Featured: Junebug Weddings Blog

I jumped for joy when superstar wedding designer Misty Damico with Luxe Event Productions approached me with a unique opportunity to collaborate.  Misty wanted to challenge herself and her team and all of us who worked together to conceptualize, design, build, and document a series of tablescapes in rapid succession.  The concept is similar to when a jazz musician improvises or a creative writer free writes.

The idea is to create without inhibition.  Push yourself.  Try something new.  Try something different.  Be bold.  Take risks and see what happens.  That is exactly what we did!

We setup 3 different work stations, intended to create a variety of different looks and feels, and Misty began to work her magic.  Watching her work is like watching the excitement of a little kid in a toy store.  What if we do this?  Then add this?  Let’s get candles over here and some bolder colors over there.  One of our favorite florists Jordan with Blum Floral Design worked feverishly alongside Misty drumming up beautiful floral arrangements and accents to coincide with the design.  Within minutes, Misty would declare, “Table number 1 is ready to be photographed!” and would immediately begin working on the next table.  I would step in and begin documenting table number 1 and hear Misty say, “Table 2 is now ready!”

Misty’s collaboration was an absolute blast and certainly a creative challenge for all of us involved.  It was an honor to gain some insights into her design process and creative thinking.

A special thanks to Barclay Event Rentals for allowing us an entire day of creative play with their extensive collection of rentals.  The end result is a wonderful improvisational free write by a masterful wedding designer, an exceptional florist, and a very humble photographer.

We are extremely excited to announce that Junebug Weddings has featured a selection of 5 tablescapes on their blog from this creative endeavor.  Make sure to check out the feature.  We have posted some of those images along with a few others below.

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A behind-the-scenes view from this collaborative project.

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Jamie & Tony | October 11, 2014

Jamie & Tony were recently married at the Summit Grove Lodge in Ridgefield, WA.  The lodge is set on 5 acres of land surrounded by old growth forest and nature trails with sculpted rock waterfalls and meticulous landscaping.  The property, being once owned by members of Jamie’s family, was an obvious choice for the location of their wedding celebration.

I met Jamie many years ago while photographing her sister Lynnsay’s wedding at Zenith Vineyards back in 2009.  Now just over 5 years later, I had the opportunity to photograph Jamie’s wedding and re-connect with her family.

The weather forecast for the wedding day was a mix of sun and scattered showers.  Although the day began with plenty of sun, storm clouds began to fill the sky and just a few hours before the ceremony it began to pour.  The decision of whether to have the wedding ceremony indoors or outdoors began to loom heavily.  For any couple faced with this decision, you know how absolutely stressful it can be.  But, like so many times here in the Pacific Northwest, the rain subsided, the clouds parted, and beautiful golden streaming sunlight poured down from above.  In fact, it created one of the most dramatic wedding ceremony settings I have ever documented.  Make sure to check out the images below and keep in mind that just hours earlier it was pouring down rain.

Following the wedding ceremony, guests gathered around for a large group photo before heading off to cocktail hour.  Guests mingled indoors and out enjoying the pristine setting of Summit Grove Lodge.  The property offers a wonderful selection of backgrounds for capturing portraits.  We made sure to utilize the Pacific Northwest style gazebo, the cozy fire pit, the beautiful landscaping, and even the vintage gas pumps for some dramatic portraits of Jamie & Tony.

Here are some of our favorite images from Jamie & Tony’s wedding at Summit Grove Lodge.

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Laura Vasquez Gregory - November 6, 2014 - 8:13 pm

These are AWESOME!!!!

Fundraising Opportunity

Do you or someone you know belong to a group or organization that could benefit from a unique fundraising opportunity?

Many groups hold various fundraising efforts to help raise money for their organization but few if any are as unique as this.  Here is our latest concept for consideration:

1.  We hold a portrait day where everyone in the group is present.

2.  A group photo of all the members is captured and a photo enlargement is presented to the organization free of charge.  This is a photo that can be framed and hung on the wall to display everyone who is in the group.

3.  Individual portraits of each of the members are captured and various photo packages are offered of the individual portrait as well as the group photo.

4.  20% of the profits from the sale of the photo packages to the individuals and their families is donated to the group or organization.

So, the group or organization benefits in having a large group photo as well as 20% of the profits from the photo sales.  Individuals benefit from not only donating some of their money back to the group but also in having some nice professionally captured portraits of themselves.  This concept works great for local church organizations, choirs, sports teams, dance studios, and more.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this unique fundraising opportunity, please email us directly at: paul@paulrichstudio.com

As we head into the holiday season and the start of the new year, there is no better time to take advantage of this fundraising opportunity for your organization.

Here is a sample of images we recently captured of the Cleveland High School Choir:

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Baby Allison

Jenny & Clayton are long time clients of ours.  We photographed their engagement session and wedding back in 2009 and have stayed in touch over the years.  We have had the honor of capturing a maternity session and their son’s first year photos as well as a more recent maternity session as they welcomed their first daughter into the world.  Baby Allison arrived on Sept 12th!

Like more and more of our couples, Jenny & Clayton wanted to capture Baby Allison’s newborn session at their home.  It was the same location we captured their son Carter’s newborn session and it offered a similar and very familiar background.  It was the perfect choice.  I love the personal touches that are possible when capturing newborn sessions at home.  The nursery, the newborn’s favorite blankets and outfits, and various parts of the home are all readily accessible.

We offer our couples the choice in location.  We have a wonderful photography studio in SE Portland with a nice selection of blankets, adorable outfits, and cute props.  We manage the temperature to keep the newborn and everyone else nice and cozy throughout the session.

So whether you wish to have your newborn session at home or at our photography studio in SE Portland, you have plenty of options.  Our backdrops, props, and equipment travel really well.

Check out these highlights from Baby Allison’s newborn session at home.

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Erin & Sean | October 10, 2014

I fondly remember being out on the east coast, logging in to check Facebook late one evening, and seeing a status update that Erin and Sean were engaged.  Erin posted a photo of her gorgeous engagement ring to celebrate the occasion.  Shortly thereafter, Erin and I had a chance to chat by phone to discuss their wedding plans.

I have known both Erin and Sean for many years having worked on a number of weddings and events together.  They are two individuals who I respect both personally and professionally, so having the opportunity to document their wedding was a very special honor.

The day began at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland where both Erin and Sean got ready.  We coordinated an area outdoors for their first look and then boarded the Portland Trolley to take us around the downtown area for some unique locations for portraits.  The primary stop was an area I selected at the Portland Art Museum, the site of their first date.  We then headed to the Multnomah Athletic Club for the wedding ceremony and reception.

Nora and her assistant Melanie with Bridal Bliss meticulously orchestrated the day’s events making everything flow together beautifully.  The wedding ceremony and reception areas looked absolutely stunning with floral by Blossoms and rentals by Westcoast Event Productions.  Rose City DJ’s kept a packed dance floor and Paparazzi Tonight knocked it out of the park with their exceptionally fun photo entertainment services.

Congratulations to Erin & Sean.  Your wedding was an absolute blast, a treat to photograph, and an honor to attend.

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Erin Osaki - November 3, 2014 - 4:49 pm

LOVE THIS LIFE! Thank you Paul Rich Studio! It was a fabulous day!

Sean Osaki - November 3, 2014 - 5:03 pm

OMG, A-Maz-Ing!!!! Thank you Paul!

Rebecca Melton - November 4, 2014 - 12:03 am

These are really beautiful! You guys look wonderful!!!!

Carol Greygoose - November 4, 2014 - 2:41 am

These pictures are amazing and so full of fun, love and beauty! It shows!!! Congratulations to you Erin and Sean!

Sami & Brian | September 13, 2014

Back in August of 2013, Elephants Catering held an Open House at The Jenkins Estate to celebrate their new joint venture in being the exclusive caterer for the property.  Sami & Brian were in the process of researching venues for their wedding and attended the event.  I was there documenting the event for Elephants Catering.  However, my connection with Sami & Brian dates back even further to the year 2009 when I photographed Victoria & Brian’s wedding.

Sami is Victoria’s sister and if you look closely, you will notice that Vicky’s husband Brian is the person who officiated Sami & Brian’s wedding.  It was such a treat seeing Vicky & Brian again and obviously an honor to document Sami & Brian’s wedding at the Jenkins Estate.

The Jenkins Estate is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and boasts 68 acres of lush gardens and breathtaking views.  The venue encompasses everything I love about the Pacific Northwest and is a pleasure to photograph.  The tall trees and beautiful streaming light make the Jenkins Estate an incredible location for a wedding.

Check out highlights from Sami & Brian’s wedding below and make sure to visit Paul Rich Studio to see additional weddings we have photographed throughout Portland and beyond.

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Sami Stitt - October 30, 2014 - 4:43 pm

We knew we were making the best possible decision with Paul Rich as our photographer! The photos are absolutely incredible and we will cherish them for years to come. We had such a wonderful day – thanks for capturing it!!

Portrait Fundraiser for ALS Research

For those of us who spend any amount of time online, we had the opportunity to watch the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge take the internet by storm.  The outpouring of support was evident on many individuals’ Facebook pages as people not only dumped a bucket of ice water over their head but also donated money to help support the fight against ALS.

Since July 2014, The ALS Association has received over $115 million in donations due in large part to this unique challenge.  While dumping ice water over your head is quite entertaining to watch, we wanted to push the challenge even further.  We came up with a very simple concept – offer 15 minute portrait sessions for just $15 and donate all the money to the ALS Association.

When we launched the idea on Facebook, we were expecting a small handful of people to respond.  However, as a few people responded, that inspired their friends to respond and then their friends to respond and before long, we had a list of about 30 families and individuals eager to have their portrait taken as part of this fundraising venture.

While we were photographing the families, many individuals asked if it would be possible to purchase additional photos from the session.  Seemed only logical right?  So, we offered additional digital files from the session for just an additional $15 each with all of the funds collected going directly to the ALS Association.  The great thing about digital photography and sites like Dropbox is that we were able to create these images and deliver them to the participants without any material costs.  We did not need to make prints or pay for shipping costs.  We have the participants exactly 1 week to order any files they chose from the portrait session.  We are excited to announce that we raised $1,105 from our Portrait Fundraiser.  When making the donation to ALS we had the option of selecting that the entirety of our donation go toward ALS research.  So that is exactly what we did.

A special thanks to all our participants and their tremendous generosity in assisting us in our fundraising efforts.  Here are a handful of highlights from our recent portrait fundraiser.

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