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December 31, 2015

Ripa + Hemal

Atlanta, Georgia - W Hotel
The studio just did our second engagement/proposal session atop the helipad of the W Hotel in Atlanta. Ripa and Hemal live in St. Louis, Missouri; Hemal was referred to the studio by the conceierge of the hotel. Hamel spoke with us on the phone and we were able to complete our coordination remotely before the big day. New Years Eve. We planned our deception with the precision of a couple of cat burglars; much care was taken in the details because Ripa was to know, or suspect, nothing This was to be a complete surprise.

Our proposal session went off without a hitch; and we absolutely adored this young couple and the family members who arrived before Ripa hid just off the edge of the helipad when Hamel and Ripa came up to the helipad. Believe me, hiding just off the edge of the helipad was quite a feat, there is literally nowhere to hide save a small set up stairs that meandered up to the helipad. I pretended to be a fashion photographer scouting a future location for a high fashion shoot and asked the young couple if they would mind me getting some quick reference shots to test my exposure and my lights.

We took about 6 or 7 shots and then Hemal went to one knee and surprised Ripa with the ring. It worked out fantastically and we hope Ripa and Hemal love the images. This shoot was on New Year's Eve. At the stadium in the background Florida State was being handed their hats by Houston in the Peach Bowl, but for this young couple, the only thing that mattered to them was they were there together, above it all, at eye level with the sky scrapers asking and being asked the most important question of their lives.

In case you're wondering, Ripa said, "YES!!!"
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