Cake Smash

The “Cake Smash” trend is all the rage for 1st birthday parties.

Simply set a birthday cake in front on 1 year old and let them eat cake on their own terms.  Typically there is a bit of hesitation at first as the one year old takes in the large colorful object placed in front of them.  Then, after even the littlest taste, it’s all over from there.  Cake ends up everywhere and the photos are truly priceless.

We recently held a cake smash photo session at the studio and produced this collage print for the parents to hang in their home.  How fun!

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Madison

Madison is wildly talented, extremely ambitious, and possesses an undying passion for music.  She sings regularly and has performed the National Anthem at Portland Timber’s games at Jeld-Wen Field, the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, and many others including the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.  Madison has also competed on the television show American Idol.

Our paths crossed a year or so ago at an event and I recently had an opportunity to capture some new professional headshots for her at the studio.  Madison was looking for something a bit looser and more casual in style.  Here are a few of our favorites from the recent headshot session:

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Amy & Paul | Engagement Session

Amy & Paul opted for a fun afternoon/evening in downtown Portland for their engagement session.  They love Portland, especially at night, and wanted to capture some signature locations throughout the city including some of the twinkling lights.

We began the session at PSU, the exact location where they originally met, and where Paul proposed to Amy. We walked over to the Park Blocks and captured some images by the Portland Art Museum as well.  Then, as the sun began to set, a quick outfit change was in order as we hit some key locations throughout the Portland area.

Among our many stops, we made sure to visit the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the iconic Portland sign on Broadway, and of course the Portland skyline from the east side.

The time of day that one chooses for an engagement session drastically alters the look and feel of any location.  Amy & Paul’s evening engagement session is such a fun way to combine a location along with a unique time of day to capture portraits.  I love that they opted for something different and came away with images of the two of them enjoying each other and the city that they love so much at night.

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Paul’s Portrait Program

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest development at Paul Rich Studio - something we are calling Paul’s Portrait Program.

With the announcement of our brand new photography studio in NE Portland, we are implementing a portrait program that will grant all of our current and new clients the ability to keep up-to-date on our latest specials and offers at the studio.  The sign up process is completely free and simple.

To join Paul’s Portrait Program simply fill out this form: Portland Portrait Photography – Feel free to share this link with friends and family so they can take advantage of our specials as well.

We will send out regular updates on portrait specials, free giveaways, and booking incentives throughout the year.  There is no better time than right now to join Paul’s Portrait Program!

In fact, we wanted to make our first Paul’s Portrait Program announcement right here.

Limited to our existing clients, we are hosting a Client Appreciation Weekend on Feb 7th and 8th.  Come into the photography studio for a FREE 30 minute portrait session including 3 FREE digital files.  That’s right!  A free 30 minute portrait session with 3 complimentary full resolution digital files.  It is our small way of saying thank you for all of your business over the years.  It is because of you that we have been able to grow our business to where it is today.

To all our existing clients, here are the steps to reserve your free 30 minute portrait session:

1.   Make sure to enroll in Paul’s Portrait Program: http://mad.ly/signups/31705/join

2.  Make sure you are connected with our Facebook Business Page: http://www.facebook.com/paulrichstudiofb

3.  Mention Paul’s Portrait Program on your Facebook Page (and make sure to tag our business).

4.  Email us {paul@paulrichstudio.com} your desired time slots from 10am-5pm on either Sat Feb 7th or Sun Feb 8th.  We will fill the time slots on a first-come-first-serve basis and do our very best to get you into the studio at your desired time.

We are so extremely excited to share our new photography space with all of you and we look forward to staying in touch with future updates through Paul’s Portrait Program.

**Please note: The Customer Appreciation Weekend offer does not include newborn sessions or professional headshots.**

 

Jessica Britt - January 22, 2015 - 12:44 am

I am so excited about this!!!!!Congrats Paul!

Lizzo Marek - January 24, 2015 - 6:34 am

great idea! you’re an amazing photographer!

Winter Engagement Session

When Mistyrose & Keith hired us to document their wedding on the 4th of July in 2015, they asked about capturing engagement photos as well.  They were looking for some suggestions on where to go for the session.  I always like to throw out suggestions and see what my couples lean toward for ideas.

With their wedding scheduled for the summer, I offered the suggestion of capturing photos at a different time of year.  We could wait for the warmer months but we could also do something sooner.  And the session doesn’t necessarily have to take place in Portland.  We can go virtually anywhere.  Mistyrose & Keith mentioned how much they love holidays and in particular the 4th of July and Christmas.  Well, Portland rarely gets snow and while we could certainly find a tree farm or other holiday decor throughout the city, I suggested the idea of heading up to Mt Hood.  Mistyrose loved the idea of capturing photos out in the snow.  So, the choice became obvious — a winter themed engagement session.

We met up in Government Camp, OR and ventured out in the snow.  The setting could not have been more spectacular and the day any more perfect.

We are looking forward to Mistyrose & Keith’s 4th of July wedding this year and capturing them on one of their most favorite holidays (soon to become their anniversary date).

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Timberline Lodge Newborn Session

While many of you know us as wedding photographers, once-upon-a-time we additionally provided wedding videography services as well.  It was an exciting and exhilarating time for our business.  In fact, 6 years ago we had the opportunity to provide wedding videography services for Annique and Jay for their wedding at Timberline Lodge.

We recently received an email from Annique and Jay informing us of the arrival of their newborn daughter Cecelia.  Annique & Jay planned a fun 6 year anniversary trip to Timberline Lodge and wanted to include a newborn session with Cecelia.  She was exactly 6 weeks at the time so the timing was perfect.  We met up with the couple and had the honor of capturing some portraits of the new family of three.  Being able to re-visit some of the places throughout the property where we had captured video on their wedding day 6 years ago was a very neat experience.  I loved the idea and am so glad that Annique & Jay put it all together

Here are some of our favorite images from Cecelia’s newborn session at Timberline Lodge:

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Achieving Goals

This note, on the one hand, is long overdue but at the same time it is also very timely.  It comes not only as we enter into the new year, but also at a time in my life when I have achieved a personal goal I set for myself so long ago.

It is a story I have told many times, but it is one worth repeating, at least here.  I was about 13 years old out front mowing the lawn.  A chore I did week in and week out during the summers.  The next door neighbor came outside one weekend and asked if I might be interested in doing a job that was a bit more interesting than mowing the lawn.  How could I turn down a job offer like that!?

He was a very kind man who also happened to be a wedding photographer.  He needed some help in his studio sorting negatives, placing album orders, and doing general office work.  It was a great job.  I vividly recall him teaching me the way to write the number 7 differently than the number 1 so that no confusion was caused at the lab.  Placing orders for clients was very important.  And like every “t” needs to be crossed and every “i” needs to be dotted, every 7 needs to have a little cross mark designating it as a number that is different from the number 1.  I made sure to do this every single time and I still do to this day.

What was remarkable to me at the time, being a kid, is I thought he just wanted to offer me a job.  But over time, I quickly realized that he wanted to show me a way of life, a way of living, and a way of understanding the world.  I became very fascinated by photography and the work he was doing.  I asked if I were to purchase a camera (and of course which one to buy), might he be willing to do a trade with me for some lessons.  His response is that he preferred to keep paying me AND teach me lessons.  I was in heaven.  I remember everything he taught me, the helpful critiques, and the challenges to make me see the world better.

I had the opportunity to transfer into a better high school my sophomore year where there was a lot of buzz about a rigorous photography program.  It was Mr. Bouchal’s first year teaching.  It was my first opportunity to really learn about seeing creatively.  This was over 20 years ago and we still to this day speak frequently by phone.  It was in his class that my love for photography truly blossomed.  Hanging out in the darkroom, processing film, smelling like chemicals…I loved all of it.

Then, of course, I had to pursue it in college as well.  For me, there was no other option other than to obtain a degree in photography.  It was what I obsessed over for 4 years.  I loved it.

Then I moved out to Portland from the east coast.  Packed my car with as much as I could fit and hit the road.  I remember the order of priorities.  First pack the camera gear, then the portfolios, then the cds (yes they were cds back then), and then my clothes, and then any extras.  It was tightly packed and all that I needed to set sail.

I arrived in Portland and within a couple of weeks landed a photo assisting job for John Rizzo a local photographer who happened to originally be from Boston (my home town).  That connection was all that was needed.  The original offer was just for some part time work, maybe a week or so’s worth.  On the third day, he offered me a full time assisting position.  I quickly learned a very different side to photography, the world of commercial photography, and the trials and tribulations of running and operating your own business.  I had never experienced anything so intense in my entire life.  It is incredibly demanding, all encompassing, and in the rare circumstances when done well, it is very fulfilling and rewarding.  I gobbled this experience up and developed a dream and a desire to one day own my own photography studio.  This was around 1998.  The job was the perfect trifecta of my educational background, experience in the field, and loose knowledge of operating a business.  I had the seedlings of what ultimately became Paul Rich Studio.

Just prior to 2005, I began slowly acquiring photography gear looking at the idea of trying to build a business.  I launched the idea of myself as a wedding photographer through word-of-mouth and photographed a total of 6 weddings that year.  I learned a lot that year and felt the potential for a lot more.  The following year, spending a bit more in advertising and building some momentum, I photographed 12 weddings.  The year after that 24.  It literally doubled each time the first 3 years.

It was time to sever my ties with the day job world and really make this thing go.  It was August 7, 2007.  A day I celebrate each year.

Becoming self-employed felt like the realization of a dream come true.  But I knew there was still one more step to be taken.  I still wanted a place to call my own for my business.

Around 2010, my friend Amy Vining and I, who had been dreaming of a photography studio for years, finally took the plunge and shared a studio space.  It was such an exciting time just going for it and trying to push my business in yet another direction.  I reached out to my newlywed clients and began documenting their growing families.  It was something I wanted to do to continue offering a service to my clients and it felt like a natural extension of what I was already basically doing.  It started off photographing the families of my clients and progressed to their friends and then on to their friend’s friends.  Now I get random calls and emails from people I don’t even know who have seen my portraits in 3 or 4 of their friends homes or have seen my name pop up and now they have to hire me too.  This began happening in 2014.  You know…last year!

So, toward the end of 2014, I decided to take the final leap of faith and am now currently transitioning the main floor of The Bridal Loft into a complete photography studio.  I am still conceptualizing the space and collaborating with my peers at The Loft, but everything is coming along nicely and could be ready as early as Jan 7th.  We will share some completed photos soon once everything is setup.

So, there is a little history right there.  A progression from mowing the lawn in Massachusetts to a portrait studio in NE Portland.  The list of people to thank is extensive — from my old neighbor, to my high school teacher, to my college professors, to all of my parents, family, friends, colleagues and clients.  You have all helped me along in so many ways.

I want to say thank you.

Thank you for the life lessons.  Thank you for the simple teachings.  Thanks for instilling the courage.  Thanks for offering your support.  Thanks for cheering me on and offering sage advice.  Thanks for sharing a tip here and there.  Thanks for the opportunity to capture and document all sorts of wonderful moments in your lives.  Thank you for continuing to spread the word about our services.  Thank you for allowing me to achieve my goals and live out my dream.  I simply cannot thank all of you enough.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year.  May 2015 be a great year for everyone.  I can’t wait for what’s in store.

Please stay in touch with us on our business Facebook page (where we will be announcing incredible specials throughout the year) and make sure to sign up for our newsletter.

 

Cheers!

Kerry Garrow - January 1, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Thanks for sharing your history! What a wonderful and interesting journey. Success in 2015!

Cherie Ronning - January 1, 2015 - 5:44 pm

So impressed and so happy for you!

Joe Rich - January 1, 2015 - 11:27 pm

I am so VERY proud of you and your many accomplishments. You captained your own future, and made it all happen. You choose well, decided well, worked hard for it all. You will also have many more successes, and I hope you take a moment to enjoy each and every one as it comes your way. Love, Dad

Debbie Riggen - January 2, 2015 - 2:50 am

Congratulations, Paul! This is wonderful and so well deserved. I’m glad you left that day job (though we missed you!) and took that leap into a career that you obviously love. I wish you all the best and continued growth and success.

Dee Richardson - January 4, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Love this story. Thanks for sharing!!! Here’s to a GREAT year ahead!!!!

Emee Pumarega - March 10, 2015 - 10:33 pm

wonderful story Paul – we are so happy to have you!