I’ve been known to shoot weddings, engagement sessions, and other lifestyle special event portraits, but never have I been called upon to photograph a proposal. That is, until earlier this month. I was reached by means of a former client of mine, who answered Jim’s query about new york photographers who shoot proposals. When Jim reached out to me by email and text about his request I had to really think about how we’d execute this. Jim wasn’t even located in NYC at the time, so any real logistical planning would have to wait until he was finally here. About a week later he and I planned to meet around Rockefeller plaza and discuss the nitty gritty details of how we’d execute the surprise proposal.
We had our first meeting early one morning, right near the tree in Rockefeller Plaza. We decided that we’d aim to have the moment early, right around the time the rink opened. We’d avoid peak crowd and I’d have the best chance of capturing the moment un-obstructed by throngs of on-lookers. I suggested a few tips about how to position himself when he popped the question before we parted ways. The morning of the event I arrived bright and early, right when the rink opened so that I could get a head start on the ice before they arrived. Yep, I decided that I NEEDED to be on the ice to get the best pictures. I had plenty of skaters express their concern for me and my gear, but I managed to hold myself upright and together for the entire shoot. I’m insured, no problems. A few pictures down the page you’ll see the couple talking to a gentleman taking notes. It turned out he was a journalist with the New York Daily News and wanted to hear about their story. You can read the OTHER article about the proposal in its entirety, but here’s an excerpt
Under the golden gaze of Prometheus, James Cordiano got down on one wobbly knee and asked his girlfriend of two years to marry him. “She was speechless for a minute, covering her face, and then she finally said yes,” said Cordiano, 28, a New Jersey native who goes to college in Florida.