Every Marriage Proposal Deserves a Paparazzo!

I read with interest an article about Vlad Leto, a photographer who does "paparazzi-style" shoots - pre-arranged, of course - of marriage proposals in New York City.  Using a long-zoom lens, he blends in with the crowd, ready to capture that moment when the big question is asked:  "Will you marry me?"

I think that is great!  I men, sure, you're going to have photographs of the wedding, but there you are expecting to be photographed.  Here - it's all unrehearsed and wonderful.

And I have done it, quite by accident.

In 2010, I was up in Venice Beach on a photo walk when I noticed this attractive couple on the pier.  The fellow, Domingo, saw my camera and let it be known to me, discreetly, that he was waiting for a plane to come by that would be pulling a banner with the question.  But the plane was late!

No matter - I waited.  And waited.  While the poor wannabe groom kept making excuses why they could not leave.

Where is that %$#&*! plane!

Where is that %$#&*! plane!

Finally . . . the magic happened.

No, let's stay a moment longer . . .

No, let's stay a moment longer . . .

Oh, hey, what's that?

Oh, hey, what's that?

Can you read what that banner says?

Can you read what that banner says?

"I love you!  Will you marry me, Paulina?"  The couple were Portuguese.

"I love you!  Will you marry me, Paulina?"  The couple were Portuguese.

What a surprise for her!

What a surprise for her!

But tradition must be held to . . .

But tradition must be held to . . .

. . . and a ring presented on bended knee.

. . . and a ring presented on bended knee.

She said yes!

She said yes!

Here's to the beginning of a beautiful life together!

Here's to the beginning of a beautiful life together!

So - are you getting ready to pop the question?  Why should celebrities be the only one with a paparazzo following them around?  Give me a call.  I stalk, I shoot, and I present you with beautiful images, fully retouched.