to two adjacent protected areas as part of the Laramie Foothills Mountains to Plains Project, which preserves over 55,000 acres of ecologically and culturally diverse landscape. It’s a truly gorgeous location!

surprise engagement photo shoot

surprise engagement photo shoot

Colorado Wedding Photographer

Hi, I’m Lo, a Colorado engagement photographer! I am always ready to create a custom experience for my couples and leave you with photos as timeless as your love. So if you’re looking for someone to help you plan your Colorado wedding + tell your love story, I’d love to chat!

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