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Surprise Proposals and Engagements

Becoming engaged is an exciting and emotional time to be treasured forever - and what better place to become engaged than the beautiful Lake District? While engagement photoshoots have been popular for some time, surprise proposal photoshoots are a rapidly growing phenomenon born of the social media age, in which the moment you pop the question is captured for posterity! There are several different approaches to a surprise or secret proposal photoshoot, each requiring careful planning and communication with your photographer - see below for a summary of each approach. You can also find tips on Planning A Surprise Proposal Photoshoot and some Top Lake District Locations for a Proposal on the blog.

Newly engaged couple after surprise proposal photoshoot in Lake District


With this approach you simply book a photoshoot for you and your partner at a location of your choice. Then, at an appropriate pre-arranged point, you can pop the question and have the moment recorded for posterity, as we'll be taking photos anyway! You'll also come away with a full set of photos from the shoot before your proposal!

Surprise proposal at Rydal Hall in Lake District

Ask A Stranger

Here we arrange that I'll be busy taking some photos at the location of your choice before you arrive. Once you arrive, you just ask if I'll take your photo and I suggest I use my professional camera and send you the image. Then it's over to you to pop the question. Afterwards, we can take a few portraits, so you have a complete record of this special time.

Secret proposal in rowing boat on Derwentwater in Lake District

In Plain Sight

With this option, there's no need to ask me to take a photo for you, I'll be further away minding my own business and then swing around to capture the moment with a telephoto lens. I'll then get closer while your partner is occupied with your proposal and be ready to say hello and take a few portraits afterwards.

Paparazzi proposal photoshoot at Gilpin Lake House in Cumbria

Paparazzi Style

This approach is classic paparazzi style, where I'll hide away within sight of your chosen spot before you get there and then click away with a telephoto lens when you pop the question. As with the other approaches, I can come over to take a few portraits afterwards, once you give me the signal that you're ready.

Real Lake District proposals

Surprise Lake District proposal at Storrs Hall
Lake district proposal under gazebo at Storrs Hall
Newly engaged couple at Storrs Hall after secret Lake District proposal
Couple beside Windermere at sunset
Couple kissing beside Windermere after Lake District proposal
Couple in rotunda at Storrs Hall in Lake District
Couple enjoy champagne after surprise proposal at Storrs Hall
Lake District surprise proposal on Derwentwater
Girl kissing boy after she said I do in Lake District
Girl can't believe surprise proposal on Derwentwater in Lake District
Young couple hug after surprise proposal in Lake district
Young couple kissing beside Derwentwater in Lake District
Couple enjoy view after surprise proposal in Lake District
Boy lifts girl in air after she said yes to surprise proposal in Lake District
Surprise proposal above Windermere in Lake District