michals-1To the people that know them, Joey and Savannah go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’ve been together for 5 years, and I think the pressure has been on Joey for a bit for when he was going to “finally” ask the question.

The pressure is understandable. My wife and I dated for just over 6 years before I “finally” popped the question and was able to produce a ring. I fielded questions from others about when I propose to my wife for years before I actually was able to produce what I thought would be the perfect ring for the love of my life. That’s often the issue with young love: being able to produce a ring. The love is indescribable, unquenchable, and unquestionable, and when there is a love present like that, the ring, setting, and idea has to be perfect. This is a once in a lifetime moment that shouldn’t succumb to pressure or be forced on to the groom-to-be.

Joey’s set up was perfect: he told Savannah that a colleague of his wanted to expand his photography portfolio and was looking for models to photograph. Not entirely a lie. Joey and I teach high school English at the same school, and I’m always looking to photograph new people. He set this up as a 5 year anniversary shoot. She had created a sign, and to my knowledge, was going along with the idea of an anniversary shoot.


When we got to the highly anticipated spot, Joey finally popped the question. michals-33



What followed afterward was a slue of emotions, which I was enthused to capture. Once the question had been asked, and she said “yes” of course, we had an actual engagement shoot to that needed to happen.



In the day and age where asking someone to prom is being dubbed “promposals,” asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you has to be big too. Make sure it is a moment that can be cherished forever because it was captured.


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