When I am traveling, I often ask people taking “selfies” if they’d like me to take a picture for them. I know what it feels like to go up to someone and ask them to take a photo, and it’s not always the most comfortable thing for me, so I try to make it a little easier on other by simply offering.
This past weekend on a trip to Chicago with my son, I did that very thing, and couldn’t have been more surprised at the outcome. An adorable couple was taking a “selfie” at the top of the John Hancock building, and I couldn’t help but notice. So, as I usually do, I offered to help them out by snapping a picture for them. As I stood waiting for them to get ready, I was surprised that it was taking this guy a particularly long time to take off his coat and set it down. In my impatience, I was thinking to myself things like… “What is taking so long?” and “Why is he taking his coat off when he just had it on?”
What happened next reminded me that in all moments, it is necessary to practice presence and nonjudment. I was lucky enough to be witness to a beautiful surprise as this young man knelt down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend. I was the lucky one to be present to this moment and capture it for them forever.
After snapping a few with this couple’s point and shoot camera, I grabbed my own camera and it’s faster shutter speed and recycle time, to be able to catch as many moments for them as possible. And they were so gracious and happy to receive the photos a few days later when I returned home.
Take a few moments to enjoy their moment.
Congratulations beautiful couple. May you always be as happy as you were in that moment.