Multnomah Falls Engagement Session

Katelynn & Francisco contacted us requesting to have an engagement session captured in the Columbia Gorge.  They wanted images captured of them hiking among some of the waterfalls that line the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway.

We did some research and planned to start at Horsetail Falls, work our way toward the iconic Multnomah Falls, and conclude the session at sunset at the Vista House at Crown Point.  Our choice of locations and timing were absolutely perfect that day, hitting each key location at precisely the right time.  What we didn’t account for however, were the large crowds of visitors enjoying each of the parks and waterfalls as well.  The weather that day was absolutely superb and travelers from near and far ventured out into the Columbia Gorge to enjoy its inherent beauty.

Katelynn & Francisco were very much wanting a portrait along the bridge at Multnomah Falls.  I stayed down below to capture a more dramatic angle while the couple worked their way up to the bridge (along with a whole slew of visitors).  There was absolutely no break in activity with many guests pausing along the bridge to take in the sights.  Given the flow of traffic, having a moment with just the couple alone on the bridge was truly impossible.  So, I made sure to photograph them in such a way that I could simply Photoshop out the crowd.  Now the process to do this is actually quite complex, but the end result is what all of us had envisioned as the finished product.

I love these types of challenges.  Matching my clients’ wishes and desires with my technical command of the medium is how we produce work that pushes the envelope and transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

When I presented this before and after sequence to Katelynn & Francisco, they replied, “We didn’t even know that was possible!  Mind blown, you’re freaking awesome!”

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Jamie & Josh | April 25, 2015

Jamie & Josh considered a number of locations to host their wedding day celebrations and ultimately chose a destination wedding in Anacortes.  Jamie is currently studying photography at Western Washington University and wanted to share the exquisite beauty of northern WA with all her guests.  It is always an honor to document a wedding for a fellow photographer and to have the opportunity to explore a new region of the United States.  It made documenting this wedding extra special.

I drove up from Portland, OR the day of the wedding and made sure to arrive early to have an opportunity to explore the venue and the surrounding area.  Jamie & Josh chose the historic Majestic Inn & Spa as the location for their wedding.  The day flowed together seamlessly and the weather was absolutely fantastic.  During the reception we took a quick break to head up to the Rooftop Lounge to enjoy a breathtaking sunset.  The Rooftop Lounge sits atop the 2nd tallest building in Anacortes and offers beautiful sweeping views of the San Juan Islands, downtown Anacortes, and the surrounding waterways.  It was one of the many reasons why Jamie & Josh chose the Majestic Inn & Spa for their wedding.

Here are some of the highlights from Jamie & Josh’s destination wedding in Anacortes.

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Vendor Spotlight | CK Wedding & Event Design

We are extremely excited for Chelsea & Kayla with CK Wedding & Event Design on the opening of their brand new office location.  To celebrate the momentous occasion, this dynamic duo held an extremely fun Open House event.  As Portland wedding planners, they have worked tirelessly designing and creating their new space and it is absolutely gorgeous.

They came over to our studio recently for some professional headshots and we had a chance to catch up with them just before their big Open House event.  As we head into the wedding season, we wanted to share with our readers a bit more about Portland wedding planners Chelsea & Kayla:

 

What advice would you give a couple that just got engaged?

Kayla: Breathe. Take a deep breath before you dive head first into planning. Also, do your research and trust your gut! The process should be fun and exciting for you and your fiancé, don’t get lost in it!

Chelsea: Take your time! Really think about everything and what is the most important to you about that day! There is no need to rush the planning process. It is one day and it goes by so fast. So enjoy every moment about it!

 

How did you get started?

Kayla: I fell in love with the idea of working weddings when Chelsea and I were roommates. She worked at the Abernathy Center and would bring home the most gorgeous flower arrangements…. And cake, a lot of cake!!! J

Chelsea: I have always been in love with weddings. In elementary school there was a magazine sale and I begged my mom to buy a subscription to Brides magazine. I would sit for hours just looking through the bridal magazines, imagining people’s weddings and how I would plan them. In college I was really able to experience the wedding industry and haven’t looked back!

 

What makes CK different?

Kayla & Chelsea: We build a true relationship with our clients! We are best friends and we value our friendship. We have put our heart and souls into this business and I believe the clients can see that.

 

Describe your style

Kayla: Clean, fun, and evolving

Chelsea: chic, inspiring, and energetic

 

Outside of weddings what is your favorite thing to do?

Kayla: Going out to dinner with my husband! Someday our daughter will be added into that but she is 3, and anyone with a 3yr old can agree with me when I say that she is not the most fun to dine with. :p

Chelsea: Spending time with my husband and our two dogs, love taking the time on weekends to enjoy everything that Portland has to offer! I’m always up for girl time though! I LOVE getting pampered with manicures and pedicures and drinking champagne of course!

 

What or who motivates you?

Kayla: At this point in my life Harper, my daughter is my biggest motivator. I want to make her proud and I want her to see what a true boss lady looks like!

Chelsea: My husband! We met when we were getting our bachelors degree then went and got our masters together! Experiencing all that together gives me the motivation to better myself and reach all my goals!

 

If you or anyone you know is planning a wedding, make sure to check out CK Wedding & Event Design.

Jackie Boehm - April 30, 2015 - 11:10 pm

AWESOME job you two. Beautiful layout. Very well done. How did I know for CERTAIN, if I scrolled down far enough I would see our terrific Bradley. :)

Hope Tew - May 1, 2015 - 8:17 am

Paul, great write up and beautiful pictures to capture this milestone. Kayla and Chelsea I adore your new office space and know all your future clients will too!

Mary Boehm Chisum - May 1, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Kayla, you guys are both amazing! Again, your mother would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you, as I’m sure she is looking down on you from Heaven with her big smile!

Izak Turns 1

I absolutely love documenting 12 month sessions.  It is the perfect age for capturing portraits.  Little ones are taking some of their first steps and exploring everything the exciting world has to offer.  It is easy to elicit a smile and the results are always incredibly fun.

I have had the opportunity to document Izak in the past, but this session was among my favorites.  He had just woken from a nap and was ready for an adventure.  The timing was perfect.  And having one of the cutest outfits on helped a lot too.  Izak always dresses so stylishly.

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

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Tulip Fest Portrait Special

Toward the beginning of this year, we launched a new program called Paul’s Portrait Program.  The program offers our best pricing and deals on family portraits.  It is completely free to join and there are no obligations to purchase.

By joining Paul’s Portrait Program, you will receive a monthly newsletter detailing the portrait specials and deals for that month.  During the month of April, we announced our new Spring Collection Frames and offered a portrait special at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn,OR.  The event was extremely popular and we wanted to share some highlights from one of the sessions.

We have received a huge number of sign-ups this month and wanted to make sure anyone who wanted to sign up had the opportunity to do so.  This way you won’t miss out on an opportunity like this again.  Simply fill out this form to be a part of Paul’s Portrait Program.

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Customer Appreciation Weekend

We absolutely love our Portland photography studio.  After years and years of focusing on weddings, we have expanding our photography services to include family portraits.  More and more of our clients asked us to capture their growing families and so it only made sense to build and launch a Portland photography studio.

Photographing outdoors is what we love to do most but the unpredictable weather and comfort of newborns and little ones necessitates a photography studio.  When couples are looking for more privacy for their maternity sessions or wanting a cozy setting like a studio for their newborn, we wanted to be able to provide some options.

The new photography studio has beautiful filtered natural light that streams through a bank of windows and we are outfitted with an array of studio lights and contemporary backdrops.  We are able to achieve a lot of variety in the look and style of our work created in the photography studio.

To celebrate the launch of our new Portland photography studio, we offered a complimentary portrait session to all our clients during a recent Customer Appreciation Weekend Event.  It was an opportunity to introduce everyone to our new space in NE Portland.  Make sure to come by and check out our new space.

To officially reserve your family portrait session outdoors or at our new photography studio, make sure to email us directly at: paul@paulrichstudio.com

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Erik - April 13, 2015 - 5:22 pm

Thanks for a great shoot!

Fundraising Ideas

We donate a number of family portrait sessions to various nonprofit organizations throughout the Portland area to assist in their fundraising events.  The portrait sessions are typically a rather hot item at the auctions and help raise money for organizations like the MDA, the ALS Association, and others.  We also donate family portrait sessions to local theater companies and schools as well.

We were extremely excited when one of our previous wedding clients contacted us from having purchased a portrait session at a recent auction event.  They recognized our name, obviously knew our work, and placed the winning bid on a family portrait session.  We photographed Amy & Scott’s wedding back in 2012 and we photographed her sister Holly’s wedding back in 2008!  It was so neat to connect with all of them again for a family portrait session.

Here are a few of our favorites from this most recent family portrait session in Portland:

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