Cake Smash Portrait Session

When it comes to photographing those turning one, families oftentimes opt for either a portrait session together at a local park or a cake smash session where their little one gets to indulge in eating their birthday cake on their own.  I like the idea of combining both especially when a birthday party is involved.

We had the opportunity to capture Miss D’s birthday party celebration with her closest friends and family members.  She loved playing games with her cousins and especially enjoyed getting to eat cake on her own.  She made a grand ol’ mess and indulged in every minute of it.

Based on Miss D’s nap schedule we scheduled a follow-up family session at the house the very next day.  We had the opportunity to capture her in her nursery playing with some of her favorite toys as well as some images of her with her dad supporting her favorite team of all time – the Seattle Seahawks.

It has been such a treat watching Miss D grow and getting to capture various milestones in her life.  It is hard to believe that she is already one, but we look forward to many more photo sessions in the future.  These images from her cake smash portrait session are certainly going to be fun to look back on in the years to come.

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Professional Headshots in Portland

Making the investment in a professional headshot is a simple and effective way to enhance your presence in the marketplace.  Take a gander through social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn and notice the difference between individuals who use selfies or oddly cropped photos as opposed to those who hire a professional to capture their headshot.  The difference is very noticeable and the investment is incredibly small when considering the ramifications of not presenting yourself the best way possible.

Depending on your career field, we work with you in determining a location and background that best suits the style of your industry.  Your headshot can be creative and edgy, it can be simple yet sophisticated, it can be professional and authoritative.  Whatever your choice, we work with you in making sure your professional headshot presents the best version of you.

Give us a call at 503-475-3306 or email us directly at paul@paulrichstudio.com to schedule your headshot session today.  Within 24 hours of your session, you receive an online gallery of images to choose from and we send you your final selections electronically so you receive everything as quickly as possible.  Most of our clients have their final headshots by the very next day.  The files are optimized and ready to upload to social media sites as well as to print for business cards, brochures, and even billboards if you want to go really big!

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Lindsey & Michael | Oct 15, 2016

The longer I photograph weddings and events, the more opportunities I have to work with people I know both personally and professionally.  Oftentimes, those experiences are the most rewarding too.

Back in 2001, after returning from a backpacking trip in Europe, it was time to come back to Portland and re-focus my energies and efforts toward building my career.  I was somewhat freshly out of college, had dabbled in commercial photography, and was looking toward the next chapter in my life.  The trip to Europe was an opportunity to ponder my future and to take a momentary pause from the demands and responsibilities of life.

The task of what to do became quickly overwhelming and I began searching for opportunities outside of photography.  Why not try something entirely different?  I was young enough that I could potentially discover something entirely new and shift my career focus or remind myself yet again of where my passion truly lies.  An opportunity presented itself to me to work in the corporate world of AT&T Wireless.  It began with a 2 week training period, learning all sorts of new computer systems, and the various policies and procedures of the company.  It was completely foreign to me, especially the medical, dental, 401k, and various other benefits that came along with the experience.  Heck, even paid vacation time was a brand new experience for me.

Needless to say, over time I was reminded of how much I missed photography and whenever various photo assignments would present themselves, the direction I needed to move toward became abundantly clear.  I loved nothing more than getting to go out and photograph an event, a wedding, or some other random commercial assignment.

In early 2005, I set my sights on making my departure from AT&T Wireless a reality.  I was able to photograph 6 weddings that year and a few other assignments on the side.  I put some additional effort into the business and in 2006, was able to photograph 12 weddings (exactly double the year before).  I really started to push the business and in 2007, I photographed 24 weddings (ironically double yet again from the previous year).  It was the summer of 2007 with a total of 24 weddings booked, that I made the giant leap of faith into becoming fully self-employed.  This August, I get to officially celebrate 10 years in business!

During my time at AT&T Wireless, I had the opportunity to report to Lindsey.  Yup – she was my boss.  We had a hell of a lot of fun working together and fortunately enough we were able to keep in touch even after my departure from the company.  When she contacted me asking if I was available to photograph her wedding, I was extremely excited for the opportunity and the unique experience of photographing a wedding of someone who used to be my boss!  Doesn’t get much more fun than that.  🙂

A special thanks to both Lindsey and Michael for the opportunity to capture the excitement on your wedding day.  I wish you both all the best!

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Christina & Ian | Sept 3, 2016

Truth be told, we are still catching up and recuperating from an absolutely epic 2016 season.  All of our clients have received their images, in fact, quite some time ago, but we are left with a whole slew of weddings and other assignments to catch up on in the social media world.

Christina & Ian were married at the beautiful Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland in September of 2016.  We arrived early in the day as Barclay Event Rentals and Zest Floral were working on some final touches to the ceremony and reception areas throughout the hotel.  Everything was looking exquisite and well executed to plan thanks to the exceptional expertise of Cindy with Encore Events.

After capturing the bride and groom getting ready at the hotel and portraits of the couple throughout the lobby and various rooms and hallways, the entire wedding party boarded a shuttle bus for additional photos by the Portland Art Museum.  I particularly love that area for the incredible amount of variety that is possible within a relatively short distance for capturing portraits.

Officiant Melissa Coe led the ceremony in celebration of Christina and Ian exchanging their wedding vows and committing their love to each other.  Melissa’s ceremonies are always incredibly memorable due to her passion for storytelling.  Tears and laughter are always guaranteed when she is officiating a wedding.

Guests enjoyed a nice leisure cocktail hour before heading up to the reception room.  I have never seen the Sentinel decorated and set so elegantly as I did on the night of Christina and Ian’s wedding day.  The reception was absolutely spectacular.  Eric with All Wright Music played an endless series of jams all night long.  Paparazzi Tonight entertained guests with their ever-so-popular photo booth that was also setup to an over-sized projection screen to display everyone’s photos throughout the evening.  Whether you participated in the photobooth or not, highly entertaining images of guests were easily visible throughout the entire room.  Voodoo Doughnuts were made available to guests as late night snacks.

The party went on and on well into the evening with one of the most active dance floors I have ever seen at a wedding.  EVER!

Congratulations to Christina & Ian!

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Portland Maternity and Newborn Sessions

When couples contact us letting us know they are expecting, the conversation oftentimes quickly turns to scheduling photo sessions.

When should we capture maternity photos?

When is the best time to do the newborn photos?

Where should we capture the newborn photos?

Do you ever come to the hospital to capture photos?

What about when our little one turns 1?

These are all great questions and we absolutely love helping couples plan for this exciting time in their lives.  We offer an array of photography options from individual sessions to complete packages covering everything from maternity sessions through the baby’s first year and beyond.  It is wise to get a sense of what is available and then for the two of you to make a decision that best suits your needs.

The primary guidelines to keep in mind are the following: Maternity sessions are recommended anytime between 32-36 weeks into the pregnancy.  Newborn sessions are recommended within 7 days of the baby’s birth.  It is easiest to start with these two sessions in mind.  Some couples prefer to not capture maternity photos or to do more of a mini-maternity session.  Those are certainly options.  But most often, the newborn session is the one that is considered of the utmost importance.  We offer newborn sessions at our photography studio in downtown Portland where we have access to lots of room, incredible natural light, and an assortment of blankets, props, and outfits.  However, we also happily travel to couples’ homes as well where we are able to personalize the session by including images captured in the nursery and throughout the home.

We are so excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with a couple of friends of ours Samantha and Jamie in capturing this wonderful milestone in their lives.  This past fall we had the opportunity to capture their maternity session at Cathedral Park to take advantage of the fall colors and then visited them at their home for a newborn session.  Here are a handful of our favorites from both of those portrait sessions.  Later this year we will be capturing a 6 month session as well as a 12 month session.

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My Traveling Photographer

I have always had a passion for travel.

When traveling personally to locations like Sweden, Estonia, and Australia and when traveling professionally to locations like Mexico, St Lucia, and the Czech Republic, I have always had my camera in hand.

One of the things I love most about returning from a trip is looking through all the photographs.  The images provide lasting memories and wonderful art for my home.  In 2016, I decided to combine my passion for travel and photography to provide a unique opportunity for couples and families to have their vacation experiences professionally documented.

My Traveling Photographer provides the ultimate personal vacation photographer experience.

 

Surrogate Photography

In my previous blog post, I discussed how the theme of twins carried through my personal work and how I have turned my focus toward creating more of that type of work as I evolve in my photography career.  About a year ago, I was contacted by a set of intended parents who were flying in to the United States to witness the birth of their set of twins through a process known as surrogacy.  An anonymous donor’s eggs are fertilized and implanted into a surrogate mother who then carries and births the newborn child(ren).  It is a remarkable experience that creates an incredible bond between the surrogate and the intended parents.

I have been honored to work with a number of surrogates and intended parents to witness the miracle first hand.  Maternity sessions, birthing sessions, fresh 48 sessions (where the newborn baby/babies are photographed at the hospital within 48 hours of birth), newborn sessions, and family portrait sessions have been very popular with surrogates and the intended parents.  Surrogates and intended parents from Europe, South America, and throughout the United States are brought together to make the miracle of child birth possible for couples who are not able to birth children themselves.  It is truly an incredible experience to witness.

We are forever grateful to the Northwest Surrogacy Center, not only for the incredible work that they do, but for affording us the opportunity to work with their clients.  Surrogate photography is by far some of the most invigorating photographic work I get to create for couples.  Here are some of our favorites from a recent fresh 48 session at the hospital with a follow up newborn session at our photography studio.  Within days of these sessions, we designed, created, and printed 100 custom birth announcement cards for the intended parents to share with their friends and family overseas.  The parents and their newborn twins are back in Europe getting settled into life as a family.

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