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Remember This Moment // Proposal Photography

DerksWorks20160722-002 DerksWorks20130815-110For many of our clients, we have had the opportunity to capture their relationship from the beginning through photography. Engagement sessions, the walk down the aisle, even watching their family grow and photographing the evolution of their love is one of our favorite things.

Sometimes, we even get to be a part of the moment where the rest of forever begins. We LOVE proposal shoots as they are full of surprise and unexpected emotion. These rare and special moments are fun to witness and we are honored when a client asks us to join them on that day.

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One reason our past clients loved the idea of having a photographer at their proposal is because they knew they wanted to be able to look back on this special day.

First it starts with the planning. “The usual: ring shopping, talking to her dad months in advance, deciding on the time, place, and method. I chose the upper peninsula of Michigan because it is one of her favorite places and proposing during a routine ‘couple’s photo shoot,’ she wouldn’t see it coming.” Paul, a Derk’s Works groom, thought of every detail. “The best part of preparation for proposing was the intrigue. Early in our dating, we had an agreement that I had the right to not tell her the truth if she asked me poignant questions about proposing.” Coordinating the proposal with Paul was half the excitement of their special day.

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Though Paul had a vision of what he wanted his day to look like, some grooms come with the goal and we help with the details. “Benjamin was phenomenal. He made my experience so easy and comfortable… He was helpful and a great guide [for] ideas and thoughts. He’s a true professional in every sense of the word. He brings so many creative and thoughtful ideas to the table [while honoring] your personal story. I knew I was in the right place speaking openly with him about my family and what [the] proposal meant to me.” Another DW groom, Dillon, brought his enthusiasm and love for his future bride and we helped solidify a plan.

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When the time comes to get down on one knee, we know that we can expect lots of love, sometimes tears, and smiles all around. Stephanie, a DW bride, was so excited when she found out her, at the time, boyfriend, thought to have the moment photographed. “It showed me how excited [Paul] was about marrying me. It made me feel incredibly special that my fiancé wanted that moment to be something neither of us would forget. The images taken at our proposal are a beautiful reminder of the beginning of our marriage journey, and when I look at them they remind me of the joy and appreciation our marriage is built upon.”

DerksWorks20130815-104 DerksWorks20130815-116 DerksWorks20160722-004The images that we take of this special moment are a visual representation of the love that two people share. We are honored when we get to be a part of a proposal. Everything it represents: love, relationship, commitment, and intimacy. All of those things our “bread and butter.”

If you are planning on popping the question, we would love to help you remember that day forever. Let us know if we can help.

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Thank you to our dear clients, Paul, Stephanie, and Dillon for sharing their Derk’s Works stories.

 

Spencer & Heather – ENGAGED

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Lane & Amanda – Engaged

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Robert & Maureen – Engaged

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Chris & Megan – Engaged

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Sam & Nicole – PROPOSAL

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Brian & Ashley // Engaged

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Dillon & Natalie – Proposal

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Navin & Navya – Proposal

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On Location \\ Where To Take Your Engagement Photos

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Remember your first date? What about your favorite restaurant?

 

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When couples ask us where we should shoot their engagement session, we ask questions. We won’t tell you where you should go because we believe your location should say something about the two of you. And who knows the two of you better than, well, the two of you?

We want your images to capture your love, your quirk, your passion, your “you.”

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Though we won’t pick for you, we also won’t leave you hanging if you can’t seem to narrow it down to a specific place. With that in mind, here are some things to consider:

  • Where did you meet?
  • Where was your first date?
  • Where did you have your first kiss?
  • Where did you say “I love you” for the first time?
  • Where did you get engaged?
  • What is your favorite hang-out?
  • Do you share a passion?

Did something special happen at a special place like a(n):

  • Amusement park
  • Coffee shop
  • Bar/restaurant
  • Library/book store
  • Farmer’s market
  • Museum
  • Park

If you’re still stumped, think of some words that describe you:

  • Relaxed
  • Edgy
  • Outdoorsy
  • Eccentric
  • Reserved
  • Social
  • Bubbly
  • Modern
  • Classic
  • Rustic

We are always happy to make suggestions after you have considered these ideas. No matter the location though, we are excited to capture your relationship through narrative photography. This season of engagement is a time of “no longer” and “not yet.” It’s a moment in your relationship, it seems, where you can dream, know, and plan a life with each other. Capturing this time is exciting, personal, and deeply meaningful; similarly, picking a place to remember these days is something beautiful and special in and of itself.

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