Everything you need to know about proposing in Branson
If you’re thinking about proposing in Branson, you’re in the right place. Branson is a very popular place for proposals due to it being a beautiful destination that is easy to reach from most of the U.S. As the Queen of photographing proposals in Branson, 👑 a title that I have recently bestowed upon myself, I wanted to share some of my best tips. These are the best tips that I have for proposing in Branson along with some frequently asked questions.
*Branson Proposal & Family Photography was formerly Amy Fillinger Photography. I’ve had some people ask about the old watermark on some blog photos, but I promise we are the same photography business. =)
Tip: The links under all of the proposal pictures are links to that blog post for that particular proposal. If you see a location that you like, click the link for more images!
This proposal was at Big Cedar and was a complete surprise! Abbie didn’t know I was there. 🙂
Where to propose in Branson?
If you are looking for the perfect spot to propose, check out the 7 best places to propose in Branson. Depending on the look that you’re going for, there are plenty of options. Most people visit Branson for outdoor activities, so outdoor locations with beautiful backgrounds are generally top choices. Some of my personal favorite spots to propose in Branson are:
- Dogwood Canyon
- Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
- Anywhere on Table Rock Lake
- Depending on the Season, Silver Dollar City.
- The Branson Landing
This Branson Landing proposal was a planned photoshoot turned proposal!
How to propose in Branson
There are two types of proposals, at least when there is a photographer involved. The first is a planned photoshoot that turns into a surprise proposal. The shoot is either set up by the person who is proposing or even another family member or friend. About half of the proposals that I photograph are planned photoshoots.
Here is another surprise! Morgan had no idea that I was there.
Most of the time, there will be a backstory such as winning a free photoshoot from a vacation company, from the photographer, or something along those lines! I’ve also done a couple of shoots that were “birthday” photoshoots but turned into a proposal. 😉
This was another photoshoot where the proposal was a complete surprise for Kaitlyn!
The second kind of proposal is what I call a “hide in the bushes” proposal. This is where the girl (or guy!) doesn’t know what is coming. I make plans to meet at a specific time and place with the person planning the proposal, and generally, pretend to be doing something else. Whenever the time is right, I will capture the proposal.
Rebecca thought her mom had won a free photo session, but Brad had other plans.
While the second type of proposal can be more difficult to plan, it’s also the best way to go if you think they might suspect anything. A lot of people worry that the person being proposed to is going to catch on, but I promise you that I’ve been shooting Branson proposals for a while and I’m very good at avoiding any attention. I’ve also shot dozens of proposals and never once missed anything. It’s all part of having a good plan. So far, I have a 100% record of the surprise actually being a surprise.
Should you hire a photographer for your proposal?
As a Branson photographer who specializes in proposals, I am going to say yes. 😉 That being said, most people do want photos of their proposal and if your significant other is one of those people, they have probably hinted at it! You can read more about why to hire a photographer for your Branson proposal here.
Haily thought they were just doing a couples shoot at Top of the Rock, nope!!!
Do proposals ever go bad?
Well, I’m sure it’s possible. However, I can safely say that none of my proposals have ever gone badly, and all couples that I have worked with are either married or currently planning weddings. Since I travel all over the country, I even get to photograph some of their weddings, which is absolutely the best!
How do I hire a proposal photographer?
You can use the contact form here. Proposals start at $500 and go up depending on the complexity of the proposal or if any entry fees are involved. This price does include your digital files, and it also includes any help that you need planning your proposal. While I never thought I’d be a proposal planner, I love helping plan all the details for proposals!
Erik surprised Masie at Top of the Rock!
There you have it, those are the most common questions that I hear about proposing in Branson. If you’re looking for a photographer for your proposal, I’d love to chat with you more!
This “hide in the bushes” proposal was more like “hide in the Christmas lights!” Morgan had no idea.