Being the USC Photography Club President/Founder was one of the best experiences I had at USC. Little did I know that the club would connect me to shooting so many amazing USC alumni couples. Himeet was referred to me by one of his friends who told him to look into the club for a photographer. He told me that he was going to propose to his girlfriend of 7 years, and that he wanted a photographer to capture this special moment.
Originally, he was interested in proposing on a beach, but was worried about how crowded it would be. I sent him my location guide, and let him know that the Santa Fe Dam was an alternative beach like location in my area.
A week before the planned proposal date, he drove from Westwood to scout the location. Since it was a weekday when we met, it took him almost 3 hours during traffic hour, but he knew this was the perfect location to propose to his girlfriend.
He had some ideas for things that he wanted to do, and I was really happy to have a client who was so receptive to the ideas I had. One of my bucket list shots was to get a photo of a couple laying down on a bed of flower petals. When I brought up this idea to Himeet, he was thrilled to do it. He ordered a few boxes from Amazon, and peeled 5000 petals for the shoot. I am so lucky to have such amazing clients!
We arrived 30 minutes early to the location to set up tea light candles to spell out "Marry Me?" in our planned fairytale-esque location. It was a surprisingly crowded Sunday afternoon, so we actually had to ask a family who was picnicking there if we could use that location. They were really supportive and even cheered when the proposal happened!
When Drishti arrived, everything fell into place. She saw the words on the floor and immediately said "Yes, yes, yes!" before Himeet even got to say the speech he had planned.
This was my first proposal, and I couldn't have been more happy that it was with these two. They know that I don't shoot destination weddings, and were so nice that they invited me to their wedding in India. I am so thankful to have such wonderful clients that I can call my friends. Congrats to Himeet and Drishti!
Special thank you to my sister Michelle for putting together this behind the scenes video!