Family Portraits at the Studio

Having the ability to capture family portraits at the studio means that no matter what the weather, we always have a location that works.  As we all know, Portland weather can be rather unpredictable (unless it is summertime).  And more often than not, it has a tendency to rain.  While photographing at a local park or down by the waterfront is really ideal, sometimes the weather dictates otherwise.  Rather than scramble around trying to find a location, we conveniently offer our photography studio in SE Portland.

If you have not seen our studio, you must come by for a visit.  Being on the top floor of the building, we have a beautiful sweeping view of downtown Portland overlooking the waterfront area.  There is a great pod of food carts and a selection of uniquely Portland restaurants and coffee shops close by.

Julie and Alex are regular clients of ours.  We photographed their wedding in Kauai in 2008 and have since connected many times over the years.  We recently captured portraits of their daughter up in Seattle and most recently while the couple was visiting family here in Portland.  It worked out perfectly.

No matter the occasion or the weather, our portrait studio is ideal for families, little ones, newborns, maternity session and more.  Come by and see us soon!  Learn more about what we have to offer by visiting us at Paul Rich Studio.

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Maternity Session on Sauvie Island

Portrait sessions with Joan & James have ranged from their wedding in Oahu, to their 1 year anniversary session at Cathedral Park, to a winter holiday session up at Timberline, to their most recent maternity session on Sauvie Island. We chose Howell Territorial Park for their maternity session as it offers such a beautiful backdrop for portraits.

Joan & James are expecting their first child in the upcoming weeks and we are extremely excited to meet their littlest one. It has been such an honor documenting various milestones in Joan & James’ lives as a couple and we look forward to the upcoming portrait sessions.

If you or someone you know is expecting, make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive our latest portrait offerings.  You can also email us directly at paul@paulrichstudio.com.

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Wedding Departure Ideas

When meeting with couples, it is obvious how much time and effort is spent on preparing for and planning a wedding day. A lot of thought and attention is put into the wedding location, the logistics and flow of the day, and which vendors to hire. Few couples consider how they will depart their event at the end of the evening or how they might transport themselves throughout the day. Having become aware of this, during a recent interview by Weddings Portland Style, I wanted to offer some suggestions and tips on unique wedding departure ideas.

High School Senior Portraits

High school senior portraits create a momentous time capsule in one’s life.  It is that time in life before making the heavy decision on which college to go to, what branch of the military to serve, or what major excursion around the globe to explore.  The options are endless and what lies ahead is completely unknown.

When I have the opportunity to speak with high school seniors, their outlook is so promising and filled with excitement.  Little do they know, the best is yet to come.

I met up with John at Gabriel Park for his high school senior portrait session.  It was the perfect location lined with paved paths, old fences, picnic tables, and most importantly, baseball fields.  We walked around the park taking in all it had to offer and wrapped up the session on the baseball diamond.  John brought his baseball shirt and bat and I brought some off-camera lighting to create a more dramatic look.

John has just a few more weeks of high school left and then plans to spend lots of time playing baseball this summer.  Then he heads off to college to begin his next journey.

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Dorothy Bryant - May 10, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Oh my gosh; these are the best ever! I knew he was handsome, but oh my goodness!! –John’s Grammy

Kristan Moeckli - May 10, 2014 - 6:55 pm

So apparently my little brother is not a kid anymore, and turned out to be a halfway decent decent looking guy. Eh…he’s okay I guess. :)

SE Wine Collective Wedding Celebration

Kourtney & Brendan had a destination wedding in Cork, Ireland and were officially married on January 17, 2014.  They most recently held a wedding reception event in Portland for all their local friends and family at the SE Wine Collective.  The food – absolutely amazing, the wine – incredible, and the festivities – an absolute blast.

The culinary scene in Portland is exploding with dozens of new restaurants and wine bars opening, and the SE Wine Collective is a spot you MUST put on your list.  Choose from among dozens and dozens of wines and hang out in one of the hippest spots in SE Portland.

Kourtney & Brendan reserved the space for their wedding celebration, added a few of their own personal touches, and treated guests to a lovely evening filled with lots of laughter and some pretty funky dance moves.

Here are some highlights from the evening:

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Mary - April 30, 2014 - 2:34 pm

These.are.amazing.

Tulip Fest Family Portraits

We are offering some INCREDIBLE portrait specials during the month of April.  Make sure not to miss out on capturing your family together this year.  While our Tulip Fest family portraits are sold out, we do still have a few more portrait sessions available.

Your choice of a discounted session or a Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer make April the best month to purchase your portrait session.

Here are highlights from a recent Tulip Fest family portrait session.  This is the family’s third portrait session with us and they already have another one on the books.  Looks like we might be heading to Cannon Beach around sunset for that one.  So stay tuned!

To take advantage of one of our best portrait specials of the year, make sure to contact us today at paul@paulrichstudio.com.

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Anna & Brit | April 5, 2014

Weddings can be big.  Weddings can be small.  Weddings can take you to a tropical destination in the sun or they can take you to a snow covered mountain top.  The best part about weddings is that you can make them uniquely their own.

Anna & Brit wanted a simple celebration surrounded by their closest loved ones.  They exchanged their vows at their local church and then headed over to Anna’s sister’s house for an afternoon wedding reception.  Prior to entering the house, Brit was approached by a couple of guests asking to speak with him.  There was a bit of confusion about what was going on and during all the chaos, Brit’s brother-in-law locked a ball and chain to his leg.  The ol’ ball and chain is a tradition in Anna’s family for any new member entering into the family through marriage.  Brit made his way around the wedding reception carrying the ball and chain and had to ask guests for the key.  It took awhile, but he was finally freed.

The couple enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife and then had the opportunity to cut their wedding cake.  During the reception, one of Brit’s boys was sizing up all the food that was on display.  I could see his mind working.  He was looking to be mischievous and playful and the small dish of olives provided the perfect opportunity.  No one was watching.  He made sure of that.  And then he went for it and I just had to capture a photo.  I have been so excited about this image and wanting to share it with the couple.  I figured this blog post of highlights was my perfect opportunity.

Congratulations to Anna & Brit.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your wedding celebration.

See more of our Portland wedding photography at Paul Rich Studio.

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Mario Johnson - April 17, 2014 - 7:05 pm

So cute! Beautiful pictures!