How To Hire A Photographer For Your Proposal Without Your Special Someone Finding Out


So you’re planning to propose and want it to be a surprise??? I may be biased, but hiring a photographer is one of the first and most important things you should do! Not only do I say this because they can help you plan it, and probably have planned them before, but they may also be perfect for your engagement photos and wedding day – so they’ll be with you throughout the whole process. Finding them first will give you more time to get to know them, and vice versa.

  • Facebook Groups: Hiring a photographer for your surprise proposal has never been easier! With Facebook, you can find local wedding vendor and photography referrals with just a few taps on your screen. Find your local group, start a new post and include as much detail as possible without giving away any identities, then hit the ‘Post Anonymously’ button – and you’re all set! You can respond to the inquiries/comments that best fit what you’re looking for.
  • Google Search: Just look up “proposal photographers in…” or “engagement photographers in…” and you’ll also find tons of results.
  • Word of Mouth: If you have any friends who have recently gotten engaged, ASK THEM! See what they did and how they went about it. Ask them what photographer they used if you like their photos.

Two Ways To Have Your Photographer Be A Part Of Your Proposal

  • Make it seem like a normal portrait session. Tell your S/O that you scheduled a portrait session, or even better have them help you set it up, then contact the photographer after about the surprise – just make sure they are capable of capturing it.
  • The “Invisible” Photographer. Take your S/O somewhere romantic, adventurous, or somewhere they love – but try to make it somewhere public, where you’re likely to find photographers on any given day. Plan out where exactly you plan to propose, and tell your photographer what you’ll be wearing. Then make sure they arrive in time to get in position for the perfect shot!


Keeping things a surprise can be hard, especially when you spend a lot of time with a person. But keeping your proposal a surprise will make their reaction ten times better (at least I think so). For more tips, tricks, and ideas on planning your proposal contact us today!

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