Hiding like a sniper up on a tower of Central Park’s Belvedere castle I sat and waited with my 70-200 2.8 (for the camera illiterates- basically a really powerful zoom lens that is also HUGE and heavy) hoping and praying that Kelvin’s soon-to-be fiancee, who had no idea what was coming, wouldn’t see it and get creeped out ruining the whole mood for Kelvin. I arrived 15 minutes early as usual, and thank goodness, because Kelvin and Glennis arrived 5 minutes early. You can see Kelvin looking around to make sure I’m somewhere up there and Glennis suspiciously follows his gaze. I duck.
Kelvin had told Glennis that morning to dress nice because he had a romantic surprise for her. She didn’t suspect anything so big as a proposal, as this is the norm from Kelvin. You see her laughing as he moves her onto the lawn (in the pre-approved shady location), probably because he was saying “We are here!” after leading her around the park for awhile. Of course “here” is just a patch of grass. The rest of the pictures tell the story better than I could from there…
After she said “Yes!!” (of course she did) and Kelvin turned down a nice couple nearby who asked if they wanted a picture. “Why not?” Glennis later told us she was thinking. Little did she know every moment had already been captured! Kelvin lead her up the steps to Belvedere castle and introduced Glennis to a total stranger (me) who had been spying on her for the biggest moment of her life and told her I’d be taking engagement photos for them for a couple hours. Sweet Glennis was still in total shock over the whole thing, but graciously let me pose her and direct her for the next two hours. Needless to say, their joy and excitement of their future life together shined through in every photo.
And I got my first experience as a secret agent photographer!