Hello friend, you must be overwhelmed and excited amongst other things like nervous, anxious and impatient. So you are bringing your love of your life on a journey abroad. After all these years together you decide to seize the opportunity and ask her to spend the rest of your lives together. The tricky part of it all is to capture all of that on camera so that you can cherish this moment forever. I truly open my heart to your romantic nature.
So here are a few things to consider on how to prepare for an engagement proposal photoshoot abroad, since you won't be able to meet your photographer and unlikely to visit locations beforehand.
1. TIME OF DAY
The best time for a photo session is 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. If you know the date of your proposal date, Google e.g. 'Sunset on 15th of June 2017 in Dublin, Ireland'. It will tell you the exact time of the sunset all you have to do is take away 2 hours and that will be your point of planing the time for rest of your proposal. Make sure you're in position for that time to create the best photographic results.
I have recently heard the sweetest thing from my couple. The groom proposed on a lake justifying it with the fact that the lake will always be there unlike a building or a bridge. A sentimental landmark can be a starting point. You can choose a park with lakes and rivers, botanical gardens, city centre, a castle or anything that is meaningful to both of you as a couple. If you're choosing public places google the opening times of the location. Often enough you can find that they can be closed for the time of your proposal.
Since it's a photoshoot for an engagement proposal, you want your future fiancé to look back on the photos and look at how beautiful she looked. The way to go about it is to tell her you are going on a fancy date just because you want to treat her to something really nice so she can dress up. It can be something like theatre or a dinner or both! Just make sure you plan your time accordingly.
4. CONTACT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Now that you know all of these details it's time to contact your photographer. Ask for their availability on the day. Share your contact information. For foreign communication WatsApp is great! Most pubs, restaurants and hotels have guest wifi access.
Make your timing and your location of your choice clear. You can use Google Street Maps for precise reference. You won't have too many opportunities to update your photographer so make sure that your appointed time is definite e.g. 7:20PM at the fountain/entrance to the park/opposite a shop if on the street.
Let your photographer know what you will be wearing that day and ask them for the same reference.
Contact your photographer when you will be making your way to the location and let them know roughly how long it will take you to get there so they can expect you.
I'm not going to lie, it is an overwhelmingly stressful experience but trust me, it's worth to document the element of surprise!
If you have any other questions on how to plan your engagement proposal abroad