Surprise Proposal Photographer / Engagements2023-11-25T18:35:27-05:00

rhode island surprise proposal photographer

Surprise Proposal Photographer, Rhode Island

a man is on his knee proposing to his girlfriend at Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

Surprise Proposal Photographer

Surprise Proposal Photographer
Capture the Joy!

3 to 5 Photos on the Same Day/All Photos in 24 to 48 Hours

seans surprise proposal photography at the castle hill lighthouse couple hug after a surprise proposal on misquamicut beach, ri Anna's surprise proposal to Sarah at Beavertail State Park a surprise proposal on the providence pedestrian bridge

a surprise proposal on misquamicut beach, rhode island a surprise proposal on the providence pedestrian bridge surprise proposal photography at beavertail, rhode island chris's surprise marriage proposal at napatree point, rhode island

ZOOM Planning Session Included

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98 Proposals

As of 11/25/23 

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Basic Surprise Proposal Photo Session


  •  ZOOM meeting where I will help with proposal planning get you to the right spot to capture the moment, I will share photos and videos of your specific location (or review multiple locations, if needed) and you can ask your questions and discuss your proposal ideas..
  • Up to 1 hour photo shoot at location of choice*
  • Includes a mini-engagement photo session
  • Basic photo retouch (light, color, cropping), as needed (advanced photo-editing will have an additional charge.)
  • ALL good high-resolution digital images
  • Images delivered digitally via a password protected online gallery
  • 3 to 5 images delivered on the same day, all photos are typically ready in 24 hours
  • $50 fully-refundable deposit required at time of booking to secure the date. The deposit will be refunded should you have to cancel for ANY reason.

These prices are a guide, a couple of locations will have price variations based on the amount of waiting time (the amount of time that I have to be there lying in wait), travel time, parking difficulties and seasonal traffic.

  • $295* for Kent and Washington** Counties, Newport Nth of Memorial Boulevard) and  Jamestown 
  • $325* for Newport,  South of Memorial Boulevard & Providence County
  • $395*  for Bristol County and **Watch Hill
  • $445* for Tiverton and Little Compton
  • A couple of locations may have a seasonal variance due to summer traffic and parking challenges

Rhode Island Proposal Photographer, George Ross

George will forever capture the moment you drop to your knee on and propose with all emotions, tears, laughter, and surprise.

With all the excitement building up to the big question, it is hard to be in the moment; nerves are a natural part of the process. When working with George, he will assist with the planning, logistics, time of day, and location spot selection for your big day; he will do everything possible to make the surprise engagement go as smoothly as possible.

Even when things go wrong, and they do, you will have George in your corner to make your special moment special.

To make your proposal go as smoothly as possible, George will develop a detailed plan so that all you have to do is worry about popping the question rather than the logistics. If you seek a private proposal, that can be arranged at a location less traveled.

Depending on the location, he will be on the ready, hiding or hiding in plain sight, to secretly photograph the proposal. He has photographed many engagements, and even when he has to be close to the couple, he does not look like a photographer because he keeps his primary camera in a yellow Helly Hansen bag and only pulls the camera out when you drop to your knee because at that point you partner only has eyes for you.

Why a yellow bag? The proposal is the first point of contact between George and his client, and the yellow Helly Hansen bag allows the client to recognize george at a distance.

After the proposal, there will be a mini-engagement photoshoot where the ring will feature, and he will memorialize the couple’s joy forever.

Working with George

“I do,” two words that will change the course of your future. Getting engaged is an exciting time to look forward to your wedding and your future. Couples decide to leave their separate lives and join together on the journey. An engagement shoot is meant to capture this, to reflect the individuals, the couple, and their personal story. George will get to know each couple and will help each client create a shoot that portrays who they are. Creativity and diversity are present in all of George’s shoots, so feel free to set your imagination free! This is a time to enjoy your commitment to each other and to preserve it forever.

George Ross Photography offers  surprise proposals, formal engagement shoots and wedding vow renewals. George’s diverse portfolio and expertise are bound to meet the needs of your proposal or engagement shoot. Also, George’s technical expertise allows him to work in any location, any weather, and any lighting. As we all know, plans can change, the weather can creep up, George will be ready for whatever comes his way. Be in the moment, knowing that you will be able to look back at this day over and over again. Contact proposal photographer George today and begin planning your engagement, proposal or vow renewal  photoshoot!

What to Expect; Read Max’s Experience in His Google Review

a review of George Ross's photography services

Mr. Groom / Ms. Bride looking for a photographer to capture the biggest moment of your life. Stop what you are doing, scroll to the top of this page, message George NOW and pray that he is still available. I would give this man 100 stars if I could. The experience of working together could not have been any smoother or more enjoyable. A little background on our story – I was planning a surprise proposal to my now fiancée in Newport and came across George’s work. It immediately stood out from the other galleries I had browsed, and I was blown away not only by the quality of the photographs themselves, but the thoughtfulness and thoroughness that was evident in every shoot. I sent over a request and heard back almost immediately to confirm his availability, along with a plethora of other helpful blog posts and resources to help make the moment as special as possible. We were coming from out of state and had never been to Newport before – so being an expert on the area, George was quick to gave me a detailed run down of the ideal locations, pros and cons of each, and how to tailor our experience to achieve exactly what we were going for. It was also clear in speaking to him how passionate he was about the art of photography, and how eager he was to make this moment as special as possible for us. When the big day arrived everything went off without a hitch (other than me missing my mark by about 30 feet out of nervousness…) – George was hidden in plain sight pretending to be a nature photographer nearby us and when I got down to one knee, he turned the camera around to us and captured the moment perfectly. Afterward we held a mini photoshoot on the nearby grounds while we were still buzzing with excitement to capture that energy and relive the moment forever. He was able to send over 4 of our favorite photos within a few hours, and provided the remaining gallery the following day. Everything came out BEAUTIFUL. We have not stopped getting messages from friends and family complimenting how incredible the pictures are, and cannot stop flipping through them ourselves with a smile. I cannot possibly recommend George Ross more, he is the best photographer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Thank you again so much George for the spectacular pictures and for making this moment so special!!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather does not play nice for my proposal?2023-07-03T12:35:47-04:00

One of the more significant concerns for a surprise proposal is the weather. I have had to deal with this a few times in recent weeks, and each worked out well.

If the weather looks doubtful during the week of the proposal, I will check in with the client once we are in the 24-hour weather window, at which point we will have a much better idea about what will happen. If the weather does not look good, we will check in with the client on the morning of the proposal.

In one case, we moved the proposal to an earlier time to beat the arriving weather front and for a couple of others to an earlier day.

For another, the forecast showed scattered thunderstorms all day, and on the morning of the proposal, I left it up to the client – he saw an opening in the weather. We changed the time of the proposal, and it worked out super well, but when I drove home, I hit the thunder and lightning that we had dodged.

Sometimes the solution is simple, move the proposal spot to a different location to minimize the impact of the weather. If none of the aforementioned solutions work, a large ‘white ‘umbrella will do the trick.

The bottom line is that I will be as flexible as my schedule permits to move the shoot around to avoid the weather, but occasionally, the weather does win.

a surprise proposal at newport vineyards

Where is the best place to propose in Rhode Island?2023-07-10T10:36:47-04:00

Locations for proposal photoshoots in Beavertail State Park

This question is the most frequently asked; as a result, I have written a detailed blog post – read ‘Where to propose in Rhode Island’ – that provides:

  • pros and cons of each location
  • Google map link to each location
  • links to sample proposal photoshoots at each location

The locations discussed in the article are:

If you have any questions about picking a proposal location in Rhode Island, please feel free to call me at (401) 284 6106

I am from out-of-state, how do I get to the exact spot for the proposal?2023-06-14T09:17:15-04:00


At the time of writing (June 2023), I have photographed more than 60 proposals since the end of COVID. You can see most of these photo shots in my blog – A Collection of Proposal Photoshoots – 90% of my clients are from out-of-state and have never visited the Newport area, which is the most popular location in Rhode Island, to drop a knee.

I have developed a series of tools on my website, located in the blog, to assist you in planning your proposal. Should you decide to work with me, I will develop a detailed plan for you and often will have a plan ‘B;’ just in case.

Until recently, I would use the telephone, but a visual interaction is much more meaningful, and now I offer all clients a ZOOM meeting to plan out the proposal. In this meeting, I will use tools such as Google maps street view, videos of the locations, tools on my blog, and a variety of photos to ensure that you know exactly how to get to the spot.

You have enough to worry about; I will shoulder some of the responsibility for your big day.

What is the 3-color portrait photography rule?2023-07-21T16:08:20-04:00

The 3 color portrait photography rule is a simple compositional guideline that can help you to create more visually appealing portraits. The rule states that you should limit your composition to only three colors. This can be done by choosing a background, wardrobe, and skin tone that are all in the same color family, or by choosing three colors that complement each other.

There are a few reasons why the 3 color portrait photography rule works. First, it helps to create a sense of harmony and balance in your composition. When you limit the number of colors in your composition, it makes it easier for the viewer’s eye to follow the lines and shapes in the image. Second, the 3 color portrait photography rule can help to create a more dramatic and eye-catching image. By using contrasting colors, you can create a sense of visual interest and excitement in your portrait.

Here are a few tips for using the 3 color portrait photography rule:

  • Choose colors that complement each other. There are a number of different ways to choose colors that complement each other. One way is to use the color wheel. The color wheel is a circular diagram that shows the relationship between different colors. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, red and green are complementary colors.
  • Choose colors that are in the same color family. Another way to use the 3 color portrait photography rule is to choose colors that are in the same color family. For example, you could choose a blue background, a blue dress, and blue eye shadow.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. The 3 color portrait photography rule is just a guideline. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to photography. Experiment with different colors and see what you like best.

The 3 color portrait photography rule is a simple but effective way to create more visually appealing portraits. By following this rule, you can create portraits that are both harmonious and dramatic.

Why you should hire a proposal photographer?2023-04-12T15:12:09-04:00

Robert’s Surprise Proposal to Alexis on Newport’s Cliff Walk

  1. To capture the moment forever. Your proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you’ll want to remember it for years to come. A professional photographer can capture the emotions and excitement of the moment in stunning photos that you’ll cherish forever.
  2. To get professional-quality photos. Even if you’re a great photographer, it’s hard to take amazing photos of yourself and your partner during such an emotional moment. A professional photographer will have the experience and skills to capture the perfect photos of your proposal.
  3. To have someone else to worry about the details. When you’re planning a proposal, you have a lot of other things to think about. Hiring a photographer can take one thing off your plate so you can focus on the most important thing: making your proposal special.
  4. To get different angles and perspectives. A professional photographer will be able to capture the proposal from different angles and perspectives that you might not be able to get on your own. This will give you a wider range of photos to choose from and will help you remember the moment in more detail.
  5. To have a backup plan. Even if you have a perfect plan for your proposal, there’s always a chance that something could go wrong. A professional photographer will have a backup plan in case of bad weather or other unexpected events. This will help ensure that you still get the photos you want, even if things don’t go according to plan.
What are the benefits to hiring a proposal photographer?2023-06-14T08:35:24-04:00

There are many benefits to using a proposal photographer. Here are a few:

  • Capture the moment. A proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and a professional photographer can help you capture it in all its beauty and emotion.
  • Get professional photos. Even if you have a great camera, a professional photographer will have the skills and experience to take stunning photos of your proposal.
  • Relax and enjoy the moment. When you have a photographer to worry about taking photos, you can relax and enjoy your proposal.
  • Have a record of the moment. Your proposal photos will be a cherished keepsake that you can look back on for years to come.
  • Share the moment with others. You can share your proposal photos with your friends and family, or post them on social media.

If you are thinking about proposing, I highly recommend hiring a professional photographer. It is a small investment that will pay off in the years to come.

What are good questions to ask a proposal photographer?2023-06-14T08:35:40-04:00

How experienced are they with proposal photography?

Your proposal is the biggest, nervy moment of your life, and you should only trust people who can demonstrate a solid portfolio of proposal photography. There are no do-overs.

You can check out samples of my proposal photoshoots

Will they help with the planning and offer you advice?

This type of photoshoot can only be successful with a detailed plan, if your photographer will not create a clear plan for you…run a mile!

For my clients, I assist with selecting the location, and then I provide annotated maps and drone videos to ensure they arrive at the spot where I am waiting.

Francisco and CJ’s backstory illustrates the planning for a proposal.

Do they provide a timeline?

The photographer has to be prepared to arrive early and wait if the couple is late. In a surprise proposal, there are three involved parties; one does not know there is a schedule, which means that the photographer has to be patient.

Francesco’s Surprise Proposal to CJ at the Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

How do I choose a proposal place?2023-06-14T08:36:06-04:00

Many of my clients are from out-of-state, and some have a clear idea about where they want to propose, but most ask for input from me, as I am the local guy on the ground with the local knowledge they do not have.

I have written an article entitled ‘Best Places to propose in Rhode Island.

The blog article lists the pros and cons of each proposal spot with links to proposal photoshoots at each location. Many clients select their location based on the example photoshoots.

For others, it is more personal:

  • The place where you first met
  • That special place for your first date
  • Where you first fell in love
  • A romantic location personal to you
  • At home, because that would be a surprise
  • A family gathering, what better than to share with the one you love

Whatever you decide, if you would like your magical moment memorialized, reach out, and we can put a plan together or simply discuss the pros and cons of different Rhode Island locations.

a man is on his knee to proposal for a surprise proposal at beavertail lighthouse

What are the do’s and don’ts of a proposal?2023-06-14T08:36:28-04:00

Great question! And while there are many factors to consider, such as the spot of the proposal, the time of day, the weather, traffic, and keeping it away from family and friends who may leak the surprise! Lots to consider, but there is one aspect of a surprise proposal, and this is your behavior pattern, “do not do anything different on the day of the proposal.”

If you always go to the beach wearing flip-flops, do not wear dress shoes on the day of the proposal; if you always wear jeans to lunch, do not wear dress pants. Get the picture; no giveaways with your behavior!

In my experience, in upwards of 80% of couples, a proposal was anticipated at some time, mostly sometime in the future or even during a weekend getaway to Newport. The proposal will still be a surprise if your partner does not know when it will happen, regardless of where and when.

So, the #1 thing you must do to pull off a surprise proposal is DO NOTHING DIFFERENT!

Only two of the many couples I have photographed figured out where and when the proposal would happen. I asked one lady who knew it would happen but played along nicely how she knew, and she replied, “he booked a table for lunch; he never makes reservations.”


seans proposal at the castle hill lighthouse

What should be included in proposal photography?2023-05-03T16:05:35-04:00

There are two important elements to a surprise proposal photoshoot.

The Proposal

It takes bunch of planning but the goal is to capture the moment that can never be relived when you partner said yes. There may be tears of joy, there may be laughter and there may be shock but whatever the emotion your photographer should capture that.
Max's Surprise Proposal to Melissa at the Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport

The Mini-Engagement Shoot

Once the emotion of the proposal has subsided -a little – your photoshoot should include detail photos of the rings and couple photography; and any specific image that you would like.

engagement proposal at the castle hill lighthouse

If you would like to learn more about surprise proposal photoshoots, pop-over to the Proposal/Engagement web page for details on pricing and lots of information for planning the perfect surprise proposal.


After photographing many, many, surprise proposals…

Never do anything different. A behaviour change will give the game away!

How far in advance should you book a photographer for a proposal?2023-06-14T08:37:04-04:00

That is like asking how long is a piece of string; there is no specific answer.

Most of my clients book me within two weeks of the proposal; many books within a few days and have the outlier who books months in advance.

During the busy seasons of Spring, Summer, and Fall, Summer is the busiest. During the Summer months, I find myself turning down two to three shoots for every one that I book due to me already being booked for a proposal shoot.

My advice is to book as soon as possible, especially during summer, to avoid disappointment.

andrea's surprise proposal to nathalie at the castle hill inn

How do you secretly take pictures in a proposal?2023-06-14T08:37:54-04:00

This is a great question, and the answer is it varies.

Sometimes, I can hide in a crowd, but in many cases, I have to hide in plain sight. To hide in plain sight, I sometimes pose as a tourist photographing attractions while watching my couples out of the corner of my eye or as a nature photographer photographing wildlife or nature, depending on the situation.

Beaches can be challenging; in several instances, I have walked up to family groups, quickly told them what I was doing, and then asked if I could hang out with therefor a few minutes. The answer is always yes, as they become very excited at being able to witness a proposal. My camera is hidden in a yellow sports bag to ensure I do not look like a photographer. I only pull my camera out once I see a knee dropping.

One of my favorite stories was from when I was photographing a couple in a holiday park in Matunuck, Rhode Island. There was no place to hide or hide in plain sight because I looked completely out of place, and one of the residents began paying me a lot of attention. She lived in the home across the street from my target; I walked over to her and told her my plan. She was superb, she invited me to join her on the deck, poured me a glass of wine, and we chatted until my couple walked out of the house, and I set to work.

There is no set answer; I go in with a plan but often have to call an audible based on the circumstances at the time of the proposal.

man on his knee for a surprise engagementl on misquamicut beach, ri

How much should you spend on a proposal photoshoot?2023-05-03T16:06:54-04:00

A question that is often asked but as the provider of the service  it is really not up to me to answer.

The proposal services that I offer go well beyond taking the photographs, I will:

  • assist you to select the perfect proposal spot
  • prepare a set of maps and directions to get to to the spot (the majority of my clients are from out of state and I have gotten very good at variegating strangers to a specific spot at a specific time)
  • arrive 30 minutes early at the spot and will call an audible if some thing is wrong with the selected spot (the arrival of a bus load of tourists, the arrival of a large wedding part are a couple of incidents where we had to make a lot minute call)
  • provide you with several photos within a few hours of the shoot, typically
  • provide you with all photos within 24 hours, typically

So, how much?  My rates typically range between $275 and $325 which I believe is excellent value for the services rendered.

See the current proposal photoshoot pricing

If you would like to learn more about surprise proposal photoshoots, pop-over to the Proposal/Engagement web page for details on pricing and lots of information for planning the perfect surprise proposal.


After photographing many, many, surprise proposals…

Never do anything different. A behaviour change will give the game away!

Enjoy Some of My Post-Proposal Photoshoot Joyful Selfies

Read the Experiences of a Few of My Clients ( for more visit Google)

Anna's surprise proposal to Sarah at Beavertail State Park“I found George via Google when I searched for a RI engagement/proposal photographed, and I’m glad I did! It was a pleasure working with George. He was very good at communicating with me via email. He also had a lot of good advice on planning the perfect proposal (location & time of day matters!). Much of his advice can be found on his personal website along with examples from past photoshoots. George was great with the details. He has bird’s-eye-view photos of all the shooting locations as well as well-labeled spots for where you should stand for the best shot. A week before my proposal, we video called and planned the whole thing out. It felt like we were spies organizing a heist, it was very exciting! On the day-off everything went smoothly. My partner and I were a little late getting to the venue, but George was there and waiting for us patiently. He is very easy to work with and very supportive during this stressful but exciting time! I would definitely work with him again for any wedding-related photos.
~ Anna Knes

Rich's surprise proposal to Spoorthi at the Castle Hill Lighthouse“George was a pleasure to work with. He was always available for questions and provided ideas into proposal spots. A couple of days before the proposal, George set up a meeting with myself to go over every details about the surprise proposal. This was very beneficial as it helped prepare me be ready for the surprise pictures and be in the perfect position. The pictures came out beautifully and it George provided us with great ideas on how to take pictures. I would recommend George as a surprise proposal photographer for anyone looking for one!”
~ Rich Agrusti

joe and nicole's surprise proposal at the castle hill lighthouse“George was a true professional throughout our proposal photo shoot at Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI. I was unfamiliar with the specific area around the lighthouse but George took the time to talk to me prior to the proposal about the process and tips about the location. George marked up google maps to show me exactly where to go. On the day of the shoot, George arrived early to scout out the location and sent a picture confirming where to park. I was able to share my location and send a selfie to George so he could recognize us. During the proposal George was able to sit on the edge of an icy rock face and capture amazing pictures of the proposal in front of the lighthouse. After the proposal we walked through different shots to showcase the ring, landscape, and Castle Hill Inn.

George captured the moment perfectly. Friends and family were wowed by the pictures. We are thankful and could not have asked for a better experience.
~ Joe Kurzi

corey and jessica's surprise proposal at the goat island lightho“This past weekend I planned a surprise engagement proposal for my girlfriend during our mini vacation to Newport, Rhode Island.

George was a fantastic help during all of the planning stage in the week(s) leading up to the big event. He was super responsive to all of my questions, made suggestions, checked the weather, found me the place with the best lightning, and arrived early to ensure everything happened as seamless as possible.

Not to mention, the pictures came out perfect and we’re all made available to us within 12 hours of them being captured. Now this amazing moment will be shown off in our home forever.

For anyone who’s thinking of doing something like this it’s 100% worth it and George is the most kind, genuine, patient, and knowledgeable photographer to work with.”
~ Corey Freeman

Rob and Erin's surprise proposal at the castle hill inn“In preparation to proposing to my Girlfriend over Labor Day weekend, I was in search of a photographer who could capture the moment. It was early on in my research when I came across George, and I’m very glad that I did! There is so much I liked about George, but the one thing that stood out to me was his ability to ensure my needs were met. Before, during, and after the shoot, he was on top of communicating everything. George is an absolute pleasure to work with and an even better person! He really enjoys what he does and that shows in the gorgeous pictures he took of this very special moment.
~ Robert Cardin

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