Tiffany & Kirk | March 12, 2016

Tiffany and Kirk recently exchanged their wedding vows at the Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Portland and held their wedding reception at the Benson Hotel.  The couple got ready at the hotel and chose the iconic lobby staircase as the location for their first moment.  Close friends and family members gathered around from a distance to witness the couple’s first look.  After capturing portraits with family, the couple hopped into a limousine and headed to the church for the wedding ceremony.

The magnificent views at the Zion Lutheran Church make it a real treat to photograph.  The upper balcony area makes a great location for capturing the large expanse of space by offering a more unique perspective.  Following the ceremony, guests headed to the Benson Hotel for the wedding reception.  A festive cocktail hour ensued giving the guests a great time to mingle and the couple a few moments of rest.  A few select images from Tiffany and Kirk’s engagement session were visible throughout the reception area giving that extra personal touch to the evening.

Congratulations to Tiffany and Kirk!  Now begins the fun process of selecting which images go into the couple’s beautiful leather bound wedding album.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

When Stacey with Red Shoe Productions contacted us to document The Hatter’s Easter Eggstravaganza at the Aerie at Eagle Landing, we knew that we were in for quite a treat.  We have worked with Red Shoe Productions on a number of events and Stacey and her team always put together the most successful events.  She specializes in creating interactive experiences for events, corporations, non-profits and weddings that always engage the guests and leave a lasting impression.

Take for example, the Easter Eggstravaganza where guests were treated to a number of fun activities ranging from wild creations from a balloon artist to creative face paintings.  Event Team Entertainment provided 2 separate photo booth options and plenty of arts and crafts tables and supplies were available for all.  Rojo the Llama and Napoleon the Alpaca were huge hits with the kids as were the giant inflatable bounce houses as well.  Fifty Licks Ice Cream, Miss Hannah’s Popcorn, and Nineteen27 S’mores were just some of the many vendors present.

To really top things off though, the big crescendo to the event was having the Easter Bunny arrive by helicopter.  Families gathered around to watch him land in an open field and work his way to the party.  It was a huge celebration with hundreds and hundreds of families participating in the event.  Shortly after the Easter Bunny arrived, various egg hunts took place for children of all ages.  Thanks to all the vendors for making the event such a smashing success and to Red Shoe Productions for making it all happen.

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Family Portraits Indoors & Outdoors

Julia and Erik were married at the Waverley Country Club in 2013 on a nice warm summer day. Capturing their wedding was such a treat especially their choreographed first dance. It was a huge hit among their guests.

I also had the opportunity to photograph a newborn session of their son Matthew at their home. Matthew slept like a champ even with all the posing and outfit changes for his session.

I met up with Julia, Erik, and Matthew just a few days ago at our photography studio. The plan was to try to capture some portraits at the studio and outdoors at a local park as well. One of the things I love most about our photography studio is that a nice little quaint park is just blocks away. This allows us to capture portraits indoors and outdoors as part of any session that we schedule. It provides greater variety to the work and breaks up the session in a way that is truly enjoyable for all.

Make sure to sign up for our portrait newsletter. It contains specials that we offer throughout the year and grants you access to some of our best pricing available. Chances are we will offer fall portraits at the park that is close to our studio as well as indoor sessions when the weather is less desirable. No reason to miss out! If you wish to be added to our portrait newsletter, please email us at: paul@paulrichstudio.com

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Baby Kate | 6 Month Session

I had the opportunity to photograph Kate’s newborn session at the photography studio just a handful of months ago. As any parent will tell you, time flies, and very recently we had the chance to connect for a 6 month photo session. Since the newborn session was captured at the studio, the decision was made to capture the 6 month session at home. This would allow us to capture some of the more personal elements of home and keep Kate in a very familiar environment. As soon as I arrived, Kate was smiling away and ready for her portrait session.

Mom selected a handful of really cute outfits and Kate played along even with all the wardrobe changes. She did fantastic and the results really showed. Here are some of our favorites from Kate’s 6 month session at home:

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Newborn Session at the Studio

I photographed Mistyrose and Keith’s wedding on the 4th of July last year. It was a fantastic celebration that concluded with a very festive fireworks display. Many of our wedding clients return as portrait clients as they build their families.

Mistyrose and Keith informed me that they were expecting and wanted to have newborn photos captured of their son Patriot. They arrived at the studio with a number of really special and fun outfits for their son. Keith is a huge Oregon Ducks fan and the couple both love Star Wars. So we made sure to play with those themes during the newborn photo session.

A few years ago Mistyrose gave birth to the sweetest little boy who unfortunately passed away within just days of birth. Mistyrose had the opportunity to hold him in a very special blanket that was later made into a little stuffed bear for Patriot. I had the opportunity to photograph Patriot holding that bear as part of his newborn session at the studio. I know it is a very special photo for Mistyrose and Keith that has a lot of personal meaning for them. I am so glad we were able to include a number of personalized items in Patriot’s newborn session photos. Here are some of our favorites from the session:

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Portland Surrogate Photography

As if my previous two blog posts haven’t shined enough light on the relationships I build with my clients, I think this one will make it exceptionally clear.

I met Brandi many years ago while she was working for a wedding videographer in town.  She was in the process of planning her own wedding and hired us to document her wedding.  This was back in 2008, a busy year for us where we photographed 33 weddings.  Brandi had the unique idea of creating a video that told her love story of how she and Toby met and fell in love.  We travelled to the coast for the session where a videographer captured video while I captured stills.  It was a joint love story/engagement session that began with a nice casual stroll along the beach and somehow ended with Brandi, Toby, and I running into the ocean for some incredibly playful and fun portraits.  The ocean water was unbelievably freezing (you know the kind that totally takes your breath away) and yet in all honestly, it just didn’t really matter.  We were having so much fun that day and creating some very fun memories together.

So following the engagement session, and of course their wedding day, we continued to stay in touch.  An endless stream of referrals came my way from Brandi over the years.  I have lost count on how many weddings, portraits, and various other photo shoots have been made possible because of her extremely kind words about my work.  I have photographed her brother’s wedding, various friends’ weddings, portrait sessions, and on and on.

One of the most gratifying referrals came just this past year.  Brandi is part of a surrogacy group where surrogates and intended parents share information.  As you can imagine, this group is built on a tremendous amount of trust and privacy.  A gay couple based out of Luxembourg posted an inquiry to the group seeking a qualified surrogate photographer.  Knowing that they might miss the birth of their twins here in the states, they wanted a photographer available to capture the events leading up to and immediately following their birth.  Brandi was kind enough to post a glowing recommendation of my services and within hours, I received a very heart felt email from the couple in Luxembourg.  Thankfully they were able to arrive in the United States in time to witness the birth of their twins.  I received the call from the couple during the middle of the day saying, “Our surrogate mom is in labor and it’s time for you to come to the hospital right away.”  I dropped everything I was doing and dashed over to the hospital to capture all the excitement.  Nicolas and Tom were kind enough to share their experience working with me in this surrogate photography video.

Part of the reason why Brandi is part of the surrogacy group (and able to share her recommendations), is because she is a surrogate herself.  In fact, before she officially became a surrogate, she even shared with me that it was something that she and her husband Toby were investigating.  Ever since a little girl, Brandi had always wanted to be a mother.  She is blessed with 2 precious daughters (both of whom I have photographed many many times).  But Brandi wanted to also make the dream of having children possible for others who may not have the ability to have children of their own.  So, it led her and her husband toward the path of surrogacy.  Brandi has been sharing the experiences of being a surrogate on her personal blog titled A Beautiful Blessed Mess.

Just a few weeks ago, with the cherry blossoms in bloom, I had the opportunity to capture some maternity photos for Brandi.  It was the perfect location for this photo session.

Presuming that our schedules and the stars align, within the next week or so, I will have the distinct honor and privilege of being one of the very few individuals allowed into the hospital room when Brandi gives birth.  She and her husband Toby have asked to have the birth documented.  When talking about the photo session, Brandi mentioned that the thing she wants captured the most is the expression on the couples’ faces as they hold their newborn for the very first time.  Brandi and Toby are so excited to be able to make a very deserving couple parents of a newborn son.

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Building Relationships with our Clients

I don’t recall exactly how we met or how Lynne and Matt discovered our services, but back in 2008 they hired us to photograph their wedding. I remember the excitement when they booked us. Lynne and Matt wanted to get married in the Shakespeare Garden at the Portland Rose Garden and to do so, couples have to go through a bit of an excruciating process of waiting in line on the very first day of the year. That is when the Portland Parks office makes permits available for weddings and events that are held during that calendar year. Lynne and Matt were among the first if not the first couple in line in 2008 and even made it into the local newspaper for their efforts. Needless to say, they were able to get their choice in dates and reserved the Shakespeare Garden for their wedding that summer.

Lynne and Matt wanted to capture some engagement photos before their wedding and chose Ecola State Park as the location. The park has a very dramatic view of the ocean and overlooks the iconic Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.

Some time after her wedding, Lynne contacted me for some updated headshots. At the time, she was working as a personal trainer and wanted some photos to promote her business. Fast forward to just a handful of months ago, when I received an email from Lynne saying that she and Matt were expecting. I was so excited to hear the news and so grateful that they thought of me during this momentous time in their lives.

When they arrived at our portrait studio, it was fun to catch up and reminisce on all that had transpired over the years. Back when they were getting married, I held wedding consultations at my home and the portrait side of my business barely existed. Now, 8 years later, with a wedding consultation space at The Bridal Loft and a fully equipped portrait studio, I was reminded of how far my business has grown and the opportunities it has afforded me.

The relationships I build with my clients are what I cherish most. There are no words to describe the experience of photographing a couple’s wedding and then years later re-connecting and getting to meet and hold their first newborn child. Then meeting again and again over the years to capture a couple’s family. Whatever inspired me to expand my business into family portraiture I am forever grateful.

Welcome to the world sweet little Madeline. Congratulations to Lynne and Matt and once again thank you for entrusting me to capture these precious moments.

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