Meet secret photographer who catches life's most romantic moments

Sandie was perfectly placed to capture the moment when Arpan proposed to Sneha under a sparkling Eiffel Tower following a romantic carriage ride in Paris

Couples know Paris as the ‘city of love’ and Gillian Harvey meets one of the people helping keep the memory fresh in their minds. Sandie Carol Dougnac tells of a job where she spends time hiding behind sofas or in a motorbike chase to catch an unwitting client

With Paris fixed in our hearts as the city of love, it is hard to imagine a more perfect venue for romance. It is the reason couples from around the world flock to this beautiful location year on year, whether for their honeymoon, a romantic break  - or to pop the question.

While that down-on-one-knee moment is memorable for the couple, not many are able to capture the instant they said “Yes” in a tangible form.

Photographer Sandie Carol Dougnac has a chance this leap year to pop the question herself

This is where Sandie Carol Dougnac comes in.

Hiding in a pre-arranged location, she snaps the moment the couple make their promise to each other, recording the love and happiness on the faces of the new fiancées.

Although photography is an art, capturing the proposal without being detected takes an additional set of skills: subterfuge, organisation and the ability to take the perfect picture without being seen.

Sandie said: “I’m always really nervous. If I’m seen, the unsuspecting half of the couple will know that something is going on — I could completely ruin someone’s perfect night!”

To date, Sandie and her Nikon D800 have managed to stay off the radar of brides and grooms to be but ...

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