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Marriage Proposals


I am experienced at photographing marriage proposals in East Tennessee and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I bring more than just a camera - I bring planning and my knowledge of the area to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime moment is captured for you!

This is where it all begins

Few people have pictures of that moment when you said “Will you?” These images are priceless, especially to friends and family back at home, not to mention future generations - imagine your grandchildren able to see this.

I have a permit from the National Park Service that allows me to photograph clients in the Great Smoky Mountains NP - bring the romance of the mountains to your proposal!

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I have never had anyone say, “I knew what was going to happen when I saw that lady with a camera.” Why? To begin, in the area around Knoxville and the national park, it is not unusual to see someone with a camera. And if a person is not expecting “something to happen,” I am just another bystander. Not to mention, I often use a long lens that allows me to stand back at a good distance.

But in the event the situation is such where it could happen, I have my tricks. I have used an assistant to be there as if I am photographing them, say, for a senior shoot. I have recruited someone my age to “play” being my husband and say, “Look at that view - honey, you should take a picture of that!” Every proposal, I find, is different and how it all comes together is tailored to you.


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  • I will help you choose the spot for the proposal, if needed. Many couples have this happen while visiting the Smokies and I can advise you on locations for their settings, as well as the amount of effort that will be needed to get there (as an example, Grotto Falls is popular but it also requires a hike of about 2.2 miles over rough and steep terrain, so a proposal there will require at least three to four hours). I also do proposals in the Knoxville area - like on the campus of the University of Tennessee!

  • I will send you pictures of the spot so you can see it beforehand. Sometimes I include pictures of landmarks along the way, especially if you are heading into the mountains and are unfamiliar with roads. Remember, there is no cellular service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and your GPS may not work.

  • And now it’s game day! I will get to the arranged spot beforehand so that I can prep the area, if needed. Once you arrive, don’t mind me - and I assure you, once you start the proposal, your beloved’s attention will not be on anything but you!

  • After you get your “Yes!” then we will do a small photo shoot afterwards. Once we are done, I will return home in Knoxville to edit the pictures. You will receive an email from me with a link to an online gallery where you can view and download your images - and share the link with your family and friends so they can do the same! The images are sized for 8x12 prints and you also get a print release. Couples have used the images to announce their engagement online or even to include them in a wedding day slide show!



Pricing ranges from an in-town engagement at $300. Easy to reach spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park such as Cades Cove, Laurel Falls, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Greenbrier are $350. Other places that require extended hiking will cost more for the time involved; however, a firm quote will be given before the proposal.


Want to Read Some Love Stories?

Click on any couple’s picture to read the blog post about their proposal!