Owen Turns 2

Come stroll down memory lane with me for a moment.  It will shed some insight on what it looks like to invest in a professional photographer to document the legacy of your family.

Check out these highlights from when Owen was a newborn.  Now see highlights from when Owen turned 1 and came into our photography studio for some family portraits.  Fast forward to today where Owen is turning 2, and look at him now!  I have to say that this is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer.  It is so neat being a part of a family’s history.

Wouldn’t it be neat to have your family documented in this way?

Do this for yourself.  Have your family documented.  You will cherish these images and take them with you wherever you go.  Decorate your home.  Celebrate life.  This is your story.  Capture it.

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Kelly & Christian | February 10, 2014

Having photographed a number of weddings in my time, I have been to some rather unique locations.  None, however, have been as unique as Kelly & Christian’s wedding.

I woke at 5am, packed all my ski and camera gear into my car, and headed to the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Portland.  It was there that all the guests gathered to take a bus up to the mountain for a day of skiing.  The 1985 smash hit Better Off Dead (starring John Cusack) played on the overhead tvs throughout the bus.

When we arrived at Mt Hood Meadows, guests bundled up in their ski gear and hit the slopes.

Now, the weeks leading up to the wedding, I practiced the art of skiing with all of my camera gear.  I wanted to make sure I would be able to properly transition on and off the ski lift and experience skiing while photographing.  I also wanted to scout out the ideal locations for capturing portraits with the couple.  It just so happened that the days I practiced skiing on the mountain were days when the sun was out and there was little to no wind.  Anyone who is a skier knows that the weather on the mountain is unpredictable.  Well the weather forecast on the mountain changed a number of times leading up to the wedding day.  The end result was a day mixed with snow, light rain at times, and heavy clouds.  It made for great lighting for photos but a bit more challenging for skiing.

Luckily, I had my ski partner Alan Weiner capturing photos as well.  The two of us followed along with Kelly & Christian, hitting some of the best trails Mt Hood Meadows has to offer, and capturing the couple doing what they love the most – skiing together.

In the afternoon, everyone gathered indoors for a fireside ceremony.  The floor to ceiling windows offered an exquisite view of the ski trails and made the perfect setting for the ceremony and the reception.

A special thanks to Events by Lisa Marie for coordinating this epic event, Steve with A Beautiful Ceremony NW for officiating, and all of the vendors who came together to make Kelly & Christian’s wedding a skiing success!

Congratulations to Kelly & Christian!  Thank you for the incredible honor of documenting your wedding.  It goes down in the history books as one of the most (if not THE most) unique wedding experiences ever.

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Events by Lisa Marie - March 5, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Check out this amazing wedding we were honored to be a part of. It is always such a joy to see our clients embrace their style and personalities. We couldn’t agree more with Paul when he says one of the most unique weddings ever! Thank you Kelly and Christian for allowing us to be a part.

Amy Smith Miller - March 5, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Great job Paul and Lisa! Looks like fun and good timing with the weather. At least there was some snow up there!

Becca Blevins - March 5, 2014 - 8:59 pm

So cute!!! As always you are such a lighting pro!

Signature Collection Wedding Album

New for 2014, we are excited to announce our Signature Collection Wedding Album.

These albums are personally designed by the photographer to tell the beautiful story of your wedding day.  The albums are stunningly beautiful and bound in genuine European leather.  When opened, the album measures over 2 feet in length.  It offers an impressive panoramic spread that stretches across the entire page.

You absolutely must see these albums in person.  They will transform the way you think about a wedding album.

We are conveniently located at The Bridal Loft in NE Portland.  Email us at paul@paulrichstudio.com to schedule a consultation.

 

The album arrives in a custom felt pouch for protection.

An image is inset into the leather album cover.

The album lays completely flat when open.

The photographs are expertly mounted by hand and all images are mounted flush to the page.

Gilding is used on the sides of the pages and the craftsmanship is exquisite.

Black-and-White and color photographs look equally impressive in this Signature Collection Wedding Album.

The corners of the pages and the album are rounded for a smoother more contemporary look.

Encore Events’ Rockstar Swag

Anyone who knows Cindy with Encore Events knows that she is one of the most creative and talented wedding coordinators in Portland.  I have personally witnessed her magic with transforming her couple’s wedding day vision into a memorable celebration that far exceeds her clients’ expectations.  Ask any of her couples.  Cindy receives rave reviews.

Toward the end of last year, Cindy approached me about a really neat concept.  She wanted to select a handful of wedding professionals to each donate a personalized gift to be placed into a box to be hand delivered to a number of wedding venues in town.  The intention was to gift a handful of venue contacts with individualized gifts from a number of wedding professionals as a way of thanking them for their business and to celebrate the holiday season.

Each beautifully crafted box contained a note which read:

As a celebrated member of Portland’s fabulous wedding community, please enjoy this luxurious box of swag meant for a true industry rockstar.  Let it be a reminder of how fortunate we are to have such incredibly talented professionals in our area.  Each company listed below exemplifies dedication and excellence in the products and services they offer.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope your 2014 is blessed beyond compare!

Cindy hand delivered each of these boxes to a number of venues in town and we wanted to share this fun way that wedding vendors have worked together to provide an exceptional level of service to not only their individual clients but to the vendors they work with as well.

A special thanks to all the vendors who participated in Cindy’s Encore Events’ Rockstar Swag.

Encore Events – Letter
Event Cosmetics – Event Cosmetics Product & Service Gift Certificate
Encore Events – Holiday Pepper Jelly Gift Set
A Yen for Chocolates – Assortment of Gourmet Treats
Barclay Event Rentals – Holiday Candleholder and Candle
Paul Rich Studio – Calendar of photographs of Europe by Paul Rich Studio
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy – Custom Engraved Shot Glasses
Flowers For You – Dried Lavender or a Mini Terrarium
Hybrid Moon – Gourmet Popcorn & Lunch with Ride in the Rolls Royce
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy & Advantage Letterpress  – Letterpress Thank You Cards

Baby Siena

We have the opportunity to photograph a number of newborns in our portrait studio in SE Portland but every once-in-awhile we have the opportunity to use a family’s home as the backdrop.  What I love most about newborn sessions at home is the real personal touch that is given to each session.

Think about the history of your home and how things change over the years.  Wouldn’t it be neat to have photos captured in your home to really showcase your life at this present time?

Congratulations to Sarah & Todd on the arrival of their beautiful daughter Siena.  It has been an honor documenting your wedding day, your recent maternity session, and now the latest addition to your new family.  I even had the opportunity to capture some really cute “We are Expecting” photos before nearly anyone knew about the pregnancy.  Thank you so much for choosing us to capture these incredible milestones in your lives.

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Sarah - February 14, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Thank you Paul for always doing such an amazing job capturing the big moments in our life. We love having you there and the pictures to look at after!

Radiant Orchid Stylized Photo Shoot

We are extremely excited to see our work from a stylized photo shoot featured on Style Unveiled today.  Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate Radiant Orchid (Pantone Color of the Year for 2014).

Radiant Orchid possesses rosy undertones that radiate on the skin.  The color represents creativity, uniqueness, and innovation.  When paired with shades of lavender, purples, and pinks, the hue takes on a seductive quality.  All of these features make Radiant Orchid the perfect color inspiration for weddings.

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There is a tremendous amount of work and effort that goes into producing a stylized photo shoot and I would like to personally thank all of the vendors who participated and made this possible:

Coordination and Design Concept: Bash! Weddings & Events

Wedding Stationery: Paper Bloom Studio

Floral Design: Floral Designs by Alicia

Lighting: Green Light Creative

Event Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals

Wedding Venue: Courtyard by Marriott

Wedding Dress: Ania Collection

Tux Rental: Mr Formal

Makeup and Hair Designer: Janelle Hayden Hair & Makeup

Wedding Cakes: Artisan Cake Company

Mini Desserts: Bake Me Happy Now

Photography: Paul Rich Studio

 

Mr. Formal - March 17, 2014 - 6:23 pm

These photos are beautiful Paul. We would love to feature them on our Facebook and Pinterest page. Is there any way we can get some that are logoed??