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Mike & Meg - Long Wharf Surprise Proposal (& a DIY guide to your own picture-perfect proposal)

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

This last weekend, my cousin Mike made the best decision of his life (hint: it involved a shiny rock), and I was *on hand* to capture it! Not because I just happened to be wandering around Long Wharf with my camera, but also because we planned for this! (aha!) One of the most frequent questions I get as a photographer is actually about proposals: "So... how does that work?" So, here's quick guide to capturing one of the most photo-worthy moments of your life.

  1. Right place, right time. Have a location in mind - one that is special to you both! Mike & Meg come down to the North End often for dinner, so a pre-dinner walk on the wharf wasn't unusual. (I've also photographed proposals in cemeteries, at alma maters, at navy yards, in snowstorms, on memorable bridges).

  2. Reconnaissance. This is where I come in! About a week before, I'll head out to your location to scout out lighting, angles, and crowds. I'll take videos or FaceTime you in so we can plan together.

  3. Ruse. Your sneaky cover story! You're going for a walk before dinner. You're getting drinks with your super cool younger cousin (thanks, Mike! too bad Meg was immediately suspicious of that one...). As you're walking around, you can share your location with me so I can keep an eye out for you. I'll be (hiding) at your location, ready to snap photos!

  4. Ring. Don't forget it. However, legend has it that my dad forgot the ring and my mom still said yes.

  5. Rejoice! We'll take a few more celebratory pictures and candids. I'll send you photos by that night so you can show off your new fiancé(e) on the 'gram!

Long Wharf, Boston

Julia Monaco Photography

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