Reddit Love: Rachel and Alex's Engagement Shoot

Popcorn Sutton says, "Get a room . . ."

I am a Redditor, which means I have an account on  It is a marvelous waste of time, and I say that lovingly.  And I don't care if you know my Reddit name - it's /u/saricher.

I check in with the r/Knoxville subreddit and found a user who was looking for places to do photos of her and her fiance.  They had just gotten engaged and wanted something to use to announce to the people back in their home state the good news.  So, it's wasn't quite an engagement shoot, but the bride-to-be was leaving to return to their state (he was staying here since he is employed here), she only had until Saturday, and . . .

So I responded and gave them a long laundry list of places they might use.  Because while most people choose to remain anonymous on Reddit, and while some may be trolls, the majority are folks who are happy to help and give answers, instructions, explanations, examples, directions, and sometimes just lend an ear.  I remember having to go to Fargo, ND to do an engagement shoot and posting in the Fargo subreddit a request for advice on where to shoot and plenty of folks helped me out.  Pay it forward.

Well, the OP (Reddit speak for Original Poster) contacted me - could I do the photos?

And so I got to meet the lovely Rachel and Alex - who are just fun.  I mean, they are a laughing couple, comfortable in their own brand of geekiness, and utterly charming.  Having just met on line, I thought they were a kick to work with.  We decided to hit some of the iconic spots around downtown Knoxville, since this would become their home after the wedding:  Worlds Fair Park, Graffiti Alley, Gay Street Bridge, etc.

It was windy.  At times cold.  But as Rachel kept saying, "We can do this!"

While waiting for the sun to sit down, we grabbed a coffee together.  Kids from Connecticut.  He grew up speaking Polish.  She loves the Giants.  He is an air traffic controller.  She works with universities.  Just sweet, hip, fun people.  

My favorite, an homage to Robert Doisneau

Social media can be a minefield . . . or it can be a great resource, depending how you use it. 

And you can meet the nicest people.

Far From the Maddening Crowds: Sarah and Trent's Proposal in the Smokies

It's Fall, y'all, and that means that weekends in the Great Smoky Mountains are filled with visitors, looking to feel the crisp air and see the change in foliage.

So where is a young man to find a private spot to propose to his lady love?

And that is where I come in.  I found a spot for Trent that would give him the solitude needed to ask Sarah to marry him.  And you know, the canopy of trees to provide shelter from the rain did not hurt, either.

Let's have the pictures tell the story . . .

Can I get an "Amen!" for love?

Seriously, I really love shooting marriage proposals.  As I drove away from these two lovelies today, I thought how in Southern California, I practiced Family Law and helped couples end their marriage.  As I was reflecting on that, I was listening to Brad Paisley's "Rainin' You" and it was raining.  And I heard the lyrics, "I can't explain it, but I am baptized anew."  And I thought, "Yes - I am so much happier doing this than what I was doing then."  Couples like Sarah and Trent make my heart happy and I am joy-filled to help them start a life together.  Proposals, engagements, wedding:  it's a happier occasion and, heck - there's cake!

Good job with the ring, Trent!

The "after portraits" are always a delight - but then, the glow is still fresh!

A grey day, but in a quiet corner of the Smokies, the warmth and light of this man and woman shone! 

Congratulations to Sarah and Trent!