Columbia Gorge Engagement Session

Just a short drive from Portland, you’ll find the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. The winding roadway showcases many waterfalls and other scenic spots along its route through the Columbia Gorge, which is listed as one of The Seven Wonders of Oregon. It is an absolute must see for anyone and for those getting married, we recommend adding a Columbia Gorge engagement session to your bucket list.

Katelynn & Francisco opted to capture their engagement photos along the Columbia Gorge toward the end of the day as the sun was setting. We hiked a few waterfalls, stopped at a handful of scenic locations, and ended the session at the iconic Crown Point. The views are absolutely breathtaking – arguably some of the best Oregon has to offer.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio. We are conveniently located at Portland’s original bridal services collective The Bridal Loft. We are accepting a limited number of wedding assignments in 2016 so there is no better time to contact us than now.

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Family Portraits on Sauvie Island

This summer, why not consider capturing your family portraits on Sauvie Island?  The location offers a number of quiet peaceful backdrops.  Just minutes from downtown Portland, Sauvie Island is the perfect location for a family portrait session.

Kelly and Joe wanted a session that primarily focused on their two girls, but with family members in town, we had to make sure to capture everyone together too!  It was so fun seeing everyone and getting the opportunity to meet the two little ones for the first time.

Here are some highlights from this most recent family session on Sauvie Island:

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Family Portraits at Cathedral Park

I absolutely love capturing family portraits at Cathedral Park.  The location offers so many wonderful backdrops and settings that it truly is the ideal location.  It photographs beautifully any time of day as well.

I recently met up with Melody & Mason to capture their daughter’s 2 year session.  We began the session toward the top of the hill underneath the St Johns Bridge and worked our way down along the railroad tracks and out into an open field.  We had so much fun running around and taking in all the sights.

Here are some of our favorites from this 2 year session at Cathedral Park:

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Fresh 48 Session

Fresh 48 sessions are special photography sessions for those who wish to have the first few hours of their newborn’s life captured.  Held within the first 24-48 hours of the newborn baby’s life, these lifestyle sessions are an incredibly way to remember those first hours together as a new family.  There are generally no props, no fancy lighting, and no contrived cute poses.  These images are completely natural and capture your newborn in a way that is authentic and genuine.

I was granted special access (as a non-family member) to enter in to the NICU to capture the session.  Kim and Siemky were beaming with pride.  Their smiles and excitement lit up the room.  They were so excited to spend time with their precious newborn baby girl and very much wanted to capture her very first days since birth.  It was such an incredible honor to have the opportunity to document such a sweet meaningful time in the couples’ life as new parents.

Congratulations to Kim & Siemky.  I am so excited to document Baby Giuliana’s first year and to compare the images from this fresh 48 session with those that will be captured when she turns 1.

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Newborn Sessions at Home

We always offer the option of capturing newborn sessions at home. While our photography studio in NE Portland is quite spacious and offers gorgeous light, for some, having the session at home is most convenient. It also allows for more personal details to be included within the session such as the baby’s nursery, elements of a couple’s first home, and various decor throughout the house.

For Baby Emmi’s newborn session, we met at the house and were able to capture lots of images of her sleeping soundly. We were also able to include some photos of the family dog as well. Another nice touch to having the session at home.

Here are some of our favorites from Emmi’s newborn session at home:

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Multnomah Falls Engagement Session

Katelynn & Francisco contacted us requesting to have an engagement session captured in the Columbia Gorge.  They wanted images captured of them hiking among some of the waterfalls that line the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway.

We did some research and planned to start at Horsetail Falls, work our way toward the iconic Multnomah Falls, and conclude the session at sunset at the Vista House at Crown Point.  Our choice of locations and timing were absolutely perfect that day, hitting each key location at precisely the right time.  What we didn’t account for however, were the large crowds of visitors enjoying each of the parks and waterfalls as well.  The weather that day was absolutely superb and travelers from near and far ventured out into the Columbia Gorge to enjoy its inherent beauty.

Katelynn & Francisco were very much wanting a portrait along the bridge at Multnomah Falls.  I stayed down below to capture a more dramatic angle while the couple worked their way up to the bridge (along with a whole slew of visitors).  There was absolutely no break in activity with many guests pausing along the bridge to take in the sights.  Given the flow of traffic, having a moment with just the couple alone on the bridge was truly impossible.  So, I made sure to photograph them in such a way that I could simply Photoshop out the crowd.  Now the process to do this is actually quite complex, but the end result is what all of us had envisioned as the finished product.

I love these types of challenges.  Matching my clients’ wishes and desires with my technical command of the medium is how we produce work that pushes the envelope and transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

When I presented this before and after sequence to Katelynn & Francisco, they replied, “We didn’t even know that was possible!  Mind blown, you’re freaking awesome!”

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Jamie & Josh | April 25, 2015

Jamie & Josh considered a number of locations to host their wedding day celebrations and ultimately chose a destination wedding in Anacortes.  Jamie is currently studying photography at Western Washington University and wanted to share the exquisite beauty of northern WA with all her guests.  It is always an honor to document a wedding for a fellow photographer and to have the opportunity to explore a new region of the United States.  It made documenting this wedding extra special.

I drove up from Portland, OR the day of the wedding and made sure to arrive early to have an opportunity to explore the venue and the surrounding area.  Jamie & Josh chose the historic Majestic Inn & Spa as the location for their wedding.  The day flowed together seamlessly and the weather was absolutely fantastic.  During the reception we took a quick break to head up to the Rooftop Lounge to enjoy a breathtaking sunset.  The Rooftop Lounge sits atop the 2nd tallest building in Anacortes and offers beautiful sweeping views of the San Juan Islands, downtown Anacortes, and the surrounding waterways.  It was one of the many reasons why Jamie & Josh chose the Majestic Inn & Spa for their wedding.

Here are some of the highlights from Jamie & Josh’s destination wedding in Anacortes.

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