I charge up to $5,000 to photograph surprise proposals in NYC. It’s like working as a spy — sometimes I have to chase my clients.

Vlad Leto.
Vlad Leto is a secret proposal photographer in New York who’s photographed more than 2,000 couples.
He started in event photography before creating his company, Proposal 007.
Here’s his career story, as told to writer Perri Ormont Blumberg.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Vlad Leto, a 38-year-old proposal photographer in New York City. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I’m a secret proposal photographer based in New York City and originally from Samara, Russia. I’ve been working as a photographer since 2005, and I have a master’s in photography from the School of Visual Arts.

I started my career in event photography, which was a source of stable income, in 2005. I also did fashion photography and worked with model agencies and stylists. For the past 11 years, I’ve been shooting marriage proposals in NYC. Every month I capture between 40 and 100 proposals.

I work like a spy. I secretly follow a couple and take pictures of one of the most…

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This article was written by [email protected] (Perri Ormont Blumberg) and originally published on www.businessinsider.com