I’m really not sure where to state with this story, so I’m just going to start typing. I met Brian through a film photography group on Facebook. He sent me a message saying he wanted some photos of him and his then girlfriend while she’s in California. It then developed into him asking if I would be OK with doing the photos in Yosemite. It took me a minute to get over the whole, “Is this real??” feeling, just to be told right after, that he planned on proposing to her there as well.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I’m driving through Yosemite valley for the first time, looking in awe at the incredible landscape surrounding me, thinking I get to capture a proposal here in a couple of days. It was a surreal feeling. After finding a camp, getting set-up, scouting out, a couple of day-hikes, the time to shoot had come. We met up with Brian and Trish at the Curry Village store, chatted for a while, and set out from there. It was a little over-whelming how you just couldn’t go wrong with shooting anywhere in the valley, but we had to start somewhere. While Trish was getting some stuff ready, Brian pulled me aside to figure out when he should propose. I said when we get the best, open view of half-dome, I’ll say ‘blueberry’. After walking next to the river, through a path, and out to the field, it was time. I was so excited, I just looked past them, braced myself, and said “I love blueberries” and stepped back. The rest is history and photos. Thank you so much, Brian and Trish for allowing Tricia and myself to be a part of such an incredible experience. I wish you two nothing but the best and am so excited to see where you two go.
All shot with film, on a Pentax 645, Mamiya 7,and Ricoh GR1v