JOHN AND MICHELLE’S ICELAND PROPOSAL!

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I think it’s time to retire. I’ll just sell all of my gear and go live in a cabin in the mountains somewhere. After a shoot like this, I think I can die happy.

A few weeks ago while I was in Iceland camping with two of my best friends, I had the thrill of shooting their absolutely beautiful proposal at Jokulsarlon (a glacial lake) and their engagement session during the rest of trip around the country. This goes without saying but… HECK YES! It was so awesome to be able to shoot two of my best friends in some of the most beautiful landscapes that I have ever seen!

Over the past 6 months I have been asking John when he was planning on proposing (because I knew it was coming) and I always got the same answer, “As soon as I figure out the perfect way to do it!” Originally John and Michelle weren’t going to be coming on this Iceland trip but earlier this summer I decided to try to convince them to join us while we were at an over crowded trivia night down the street from our house. In between questions and watching some sort of college gymnastics on the bar’s TV I laid down my best case for why they should drop work for two weeks to backpack around Iceland with us (it wasn’t very hard to sway them). A few nights later when they bought their tickets, John waited for Michelle to leave the room and then told me why it was so easy to convince him. I am pretty sure that the first thing I said when he told me that he was going to propose in Iceland was “Your engagement session is going to be EPIC!”

Fast forward a few months and the four of us are a few days into our trip and are standing on a hill over looking the largest glacier in Europe and it’s crystal blue glacial lake. Icebergs are crashing together, seals are popping up to surprise us, and we are making jokes that the ducks in the water never fly out because their feet must be frozen together underneath the surface. At this point, we had already hiked around, set up camp (in one of the most epic spots I have ever seen), and we were walking around the lake to take pictures (or so Michelle thought). Once we got up the hill that John and I had picked out earlier, John took a few portraits of his soon to be fiancee with the intentions of placing her where she need to be. When he said to her “Hold on a sec, I’m going to switch my film,” that was my cue to step in. I told her that I was going to take a few portraits of her while John was switching film but I really just need to get her facing the other way so he could sneak up behind her with a ring. As my camera was aimlessly clicking away, I saw John walking up and I stepped out to shoot the most beautiful proposal I could have imagined. Michelle had no idea it was coming and John was wearing a smile that took over his face.

John and Michelle, you two are awesome. I knew this was coming but I had know idea how thrilled I would be for both of you. With the risk of getting sappy, I love you both and I know that the two of you will be that old couple that new couples see and say “I hope we are still that cute together when we have wrinkles.”

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  1. WOW. These are unreal. So so impressed by your work, always!

  2. Wow, these are incredible! What a beautiful proposal, couple, setting, and the images? They are breathtaking! Good work, Ben!

  3. These are amazing! Love the photos, their happiness, the proposal, the light, and, DUH!, the location!! so gorgeous. great great job on these!!

  4. This is so incredible! What a perfect proposal, I love those huge smiles on their faces. Congrats!!

  5. OMG I freaking teared up see the proposal pics & her gorgeous reaction! What a spectacular session they were able to get there on location! KUDOS on the photos & what a great way to start the engagement!

  6. I am so happy for them! This was awesome- I am so excited to see these photos. Congrats to them both.

    BEAUTIFUL photography as always!

  7. Ooooh these shots are amazing and the proposal is STELLAR!!! What a perfect place! Love love LOVED it!!!!

  8. Beautiful pictures of two beautiful souls! I knew better than to look at these while at work….Love you both!

  9. so beautiful. love the video! perfect.

  10. One of the most epic shoots/proposals I’ve ever seen. Unbelievable.

  11. Wow wow wow!!! Amazing photos, amazing proposal, terrific couple!! I may be a little partial…. I’m a proud mom and happy mom in law to be!:) thank you Ben! I’ll cook your favorite whatever next time I’m in St Augustine , you better have an idea of what you want!

  12. I’ve never seen such a huge smile on John’s face. I’d be smiling, too, John. She’s an amazing woman.

  13. Ben, I just want to thank you for the beautiful pictures! You are an amazing friend to write such heartfelt and touching words about the proposal. The details made me feel like I was there too. I love these two people and I know they will have a wonderful marriage. God has blessed them with each other as he has with you and Veronica. I am so happy that you and Veronica were able to share this amazing experience with them! Thank you!

  14. Ben – beautifully written and even more beautifully photographed!!! Congratulations & Best Wishes John & Michelle

  15. It’s a really great story and love the pictures. My favorite ones are the ones just before he surprises her with the ring and then just after.

  16. These are pretty epic!

  17. Wow,it’s so beautiful!Iceland can witness the sweet and forever love of John and Michelles!

  18. The lake is so gorgeous!

  19. Holy whoa! Such a beautiful set with awesome people and awesome scenery. Just killed it, man.

  20. Wonderful photos, and it was great that you were able to catch such a beautiful moment in a beautiful place. I didn’t have anyone there to photograph my proposal, but I still used photography as my decoy. My (now) fiancee and I were on vacation in Florida, and I told her I wanted some sunset photos so we should go to the pier. Got the camera and tripod all set up, and we both just sat waiting for the lighting conditions to be just right. She never saw it coming. It was perfect. Nerve racking as hell hoping you don’t fumble the ring and drop it in the ocean though lol.

  21. Love these, what an amazing moment captured in a awe-inspiring setting!

  22. Your work is totally awesome! Top place for engagement photos :)!

  23. Wow! Your images are truly amazing. So naturally and deep. Very inspiring to me.

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