Door County is a perfect place for engagement photos! There are so many memorable locations for a memorable proposal, and spectacular scenery and vistas for for unique formal engagement photos.
Having worked in photojournalism for half my career, I love--LOVE--shooting proposals. I get to capture the big moment and all the emotions. I really applaud people who think to call a photographer--this is a moment that cannot be replicated. You'll never regret it.
And it's a perfect way to announce the engagement.
It's not just fellas who propose. I've photographed a small handful of women popping the question, too--including a midnight proposal on New Years Eve, an Irish tradition, she explained. I love old traditions and new, unconventional ideas--and love getting to photograph them.
Door County is also perfect for formal engagement photography, even if your wedding day is planned for another location. (But why wouldn't you want to get married in Door County? We have top-notch venues and vendors, and scenery that rivals the most sought-after locations in the country.)
For formal engagements, the rugged beauty of the shoreline, the subtle grandeur of the forests and meadows, and the quaint and sometimes quirky small towns are a perfect backdrop. I love Cave Point, of course (who wouldn't!) the local state parks, Egg Harbor Beach Park, the main street of Fish Creek, Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, the Canal Station in Sturgeon Bay with the dramatic pier, the working waterfront in Sturgeon Bay, including colorful and picturesque tug boats. There's the winding road to Newport and the ferry dock, crazy beautiful and remote county parks like Ellison Bay Bluff park. Or interesting places like the Norther Sky Theater in Peninsula State Park, or the schooner Edith Becker in Sister Bay. There are so many places!
If you want to try something different, there are urban landscapes, as well, in Sturgeon Bay, or rural backdrops like rustic barns.
Engagement sessions are included in my wedding packages. It's a great way to get to know one another before the wedding day.
Even if you are getting married far, far away from Door County, I'm happy to work with you for your Door County engagement session. I have simple packages, and lots of locations to pick from--or name a place that means something special to you!
Cave Point in Door County was in rare form this February day when the groom-to-be proposed to his girl. The waves were rolling in like ocean whitecaps, pounding the icy limestone bluffs.
It was late in the day, and there were only a handful of people at the county park. When I arrived early, I was concerned that it would be filled with people coming to watch the spectacle of big waves crashing against the shoreline, and spraying icy mist into the air.
The groom-to-be urged his girl onto the icy, rocky shelf. It was the place we had prearranged for the photo...but it was so slippery, I worried it might not work. But, they were troopers, and managed to make it out there. I held my breath, and stood across the main Cave Point "cave" and remained unnoticed as he dropped to one knee.
She said yes!
After a few moments, and hugs, he turned and pointed me out. She was completely surprised. Although, she did admit later she was slightly suspicious he might ask--there were a few subtle clues he was up to something.
We took a few more photos, for the record, but this one is the one that gives me goosepimples whenever I see it.
1/320; f/5.0; ISO 640; 180.0 mm.