Last week I received an email from a guy called James from America, who was looking for a quote to capture him proposing to his girlfriend Alyssa at the Cliffs of Moher. He was going to be there last Monday 31/3 on his tour around Ireland. I love these kind of requests, they are so exciting. I was very lucky because James decided to go with me. The days prior to Monday we plotted and schemed a plan together … We had to make sure that Alyssa would not notice me before the proposal.
They had to come from Killarney that day so we were going to go with 11 o’clock in the morning, hoping that the sun would not be too much in the lens, as the best views were south facing. I wanted to make sure that I was going to be there early enough to get ready and to check out the spot where it was all going to happen.
I first went over to the spot near the O’Brien’s tower, the highest viewpoint. We had already decided that this was going to be the best location because the views are the best from here. I marked the spot where I wanted James to kneel down in order to have the best background views.
To pass the time, I took in the views litterally. After all, I had to look like a tourist!
By the time 11 o’clock came, I was weak in my knees with the nerves. However, I had to wait a bit longer. Around 11.30, I spotted a girl with a grey dress and black leggings (James had emailed me that morning with a description of their clothes). They were walking uphill, I disappeared behind the tower, being the tourist again. James had planned to walk around the tower to make sure I was there and he was going to look out for the mark on the ground. When they came around he spotted me. They walked up to the north side and back again. At that stage I was in the spot where I had to be, ready to go. It was such a busy spot, there were people all around us … James walked over to the spot but Alyssa had other plans, she was too cold and wanted to go down. James convinced her to come over. They had a little chat, I suppose also waiting for everybody around us to clear off. But then the moment arrived and James went down on his knees producing the RING (I could have gone down with him, my legs were like jelly). I felt like a real papparazzi photographer, shooting away. And then the other big moment: she said YES! It was lovely to watch and capture.
After this I made myself known to them. We had a few more photos and then they left to continue their trip to Galway. It was definitely one of the highlights (litterally) of my photography career so far!