Joe Batir asked for Ali Gatewood's hand in Marriage on 09-19-2014
This my friends, was an adventure of a Friday for sure! Not only was traffic nuts, but having car trouble, finding an ideal spot and communicating it to Joe in txt, being hidden lawn gnome(Im tall) behind a hedge and a shrub, and not being spotted by this glass:
Why on earth right? ...Well..since you asked... :D This 400mm 2.8 lens allowed me these close up shots, while keeping the light, without being spotted by Ali(ruining the moment), 60 ft away. I shot between 3.5-4.5 to be sure I had both more in focus. As the sun dipped, I could go to 3.2 or 2.8 if i had to.
I cant say enough good things about Joe and how he is with Ali. I have met Joe several times and seen the way he cherrishes Ali.
It was wonderful to photograph these two, not just because I was familiar with both of them, but because Joe and Ali were so fun to shoot!
This is one of my favorites!
Joe was explaining that Ali's ring is more than just a trip to the jeweler. Joe is a Geologist and actually dug and found the the Topez himself! He had them cut, and put into the ring that he designed. Isn't it beautiful?
I left Joe and Ali as they called the family to share the good news "Yeah....She said no.." Ha! Oh Joe!