Naila and Jamil

Jamil prepares for Naila to arrive

Photograph a proposal in Austin? I’m there. These are the kind of assignments that, forgive me, make my heart go pitter-pat. When Jamil emailed me about his idea to propose to his girlfriend—now fiancée—Naila, I couldn’t help but want to photograph it! His plan was to lead her in a scavenger hunt through favorite places in their hometown of Seattle followed by a plane trip to Austin. Why Austin? Naila spent a few years living here and collecting fond memories so it was a perfect place to propose.

Normally, I’d recommend a proposal later in the day however, Jamil’s plans didn’t just involve a scavenger hunt that spanned two states. Jamil not only arranged for both of them to fly to Austin separately but he also surprised Naila by flying in both of their closest friends and family. Seriously, how could she not say yes? Everyone they loved dearly in one place and then a meal together to celebrate afterwards. It was the sweetest gesture and I am seriously impressed. Aren’t you? Jamil put so much thought and heart into the whole thing.

After taking the time to enjoy everyone and celebrate their new fiancée/fiancé status, we got to take a little time and shoot a few engagement portraits. Of course we had to hit spots that they both loved and are iconic Austin. They’re the dearest couple and it was so sweet to get to spend time with them.

Naila makes her way to the last stop on the scavenger hunt - Austin proposal photographer

Jamil gets down on one knee - Austin proposal photographyJamil gets down on one knee to propose - Austin proposal photographers

 

Naila says yes to Jamil - Proposal photographers in Austin TX

Naila and Jamil - Zilker botanical garden portraits

Naila and Jamil suprised by family at their Zilker Botanical Garden proposal

Naila and Jamil suprised by family at their Zilker Botanical Garden proposal

Naila and Jamil's SoCo Austin engagement photo session - Austin engagement photographer

Naila and Jamil's SoCo Austin engagement photo session - Austin engagement photographer

Naila and Jamil's SoCo Austin holiday engagement photo session - Austin engagement photographers

Jamil and Naila's engagement session at Roadhouse Relics ~ Austin mural photos

Jamil and Naila's engagement session at Roadhouse Relics ~ Austin mural engagement photos

Jamil and Naila at the Austin postcard mural during their engagement session

Blue hour portraits for Naila and Jamil on Congress Avenue, Austin TX ~ Austin Wedding Photographers

21 thoughts on “Naila and Jamil

  1. Alissa said:

    What a sweet engagement session! They look so happy together!

  2. Beautiful photos! I love engagement photos as they truly capture the moment! Great shots

  3. Jennifer Outlaw said:

    Proposals are so fun! You did an amazing job capturing it. I loved the different locations you chose for the engagement session afterward are beautiful.

  4. What a great idea! I love the show Amazing Race, so I would say yes at the end of this for sure!

  5. Oh look at her face when he got down on his knee. Amazing moments you’ve captured here.

  6. That’s so awesome! What a sweet guy! She’s so happy, and these photos are lovely!

  7. Ohhh my goodness these are beautiful! YOu captured their emotion so well! And what perfect backlighting you had for the proposal itself!! LOVE

  8. Angie said:

    What a beautiful love story! How fun to capture this- nice job!

  9. Love this. From the proposal pictures to the Austin post card picture. Beautiful work.

  10. I love shooting proposals!! They are so much fun!!

  11. kathryn said:

    aww i love her reaction! and then the high five! ha, they are too cute!

  12. Congratulations on the engagement – this is so exciting. I love how genuinely happy they are and the couples portraits to follow are just perfect.

  13. Alice L said:

    This is such a cute and creative proposal idea. Love the high five they are giving each other after he proposed.

  14. Brittany Slaughter said:

    Oh wow! this sis the absolute sweetest! Love proposals and I love these locations!

  15. How Special! I love the thread of red that you all kept throughout the day! It really seem to match their style and feeling of the day of being Vibrant and fun!

  16. amber said:

    Oh I DO love a photographed proposal 🙂 Great work capturing the special moment!

  17. These are so beautiful and the emotion in them is so tangible! What an amazing proposal!!

  18. Beautiful work Mercedes – I love her reaction and then the image of him hugging her. I bet they’ll treasure these forever

  19. joy said:

    The best photographer in Austin does it again!!! In awe of your ability to keep it honest and artful at the same time <3

  20. mercedes said:

    That is the sweetest thing I’ve heard today! Thank you!!!

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