Monthly Archives: February 2013

My Portland Photographer

In case you missed this week’s My Portland Photographer post, we wanted to share it on our blog as well.  It provides some insights into how I work and how I am able to capture the work that we create.  Here is the blog post with the accompanying image below.

As a professional wedding photographer, one of my primary responsibilities is knowing how to construct the best photograph possible.

It oftentimes starts with an awareness of the background.  It establishes the framework within which you will capture the moment.  It creates the composition for the image, and more importantly, it helps tie all the elements together.  When done properly, the photograph holds the potential to transcend the moment it depicts.

While documenting Lindsay & Colin getting ready at The Nines Hotel, I wanted to find a nice private location for their first moment.  Being familiar with The Nines, I knew of a hallway area that had beautiful natural light and a simple color palette.  I knew it would be the right choice for the occasion.

The mirror was an extra bonus.  It was something I knew I would incorporate into the shot.  So, with these elements in mind, I orchestrated the couple’s first moment in such a way as to take advantage of all these features – the light, the reflection, the color palette, etc.

By setting the stage in this way, I am able to focus all my energy on just the couple.  I wait.  I watch.  I observe.  Then I click.  And I click again.  Capturing each moment as it unfolds knowing that the right framework is in place.

There are so many things about this image that I love.  I love the ethereal light that pours in through the window.  I love the way Colin gently holds Lindsay’s hand.  The gesture is so loving and tender.  I love that only through the reflection in the mirror do we realize that the bride is holding her bouquet.  The light blues and vibrant oranges play off one another throughout the image.  I think of the round mirror and how its shape resembles that of a wedding ring.  I could go on and on.  It’s these things – these elements – that make a photograph for me.  And what better way to capture such a special moment on the wedding day…

To view more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.

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Madison Turns 5

Every girl dreams of being a princess, and for Madison and her closest friends, they had the opportunity of becoming a princess for a day.  Cinderella greeted all the guests as they arrived at the Riverplace Hotel in downtown Portland.  Some chose to have their photo captured with Cinderella while others were so enamored by her presence that they hid in excitement.

A room was set aside with individual princess costumes for all the girls to wear.  Purses, necklaces, bracelets, “glass slippers”, and all sorts of additional princess accessories were on hand to create the perfect outfit.  There was even some fancy makeup to finish off the final princess look.

Once properly dressed as a princess, all the girls gathered around a craft table to decorate their own princess wands and to make sand candy art.  We stepped outside for a group photo with Cinderella and all the girls learned how to wave like a princess.

We came back inside and Cinderella read “Princess and the Pea” to all the little princesses.  It was a huge hit and included a game where each girl was presented with a certificate that authenticated them as a princess.

After the story, all the princesses gathered around for lunch which included flower shaped PB&Js, ham and cheese finger sandwiches, and fruits and vegetables.  For dessert, a giant pink and white Cinderella castle cake was served.  Madison closed her eyes, made a wish, and blew out all the candles.

Following lunch and dessert, the princesses were escorted to Pink & White Nail Salon for individual manicures.  The girls loved seeing all the different colors of nail polish and had lots of fun spending the afternoon as a princess.

To see additional highlights from Madison’s birthday party, check out the birthday slideshow.

 

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Laura & Jason | January 12, 2013

Laura & Jason were recently married at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in the Tumwater Room.  The venue provides an exciting location for weddings with a scenic view of the historic Willamette Falls.  During cocktail hour, guests have the unique opportunity of privately viewing the museum.  We made sure to capture some fun photos with the couple throughout the museum and even had the chance to sign the marriage license on a judge’s bench from 1859.

Speaking of history and fun little factoids, I would be remiss not to mention that Jason was once ranked 27th in the world in competitive eating.  I have to say it is one of the more unique forms of sport, but it is certainly a sport nonetheless.  And if you don’t quite believe me — check out the official site for Major League Eating.

There were numerous fun highlights to the wedding day.  Laura & Jason created a fun “I do” sign to use as a prop in their photos and after getting married, they made sure to update their Facebook status.  During the reception, the couple played the highly entertaining shoe game and they had a wide array of random props to use for their photo booth.

Guests signed in using a fingerprint tree and Jenga pieces were available for guests to sign and leave personalized messages as well.  All of the details including the flow of the day were masterfully coordinated by Cindy and her team with Encore Events.  We would like to thank all of the vendors for their participation in making Laura & Jason’s wedding day extra special.

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New Cart | New Features

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new shopping cart.  It is filled with great features, showcases the work in a larger scale, and provides many new options.

The most exciting new feature of our cart is the ability to purchase digital downloads.  Want an image to upload to Facebook or to have as your new desktop image?  Look no further.  Our new shopping cart offers low-res digital files for purchase.  What about for making prints?  Well, we offer that too with our hi-res digital file download option.  Purchase a hi-res digital file and you have unlimited printing privileges of that file.  How exciting is that?

But wait…  It gets better.  We are offering a 20% discount on all print orders placed during the month of February.  It is our way of thanking our customers, sharing our latest shopping cart, and to celebrate one of the most exciting holidays of the year — Valentine’s Day!

When placing your order, enter the following discount code to receive 20% off: Valentine