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How to Hire a Proposal Photographer

Imagine planning your proposal, getting down on one knee, and getting the yes… Only to never see your partner’s reaction again. Terrible right? Hiring a proposal photographer to tell your story will not only allow you to focus on the proposal itself but will also allow you both to relive the moment, show your family, and save a truly once-in-a-lifetime event forever. So here’s everything you need to do to hire a proposal photographer.

Step by Step

Determine your budget

Photographers charge different rates, so it’s important to determine how much you’re willing to spend before you start looking.

Research photographers in your area

Look for photographers who specialize in wedding, engagement, or couples photography. You can google proposal photographers, or look on Instagram and find a photographer with a style you and your partner will like.

Look at portfolios:

Check out the portfolios of different photographers to get a sense of their style and the quality of their work.

Contact photographers and ask for quotes:

Reach out to photographers you’re interested in and ask for quotes for their services. Be sure to ask about the specifics of what is included in the quote (e.g. number of edited photos, album, etc.)

Choose a photographer:

Choose a photographer that fits your budget, and personality and makes you feel comfortable. I would recommend a photographer that helps you plan.

Confirm the details

Once you’ve chosen a photographer, be sure to confirm the details of the proposal shoot, including the location, time, and any special requests you may have.

See my guide on Orlando Proposal Ideas.

Make payment

Most photographers will require the session fee to be paid prior to the proposal to secure their services.

Have a plan

It’s a good idea to have a rough plan of how you want the proposal to go, including any special surprises or activities. This will help the photographer capture the moment in the way you envision it.

After the Proposal

Most photographers will deliver a few images from your session 48 hours after shooting it. The full gallery may take longer, it is normal to take between three and eight weeks for full delivery. Once you have a gallery link you may meet with the photographer to create an album, order prints, or get a gallery link to download the images from.

Always download your gallery to more than one place for safekeeping!

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