Engagement Photography in Clearwater & St. Petersburg, Florida

If your wedding is the best, most exciting day of your life, then your engagement day is a close second! Here at Jonathan Fanning Studio & Gallery, we understand that your surprise engagement session is going to be the beginning of a new adventure in your life. We want to document this special time for you and begin capturing memories that last a lifetime.

For over a decade, Jonathan Fanning has provided top-notch proposal photography in St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. You can trust that Jonathan will immortalize your special day in beautiful photography.

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How our engagement photography process works

  1. Of course, the first step is to contact us! You can use our online contact form or give us a call at (727) 851-9965
  2. We’ll discuss the details of your surprise engagement photography session. If you’d like to capture the surprise of the proposal, we’ll plan a location in advance for Jonathan to photograph the moment discreetly. Other details to discuss include outfits and what kind of final product you would like.
  3. Pay your retainer to secure your proposal date / time
  4. Shoot photographs of one of the most memorable moments of your life!
  5. Deliver your photographs in high resolution via download
  6. Start planning for your big day! (Need a wedding photographer? We’ve got your covered there, too.)

Why choose us for your engagement photography?

    • First of all, because we’re awesome!
    • We will guide you in preparing for your proposal & posing during portraits
    • We offer competitive rates and produce high-quality photographs
    • We have over 15 years of experience
    • You’ll never have to worry about losing your photographs: we back them up both while taking the photos in camera and once we download your photos onto multiple hard drives and in the cloud
    • 100% satisfaction guarantee
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Seven quick tips for a perfect engagement or proposal photoshoot

To ensure your portrait is as beautiful as can be, try to follow these suggested guidelines:

    1. Schedule your proposal engagement session a minimum of 1-2 weeks prior to your desired proposal date to allow proper planning. 
    2. Choose outfits that suit your personality and make you feel attractive! Make sure you create color harmony and both outfits coordinate well together. Please do not wear short shorts or skirts. This makes posing more difficult. Long, flowing dresses, jeans, or khakis make better selections. Color coordination is also a must!  
    3. Think about a location for your proposal. Something sentimental is always encouraged. We can also make recommendations for the perfect proposal location. 
    4. And most importantly: don’t over think and have fun!

Kind Words from Clients

Jonathan basically came out of the bushes to get beautiful (surprise) photos of my fiancé proposing to me! He was so kind and helped take the awkward edge off of posing for photos in public by guiding us with his great suggestions. We received the photos quite rapidly and they turned out amazing. The format we received the photos in was very user friendly and well-explained. Ryan and I look forward to working with him again in our exciting future wedding photos! – Ryan & Marilyn

I hired Jonathan at the recommendation of a friend to capture a proposal for me. I’m very glad I did. He was instrumental in picking out a location to have a surprise proposal pulled off in public without the feel of being in public. He met with me a few days before and we went around Downtown St. Pete to a few different locations. We talked about logistics and what I wanted from the evening for my fiancée. He was able to listen to what I had in mind and help show me places where we could make it happen. During the proposal he was out of sight and located in an excellent position to capture her reaction. After the initial candid shot of the proposal he came up and congratulated us, introduced himself to my new fiancé and directed us through another little photo shoot. He made us at ease and helped guide us into positions and poses that made for some excellent pictures. We couldn’t be happier with our experience. The pictures turned out great and were available to us within 48 hours. He is very reasonably priced for the service and quality you will receive. – Brad & Morgan

Thank you so much! These are amazing and just what we were looking for. We haven’t stopped talking about how professional and great you were with everything you put into making this day perfect for us. Thank you again! – Mike & Shari

Jonathan – thank you so much for the quick turnaround, and for the amazing day! We love the photos and had a lot of fun – thank you!! – Adam & Danielle

Frequently Asked Questions about Engagement and Proposal Photography

How much does it cost?

Contact us for pricing information. All proposal sessions include: Up to 1 hour i.e. hiding, waiting, photos of proposal, portraits, etc. and a download of the high resolution images with print release.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards. Payment is required upon booking to secure your appointment date and time.

Do you recommend any locations for my proposal?

We sure do! Contact us today so that we can discuss.

Do you provide any props or set up for my proposal?

Unfortunately we do not provide any set up or props. However, we can recommend several floral and décor companies.  

Do you offer prints or albums?

We sure do. All prints and albums are handmade with professional archival photographic paper.

Do you retouch the photographs?

All prints or album images ordered through us include retouching i.e. removal of stray hairs, blemishes, soften wrinkles, whiten teeth, etc.

How will I receive my photographs?

We will send you a private online gallery to access and download your images.

I live outside of Florida! Do you travel?

We sure do. We’ve had the opportunity to serve our clients in New York City, Rhode Island, Georgia, Colorado, Kentucky, Las Vegas, and North Carolina.

The Best Places to Propose in Tampa Bay

Are you planning on popping the question and in search of the best places to propose? Tampa Bay is a dream destination for the most amazing proposal and engagement photos! St Petersburg & Clearwater are full of award-winning beaches and picturesque destinations to provide the most romantic backdrop for your proposal. We have specialized in proposal photography for over 15 years and are a Tampa Bay native with a wealth of knowledge of some of the very best places to propose around Tampa Bay and capture the moment. Contact us today to learn more.