Tres cute! Pierre Torset, the photographer who captured Pentatonix singer Kirstin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis’ magical Parisian engagement this past weekend, opens up to The Knot exclusively in a new interview.
Torset tells The Knot that Lewis, an entrepreneur, reached out to him first. “He mentioned who his girlfriend was and I thought it would be fun and exciting!” Torset recalls. “[Jeremy] wanted the proposal to be captured, but at the same time, he wanted to make sure it was still going to be a surprise for Kirstin. I suggested a plan and a location for it.”
The Paris-based shutterbug says he scouted a new spot for the a cappella singer and her beau. “I was thrilled and excited!” he tells The Knot. “I wanted to do something unique with a location and angle I’ve never shot before in Paris. I didn’t want it to be too busy of a location and for the moment to be theirs. I was pretty scared that someone else was going to recognize her at the time he proposed.” (Maldonado is the lead singer of beloved Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix.)
“Fortunately,” he continues, “this only happened when we were doing engagement pictures afterwards.” Part of the plan was getting Torset to disguise himself as a fan. This enabled him to snap the gorgeous, vivid shots of the couple up-close.
“I didn’t hide,” Torset tells The Knot. “The plan was for me to pretend to be a fan, so I could ask first for a picture of her and then, a picture of the two of them. Then I told him the keyword, ‘Oh la la,’ and he knew timing was perfect to propose. And he did.”
Maldonado was utterly shocked. “She couldn’t believe it,” Torset recalls to The Knot. “Crying, excited, laughing, crying [again], excited [again]. It was funny that she could not wait for him to stand up. She [really wanted] to hug him and kiss him.”
The timing for Lewis’s proposal was perfect. “Also, the whole day was supposed to be rainy,” Torset continues. “[I was] checking the weather forecast the entire afternoon … and secretly and anxiously texting Jeremy telling him that the sooner we do it, the safer it [would be] to avoid the rain.” Thankfully, the weather gods were gracious. “It started pouring about an hour afterwards, just when we finished shooting a few pictures,” Torset reveals. “Considering the weather forecast for the day, it’s a little miracle that it did not rain earlier on that day.”
Torset tells The Knot that he enjoyed capturing the pair. “It was touching and fun,” he says, adding that he would “love to” be their wedding photographer down the line. “Let’s see,” he adds.