Recently, engagement photos become incredibly popular. They’re a wonderful way to showcase a couple’s love and affection for one another and mark this important milestone in their relationship before the mania of the wedding. But wouldn’t it be nice to have someone capture the actual instant of your proposal, creating beautiful images to treasure forever?
Dan wanted to propose to his girlfriend while on vacation in Portimão, Portugal. Portimão is a beautiful port city in the Algarve region on Portugal’s southern coast. This friendly city is full of cafés and restaurants serving the freshest fish straight from the Mediterranean. In addition to the extensive shopping available, visitors to Portimão can enjoy the scenic promenade – once the old fishing docks – that leads to the picturesque tree-lined squares of the old town.
Unlike more popular beach towns, Portimão has retained its relaxed, low-key atmosphere. Mainly residential, its restaurants and bars are aimed at both locals and tourists alike. It’s a great alternative to the typical tourist hot spots in the Algarve and gives visitors a look at real Portuguese life.
It was in this relaxed, casual Mediterranean setting that Dan wanted to propose to his girlfriend. In order to capture the event, he hired Garrett, a professional vacation photographer. Dan’s girlfriend loves the beach and the ocean, so he knew that this would be the perfect spot to propose. He didn’t want traditional posed shots, but something more candid. And Garrett was easily able to accommodate this.
The Moment it All Started
From a discreet distance, Garrett caught the moment when Dan went on bended knee on a cliff top over looking the ocean. Giving the couple their privacy for this very intimate moment, Garrett still managed to photograph the moment Dan’s girlfriend gave her answer (yes, obviously!) and their subsequent happiness. Traditional engagement photo shoots do not catch a couple’s first reaction, since the actual moment has long since passed. But with a professional proposal shoot, photographers can take excellent pictures of the precise moment when a couple becomes engaged.
Garrett then met up with the couple and took several images of them walking along the cliff top path, the natural colours of the white stone cliffs, greenery and blue ocean around them. He even managed to capture the sun shining through their embrace.
Afterwards, the happy couple made their way to the beach for some more spectacular images. Garrett took advantage of the interesting natural features afforded by the area, including a small overhang from which the couple can be seen looking out over the ocean. In true testament to his abilities, Garrett timed the photographs perfectly, capturing the magnificent ocean sunset, silhouetting the happy couple flawlessly.
And because Garrett is so professional, Dan and his new fiancé could feel comfortable sharing their affection in front of him. It is easy to forget that the photographer is even there, as they are living purely in the moment.
Happily Ever After
Dan and his new fiancé can remember their magical time in Portugal every time they look at these terrific photos. They’re also perfect for using for upcoming wedding announcements, and can easily be shared with friends and the rest of their family, as they start their own happily ever after.
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