One of the biggest reasons I love to travel is because of the people I get to meet. Anywhere you go, you either meet people that are rooted there or people that are doing the same thing you are - exploring. So many benefits to meeting both types of people!
Take for instance, our 1st night in Yosemite, when we got to meet Alex and Kris, a sweet couple from Missouri. We hiked up Taft Point, and once we got up there, some folks around the area told us to stay away from this prime spot... where we heard this guy was about to propose to this girl in a few minutes. Everyone around was hush-hush and giving them their private space and waiting for the big moment to happen, and I decided you know what... I'm just going to be a creep and linger around and take some photos of "the big moment." Who doesn't want photos of their proposal?! I saw that he had a little go-pro setup, but let's be real.... It's not the same as a professional photog capturing it. So I casually pranced around behind them taking some photos as I was tearing up myself watching Alex have tears rolling down his face as he put the ring on Kris' finger. Seriously, it was just the sweetest thing.
We let them have their moment, and then I wanted to get their contact info to send them photos, so I walked up to them for what I thought was going to be a brief second. When I apologized for being a creep taking photos, Alex had more tears streaming down his face at the excitement of having it captured. What a sentimental guy! They asked us to stay and hang out with them and pop some champagne with them to celebrate.... so OKAY, of course!
We ended up chatting, celebrating, and finding out so much about each other and finding out some ironic and fun connections/similarities for the next 25 minutes or so. We also made the trek back to our cars in the dark together, and I honestly wish it would have been a 6 mile trek back rather than 1! I had so much fun getting to know these two!
Alex and Kris - congratulations again! I am thrilled that I was "in the right place at the right time" to get to capture this special moment for you guys. I adore you both and hope to get to see you again / travel with you guys in the future!