Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Maternity Session

Believe it or not, the original plan for Krysta and Kevin’s maternity session was to meet up on Mt Hood for a session out in the snow.  They wanted to choose a location that would be fun and interactive for their son Liam.  I had visions of everything from snow angels to snowball fights.  Toward the beginning of the year, Mt Hood was receiving its fair share of snow with storms dumping over 12 inches a day at times.  But as we headed into March and April, all that snow began to melt away and so we opted for a different location.

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest was in full swing and to be quite honest, I can’t really think of a better location for maternity portraits.  The colors are absolutely stunning and the landscape is truly unique.  Why fly to Holland when you can drive an hour south and be lost in a field of tulips.  It is truly magical and makes for one-of-a-kind portraits.

Liam was extremely excited to have a chance to “drive” the tractor and mom and dad enjoyed a session that was fun for everyone.  Everything came together really nicely and even though the weather report suggested otherwise, the sun broke through the clouds and gave us a beautiful warm afternoon.

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Tulip Fest Maternity Session

When Kelly contacted me saying that tulips were her favorite flowers and that she and her husband Christian wanted to capture a maternity session at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, I knew we were in for a fun portrait session.  The tulips are in bloom for a very short period of time each year so aligning a portrait session with the tulip fest can be a bit of a challenge especially when considering people’s schedules and the unpredictable weather.  In addition, the tulip fest understandably draws an enormous crowd.

I spoke with one of the employees who said approximately 30,000 people visited the tulip farm on the day we photographed this session.  One of the ways to try to reduce the large number of visitors is to schedule the session toward the later part of the day.  So, we met up about an hour before the tulip fest closed and were able to find a number of great locations to photograph.

Here are some of the highlights from Kelly and Christian’s maternity session at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest.

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Henry’s Bar Mitzvah Celebration

Henry and his family gathered at Congregation Beth Israel for some family portraits prior to Henry’s Bar Mitzvah ceremony.  The weather was particularly nice so we made sure to capture some portraits outdoors in addition to the more traditional portraits captured at the Bima.

The evening festivities were held at SuperPlay.  Talk about an extraordinarily fun evening for the kids – bowling, arcade games, and the wildly popular laser tag.  Henry and all his guests had virtual free reign over the place running from activity to activity throughout the evening while the parents got to hang out and mingle at the bar.  The photo booth and candy bar were popular items during the evening and everyone gathered to watch a slideshow about Henry that was played on all the televisions and screens including those over the bowling alley.  It was a very fun evening and many of the guests even got to come away with fun prizes and candy from turning in their game tickets.

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Tiffany & Kirk | March 12, 2016

Tiffany and Kirk recently exchanged their wedding vows at the Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Portland and held their wedding reception at the Benson Hotel.  The couple got ready at the hotel and chose the iconic lobby staircase as the location for their first moment.  Close friends and family members gathered around from a distance to witness the couple’s first look.  After capturing portraits with family, the couple hopped into a limousine and headed to the church for the wedding ceremony.

The magnificent views at the Zion Lutheran Church make it a real treat to photograph.  The upper balcony area makes a great location for capturing the large expanse of space by offering a more unique perspective.  Following the ceremony, guests headed to the Benson Hotel for the wedding reception.  A festive cocktail hour ensued giving the guests a great time to mingle and the couple a few moments of rest.  A few select images from Tiffany and Kirk’s engagement session were visible throughout the reception area giving that extra personal touch to the evening.

Congratulations to Tiffany and Kirk!  Now begins the fun process of selecting which images go into the couple’s beautiful leather bound wedding album.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

When Stacey with Red Shoe Productions contacted us to document The Hatter’s Easter Eggstravaganza at the Aerie at Eagle Landing, we knew that we were in for quite a treat.  We have worked with Red Shoe Productions on a number of events and Stacey and her team always put together the most successful events.  She specializes in creating interactive experiences for events, corporations, non-profits and weddings that always engage the guests and leave a lasting impression.

Take for example, the Easter Eggstravaganza where guests were treated to a number of fun activities ranging from wild creations from a balloon artist to creative face paintings.  Event Team Entertainment provided 2 separate photo booth options and plenty of arts and crafts tables and supplies were available for all.  Rojo the Llama and Napoleon the Alpaca were huge hits with the kids as were the giant inflatable bounce houses as well.  Fifty Licks Ice Cream, Miss Hannah’s Popcorn, and Nineteen27 S’mores were just some of the many vendors present.

To really top things off though, the big crescendo to the event was having the Easter Bunny arrive by helicopter.  Families gathered around to watch him land in an open field and work his way to the party.  It was a huge celebration with hundreds and hundreds of families participating in the event.  Shortly after the Easter Bunny arrived, various egg hunts took place for children of all ages.  Thanks to all the vendors for making the event such a smashing success and to Red Shoe Productions for making it all happen.

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Family Portraits Indoors & Outdoors

Julia and Erik were married at the Waverley Country Club in 2013 on a nice warm summer day. Capturing their wedding was such a treat especially their choreographed first dance. It was a huge hit among their guests.

I also had the opportunity to photograph a newborn session of their son Matthew at their home. Matthew slept like a champ even with all the posing and outfit changes for his session.

I met up with Julia, Erik, and Matthew just a few days ago at our photography studio. The plan was to try to capture some portraits at the studio and outdoors at a local park as well. One of the things I love most about our photography studio is that a nice little quaint park is just blocks away. This allows us to capture portraits indoors and outdoors as part of any session that we schedule. It provides greater variety to the work and breaks up the session in a way that is truly enjoyable for all.

Make sure to sign up for our portrait newsletter. It contains specials that we offer throughout the year and grants you access to some of our best pricing available. Chances are we will offer fall portraits at the park that is close to our studio as well as indoor sessions when the weather is less desirable. No reason to miss out! If you wish to be added to our portrait newsletter, please email us at: paul@paulrichstudio.com

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