He put a ring on it!!!!: Jane and Matt: Puyallup Engagement Photographer

My cousin is ENGAGED!!!!

One of my favorite things about my job–I get insider scoop!!!! FUN SECRETS! Pregnancy announcements, baby gender announcements, and PROPOSALS! I love being the first to know! In this particular instance, I got to be a major part of the plan!

My aunt called me early in the week to let me know that my DEAR cousin Jane would be getting engaged at the end of the week. My aunt said that one of the things that is important to Jane, is that the proposal was somehow captured. After talking to my aunt and Matt, we made some quick and tentative plans. Up until this point, Jane thought (as we girls tend to do) that he was going to propose on an upcoming cruise. After some tricky co-conspiricy with his future mother-in-law,  Matt was able to score Jane’s dream ring! At this point, there was no way that this sweet and ALWAYS smiling man, was going to be able to keep the ring a secret…so he planned a romantic night out.  As the week went on, Jane started to get a bit suspicious of Matt’s sudden ability for planning! So the three of us attempted to give the plans a little jiggle. The day before their Friday night dinner plans at Pacific Grill (one of their favorite and often attended restaurants), I attempted to shake things up. Early in the day, I put a FAKE casting call out on FB!  I feigned a desperate need for a couple that could be a test lighting/video model. Knowing that Jane is a fan of my photography, and that she would love some photographs of her and Matt…we were hoping that she would take my bait!!!! However, due to a busy day at work and dinner plans, she missed the FB post (but ended up being helpful to have the backstory ground work laid)! Time was disappearing, and I needed her to “volunteer” STAT! I ended up sending her and my sister a text, asking if either one of them could PRETTY PLEASE model for me! My sister couldn’t do it, leaving Jane as the only one who could save the day! Guess what? She did!

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On Friday night, I met up with Jane and Matt at Owen’s Beach. From the second I saw them, it was time to dust off my acting chops! (In college, I minored in theater. You will have to ask Jane if it was money well spent!) I played it cool and carried on like it was a normal session while throwing in a bit of lingo about testing light and camera settings. BUT…let me tell you, I was dying inside!!!!! Matt was going to fricking propose!!!!! He was much less nervous than I thought he would be and Jane didn’t seem to be suspicious at all. Everything was right on track! And if it wasn’t, maybe THEY should have been theater majors. I was fooled! After a series of massively fake tests…and an authentic Erinn Hargis mini session–it was go time for Matt! I captured all of the pictures that I wanted and was ready for the juicy stuff. I got to the point that I was SO nervous…I directed them to “boogie on down!”. Really, Erinn?! So nervous I resorted to THE BOOGIE (despite my silly request, the picture is adorable!). At that point, I knew it was time for me to just shut my trap! If you have ever had a photo session with me (heck, if you know me at all), the trap is NEVER shut! That was his queue to go for it.

I was so nervous about capturing the moment. I wanted them to have both video footage and images of the proposal–hard to do!  I franticly went between video and photo. I tried my best to capture it all!!!!

After the engagement, the two headed off to celebrate! Every Friday night Jane’s parents have “date night” at Mazatlan restaurant in downtown Puyallup. There is always a standing invitation for people to join! However, this particular date night, there were tons of extras folks attending to celebrate Jane and Matt!

I have included a little “Behind the Scenes” video of the big night! However, I must remind you–my main talent is NOT videography!!!! I really pushed my camera (and brain) beyond its limits to capture the night! That being said, I think you will really enjoy seeing these two love birds in action!

Congrats to my third sister, Jane!!!! Welcome to the family Matt!!!!

–Erinn

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