Stealthy Photo of Marriage Proposal Goes Viral on the Internet

Photographer Patrick Lu always carries around his Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera around. “Every day. Everywhere,” he says.

That came in handy last week, when Lu and a friend were at the capital in Austin, Texas. His eagle-eyed friend somehow noticed that a man nearby was about to propose, and Lu was able to snap some stealthy photos of the event, including the beautifully framed one above.

After getting home, Lu posted the photograph to Reddit with the question “Did any of you propose at the capital last night?”.

Over a thousand people quickly upvoted the story, making it the most popular ever on the /r/Austin subreddit.

Before long, the lucky new fiancee himself, a man named Joel Bush, was tipped off to the story. Here’s how he responded to the find:

Bush tells Mashable that he was happy that the photograph was a candid one, saying,

We experienced that magic on its own terms, with no thought about posing or anything. And, because the photographer did such an awesome job, we also have that precise moment and her beautiful reaction captured for safekeeping. It’s pretty priceless.

The mainstream media has also jumped on the story. Here’s CNN’s reporting of it:

Lu is planning to hand the full-res version of the photograph over to the couple, and tells CNN that his low asking price is, “coffee and a slice of cheesecake.”

(via 43Rumors)

Image credit: Photograph by Patrick Lu

  • Christopher 

    That is so sweet… (^________^)

  • cj


  • Jessica

    very sweet (don’t care if its fake) just nice to see her surprise and body *glow*.

  • rtfe

    if you Blow the image Up, there’s someone getting murdered in the top right corner

  • DC

    whats the source of all that light from camera right?

  • Susan Shek

    i hope they hire him to shoot the wedding!

  • 9inchnail

    Propably the best illuminated park I’ve ever seen. It’s brighter there at night than in my living room in daytime. Nice coincidence that they picked the brightest spot for this.

  • madmax

    It´s not a fake pic, just a high ISO pic. Good work!

  • gavin stokes

    Funny how its the same setup as the one taken by a tourist which went viral while back…although anythings possible.

  • Oskar

    I noticed that too!

  • Oskar


  • brob

    she’s pretty hot

    the photo is not that good. It’s strange what photos get so much attention these days

  • jake

    has anyone else that feeling that there is no privacy possible anymore?

  • Michael Zhang

    Link changed! :)

  • jw

    Behind the shrub, right?

  • Samuel

    Considering the lack of flare from the street light i can only assume the light coming from the right is either a nuclear explosion or a big location strobe…

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    Lack of flare? I’m assuming you missed gigantic green spot in the middle of the picture then? You have to do better than that.

  • Bua

    Strobist info please….. :P Seriously nice stuff.

  • Samuel

    Yes, yes I did, must look at posts on a bigger screen than my phone before commenting.

  • John Kroetch

    I don’t think you should propose in a public place (no matter the time of day) and expect any privacy.

  • Sahaja

    Car headlights?