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How to Plan a Surprise Proposal in Duluth, MN.

Updated: 7 days ago


This surprise Duluth, MN proposal was pure magic! Logistically, having a professional photographer at any proposal takes time, planning and most importantly keeping it all a surprise. I gathered some tips and tricks to help you in planning your proposal with a photographer! Here are 6 easy steps to keep in mind when planning your proposal.


  • Will you get lost? Is it somewhere you have been before or someplace completely new to you both? Figuring out where to pop the question can be a tricky piece. Think of someplace meaningful and special. You also want to avoid getting lost, just an extra thing you don't want to worry about.

  • Is the lighting important to you? Are you okay with having harsh lighting or do you want it to look more picturesque? I recommend choosing either a sunrise or sunset time frame to get optimal lighting for your photographs. There's always the chance that it's a gloomy day and you get some dreamy soft light at noon, but it's a pretty big chance to take. Planning your proposal during the first 2 hours of sunrise or the last 2 hours of sunset is a safe bet.

  • What will you be doing before or afterward? Having a whole big evening of events after the proposal is wonderful. Being sure that the planning doesn't interfere is also nice too. It can be stressful to plan all of this so lean on your support system to help you out.

  • Are you proposing some place private or public? Do you want others to be around you or would you like something more private is huge to consider. Some folks don't mind an audience while others do. Lake Superior has so many quiet and peaceful beaches if you're looking to stay away from any tourist-flooded sites.

  • Find out if the ring fits! It's easier said than done, but I have captured many proposals where the ring is far too small. It's painful for the partner wearing the ring and you can often see fingers turn purple or rings getting stuck. Save yourself the hassle later and find that ring size out ahead of time.

  • Hire a Professional Photographer! This isn't a moment you'll want to brush over and forget about. I highly recommend proposing on a Friday night as the best day of the week. You have a great chance of securing your photographer and then you have the rest of the weekend to enjoy your time together as newly engaged.


Hiring a photographer to capture your proposal is a meaningful and valuable piece of your love story. I can't even begin to express just how "worth it" it is. You get to relive a moment over and over again as well as have the photographs to show this chapter of your love story with friends and family.


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