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Blog Project Week 26: Love
It was kind of funny that the word "Love" came up right after I had taken the photo of my grandmother's wedding band for "Eternal". However in a wonderful case of fate, "Love" had come up on the eve of photographing a surprise proposal in Hoboken for one of my high school classmates.
A couple of months ago, a classmate of mine from high school contacted me to tell me that the boyfriend of another one of our classmates was going to be contacting me because he was going to surprise Christin with a proposal in Hoboken along the water on one of the piers. I was so excited! Every event or session I photograph is always exciting for me, but I've always wanted to get to photograph a proposal so I was practically bouncing off the walls when Wayne hired me. Even aside from getting to capture one of the most important moments of someone's life, let's be honest -- I basically got to play James Bond and be a super photographer spy!
Sunglasses on and working my hardest to blend with the people on the pier, I met with Wayne's cousin and his girlfriend at the location about 40 minutes before they were set to arrive so we could make sure and stake out a good location and test the lighting.
Relaxing on the pier and taking some photos of the Manhattan skyline I waited for a nod from Wayne's cousin to signal that they were coming. Almost like I was taking surveillance footage I quickly started snapping away while they greeted the other couple they were "having dinner with" and took in the view. After a quick glance over his shoulder to check my exact location, Wayne got Christin alone and got down on one knee. When Christin turned back around she stood in shock for a moment and suddenly gasped "What are you doing!?" with three excited little hops backward she rushed back to him as he took her hands and asked him to marry her.
Of course she accepted and they kissed and just took in the moment together. That's when you could really see that suddenly nothing else around them was going on. I wasn't there, the kyakers weren't in the Husdon, the cousins vanished, the yacht blasting dance music hushed to a whisper. They were suddenly the only two people in the world wrapped in their romantic life-changing moment and it was incredible to watch (I'm not even going to deny that as I'm writing this I'm tearing up!). This is when I captured these moments that was a beyond perfect way to represent "Love".
The pure joy and comfort they felt together as it happened, and during the couple of posed pictures we took after Wayne pointed me out to Christin was natural and relaxed and true. It wasn't joy because of an incredibly beautiful ring (good job Wayne!), it wasn't joy because there is going to be a big party and they'll get presents. It was overwhelming joy and love for each other, for peeking into the future that awaited them and I am so happy I was able to be there to preserve this memory for them.
Another shining example of true love that makes this big world seem a little warmer.
Can't wait to celebrate the Love between you bothGood times bad times you will have both but your Love will last the test of time❤️All the best of Love and Happiness
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