Colleen + Adam


I was so nervous about Adam’s proposal to Colleen. It was my very first time photographing a proposal. I’ve been a full-time photographer since 2012 and I’ve yet to do one because dudes contact me at the last minute and then try to hassle me because I’m too expensive. Like, for real. It’s happened almost every single time. One time a dude replied back to my email saying, “Why would I pay that much when I just need a few photos”?

Adam, however, was prepared and so excited to propose to Colleen.

Aside from me being worried that I would ruin the surprise somehow, I was also worried about how the photos would turn out. Because this was my first proposal, I had to break my own rules. I normally require everyone to meet with me before booking. I do this to not only make sure I’m going to be a good fit but also to learn about them and get a feel for their personalities. All in all, it allows us to build trust between us all.

The trust is what helps me bring out the true selves in couples. And to be completely honest, since I don’t pose people, it helps me ensure the photos look authentic to who they are. So, I was nervous that I wouldn’t have the same vibe as all my other sessions. But I was wrong!

They were so much fun and easy-going. I mean, check out the boob squeeze gif at the end of the post! LOL!

It gave me confidence that if someone in the future cares about booking me (not just any photographer) in advance for their proposal, they’ll be all in on my approach and I would 100% deliver on my style even without my full initial meeting.

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Anthony Gauna is a Wedding, Portrait, and Boudoir photographer serving San Antonio since 2012.