As a photographer, I have a list of "somedays". One of those somedays includes capturing a surprise proposal so when I got the phone call from Dylan last Tuesday I couldn't say no. I had never met him before but after our initial conversation I just knew it was going to be epic. He told me their t-time and the rest was up to me! I scoped out the Rock Island Golf Course the day before so that I had a general idea of what I was working with, which was a perfect set up. Dylan told me he would be getting down on one knee on the ninth hole to ask Courtney for forever. Seriously, does it get much better than that?
I want to share a funny little story from this shoot. I had heard the phrase "wedding hangover" for photographers the day after a wedding. Truth. Every muscle in my body hurt and my hands ached from taking so many pictures the day before capturing my first wedding as Nicole Conner Photography's associate photographer. Anyway, I was sitting in my chair as Dylan and Courtney were on the sixth hole enjoying the sun on my face when I thought to myself, "I better just triple check that I have everything ready to go." So I look in my camera and realize I didn't have a new SD and CF card in yet. Panic. Where is my hard holder? I had showed my sister and her boyfriend pictures from the wedding just a few hours prior. Did I forget to put the case back in my bag? My hands were literally shaking. I was having a panic attack. I searched every pocket and couldn't find my case. What was even happening? I had never forgotten anything for a session before and now I am about to completely blow this entire proposal?! I then went back to another pocket and there it was...my whole case of CF and SD cards, exactly where it always is. I was so upset! How did I overlook it? I caused myself a serious freak out session alone there in my little spot waiting for this couple to come my way. Looking back I probably would have had time to rush home to grab them, but probably not. I blame the wedding hangover I was experiencing for completely missing the case exactly where I always leave it, but still. That was the worst feeling ever and I plan on never experiencing it again, ever. Let's get back to the good stuff...Dylan and Courtney, and me not completely ruining the whole plan.
I saw them off in the distance
Dylan did send me a photo of himself and what he would be wearing which was helpful. I couldn't miss him in his bright red shirt! I found a cozy little golf cart that actually gave me the best angle so I just pretended to be another golfer sitting waiting for her driver. No pun intended. For this shot I knew I would need my 100mm. I love my 100mm. I had never really embraced it until recently when my mentor and friend told me that I should really start utilizing all of its magic. Boy is she right. This lens is yummy. I am also a die hard sigma art 35mm shooter. It's on my camera body 99% of the time but I think the 100 might be taking over a bit more now after this weekend of events.
he got down on one knee and it was perfect
I'm such a sucker for all things LOVE. Proposals, engagements, weddings, everything. It hit me sitting there clicking away that this is my job. I am living a life I have dreamt about for a very long time. I'm chasing a dream that is actually starting to turn into my reality. Watching Dylan get down on one knee to ask Courtney for her hand in marriage was a moment I'll never forget. The wind was blowing, the sun was shining bright and for a moment in time it's like everything else just stopped. You could feel it. I was brought back down to earth when I heard the cheering and clapping behind me from fellow golfers sending some love to the newly engaged couple. My heart was exploding as they walked toward me and I finally got to introduce myself and say congratulations! How fun to be in communication with a complete stranger yet I got to be part of a HUGE piece of their love story. That my friends, is what it's all about.
sometimes you just feel it
I am someone who trusts her instincts. I turn away clients when something doesn't feel quite right. I guess you call it intuition, but mine is fierce. When I watched Dylan and Courtney enjoy their moment together I felt it. These two have it and I am so happy for them on this new adventure. Marriage is a wild ride full of ups and downs. It's how you approach each event that will determine the outcome. I have faith that these two will have a very happy life together and I'm just so blessed to have been part of the start of their new journey.
Congratulations Dylan and Courtney, it was an honor to be your photographer this past weekend! Now...time to share some of the love! Enjoy!
Once again, congratulations Dylan and Courtney! Thanks for inviting me into your lives to share such a profound moment in your life!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Rose is a fine art photographer and graphic designer who left a comfortable career to chase a dream of working for herself. She is passionate about capturing the raw moments of life behind the lens as well as helping fellow business owners establish and grow their business with a strong branding foundation.