Over the summer I had the beautiful honor of photographing Russ' surprise proposal to Joey. Russ had come to me a couple of months before, so excited, so on cloud 9 about his idea to ask Joey to marry him. Russ wanted it to be a huge surprise, to really catch his boyfriend off guard. Together we conspired to get Joey to the beautiful grounds of UCONN at Avery Point, by telling him that I was looking for some portfolio building photos and wanted them to model for me. Maybe it is because they are both model material, but Joey didn't think twice about the idea! When they arrived we walked the area for a little bit, stopping and taking some photos until I finally decided to let Russ out of his misery and go to the location I thought would be best for the proposal. Poor Russ had some serious nerves going on while I was waiting for the sun to dip just a little lower for "the moment".
I set Russ and Joey up back to back, snapped some photos, and then reversed them so that when I asked Joey to turn around I would have the perfect view of his reaction. When he did Russ was down on one knee, and I don't think I have ever seen anyone more surprised. It took a definite couple of minutes for it to set in. Joey was the true definition of speechless. He could not believe that Russ had pulled off this surprise! Surprise proposals are always always such an amazing moment to be a part of, and I never get sick of the genuine reaction of surprise and love that follows.
After a couple of moments we were able to continue on with our session, Russ now being able to relax a little and Joey with a new ring and huge smile!! It was so much fun to hang out with this newly engaged couple and to document this most important day. All the bestest of the best to you two!!