Yearly Archives: 2012

Best of 2012

I love this time of year.  I find myself reflecting back over the year as a whole and looking forward to the new year to come.

Paul Rich Studio experienced a tremendous amount of growth in 2012.  We officially launched our portrait studio in SE Portland and continued to expand our presence in the Silverton, OR area with our wedding consultation space at Branches and Bloom.  We had the opportunity to teach photography classes at The Art Institute of Portland and take on some rather unique assignments throughout the year.  One of the highest honors for me this year was having the opportunity to document a traditional Navajo wedding ceremony set in the foothills of Mt Hood.

2012 was also the year of travel both personally and professionally.  Before the wedding season officially kicked into gear, I had an opportunity to explore many areas throughout Europe with Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey being among my favorite destinations of the trip.  They provided me with the perfect escape to appreciate my craft on a more personal level.  A destination wedding in Arizona, a photographer’s tradeshow in Nevada, and a fun work assignment in California comprised my travels within the US.

2013 will be a continued year of growth for our business.  As we head in to the new year, we are in the process of updating our website, implementing a brand new shopping cart experience for our customers, creating a new look for our business, and launching a brand new mobile app (which is super top secret and unbelievably exciting for us).  With all of this in place and it being just the beginning of the year, we are expecting to share lots of updates and announcements throughout the year.

Thank you to all our couples for supporting our business and suggesting our services to others.  We have compiled our top 50 favorite wedding images from 2012 to share with all of you.  Here are some of our favorite highlights from 2012:

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The Jensens

With both daughters in town from college, the Jensens wanted to capture some family portraits of everyone together.  Jessica and Anna are both attending school in Utah and it has been awhile since the entire family has been together.  So, it was a perfect opportunity to capture some family portraits.  Here are just a few of our favorites from their recent portrait session:

 

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The Rogers

Given the weather this time of year, we most often capture family portraits at the studio.  It is convenient, warm, and works whether rain or shine.

However, for those families who are open to taking a bit of risk, having a portrait session done at your own home can be a lot of fun.  The plan with the Rogers was to try to capture something outdoors if possible but to use the inside of the house as well.  While it rained the entire trip out to the house, there was a brief moment in the afternoon when the rain subsided, and we ran outside to capture outdoor shots as well.  Thankfully, the Rogers’ also had a beautiful wrap around porch in the front.  So, between the living room couch, the front porch, and the side yard, we had plenty of locations for the portraits.

Whenever all of you get together, whether it be for the holidays, a birthday, a graduation, a family reunion — consider hiring a professional photographer to come out and capture your family together.  Family portraits are something that all of you will appreciate and cherish for many generations.

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Courtney Rogers - December 20, 2012 - 10:59 am

Ok Really? WOW these are incredible. Thank you Paul! you are Amazing.

Meghan Rogers Czarnecki - December 20, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Awesome! Thank you Paul!

Maureen Rogers - December 20, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Paul, thanks for your excellent handling of challenging weather, numbers of people, lack of studio, etc. You made it fun!

Grażyna Czarnecka - December 20, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Great photos.Best regards from Poland!

Terrian Gobrecht Gutman - December 20, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Oh, what funit is… to be a Rogers! Love the pictures!

Terrian Gobrecht Gutman - December 20, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Very nice!

Cole Rogers - December 20, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Rad Paul! Thanks for taking these dude, I love how they turned out.

Benefit Screening of Promised Land

This past Monday, Gus Van Sant screened his soon to be released film titled Promised Land at the Bagdad Theater.  The event was a fundraiser for Outside In whose mission is to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.

Gus was present to sign posters, speak with the attendees, and offer some insights into his latest film.

 

Portraits at Hoyt Arboretum

One of the things I enjoy most about this time of year is re-connecting with families.  Since it is a tradition to have holiday portraits, it gives us an opportunity to see families each year.  I have known the Tuckers for many years and have had the honor of capturing their family portrait in the past.

This year, we chose one of my favorite locations for portraits.  Hoyt Arboretum offers an array of backdrops and settings that work perfectly for families.  We met at The World Forestry Center and then ventured throughout the surrounding grounds of Hoyt Arboretum.

Here is a selection of our favorites.

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Sharks & Volcanoes

Robert brought his son Will into the studio the other day for some fun casual portraits.  I have known Robert for many years and it has been a treat watching his son grow.  I get to stay updated on everything that is going on through the personal website he created to keep friends and family informed on what Will is up to.  It is very much a modern day journal and even has a link back to our blog!  Make sure to check out William’s blog for a great way to chronicle your child’s life experiences.

It was fun catching up with Will and learning all the exciting new things in his life.  He is very inquisitive and has a real thirst for understanding how rings work.  During the portrait session, he became very interested in how my camera made the strobes fire.  He even had the chance to press a bunch of buttons and make all sorts of lights flash.  But, I quickly learned Will’s true interests — sharks and volcanoes.

While Will quickly gained an affinity for volcanoes especially after a camping trip with his dad at Mt St Helens, he most recently became even more interested in sharks.  Robert recently surprised Will with a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  And I am sure you can guess his favorite part…the shark tank of course and a fish tank with 55 gallon water capacity.

It was an absolute treat getting to see Will and catching up with Robert.  I look forward to seeing where Will’s imagination and adventures take him next.  Here are some highlights from some father and son time at the studio:

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Downtown Portland Family Portraits

Each year we photograph the Burdicks for their holiday portraits.  This years’ theme was to create a more urban feel by capturing some of the Portland skyline in the background.  We found a great location right by OMSI.

Although it was a bit cold and windy outside, everyone rallied for the portrait session and was able to quickly warm up afterward.  Here are some of our favorites from the session.

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