No doubt proposal is a special moment and it must be captured. You need photos that tell the story of how you began as an engaged couple. Photos that can make you smile for many years to come. Unfortunately, not many seriously think about how essential proposal photography is. And they are making a mistake. After all, what are proposal photos are for? They’re for you and the special people around you to enjoy for years to come.
SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE
NO DOUBT PROPOSAL IS A SPECIAL MOMENT AND IT MUST BE CAPTURED. YOU NEED PHOTOS THAT TELL THE STORY OF HOW YOU BEGAN AS AN ENGAGED COUPLE. PHOTOS THAT CAN MAKE YOU SMILE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. UNFORTUNATELY, NOT MANY SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT HOW ESSENTIAL PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS. AND THEY ARE MAKING A MISTAKE. AFTER ALL, WHAT ARE PROPOSAL PHOTOS ARE FOR? THEY’RE FOR YOU AND THE SPECIAL PEOPLE AROUND YOU TO ENJOY FOR YEARS TO COME.
The Game Plan
Unlike any other type of photography, proposal photography involves elements of secrecy, surprise and can not be fully controlled. Therefore, it needs to be carefully planned. Sometimes it goes to the extent of what exact angle and at what particular point your body should be aligned for a perfect shot. There are a lot of factors to consider. One is for the photographer to be near you without raising suspicions of your bride-to-be. Another is bystanders who can suddenly block the shot. Even how far you extend your hands or what are your height differences can be a factor. And these are just a few examples.
How much will it cost?
We charge $300 to capture the actual proposal on a weekday ($400 on a weekend). Images will be uploaded to a password protected gallery at no additional charge, so you can share the photos with your friends and family and download them in high resolution. You can also order albums, slideshows, prints, and other products. Most importantly, you will own the images. We may also take few additional (engagement style) photos after the actual proposal that can be ordered a-la-carte at additional cost.
When is a good time of day to start the session?
We can shoot anytime, day or night, the sunshine, rain or fog. In fact, some unique photos we’ve shot have been taken on dark, rainy days. However for proposals we recommend evenings. Anytime before sunset will work.
How many photos will we get?
The actual proposal usually lasts less than a minute and as long as you are standing on your knee, we are shooting. The proposal ends at the time you are back on your feet. You may get 5,10 or 25 photos during this time but it's usually all about one single shot.
The Emotional Element
Creating a visual story of one of a couple’s most significant moments is the whole point of proposal photography. This time in your life happens only once. The photographer must be able to work quickly which means not missing that single, telling instant between the two of you. The surrounding moment just before and just after are also part of the whole picture.
What’s a good location?
As a San Francisco proposal photographers, we’ve covered proposal sessions all over the City. This gorgeous San Francisco keeps us inspired. Nearly any background you can imagine can be found here. Beaches, both modern and historical architecture, parks, quiet and busy streets, streetcars and cable cars, marinas, historic and modern neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind places like the Palace of Fine Arts, City Hall, Legion of Honor and of course the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Even with all of these wonderful choices, many of our clients still want to have the proposal at a specific place that is significant to their relationship. We’re happy to discuss your preferred location.
How long does it take?
Typical proposal session lasts about 5 minutes. We, however, offer 30 minutes window to allow some last minute delays.
Can we combine proposal and engagement photography?
Yes. Please review the packages below.
Are you available on a weekend?
We are usually booked on most weekends during high season but please inquire anyways. Please keep in mind that our fees are higher on a weekend.
What makes a photo unique? In twenty-five words or less, it’s the photographer’s ability to frame the subject matter with precision in order to catch that perfect moment. Add to this the surprise aspect of proposal photography and you get a great recipe for amazing photos. The photographer must combine the choice of the right lens, the background, the foreground, angles, perspectives, the focal length and aperture, the light, and more. A great photographer can shoot in the middle of nowhere and still create timeless art. Having the great backgrounds that we have here in the Bay Area is a real advantage.
What should we wear for proposal session?
Your expressions are more important to us than what you choose to wear. Your wardrobe choices are still important. Wear something comfortable so you don’t look stiff. For most situations, I recommend something that suits the location. Casual clothing for a beach, something dressier for city shots.
Can you recommend a makeup and hair stylist?
When are you available?
We are usually available for proposal and engagement sessions on weekdays. This package is offered a-la-carte for clients whose weddings we won’t be shooting.
Can you help with planning?
Yes, we offer proposal planning with our Supreme Package. For the rest of the packages, we can recommend a location only. You will be responsible for choosing the exact spot for us and for you. You can send us precise coordinates.
We charge $300 to capture the actual proposal (the moment) on a weekday ($400 on a weekend). Images will be uploaded to a password protected gallery at no additional charge. You can share the photos with your friends and family and download them in high resolution. 30 minutes safety window included.
As with basic package, we will capture the actual proposal but will also spend few additional minutes with you to create a gallery of posed or semi-posed professional engagement photos. As with the previous package, you will be able to download the actual proposal as well as five additional posed images. 30 minutes safety window included.
The Premium Package is our most popular option. It includes the photography of the actual proposal, an additional 10 minutes photo session (same as with deluxe package) and a choice of five 8x10 enlargements or one hand made mounted 16x24 canvas print and ten additional posed digital files. 30 minutes safety window included.
On top of the Premium Package, the Supreme Package includes additional short (15-20 minutes) photo session at the second location of your choice (within San Francisco) as well as ten custom 8x10 prints, 15 posed digital images and a 20x30 inch retouched canvas enlargement. 30 minutes safety window included.
*** Note: The pricing options outlined above are limited to a simple outdoor proposal sessions. Proposals that require complex planning, coordination with family members, parking arrangements, working with other vendors such as band, restaurant crew, musicians and limo drivers are not included and require a custom quote. All packages above are designed to capture the actual moment of the proposal that lasts just a few moments. 30 minutes safety windows that are given to each client are not actual shooting time. The cost of an individual file if not included in the package is $50. ***
San Francisco Proposal Photography Package
email @ iqphoto.net
San Francisco, CA
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