Bryan + Angie’s Rocky Mountain National Park Proposal
Bryan booked me to photograph his Rocky Mountain National Park proposal on a day’s notice. I happened to check Reddit on Thursday afternoon when I saw a post asking if anyone was available to photograph a hiking proposal at Emerald Lake. I replied, and we came up with a game plan to keep it all a surprise to Angie. Photographing a proposal and keeping it a surprise can be hard!
Bryan originally wanted to pop the question at Emerald Lake. But we ended up changing it to Dream Lake to get better views and easier positioning for photos. One of the best things about proposing at Dream Lake is that there are always other people around. Now I know many people prefer completely privacy, but having other hikers there meant I didn’t have to hide in the trees to stay inconspicuous. Blending in is a good thing for proposal photography!
I left Bear Lake trailhead and hiked up to Dream Lake half an hour before Bryan and Angie. We wanted to make sure that I could scope out the perfect spot and be in place before they got there. While waiting, I ended up randomly meeting a wedding photographer from Pittsburgh and his wife. Hanging out talking with them was the perfect cover so that I didn’t look like I was just waiting when my couple got up there.
Bryan and I had sent photos via email to make sure we could identify each other, so when they reached the lake we were ready to go. They walked out to the perfect lookout spot that I had shown him on a photo via email. After they had taken a selfie with the mountains in the background, he dropped down on one knee to propose. Everyone around them started cheering, and I was easily able to take photos without Angie noticing. Afterwards I got a quick photo of them together, and then they continued their hike up to Emerald Lake.
If you’re planning a Rocky Mountain National Park proposal, I’d love to help you plan and capture the big moment. Reach out and let’s come up with the perfect way to keep it a surprise, whether you want an easy location like Dream Lake or something more private!
(P.S. to any photographers reading this post – make sure you get the Rocky Mountain National Park photography permit before photographing a proposal (or any other type of session) in the park! It’s an easy online form and $50 fee, and required for any shoots in the park.)