Family Portrait Session

We had the privilege of photographing Lizzie & Andrew’s wedding at Meriwether’s Skyline Farm back in 2010.  The farm provides all the produce for Meriwether’s Restaurant in downtown Portland.  It is a lovely location for a wedding.  In fact, we will be documenting a wedding there again in just a week!

We recently had the opportunity to connect with the couple and their growing family to document some family portraits.  This past weekend it was Lizzie’s birthday and a newer family tradition for them is to go berry picking on Sauvie Island.  So we met up on Sauvie Island for a family portrait session prior to hitting the fields for berries.

We had such a fun time running around, being silly, and capturing the family spending time together on Lizzie’s birthday.  Here are some of the highlights from the session:

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Newborn Session at Home

Let’s just say that Joan & James are no stranger to this blog.  My goodness, I have had the honor and privilege of documenting many important milestones in their lives.  None, however, feel as sweet and momentous as the arrival of their new son James Jr.  Born on June 28th, James Jr. has entered the world as one of the most curious newborns I have ever met.

Newborn sessions typically take about 3 hours to allow enough time for feedings, changings, etc.  Typically, a newborn will sleep through the better part of the 3 hours.  James Jr. however stayed awake nearly the entire time!  He watched me very closely and even had an awareness of the clicking sound of the camera.  Toward the end of the portrait session, James Jr. fell into a deep sleep and even smiled a few times during his much needed nap.

Both of Joan & James’ parents were visiting during the newborn session so we had an opportunity to capture James Jr. with the new grandparents as well.  We will be documenting James Jr. at 6 months and at 12 months later this year so make sure to check back to see this little one’s first year sessions.

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Family Portraits on Sauvie Island

We have had the opportunity to stay in touch with Diana and Bryan over the years ever since photographing their wedding back in 2010.  We had the honor of documenting their first daughter Emily as a newborn, at 6 months, and at 1 year, and most recently at 2 years as well.  We travelled out to Sauvie Island for the portrait session and selected one of our favorite spots – Howell Territorial Park.

Capturing their family portraits on Sauvie Island was particularly exciting as Diana & Bryan are expecting their second child.  They will be welcoming a baby boy into the world in about a month and so we had the opportunity to capture Emily’s 2 year session in addition to a maternity session at the same time!

We will be connecting with Diana & Bryan for a newborn session in August and will be capturing their son’s first year just as we did for Emily.  I cannot wait to see the similarities and differences between the two and of course having the opportunity to photograph the little ones together.  This will be such a fun and rewarding experience as a portrait photographer.

Here are a number of highlights from Emily’s 2 year session and Diana & Bryan’s maternity session on Sauvie Island:

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Marianne & Nick | June 21, 2014

We all know couples who met in college and then married later in life.  Many of us even know of high school sweethearts.  Ever met a couple who knew each other since kindergarten?  It’s a pretty incredible thought, right?  Well, that is the story for Marianne & Nick.  They were in the same kindergarten class at All Saints.  They lived their lives, followed their own paths, when one day their paths crossed and as they say – the rest is history.

Marianne & Nick exchanged wedding vows at the All Saints Parish on June 21, 2014 amongst family and friends.  Following the wedding ceremony, everyone headed over to the Melody Ballroom for the reception.  It was an absolute blast with some incredible toasts, many memorable moments, and a lot of energetic dancing that continued on well into the evening.

It has been a pleasure working with Marianne & Nick and an honor to document their wedding day celebrations.

To see additional highlights from their wedding day, make sure to check out their wedding slideshow.

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Paul Rich - July 11, 2014 - 2:33 am

Super fun highlights from Marianne & Nick’s wedding are up on the blog!

Mary Severson - July 11, 2014 - 11:59 pm

These are beautiful photos! Congratulations Marianne and Nick!! And it’s great to see the Bradach family too!!

Madeleine Turns 1

The past couple of weeks at Paul Rich Studio has been incredibly fun and rewarding.  It began with Madeleine’s 1 year photo session at Cathedral Park.  We had the opportunity to photograph Melody & Mason’s wedding back in 2007 and so it was extra special to reconnect for their daughter’s 1 year portrait session.

The same can be said for Diana & Bryan, who were married in 2010, and who are now expecting their second child and who additionally hired us to document their 2 year old daughter.  We will be posting highlights from their maternity/2-year session shortly.  Plus, Joan & James, who were married in 2010 on the beautiful island of Oahu, just welcomed their newborn son into the world.  We just returned back from their newborn session at their home and are eager to post pictures from that session as well.

And if that isn’t enough, we are also photographing family portraits this weekend on Sauvie Island for Lizzie & Andrew, whose wedding we photographed in 2010.  So, needless to say, it has and will be a lot of fun reconnecting with our wedding couples from years past.

Cathedral Park is a wonderful location for portraits and it also happens to be very close to Melody & Mason’s home.  So it truly made the perfect location for Madeleine’s 1 year session.  Maddy was so excited to explore the park by running around in the grass and climbing all over the place.  I find it most natural to have parents simply play and interact with their child to elicit the best responses and facial expressions.  Madeleine loved all the silliness that ensued and could not stop smiling.

Here are some of our favorites from Madeleine’s 1 year photo session:

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Erika & Andre | June 14, 2014

Erika & Andre exchanged their vows in the Renaissance Room of the Sentinel in downtown Portland.  The Sentinel is a beautifully remodeled property that is situated in two of Portland’s most historic buildings and is filled with beautiful artwork and lavish decor.  It is a stunning venue perfect for weddings.

Erika met up with Katherine with Event Cosmetics in the early morning for her hair and make up while Andre got ready in the Vault Room at the hotel.  The couple had an opportunity to see each other before the ceremony enabling us to capture a number of lovely portraits throughout the hotel.  We even ventured outdoors for some photos by a set of railroad tracks and some lush greenery.  The variety of backdrops that exist even within just a block or two of the hotel are absolutely perfect.

We had the privilege of working with In Love Events based out of Palm Desert, CA for this wedding.  They traveled to Portland to coordinate the event and execute Erika & Andre’s vision for their wedding day.  They paid special attention to the couple’s needs and were instrumental in making the day a smashing success.

Congratulations to Erika & Andre and thank you for entrusting us to capture your wedding day.

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Teresa & Mike | May 31, 2014

Any couple who chooses to have their wedding on a ship is bound to have a unique experience.  It was no different for Teresa and Mike who hosted their wedding on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.

The authentic triple-deck paddle wheeler sets sail from Marine Park at Cascade Locks and provides stunning 360 degree views of the Columbia River Gorge as it makes its way down the river.  After the couple was married on the bow of the ship, we headed up to the captain’s room to sign the marriage license.  Captain Tom Cramblett turned over the reigns of the ship and allowed the couple to sail the vessel for awhile.  With nothing more than a couple of handles and a bunch of random nautical instrumentation, Teresa and Mike went for it and skillfully navigated the Sternwheeler.

I love weddings like these that provide guests with a unique experience and an incredible view of the Northwest.  We truly live in one of the most beautiful states in the country and there are so many opportunities to showcase that beauty in the venue that is selected.  For Teresa & Mike, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler was the perfect choice.  For others, it is places like Timberline or Mt Hood Bead & Breakfast for the spectacular view of Mt Hood, Surfsand Resort for the beautiful ocean views at Cannon Beach, or any number of hip urban downtown locations ranging from The Ace Hotel to Pure Space.

Teresa & Mike’s wedding was an absolute blast and a memorable experience for everyone.  Here are some highlights from their intimate wedding aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler:

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Paul Rich - June 9, 2014 - 10:37 pm

Thank you Teresa & Mike for the opportunity to document your wedding aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler!