As a Toronto proposal photographer, it’s common for me to shoot at a venue more than once. The first time I shoot at a venue, it’s an exciting time for me as I take in all the potential of the photo location. I walk around and try to find hidden areas where I can take creative portraits. When I shoot at a venue for the second or—as in this case—third time, it’s still exciting for me as I challenge myself to look at the space differently. I treat each photo session with a couple as a blank canvas.
Since each couple brings their own personality and uniqueness to the shoot it’s important for me to give them a session that isn’t cookie cutter. I create photos that are just for them, which means photographing the space differently than I have in the past. That’s how I felt about Sameer and Naaz’s proposal.
Planning a surprise proposal in Toronto
When I first started chatting with Sameer, he had a few different ideas for the location. He bounced around the idea of proposing at the place where they had their first date, or somewhere near her home, or perhaps on the beach. Given the chilly weather and forecast for rain, I suggested he choose a location that had indoor and outdoor options. Of my suggestions, he chose the rooftop at the Thompson Hotel for his proposal. He felt the Thompson Hotel rooftop had the contemporary feel he wanted, along with a stunning view of the city. It was the perfect location for this surprise winter proposal in Toronto.
A proposal at the Thompson Hotel rooftop
On the morning of the proposal, it rained and melted the snow. When I arrived at the Thompson Hotel, I did a quick look around the space and got into position for Sameer and Naaz’s arrival. I hid outside and waited for them. When they arrived, I was surprised when Naaz said hi to me as they walked by. Usually the couple doesn’t notice me before the proposal, but as it turns out someone at the front desk accidentally gave away the surprise of the photo shoot. Sameer then took Naaz by the hand and said a few special words before getting down on one knee. She happily said yes!
Afterwards we went inside to warm up and take a few photos around the rooftop lounge of the Thompson Hotel. The couple had the whole rooftop to themselves to relax and cuddle in corners. Right after a proposal, I like to give my couples space to take in the excitement while I snap away at a distance.
Sameer and Naaz’s downtown Toronto proposal
I think every couple interacts in a way that is uniquely them—their subtle habits reveal their affection for one another. You can see it in the way they hold each other or kiss. Those little gestures are what I look for. The cutest thing about Naaz and Sameer was the way they would gently rub their noses against each other like a polar bear kiss. When I saw moments like that unfold, I took a step back and quietly photographed them enjoying their time together. I always tell my couples the more YOU you are during your photography session, the more you’ll see images that truly reflect your relationship. Documenting Sameer and Naaz’s proposal was the highlight of my week. It reminded me of how a great love can put you at ease and bring out the best in you.
Venue: Thompson Hotel Rooftop