Philadelphia Proposal Photographer | Old City | Annika + Gervon
Man, I love proposals so much! Like a wedding, every single one is different but the anxiety and element of surprise is simply thrilling!
Usually the plan is for me to hide away and surreptitiously photograph the proposal as it happens. Gervon contacted me a few months before the planned date with a different idea: a photoshoot. He told Annika that he had submitted and was picked for a photoshoot from Fusion Magazine.
This was the perfect ruse because it meant that Annika was all dolled up. Gervon loved the look of Old City so we started around the back of the Second Bank as a warm up.
Then we headed towards an adorable rose garden where Gervon knew that it would be go time. I set them up with Annika turned away and Gervon on one knee. She turned around and began jumping up and down screaming, “I knew it!” about a hundred times. There might also have been a “yes” in there.
I continued to click as she took it all in. The emotions were fantastic!
Gervon just graduated from West Point. Annika comes from a West Point family and her father’s roommate at West Point was Gervon’s host family. The two met at a West Point tailgate.
In the two and a half years since they’ve been together, they’ve traveled around a lot, especially to visit his family who live all over.
She’s a self-proclaimed procrastinator. She had gone through umpteen outfits and mall visits before deciding on this one the day before the session. As evidenced by this whole shebang, he’s scheduled and organized.
It was gently sprinkling during our session but not nearly enough to dampen the mood in any way. We wandered down to the Spruce Street Harbor Park for some extra color. He loves her freckles and I have to say that I do too!
To Pookito and Pookita, CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you and so honored to have been there to photograph the proposal!
“Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is.”
~ Duke Ellington