south austin proposal
while most fo my craft is working with couples to create super8 wedding films or 16mm wedding films occasionally I get the honor of being asked to photographically document a proposal, engagement, or wedding for someone. These are some of my favorite moments, because I know there are a lot of very talented artist out there. Since I spend more time "advertising" as a texas wedding videographer on Super 8, I know that the inquiries I get for film photos are truly people who follow my work and know for certain that they want my style. So is the case with alexis and bryce! Alexis had been a mutual friend who has followed my work for awhile--giving me the privilege of capturing her college grad photos a few months back. Bryce told me in his proposal planning that she was so in love with the photos he would be silly not to ask me back! (can i just say that is every artist dream to hear).
The planning went into place and Bryce rented this insane Airbnb castle place located above lake travis. I made my commute from Katy, Texas and arrived in time to scope out the best places I could hide. I brought two of my favorite cameras--my Pentax 645n (an autofocus medium format) and a manual nikkormat 35mm with a mega zoom lens, a few primes, and a wide angle lens. I wasnt sure what i would be working with angle wise, so i figured "might as well bring it all".
Personally, I prefer to hide during proposals because I think it can be very distracting to walk out snapping photographs while the love of your life is trying to confess his heart out. I wanted Alexis to have her moment, along with bryce. I always like to say that the photos are born out of the moment, not the moment for the photos.
It was such a special moment to document on film for alexis and bryce. Alexis is a film junkie herself so I knew it was a special momento for her to have film photos of her engagement.
yes, at some point I did come out--and got to surprise alexis by being there! It can be like a "what do we do now" moment once the proposal has happened, and I hate to rush my couples into photo frenzies--this only happens once you know. Naturally, I stepped inside and gave a+b some time to process it all before we put our heads together and created some art to commemorate the special time.