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Need a marriage proposal photographer

to capture THE moment?


Hi I’m Ian, the San Francisco Marriage Proposal Photographer! 😀

As a marriage proposal photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve been fortunate to have photographed over 200 Couples!

These surprise engagements are one of the most memorable genres of photography since the emotions and reactions are so raw, making for some awesome images!

Trust THE moment will be captured with an experienced marriage proposal photographer

I exist to give your memories back.
It will happen so fast you won’t even remember what you said.

This is why I love being a photographer.

Let’s talk about your marriage proposal !


90% of marriage proposals follow the traditional route…

But…if you have any specific ideas that require a little more planning I’m more than happy to help with it!

I can help buy flowers or find a musician to play that special song to make your occasion as personal as possible!


SF Marriage Proposal Photographer
Featured Blog Posts

Lovers Lane Marriage Proposal Photos in San Francisco

Josh and Rachel – December 16, 2017

Josh’s HowTheyAsked published marriage proposal to Rachel at Lovers Lane in the Presidio of San Francisco 

Pier 7 Marriage Proposal Photos in San Francisco

Simon and Courtney – December 2, 2017

Simon’s marriage proposal to Courtney at Pier 7 in San Francisco, complete with horn musicians playing her favorite artist, Frank Sinatra

Overcast Baker Beach Marriage Proposal Photos in San Francisco

Nick and Lexie – June 1, 2019

Nick’s marriage proposal to Lexie at Baker Beach on an overcast summer day in San Francisco

Baker Beach Marriage Proposal Photos in San Francisco

Ryan and Genevieve – February 28, 2020

Ryan’s surprise marriage proposal to Genevieve while visiting San Francisco from Oklahoma City

Marriage proposals in San Francisco and beyond!

Wondering where to propose?

Read my blog about the best marriage proposal locations in San Francisco

Contact me to get started on planning your dream marriage proposal!


Ian Chin was a magician in his former life, I swear.  Heard the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Well let me tell ya, Mr. Ian Chin is Minute Maid, himself!
Tom and I are more than happy with the stunning proposal pictures that Ian took.  His creativity and professionalism made that special day in our lives much more memorable.  Thanks Ian!  




Ian was hired by my boyfriend (now my fiancé) to shoot our proposal. He was easy to work with and gave Bryan advice in order to get the best photos. There wasn’t a place to “hide” during the proposal, but Ian did a great job of staying far enough away to give us our privacy but still get GREAT shots. 

Published Marriage Proposals on HowTheyAsked.com

Excited to plan your marriage proposal?


The Process

Fill out the CONTACT form so I receive all relevant details from you. I will respond ASAP so we can start planning!

We will discuss in depth the master plan to ensure the marriage proposal photos look as good as possible!!

Show up and don’t forget the cue that we – I will take care of the rest! And don’t forget to breathe and relax!!!

In addition to the actual marriage proposal being photographed, there is time afterwards for a mini engagement shoot! Particularly popular for Couples visiting from out of town, the extra time allows you to really allow this life-changing moment to soak in and commemorate the location