Monthly Archives: February 2016

Isabelle’s Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Having the opportunity to photograph Isabelle’s Bat Mitzvah celebration was certainly quite the treat.  The morning began with some portraits with family members at Congregation Beth Israel and concluded with an epic party celebration at Irving Street Kitchen in the evening.

Isabelle’s guests were treated to a festive evening filled with all sorts of entertainment and fun.  The table settings included numerous selfie-sticks for the guests and an area was set aside for henna artists Half Moon Henna, a couple of caricaturists from Barbara Pikus Caricatures, and the HappyMatic Photo Booth.  DJ Max Barenberg with Blackboard Music had the crowd out on the dance floor all night long.  This was also due in part to an incredible candy bar overflowing with candy treats from Sweets, Etc.

Izze Sodas were the signature drink of the evening for those under 21 with an assortment of cocktails made available at the bar for the adults.  Isabelle’s friends and family members gave some incredible speeches and later broke into song while Isabelle and various family members played the guitar and sang along.

The entire day was a fun celebration of Isabelle and all her accomplishments.  Here are some of our favorite images from her recent Bat Mitzvah celebration:

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Valerie Roth Schafer - February 20, 2016 - 10:01 pm

AWESOME!

Yacht Themed Engagement Session

Tiffany and Kirk spend a lot of time out on the water especially during the summer months when there is no better time to be out on the yacht.  So Tiffany wanted to make sure to incorporate lots of water, boats, and bridges in their engagement photos.  I suggested that we meet by the Riverplace Hotel which has a spectacular view overlooking a marina.  There is also a walkway that leads down onto the water itself and offers a spectacular view of some of Portland’s bridges.

Toward the later part of the afternoon we made our way over to the Columbia River Yacht Club where Kirk docks his boat.  We climbed on board and headed out onto the water leaving all the hustle and bustle of the city behind us.  It made the perfect setting to capture Tiffany and Kirk in their element.  We were able to capture exactly what they were looking for: water, boats, and bridges.  The image of the two of them toward the front of the yacht looking at each other with the bridge in the background is my favorite from the series.

To help our couples maximize the investment they make in hiring a professional wedding photographer, we provide our couples with a complimentary What to Wear Guide for Engagement Sessions.  Tiffany loved the suggestions in the guide and it inspired her to bring a red jacket (for a pop of color) and to do an outfit change for the images on the yacht to follow more of a nautical theme.  I thought her choice in a deep navy color that coordinated both of their outfits was absolutely superb.

Our What to Wear Guide is intended to offer helpful tips and suggestions on what to wear for your upcoming session.  To download your free copy, simply click on the What to Wear Guide link above (the download time will vary based on your internet speed).

If you are reading this on a mobile device, please email us to request the guide and we will send it to you directly: paul@paulrichstudio.com

We hope you find the suggestions in the guide helpful in preparing for your upcoming session.

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Downtown Portland Engagement Session

Lauren and Michael moved to Portland from Wisconsin just a few months ago.  To get the full Portland experience, they moved into the downtown area and are literally just steps away from all that this great city has to offer.  During the evenings after dinner, they often head outside and stroll the downtown area.  There is no better way to get to know a city.  So naturally, it only made sense to capture their engagement photos in their new city.

We met up at Jamison Square in the Pearl District to begin the session.  And much in the way that they spend their evenings, we strolled the area and captured various portraits of them together enjoying downtown Portland.  It is one of my favorite areas to photograph in Portland.

I wanted to also offer Lauren and Michael a nice shot of the city in the background.  I know of some great areas on the SE side of the city that offer spectacular views of the Portland skyline especially at night.  So we waited for the sun to set, hopped in our cars, and headed over to the SE side for one more round of photos.  By altering the color temperature of my flashes, I was able to produce a more dramatic look to their evening shots of the city.

Lauren and Michael will be hosting their wedding day celebration at the Riverplace Hotel in August this year.  We are looking forward to re-connecting with the couple then and witnessing all their guests enjoy the spectacular views as Lauren and Michael exchange their vows up on the rooftop of the hotel.

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Family Portraits at Timberline Lodge

This time of year, one of my favorite locations for family portraits is Timberline Lodge.  Pile into the car, head up to Timberline Lodge, and make it a day trip up to the mountain.  With Government Camp just around the corner and endless trails to hike and explore, there is so much to do in the area.  There are plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate everyone’s tastes.

We were recently hired to capture a family portrait session that was gifted to a mom for her birthday.  The three siblings got together to coordinate the effort as a gift to their mom.  We made sure to capture everyone together as well as various groupings of the siblings together, the grandchildren, and more.  Mom had a blast and loved having the family together.  I loved the opportunity to capture these portraits for everyone to look back on in the years to come.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

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Baby Landrie

I was so excited to receive an email from Paige and Mike indicating that they were expecting and wanting to schedule a maternity and newborn session.  Having photographed their wedding back in 2008, it was such a treat to hear from them especially considering the exciting news.  More and more of our wedding couples reach out to us to capture their growing families.  It is such an honor.

When planning their wedding, Paige and Mike requested to have their engagement photos captured outdoors to include the beautiful fall colors.  We met up at the Hoyt Arboretum for their engagement session where the fall colors were in peak season.  Their signature album is still used as a sample of our work in our photography studio even today!  So to many of our wedding couples, I am sure Paige and Mike look familiar.

A handful of weeks prior to Landrie’s arrival, I met up with Paige and Mike at Cathedral Park.  We were able to capture the couple outdoors and include some of the beautiful fall colors that were on display.  We even re-created an image of the couple walking hand in hand, just like we had captured during their engagement session.  How neat that they have an image like this before becoming newlyweds and then later on in life while expecting the arrival of their first daughter.  It’s moments like these that make me so thankful for the work that I do.  Being a Portland based maternity and newborn photographer in addition to capturing weddings has been an absolute thrill.

Once baby Landrie arrived, we scheduled a newborn session at Paige and Mike’s home.  Their wedding photos from 2008 grace their walls throughout their home.  For me, it was like walking into a time capsule.  Baby Landrie was able to sleep through her entire newborn session and even allowed us to change her outfits and pose her without any disruption.  She is truly a natural in front of the camera.  It was only as I was capturing the final few frames of the session that she opened her eyes and began to wake.  I knew it was feeding time and the perfect time to wrap things up from the session.

Here are some of our favorites from Paige and Mike’s maternity session and Baby Landrie’s newborn session:

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Northwest Surrogacy Center

In October of 2015, we had the unique privilege of photographing a set of twins born through surrogacy for a gay couple from Luxembourg.  Nicolas and Tom were kind enough to share their experience working with us on a surrogate photography video.  They were also kind enough to refer our photography services to another couple who was visiting from Luxembourg for the exact same reason.  Both couples were working with the Northwest Surrogacy Center in Portland, Oregon.

Here are the beautiful twin boys who visited us at the studio for a newborn session before obtaining passports and flying back home to Luxembourg.

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Ashlyn & Chad | January 17, 2016

Ashlyn & Chad were recently married at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.  The couple got ready at different areas of the hotel and met for a first moment together along the iconic staircase in the lobby area.  It was the perfect setting to kick off their wedding day celebration.  We were able to capture some portraits of the couple outdoors as well as locations throughout the hotel itself.

Chad’s father officiated the wedding ceremony and a wedding guest strategically placed a GoPro to capture some video of the exchanging of the vows.  The guests laughed and cheered throughout the ceremony as everyone witnessed Ashlyn and Chad become husband and wife.  We escaped upstairs to sign the marriage license and capture a few more photos of the couple before re-joining the guests for cocktail hour.

Ashlyn and Chad had a grand entrance into the reception area with Ryan from a Perfect Memory Events DJing the evening’s festivities.  The dance floor remained very active throughout the evening with guests of all ages tearing it up to the music.  In lieu of a wedding cake, Ashlyn and Chad opted to cut into an oversized donut and had various flavored donuts available for guests.  The garter and bouquet toss was done from a balcony area up above with guests gathering below.  Then, for a special dance for the evening, Ashlyn and Chad changed into their new matching Nike sneakers to dance to Miley Cyrus’ song “23.”

Congratulations to Ashlyn and Chad!

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Keith and Julie - February 7, 2016 - 10:18 pm

We voted one vote a piece to get more favorites. Congratulations! It was beautiful and we loved being a part of your Wedding Day and weekend celebrations. 💗