A photographer in Arkansas thought he was doing the right thing by photographing a man proposing to his sweetheart. And it would have been the right thing, had it not been the wrong couple!
Jacob Peters from JP Photography, was contacted by a gentleman in Wisconsin who wanted a photographer to secretly photograph him proposing to his girlfriend. The proposal was going to take place at the romantic spot of Hawksbill Crag.
In order to arrive before the couple and be all ready, Peters got up at 2.30am, packed up 30 pounds of gear and headed out to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas’ Ozark National Forest. He parked in up at 4.45am and hiked up to the point, where he was ready at 6am, as planned. It may have occurred to him that there was no cell phone service, but before he had waited too long, a happy couple arrived.
Peter, discreetly hidden, began shooting the couple. The man duly got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and popped the question. It was obvious by the girl’s reaction that she had said yes.
“She turns around and starts crying and hugs him and it’s obvious she said yes and all went well,” Peters says.
He continued snapping even after the couple sat down and began to enjoy the sunrise.
‘Job well done’, thought Peters, and packed up, hiked back to his car and drove home. He texted the guy to say that they shots had come out well, and then took a well deserved nap.
“I send the guy a text saying congratulations,” Peters recounts. “I’m glad it all worked out and then I take a nap since I was very exhausted.”
Imagine the shock when he woke to read the reply!
“I’m confused, we never saw you and we got there a little late, are you sure it was us? I was in a blue plaid shirt…”
The couple had arrived late, and had never seen Peters! On further texting it turned out that he had indeed photographed the wrong couple! Basically he had spent 6 ½ hours and $40 in gas to shoot 450 shots of the wrong couple!
“At first, kind of upset at myself,” Peters said. “I had just ordered a new camera and this shoot was going to go towards that. And I knew I wasn’t going to charge someone for work I didn’t do. I told my wife what happened and then immediately thought, they had to have seen me and thought I was some creeper in the woods with my camera and 70-200 taking pictures of them.”
“After a few days I figured I have photos that I’m sure this couple probably would like to have so why not try to find them,” he said.
Peters decided that the couple might actually like to have the pictures so he posted on Facebook, and amazingly, he got a reply from the couple, who were delighted that they had shots they did not even know of, taken of that most special day.
“I was hoping they were local but that didn’t matter,” says Peters. “They are from Dallas and they were sent a link to the post from a photographer they were going to hire. Within 4 hours I found out who they were and they couldn’t have been happier.”
Peters has said that he intends to make right with the couple he should have been shooting, by a romantic shoot with them. He has turned to crowdfunding to raise the money to finish the job with them.
Source: Daily Mail