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Austin Proposal Photography

Natural, candid, professional surprise proposal photographer based in Austin, Texas.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?

Austin's first proposal photographer

You want to make your proposal memorable.

Unique.

Magical.

This is the story you’ll tell your kids about the day you asked their mom to marry you. How will you remember this moment? Your friend with a camera can take a decent photo (maybe) but with a professional photographer like me you’ll get beautiful, natural, timeless photos of the moment + a few portraits after.

You’ll want to choose someone who has experience in every situation and can properly capture the moment you asked the question with ease. I’m also a full time wedding photographer so you know I can roll with the punches.

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Why hire a professional photographer?

Hiring a professional proposal photographer to capture the moment shows your commitment to the start of this new chapter in your relationship.

I consider myself the Austin proposal photography expert. From your initial inquiry to after she says "yes!" I'll make sure you have the best experience working with me and get the best photos. At the end of the day I sometimes feel like I've gained a new set of friends and I'm sad to see you go. I've even gone on to photograph the wedding of many proposal couples.

Booking a proposal photographer should be the least amount of stress.

How do I hire you for my proposal?

First step - pick a date. Then, plan a special day for your partner - something that spoils them and gives them a chance to get dressed up. Surprise them after a day of pampering with a special proposal at sunset where you've hired a photographer (me) to take the photos.

Depending on the location, whether you've chosen a park or a rooftop downtown, I can either be hiding or introduce myself as a professional photographer hired for a photo shoot. In public places it can be easier to do it that way and certainly relieves stress for both of us!

What happens after I pop the question?

After you pop the question and the tears have stopped flowing, I'll grab just a few portraits to celebrate the brand new engagement!

I'll pose and direct you in good light and amazing backdrops for portraits that you'll want to incorporate in your relationship story. Make sure your boo's hands look nice since I'll take a few ring details!

An online gallery with 40-90 high res, files is included. All photos are available as digital downloads.

Austin Proposal Photography Pricing

Weekday proposal photography - $500

Includes:

-unlimited emails coordinating date & time and texts for one off questions.

-photography of the proposal itself + a few couples photos after and any other group photos if you're celebrating with family/friends.

-sneak peek within 1-2 days.

Saturday & Sunday proposals - $650 (not including holiday weekends)

Includes:

-unlimited emails coordinating date & time and texts for one off questions.

-optional walk through in person or virtually

-photography of the proposal itself + a few couples photos after and any other group photos if you're celebrating with family/friends.

-sneak peek within 3 days (usually Monday after your weekend proposal).

Additional services like: venue research & coordinating, faux rose petals, candles or other decor available for $100 / per item

FAQS

What should I wear to my Austin proposal?

Austin is a fairly casual town, but depending on the location you choose, you could have the chance to dress up super nice.

Clothing should be of the same formality and accent the location. Meaning, it's hard to make sense of someone dressed in sneakers with someone in formal attire at the park. Consider trying to convince your partner to dress up for a work cocktail event.

You're proposing marriage and you've hired a photographer - try to give your partner a chance at looking their best. If they're really excited to get dressed up or wants to try out something fun and flirty, choose a location and decor that matches this!

PS: colorful outfits are always encouraged with me!

What happens if it's raining?

There's an old saying in Texas that goes something like: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute and it'll change."

Fortunately Austin is not an extremely wet/rainy city like Portland/Seattle are. It does not rain for long unless there's a torrential downpour forecast which sometimes happens.

Simply put, Texas weather can be fickle - and for that I recommend choosing a proposal location that has a back up option in case of nasty weather. When you email me, if your location is a popular photo spot, we'll talk about plan B's, C's and even a plan D for worst case scenario. Most proposal locations can be altered to be under an overhang nearby, inside your location, or still outside with umbrellas and we just roll with the weather.

Can you recommend someone to set up flowers at my location?

I would be happy to send you a list of planners who specialize in proposals and small affairs. They would be happy to talk about adding candles, rose petals and champagne to make the moment super special for your significant other.

What can I expect from working with you?

Proposals with me are simple and smooth. After your initial email I'll guide you towards a good spot and even offer a few scenario/cover stories to tell your partner.

In large public areas like parks, nature centers, art museums, etc.you run the risk of someone walking in front of us potentially ruining the photos. In this case, I highly recommend having an exact location pre-planned and/or tell you're partner we're doing a photo session for whatever reason you want.

After I capture the moment they said yes (or just lots of crying and nodding), we'll move into a few cute, casual portraits. A mini, mini engagement session if you will. I'll pose, direct, laugh with you, and hustle my booty off (potentially tripping on things) to show off the new bling and a couple of photos with your friends & family if they're joining!

In total, we spend around 45-60 minutes together during the proposal itself. Please try your hardest to be on time for your proposal. Austin traffic is notorious for popping up last minute and I don't want you to miss the shot! However, when you book with me, you won't be without a photographer if you are running 10-20 minutes late to your scheduled arrival time.

I have other questions!

Let me know what you're unsure about when you fill out the contact form below and I'll see if I can answer it.

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JAQUI

My fiancé hired Caitlin for a surprise engagement! She did such an amazing job and I had no idea she was there for us! Her pictures are absolutely amazing and I’m so glad she was there to capture our day! It’s a day I will never forget.

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ALLISON

My fiancé hired Caitlin to capture the day he proposed to me, and she did an absolutely amazing job!! She was extremely easy going throughout the day yet eager and responsive as we needed her. We so appreciate you, Caitlin! Thank you for allowing us to always cherish our special day.

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WILLIAM

Caitlin went out of her way to make my proposal better than I could have imagined. Her pictures were out of this world.

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JORDAN

Just looked at the pictures and OMG. You captured that moment PERFECTLY thank you so so much Caitlin!!!!

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VIVIAN

Thank you so much! You were so sweet and so much fun. Thank you for the photos, set up and EVERYTHING! <3

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Are you ready to work together?

Send me an email with what you’re thinking in terms of location and cover story and I’ll check my calendar. I’ll reply with my ideas and availability and any suggestions if needed.

When you’re mid-planning, consider that my weekend dates fill up first with weddings, so please consider choosing a Thursday, Friday or Sunday instead!

Proposal photography begins at $500 and some couples spend up to $1000 extra to add on a la carte items such as rose petals, a floral arrangement or create a custom proposal experience.

CONTACT ME HERE

I'll walk you through any given scenario based on your location and discuss the photography location options and the best time(s) for your proposal. If you've got an idea or a plan in mind let me know! I love when clients come with their special spin on proposals.

Fill out the contact form and let me know what your date & ideas are. I'm excited for you!

Thank you so much for all your support this year. At this time I am fully booked for Fall 2021. I have a few dates in early December if you're looking to get in last minute.

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