The email landed in my inbox nearly a month early. “Hi Brian. My friend is hoping to propose to his girlfriend and I am helping with the proposal….” After talking about various options, we decided on a Belle Isle Detroit proposal, using the beautiful and iconic skyline of Detroit as our backdrop. I have photographed more Belle Isle Detroit proposals than any other location in the city, but never had the chance to utilize the skyline. Needless to say, I was excited for another opportunity to capture the moment a couples’ lives change.
Armel and Sophie actually met each other while living in Cameroon. After living in various spots around the world, Sophie landed in Detroit, a city she has grown to deeply love. Knowing this, using the skyline as the backdrop seemed like a perfect fit. Waiting nearby on a park bench was Aaron Segel from Red Byrd Creative and myself, trying our best to blend in with passersby while keenly watching for the couple. I was in charge of capturing the moment through photography; Aaron was there to document it through video. Together, we watched with excitement and anticipation as Armel and Sophie walked into our frame. After a long hug, Armel got into position and began his Belle Isle Detroit proposal…
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With every proposal, there is a wave of emotions from shock to elation and celebration. With each proposal, there is also a specific and brief moment where the guy feels like his whole world came together. That moment, is so peaceful and beautiful. Armel had that moment wrapped in a hug from Sophie.
After Sophie spotted us and they had a few minutes to themselves to celebrate and let it all soak in, we went around the isle to take photos to help celebrate and document their day.