Rose and Alex: Engagement Proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to document love first hand. Alex asked me to do their engagement photos. He planned a surprise proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography seattle wedding photography

Happy Couple – Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

We met an hour before sunset so we could chose a few spots to shoot. For light, I used both natural and strobe. My two strobes were remotely fired using my Phottix Odin flash triggers.

Alex and Rose

Happy Couple - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography, seattle wedding photography

Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

For the photos, I used two Nikon Speedlight SB-910 strobes on simple light stands. My cameras were set to Auto FP mode. This allowed me to get great exposure for the sunset while also being able to control my flash exposure.

Sunset Smiles

Happy Couple - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography, seattle wedding photography

Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

My exposure for most of these was 1/2000th at f/5.6 using an ISO of 200. The only time I did not use flash was while we were walking along the Boardwalk. I just used the sky glow after the Sun had set (see top photo).

The Proposal

Alex proposes to Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography, seattle wedding photography

Alex proposes to Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The most beautiful moment of the session was when Alex dropped to one knee and formerly proposed to Rose. He had given me a hint he was going to do it. We planned it so that about 15 minutes in, I would tell hem his shoe lace was untied.

In the Eyes

Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography, seattle wedding photography

Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

We talked about it a few days before. He had gotten the ring back early from the jeweler after having it resized. He wanted to surprise her so he kept it quiet. Rose thought he wasn’t picking the ring up until the following Monday.

She Says YES!!!

She says YES!!! - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography, seattle wedding photography

She Says Yes!!! Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Do you know anyone in the Pacific Northwest getting married or engaged? Let them know about me as I am now booking engagements, weddings, and portrait sessions for the rest of 2016 and for 2017. Fill out my contact form for more information on My Website .

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

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