Detroit Institute of Art Proposal

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Monish sent what felt like a S.O.S. email.  He was looking to propose to his girlfriend Emily – this weekend!  Normally I like to meet with the guy on site, discuss our options for the proposal, and walk him through all of the details; however, this one would need to be planned remotely as we only had a few days and Monish lived in Flint.  After hearing about Emily’s personality and their relationship, it became obvious: they were going to have a Detroit Institute of Art proposal.  Emily is a huge fan of murals and the DIA was the location of their second date.

I know how busy the DIA can get, so I recommended Monish propose early in the morning to reduce the crowds.  I arrived at the DIA as the doors were opened and headed up to the Diego Rivera Court, where his Detroit Institute of Art proposal would take place.  I had about 15 minutes before Monish and Emily were scheduled to arrive.  I let one of the workers in the court in on what was about to take place.  She shared in my excitement and was kind enough to allow me to move a few large advertising billboards that would have been a distraction in the images.  Once the space was ready, I sat and waited.

Despite my years as a professional wedding photographer, proposals are the one assignment that still make me nervous.  It happens so fast and there is no control or influence that I can exert during the proposal.  My goal is to neither be seen, nor felt so the moment naturally unfolds and is 100% authentic.  Minutes felt like hours as I waited for Monish and Emily to stroll into the court.  As they did, I snuck behind them and waited in the entrance way, hiding my camera near my leg.  When Monish walked Emily to the center of the room, I knew his Detroit Institute of Art proposal was about to take place.

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After a few minutes of private celebration, I approached Emily and Monish and offered to photograph a short engagement session for them.  We used the beautiful DIA as our on canvas.

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