Proposal photography and videographer
It’s really not surprising that so many people choose to get engaged in New York — with the cinematic Brooklyn Bridge, the green and peaceful meadows and bridges of Central Park, and the dazzling lights of Times square, New York truly is the most romantic city in the world.
With me, you’ll get a photographer with a roster of proposal ideas, from the classic to the extravagant. I know what works — and, importantly, what doesn’t. I can tell you all the best spots for proposals in and around New York City, whether you want all the familiar trappings of a traditional proposal or you want to find an unusual and quirky way to say 'I do.'
As You Seen In
I understand how important marriage proposals are. You want to spend the rest of your life with your partner, and you want that decision to be marked out with the most romantic gesture possible. Equally, you want to keep these memories for life and be able to share them with your friends and family.
The surprise of the proposal happens only once, and so it’s important to have the right photographer who knows exactly how to capture that moment. Having shot more than 800 marriage proposals in NYC alone, I have the skills and experience to ensure your film-worthy moment is captured forever.
A Very 21st Century Proposal in 4K!
It is no wonder that many couples are opting for both photography and videography for their special day. My videography packages come included with a studio interview (or at an NYC location of your choice) where you will have the chance to talk a little about your relationship and what led you to propose. I then edit the interview alongside the filmed clips of your actual proposal, before returning to to you. I've found this interview is a wonderful additional surprise for your loved one once(s) he sees the final video.
Proposal videos are popping up all over YouTube. And why not? Proposing is one of the only times you get to open your heart and deciare your everlasting love for your partner - you have gone to great lengths to find the perfect moment and source the perfect locationt, so why shouldn't you immortalize that in a beautiful video? I understand how important proposals are and I understand the desire to have your incredibly important day remembered. It's true: sometimes, photographs just aren't enough.
I work together with a professional proposal planner to help refine the details of your day and make your proposal one that’s truly unforgettable. We offer the following and more:
- Unique proposal ideas
- Assistance with planning and timing your day
- Bespoke plans for your big day
- Decorations, direct from our studio (contact us for our list)
- Live musicians
- Venue rental in NYC, including private rooftops with breathtaking views
Before the Proposal
I make choosing the perfect spot simple, advising on the best time of day and week, and help ensure you haven’t left anything out. Want to hire musicians, or add decorations and flowers? I can help with all of that!
I design a map with descriptions of how to get to the spot we have chosen and the best way for you and your partner to stand for your secret shoot!
We can speak in person, on Skype or via text/phone. Whatever’s most comfortable for you.
The Proposal Day
I will photograph you and your loved one in secret— I'll stand back and photograph you both in secret so that (s)he won’t suspect a thing until you pop the question!
Ensure your proposal is photographed from the best angles, wnsuring that wonderful surprice moment is captured forever.
A little after your proposal, I will show up and we can continue with a more traditional, engagement-style photoshoot...
...or I can keep hiding if you want to make the private monent last a little longer!
Want more information about my other package options? Just send me a message and I'll get right back to you!
After the Proposal
Just 24 hours after your proposal, you will receive the first key proposal photos so that you can announce your engagement to your family and friends, and share your shots on social media.
A week after your proposal you will receive a link to your digital photographs for direct download from Dropbox (you don’t need to have Dropbox yourself; just click on the link I send you.)
You will receive 200 high-resolution digital pictures with magazine-quality color editing.
All your surprise engagement photos can be easily shared online and printed either by yourself or through me.
I am an NYC-based marriage proposal photographer and videographer. I came to New York from Russia to study for a Master’s in Photography from SVA, NYC. I specialize in capturing marriage proposals; those beautiful, surprise moments when you tell your partner you’ll love them for the rest of their life.
Working with Vlad was super easy, he was great giving me tips for the proposal since he is very knowledgeable of the city. We had a few calls, arranged everything via email and whatsapp. He accommodated my schedule needs, waited for us when the plan got delayed, and was very understanding of my payment option needs.
I was very nervous trying to arrange a surprise/secret engagement photo shoot and coordinate this in an unfamiliar country and city. Vlad put me at ease. He helped me to organise the time, location and listened to me about what type of photos I wanted. On the day he was very discreet, and after the big moment he took some perfect shots which we have had printed out at home. I would recommend this service to everyone looking to get engaged. My fiancée loved it.
Vlad is very professional and easy to work with. From the beginning to the end, everything was easy and top quality. He was quick to respond to emails, easy to coordinate with, was at the location on time and took pictures that both my fiancée and I loved! He knew the city and all the best locations to capture our moment and got the pictures to us within just a couple days. Highly recommend him for surprise proposal photography in NYC.
Can you capture a video of my proposal in New York?
Yes, definitely! In fact, I think it’s necessary to have the proposal not only photographed but also filmed. Video gives a wonderfully rounded perspective to your proposal that perfectly complements the photography.
What is your photographic style?
I get asked this question a lot — it seems there’s an article on 'What to ask your proposal/wedding photographer' out there and this question is number one on the list! My photographic style is naturally candid, seeing as I specialize in ‘secret’ photography. However, I don’t like to pigeonhole myself into silly categories — I can be flexible to your needs and I very much take the mood and lighting of the day (and of course the couples themselves!) as my artistic cue. Put it this way: If you are reading this FAQ, then you must like what's in my photographs enough!
Where can I find out more about the packages do you offer?
Just send me an email with your enquiry.I have packages that will suit every budget, from an intimate Central Park proposal when morning has just broken to an extravagant engagement party on a rooftop bar!
I'm really nervous about getting my photo taken. Can you help me with that?
I’m willing to bet that 95% of people reading this FAQ will have homed in on this question. This may come as a surprise, but most people dislike the idea of having their photos taken. It’s really nothing that you should be worrying about — I’ve had plenty of training in helping people overcome their nerves and relax in front of the camera. And if you’ve chosen me to take photos of your proposal, you won’t have to worry about me at all — I’ll have hidden myself away somewhere so that both you and your partner can focus on the moment that matters.
I’m thinking of hiring musicians. Do you know any guitarists or violinists?
We have worked with a great deal of guitarists, violinists and other musicians. Music is a great way to set the mood and to surprise your partner even more than they are likely to be when you pop the question! Just send me the name of the song(s) you have in mind and we will find the best musician to play it for you.
I don’t know New York at all — will you help me pick a spot to propose?
Of course. I have had a lot of training in helping clients pick out the best spot for them and that says something about their personalities and their experiences as a couple. Just send me a message with a little background about you and your partner, and the kinds of things you both love to do. I’ll get back to you with places to propose in New York.
Marriage Proposal in New York
The feeling of getting engaged is like nothing else in the world, and where better to do that than in the city where everything is possible? My photography has taken me all over the world to all number of cities, but for me, New York has to be the best city for proposing. NYC has so many beautiful parks, restaurants and bars — from picnics in Central Park to boat rides by the Bethesda Fountain and even extravagant helicopter experiences you’re definitely spoilt for choice! I'm prould to be a proposal photographer in New York.
Video proposals are the most 21st century way to ask your loved one 'will you marry me?' But don’t let that dissuade the more traditional among you — I know how important it is to let that moment when you actually pop the question stay your moment. I will keep out of sight, and our crew will film you without your partner suspecting a thing (we’re like the ninjas of marriage proposals!) meaning my video proposals will give you both the privacy you want — and the memory for a lifetime.
Marriage Proposal Ideas
My assistance with your big day goes beyond photographing your proposal — I can also help you in the planning of the day, rent rooftop spots just for you, and even organize videography! As an experienced videographer, I can produce a beautiful video to accompany photographs of your proposal. Let’s talk! Just write to me using the contact form and I’ll be sure to get back to you with a few ideas to get you started.
Marriage Proposal Video in New York
Marriage proposals are such a beautiful and important time in your life. And nothing tells your loved one how much you mean to them like a marriage proposal video in New York. I know the city like the back of my hand — including all the top locations that will make your partner swoon! But if you have your own clear ideas on what to do, I’m perfectly happy to stay in the background and just keep the wheels turning. The most important thing about the day is you and your partner.
Proposal Videographer in New York
Vlad Leto is a photographer and videographer with years of experience filming proposals and weddings in and around the amazing New York City. It’s really not surprising that so many people choose to marry in New York — from the magic of Central Park to the splendor of the Rockefeller Center, the question is less 'why New York' and more 'why anywhere else!' You’ve been thinking about this big day for weeks, maybe even years, and you need a proposal videographer in New York to help bring your ideas into fruition.
Why should you choose Vlad Leto for taking proposal photos and video?
I have a great deal of experience in capturing proposals in NYC. I know the city like the back of my hand, and I know the very best moments to capture. But besides my experience, I simply love being a part of these wonderful days! I really enjoy photographing my couples at a time when their emotions are running really high; it’s one of the real highlights of my job. I take the time to get to know my couples and what makes them tick; I find that knowledge transfers really into exquisite surprise engagement photos.