Santa Toy Drive Event

Paul Rich Studio recently teamed up with Amy Vining Photography to host a Santa Toy Drive Event at the studio.  The idea was to have families donate a new unwrapped gift in exchange for a holiday portrait mini-session.  We offered multiple time slots throughout the day, some of which included an opportunity to meet with Santa, and others that did not.  We wanted to have the option available for our families.

We scheduled sessions every 30 minutes and held the event during the weekend of Dec 5th and 6th.  Families arrived with their gift donation, enjoyed a fun festive mini-session, ate a cookie or two, and were on their way.  Santa was extremely generous with his time and made sure to engage the children to make the experience exceptionally fun.  And the best part…  No lines.  No waiting.  No rushing.  And all while doing something really nice for the local community as well.

Here are a handful of our favorites from the Santa Toy Drive Event:

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Sandy Gruber - December 11, 2015 - 6:05 am

Terrific event, great Santa, and wonderful photos. Congratulations on a job well done.

Nancy Gruber - December 12, 2015 - 2:07 am

Fabulous

Irving Park Family Portraits

One of the great things about the location of our photography studio is its proximity to Irving Park in NE Portland.  It is perfect for offering hybrid sessions where families wish to have portraits captured indoors and outdoors.

Helen’s parents drove up from Eugene to capture some photos with their granddaughter and based on the timing, with the sun setting so early in the day, we were able to capture some photos outdoors at Irving Park and then head over to the studio after the sun set for some additional portraits at the studio.  It is a great way to create variety in the portraits you receive from your session.

Here are some highlights from portraits at Irving Park and at our photography studio just blocks away:

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Professional Headshots

We capture professional headshots for businesses ranging from Nike and Intel to many local smaller businesses like mortgage companies and wealth management firms.  Typically the intention is to update a website, have current photos for a speaking engagement, or to update social media sites like LinkedIn.  For the most part, professional headshot are pretty straight forward.

However, we were recently contacted by the offices of Tammy Wittren with Guild Mortgage Company NMLS# 113328 who wanted a different type of headshot captured.  There was a desire to capture 2 headshots of each employee so that a .gif file could be created.  For those unfamiliar with .gif files, they support a type of animation where once one hovers their mouse over the file, a secondary file emerges.  So, the plan was to create a “traditional” looking headshot and a separate version that was a bit more silly and different.  The intention was to personalize the site a bit more and provide a prospective client who was viewing the website with a little something different and unexpected.

Here are a few of the traditional and less traditional professional headshots that we produced as part of this fun assignment:

 

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50th Birthday Bash

Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes with vendors from the wedding industry?  Well, truth be told…  We like to party!

Our great friends Cindy (with Encore Events) and Sean (with My Bartender) teamed up to host a joint 50th Birthday Party Celebration.  Sean’s new event space District East is the perfect location for this type of event and is where the event was hosted.  Guests were treated to an incredible spread by Wild Currant Catering with additional dishes brought by various friends.  Kay with Flowers For You provided all the floral decor while Barclay Event Rentals provided all the rentals.  David Efaw Productions provided DJ and lighting services for the evening.

Guests were treated to some really fun dessert options.  A Yen for Chocolate created glitter pops and Nineteen27 S’mores made delectable s’mores on the spot for guests (no campfire required).

Invitations to the event were created by Lisa with Crave Design and signage throughout the event was created by Alesia Zorn Calligraphy.  It was so fun to see so many vendors from the wedding industry and to have an opportunity to step away from our respective businesses and catch up.  We oftentimes see each other in passing at weddings and events and this most recent birthday celebration was the perfect opportunity to re-connect.

In lieu of birthday presents, guests were asked to bring toys and food for pets to be donated to Animal Aid here in Portland.

Another amazing event conceived, coordinated, and accomplished by a great team of wedding vendors.  It was an honor as part of Paul Rich Studio to document the festivities.

 

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Vonna Seal Anderson - December 1, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Talented professionals.

Maternity & Newborn Sessions

More and more of our wedding clients return to our studio for family portraits.  It is a great way for us to stay connected and to continue to document those milestones in life that are most important.  We offer an array of different photography packages for those interested in capturing the latest addition to the family.  Our maternity, newborn, and 1 year sessions are most popular.

We photographed Nickole & Joe’s destination wedding in Mexico back in May of 2013.  It was quite the adventure and a real treat to meet both of their families at such a lovely tropical location.  Fast forward to the fall/winter of 2015 where we had the chance to capture a maternity and newborn portrait session at the studio.  Nickole & Joe’s daughter did an incredible job on her first official photo shoot.  She slept really well, made a few smiles, and let out a big giant yawn at the perfect time! 

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A Surrogacy Story

In May of this year, I received a very intriguing email which began….

“We are a couple of gay parents from Europe (Luxembourg) and we are awaiting the birth of our twins in Portland for around end october / mid-november 2015. ”

The request was for me to photograph a series of 4 photo sessions – the birth, the twin’s early life at the hospital (a Fresh 48 Session), a newborn session at my photography studio, and a family portrait session of the men with their babies and their surrogate family.  I was absolutely elated at the opportunity to document such a special occasion.  Little did I know how impactful the experience would ultimately become.

We established a game plan.  The dads would fly over to Portland a few weeks before the delivery and I would keep my calendar as open as possible during the expected delivery date.  I notified all of my clients who had photo sessions scheduled with me around that time.  Everyone was extremely understanding.

So, I have my car packed with gear and I am about to head to a family portrait session when my phone rings.  It’s Nicolas and he tells me that they have been admitted to the hospital and that I needed to get there as quickly as possible.  I couldn’t believe it!  I called up my clients, apologized profusely for the incredibly short notice cancellation, and dashed over to the hospital.  When I arrived, a film crew from France was also there ready to document the event.  Nicolas and Tom will be featured in an upcoming documentary on surrogacy.

I was briefly introduced to everyone and immediately began capturing all the excitement — and the waiting — and waiting — and waiting.  Documenting live birth is always a series of hurry up and wait and hurry up and wait.  The excitement builds and builds and the energy in the room is indescribable.

The twins were born just after 4am on October 22nd.  Charlotte made her grand appearance followed shortly thereafter by Maxime.  Two beautiful babies born by the most heroic woman for two incredible dads.  Nicolas and Tom were ecstatic.

We met up at the hospital again at around 9am for a Fresh 48 session.  The twins were peacefully sleeping and the mom and 2 dads were trying to rest up and take it easy.  It had been a very long night.  I spent about an hour with everyone capturing Nicolas and Tom’s first moments with the little ones.  It was incredibly endearing.  I then rushed home, edited the photos very quickly, and designed birth announcement cards and thank you cards using images from the hospital session.  Nicolas and Tom wanted to have the cards printed and ready before they flew back to Luxembourg.  We were able to pull it all off.

We waited a few more days and then met up at the studio for a newborn session.  Charlotte and Maxime did a wonderful job and loved being photographed.  They slept through most of the session and allowed us to pose them in all sorts of ways with various outfits.  It was perfect.

Then, for the grand finale, I had the opportunity to capture Nicolas and Tom, their newborn twins, and their surrogate family.  It was such a treat to see everyone together and such an incredible honor to have the opportunity to photograph this wonderful surrogacy story.

Thank you Nicolas and Tom.  Thank you to the twins for being such a treat to photograph.  Thank you to Stacy and her entire family for allowing me to be a part of this incredible experience.

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Dixie Altig Carter - November 18, 2015 - 7:23 pm

awesome, pictures and supportive families. enjoy your new family

Amanda Shama - November 18, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Love, love, love!!!