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Top 5 Tips for a Perfect Proposal

I’m a sucker for romance. There are few things more romantic than a marriage proposal.

Since most couples get engaged during the holidays, if you’re thinking of popping the question, or know someone who is, feel free to share these tips.

1. Before you propose, you and your love should talk about marriage. Although the proposal should be a surprise, you should expect her – or him – to say yes. More importantly, you are asking someone to share your life so it’s a good idea to find out if you share the same expectations for your future together.

2. Have the engagement ring ready. Your beloved may have been dropping hints as to a favorite style, or maybe you two picked it out together. Completely lost? Ask a best friend or sister – but only if she’s good at keeping secrets.

3. I may get into lots of hot water for saying this, but I don’t think asking for a father’s blessing is mandatory. I do think it may be a nice gesture. If you think it’s important to your significant other or her parents, then absolutely talk to them. You don’t want to be in hot water with your in-laws before the wedding even takes place!

4. Pick the perfect spot for her. If you’re choosing a public proposal, be absolutely, positively sure that she will love it. Just because you would love it, does not mean your beloved will. That does not mean you can’t propose in a public place, just not in the middle of a ballgame with the scoreboard flashing “Will You Marry Me?”

Consider a spot that’s special for the both of you – where you met, first date, first kiss, a romantic vacation maybe walking on the beach in the moonlight or high up in a hot air balloon. Make it a fun proposal like a scavenger hunt, or an adventure hiking up to a summit (*ahem* that’s where Michael proposed to me). Get creative. There are millions of ideas, find one that’s perfect for you two.

5. Consider getting a photographer or even a videographer. If you do, make sure there’s a good place for your photographer to hide. Consider the available light when you propose. There’s nothing less romantic than a flash. Don’t feel pressured to have every second of your proposal documented. It’s OK not to have a photographer. You can always take a quick selfie after you pop the question. Believe me, she’ll remember the proposal forever.

Good luck!

And if you’re already engaged or married, I’d love to hear your proposal stories!!!

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FL&R

Karen D - Great blog post! And I LOVE that shot of the ring, very creative!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thank you Karen! The ring shot was a collaborative effort between my husband Michael and me. It was also one of the last photos we took during one of our favorite engagement sessions.

Corey Morgan - Love these ideas!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thanks Corey!

Sadi Lane - I love it, I am a big time romantic too! Great idea

Stephanie Overstreet - Fun! Such an exciting time!

Encore! Dance, Dance, Dance

Dancing is joy. Joy is a happy bride. Elisa is the happiest of brides, her exuberance contagious as she dances the night away at her wedding reception.

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having trouble telling
how i feel
but i can dance, dance, dance
couldn’t possibly tell you
how i mean
but i can dance, dance, dance

so when i trip on my feet
look at the beat
the words are
written in the sand
when i’m shaking my hips
look for the swing
the words are
written in the air

oh dance
i was a dancer all along
dance, dance, dance
words can never make up for what you do

Lykke Li

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Encore! Behind the Scenes

For this week’s Encore! I’d like to share a behind the scenes photo from Ina and Matthias’s The Day After photo session in Venice Beach.

In the words of George Eastman:

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

Michael and I primarily use the sun as a main light source. We prefer to work in shade because the light is softer. Sometimes we incorporate off camera flash or reflectors. We decided to block the harsh sun for this photo. I loved all the onlookers, especially the lady in the window.

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Thank you again to the lovely Ina and Matthias, as well as The House of Ink who graciously let us use the couch in front of their tattoo shop.

 

FL&R

Victoria - Really cool behind the scene shots!

Karen D - That’s really cool that you share your behind the scenes!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thanks Victoria!

Aleks Bienkowska - I usually forgot to take them or am too busy, especially on a wedding day. I’m happy I stopped to take this one.

Stephanie Overstreet - Awesome! I love that you showed that. It’s funny, because when I saw the photos in the original blog, I knew something had been done! haha. Great shot!

Aleks Bienkowska - It was right before sunset so the light was very directional and harsh. It was great to be able to get two looks from the same location. If you look at the photos of the Starry Night mural, although the couple was mostly in shade, the photo on the left was just available light and the photo on the right was using the gold side of a reflector (which also warmed the photo up a bit).

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I was super excited to photograph newlyweds Ina and Matthias. Although they were married in Germany, the couple wanted photos of the two of them in their new home city. They love the street art and eccentricities of Venice Beach. We walked around the boardwalk for a few hours and ended the day with beach photos at sunset.

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Ina and Matthias brought their puppy for some photos!

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The House of Ink kindly let us pose in front of their awesome tattoo shop.

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Pauly the puppy was so little he didn’t have all his shots yet. That meant he wasn’t supposed to walk outside so as not to catch anything. Luckily, he didn’t mind being held for photos. What a cutie! Look at those ears!

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One of my favorite buildings in all of Venice is El Bordello Alexandra. We got really, really, really lucky and met the owner Tony while posing Ina and Matthias in front of the building. Tony was super gracious and invited Ina and Matthias up to the balcony for photos. I could’ve photographed them forever but I didn’t want to impose on the hospitality. Thank you Tony!

 

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Thank you Ina and Matthias – and Pauly – for a super fun session!

And a big thanks to the nice people of Venice Beach who make this city the best.

FL&R

Jaqueline Faria - Lovely sunset photos!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thank you Jacqueline!

Victoria - The image with the sun-flare= perfection!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thank you Victoria!

Karen D - Such a unique setting! Love the contrast between the images!

Stephanie Overstreet - What an awesome thing to do! Love that they wanted photos in their wedding attire in their new city. Great job incorporating so many different aspects! And that dog! SO CUTE!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thanks Stephanie! And the puppy was super cute!

Corey Morgan - Ek! What a fun couple! Such a great variety!

Kristen Papac - Shooting in Venice is so much fun, right? I love their little doggie!

Aleks Bienkowska - Thanks Corey! They are a fun couple!

Aleks Bienkowska - Yes Kristen! Love Venice!