Meet Jen and Kevin (Surprise Engagement!)

I was in San Diego a couple of weekends ago to shoot a wedding, and Kevin offered to let me stay at his place and he also had ideas to propose to his girlfriend. So Kevin and I discussed ideas on how that would go down, and we had it all planned out. Well sort of. We were actually planning it the night before while his girlfriend was in the vicinity. When we thought Jen was in the bathroom, we started to map out the plans sort of like secret agents talking about top secret stuff. But then Jen comes down the stairs in the middle of nowhere catching us both off guard so we sit there silently staring at each other, and Jen thought it was weird that were just sitting in a living room not talking and staring at each other. I try to play it off by being in deep thought, and luckily she didn’t suspect anything more than an awkward moment.
So Jen just thinks that I’m in town doing a quick fun photo session with her and Kevin, and because Kevin is a photographer as well and he’s never in photos himself, I think Jen thought that made sense. And I think Jen was just pretty excited to take some photos, what girl doesn’t right? So Sunday morning we head out to La Jolla and we walk around the beach a little bit, and Kevin’s pretending like everything’s normal but I know deep down inside he’s sh***** bricks. I can tell he’s nervous because I’ve never seen him so unrelaxed. The key indicator to me before he goes down on the knee was “Erich where do I put my hands?” So it didn’t take him very long to ask me that, and I just told him to put his hands in his pockets (where he can reach for the ring) and then bam! His right knee drops to the floor 🙂
And this is the part where it get’s interesting. I’ve seen this happen a few times where the girl gets proposed to but they’re in a little bit of shock and they don’t even answer the question and the only thing they can mutter is “Really? Really?” It was really cute actually. But of course she eventually said yes a few minutes later, but it was implied that it was yes the whole time because of her dropped jaw and excitement.
And there was a rainbow in the background!!! Couldn’t have been better 🙂 Congratulations you two!!

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

The shot below was not something I had posed, Kevin was really nervous moments before the next shot…It was more of a uncontrolled reflex, and it was …cute.

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

San Diego La Jolla Engagement Photos Jen and Kevin

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About Erich Chen

I am a photographer.
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6 Responses to Meet Jen and Kevin (Surprise Engagement!)

  1. kevin says:

    Erich, thanks for being part of our very special day and capturing these wonderful photos.

  2. Emilie says:

    I love this shoot!!! Scenery is beautiful and couple looks amazing!! Good job and congrats to them.

  3. With the rainbow this couldn’t have been a more perfect moment! Congrats to you both!

    E, breath taking as always!

  4. tami says:

    You almost didn’t need to read the commentay- the photos explain it all perfectly. Beautiful.

  5. freddy says:

    great story telling along with the shots. the BW shot- two thumbs up in my book.
    I remember the moment before the proposal with my wife. You brought up some of those feelings as i read this. It’s very nerve racking. Carolina tells me she knew that there was something different about me right before i proposed.

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