Fernanda & Markus | July 11, 2015

The Ponzi Historic Estate is a stunningly beautiful location for an intimate wedding celebration.  Old vines descend off into the distance and beautiful fir trees can be seen throughout the property.  It makes for an exquisite backdrop.

The story of how Fernanda, Markus, and I met is a fun one.  They hired Emee with EJP Events to coordinate their wedding.  Fernanda is from Brazil.  Markus is from Germany.  Emee recommended our services to them for wedding photography but at the time I was traveling overseas in New Zealand.  Fernanda and Markus had an opportunity to view our wedding portfolios at The Bridal Loft and very much wanted to chat in person.  So we coordinated our schedules, if I recall I was about 17 hours ahead, and we chatted by Skype.  We discussed the flow of their day and what they were wanting in terms of wedding photography coverage.  We scheduled a time to meet in person once I got back into the US and we had an opportunity to connect at the Ponzi Historic Estate just days before their actual wedding celebration.  I was in awe of the setting and really excited to be chosen to document their wedding.

With just 12 of their closest friends and family members, Fernanda and Markus exchanged their vows and were officially married on July 11, 2015.  Additional Bridal Loft members who assisted in Fernanda & Markus’ wedding celebration include: floral design by Gifford Flowers, wedding dress alterations by Custom Fit to You, and a custom veil by August Veils.  It was extremely fun having the opportunity to work with may of my peers at the Bridal Loft and to document such a momentous occasion of two families meeting for the first time here in the US.

Congratulations to Fernanda, Markus, and their incredibly cute daughter. :)

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Mistyrose & Keith | July 4, 2015

Mistyrose & Keith held their wedding day celebration at Veelle’s Idyllic Park in Molalla, OR.  Close friends and family members gathered around underneath a canopy of trees to witness the couple exchange their wedding vows.  With a rustic saloon used for serving drinks, a covered pavilion area for the reception, and shabby chic details throughout, Mistyrose and Keith created the perfect setting for their wedding day.

To honor the 4th of July holiday and their guests’ schedules, the couple concluded their wedding celebration in time for everyone to head off to see fireworks.  We re-connected with the couple in Canby to witness a fantastic fireworks display.  We had front row seats for the fireworks display and used the opportunity to capture some incredibly fun photos of the couple enjoying their first day as husband and wife.

Here are some of our favorite highlights from Mistyrose & Keith’s wedding:

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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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