When Derek asked if he could surprise his girlfriend during our shoot by proposing, I was ecstatic.

I love to share a part in this intimate yet major moment in a relationship. Derek, Katie, and I met just before the sun came up for our downtown Traverse City proposal at sunrise. Katie knew they were having couple photos taken, but she was unaware of the proposal to come at the end of our shoot. At 6am we were quick to go capture the fleeting pink sky before exploring around the library while the sun continued rising. Having our shoot this early also gave us the whole place to ourselves. Well, all to ourselves besides the swan who briefly visited us down by the water.

Here are some of my favorite photos from Derek and Katie’s Traverse City proposal.


Let me capture your proposal!

My goal is to capture your story without being intrusive on the intimate moment that you and your lover share. I can even put my camera in silent mode if you ask. Reach out so we can plan your surprise proposal with epic photos to share when you announce the next chapter in your lives. A downtown Traverse City proposal, or anywhere really, will be just as incredible as you can imagine.