Kevin and Issy's proposal shoot...and the end of my spy ambitions!


Last Thursday I got a phone call from a lovely sounding guy who told me that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend and would I be available on Saturday afternoon to capture the action as it unfolded? I was pretty quick to check my diary because I have wanted to photograph a proposal for the longest time! Yay, I was available! Kevin and I met up on Friday to plan the operation...the how and the where and most importantly the how to not be noticed until the right moment.

The plan was hatched...Kevin and Issy would go to the Dutch Festival at the Hamilton Gardens and I would spot them in the crowd (this bit was slightly stressful as Kevin had a beard on Friday when I met him but he told me he'd be shaving it off in the morning so I had to sort of imagine what he'd look like cleanshaven and look for that guy! Lucky for me Issy was wearing a red jacket so that made them easier to keep track of in the crowd). The plan was for them to go in to the pavilion and have a look around before walking over to the Rhododendron Lawn. I was pretending to take a lot of photos of flowers and scenery while sneakily watching Kevin and Issy at this point...

I was so busy being stealthy I nealy missed them leaving for the Rhododendron Lawn! I don't think my career as a spy is going to take off!

So Kevin said some lovely things that I couldn't hear because I was being a super spy with my zoom lens (and still pretending to photograph the flowers!) and dropped to one knee. Issy must have said yes because there was lots of hugging and then Kevin pointed out the crazy lady with the camera who had been following them for the past half hour. With my cover blown I got to be the first to congratulate them (which is pretty awesome!) and we took some more pics...

And actually I'm ok with not getting to be an international spy (I talk too much anyway!) because this is a pretty darm awesome job right here.

Congratulations Kevin and Issy and thanks for letting me tick something off my bucket list!



Andrew Redpath
10:06pm 15th May 2017

Absolutely gorgeous work Nicola.

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