Family Portraits at Home

Family portraits at home are so fun to capture.  I love including elements like the living room, the front of the house, or a child’s bedroom into the photographs.  It is a more personal way of documenting a family.

Toya & Chris welcomed their second child into the family and wanted to capture this very special time in their lives.  Lola was beyond excited being the big sister in the family and wanted to show me how she holds her little brother.  She did such a great job!

Here are some of my favorites from this recent family portrait session:

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Paul Rich - February 3, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Highlights from a portrait session at home

Family Portraits Outdoors

I received a really nice call from Judy recently.  She called to inform me that her two daughters and their families were coming into town to visit and she wanted to capture some portraits with everyone together.  She was lamenting about how rare it is to have everyone together.  But, everyone’s schedule aligned and it was the perfect time to capture everyone together.  Judy mentioned that it had been about 10 years since they were all together and had their photo captured.

We travel all throughout the Northwest capturing family portraits.  There is something far more personal and intimate having your portrait captured at home or at your favorite outdoor location as opposed to going to the mall or some big box retail store.  Make the investment and have a professional photographer capture your family portrait.  When you look back at the documentation of your family’s history over the years, you will be so glad you did.

Contact us today to schedule a portrait session in the convenience of your home or at a location of your choice – paul@paulrichstudio.com

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Hannah & Danny | December 14, 2013

Hannah & Danny chose the stunning location of Playa del Carmen for their destination wedding in Mexico.  Close friends and family flew into Cancun, Mexico and were escorted to the Azul Fives Hotel for the wedding celebration.

On Thursday before the wedding, the couple hosted a cocktail hour to greet all their guests.  It was a great opportunity to connect and celebrate everyone’s arrival.  On Friday, each member of the wedding party was introduced during the rehearsal dinner.  The food was absolutely amazing and it was a real treat hearing stories of Hannah & Danny’s earlier years.

Saturday was the wedding day and the weather held out just perfectly.  Hannah & Danny had to make a decision on whether or not to have their wedding outdoors.  Naturally, one of the main reasons they chose their wedding location was because of the incredible view of the ocean.  So, needless to say, they stuck with the original plan and had their wedding ceremony outdoors on the beach.  The view was incredible and we had an opportunity to capture the couple and all of their guests immediately following the ceremony.  It is a group photo that I love to capture at weddings – especially at destination weddings when everyone has traveled from afar.  There was a lifeguard tower strategically placed for the big photo.  :)

Clearly I have been to a lot of weddings over the years.  I document around 25 a year.  But few have the sort of energy and excitement that was witnessed at Hannah & Danny’s wedding reception.  From the moment that the wedding party staged their choreographed grand entrances all the way to the end of the evening, guests were having the time of their lives.  Their wedding reception was an absolute blast to capture.  I would like to personally thank the staff for bringing out endless shots of Tequila.

Congratulations to Hannah & Danny!  Your destination wedding was a smashing success.  The memories and experiences from your destination wedding will be something we all talk about for years to come.

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Eileen Cramer - March 23, 2014 - 4:06 pm

This trip was a wonderful experience. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional photography studio to capture our daughter and son in laws wedding. The pictures turned out beautiful. They made a great choice going with Paul Rich studios.

Maternity Session in Playa del Carmen

We recently returned from photographing a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and had the opportunity to sneak in a few other photo shoots during our stay.  Our friend Mandi, who is co-owner of Champagne Wedding & Events, was also in attendance for the wedding.  In fact, her husband Darren was a groomsman in the wedding!  It was so fun to connect while in Mexico and to set aside some time for a maternity session.

Azul Fives Hotel was the location for the wedding and it was the perfect backdrop for a maternity session as well.  We made use of the hammocks, the life-size chess board, the beautiful landscaping, and of course the gorgeous aqua blue ocean.

While the locals found the temperatures to be a bit on the cool side, us Northwesterners were quite pleased with the low 80 degree weather.  We were able to manage.

Here is a selection of our favorites from Mandi & Darren’s destination maternity session in Mexico:

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Laurelhurst Park Engagement Session

We’ve all heard the term “high school sweethearts,” but what do you call a couple who originally met in kindergarten?!?!  That’s the case for Marianne & Nick who are getting married at the All Saints Parish on June 21, 2014.

The couple chose Laurelhurst Park for the location for their engagement session.  It is a park that they had both frequented as children so it is filled with many memories.  Interesting enough, the morning of the shoot a bit of snow had fallen.  Marianne contacted me questioning whether or not to postpone the session.  I gave her some of the pro’s and con’s of photographing in colder weather and ultimately left the decision to the two of them.  Some couples are more adventurous than others, so I always like to provide some guidance and let them make the decision.  Marianne & Nick wanted to go for it so we bundled up and headed to the park.  By the time we arrived, a lot of the snow had already melted but there were a few places where it was still visible.  Those spots were some of my personal favorites.

We explored Laurelhurst Park and took a brief trip down by the waterfront to capture a few additional images with the Portland bridges and skyline as our backdrop.  Here is a small selection of our favorites:

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Baby Oscar | Newborn Session

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a wedding photographer is having couples return to document other milestones in their lives.  We photographed Amy & Matt’s wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes in September of 2012 and captured maternity photos in their brand new home just last month!

It has been a very exciting year for Amy & Matt and they have been blessed with the sweetest little boy.  Oscar was very excited for his portrait session at the studio.  He stayed awake almost the entire time!  But we captured lots of really cute photos of him.  I particularly like the image of him in a bear suit holding a fox and the image of him with a Viking cap.  Amy & Matt brought in the cutest props for Oscar’s newborn session.

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Family Portraits in New Hampshire

My east coast portrait tour took me all over New England in late November.  It was the most perfect trip.  Next stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire to meet up with Shilo, Russ, and their daughter Sylvia.  I can’t even remember the last time I was in Portsmouth but I will tell you what — it is definitely a place to check out.  Portsmouth is one of the most quaint towns I have seen in a very long time.  Cute shops line the streets with friendly passers by.

Shilo and I went to Bard College together nearly 20 years ago.  It was such a treat having a chance to visit with her again and to meet Russ and their beautiful daughter.  Sylvia is now 1, full of life, and constantly exploring her surroundings.  Here are some highlights from our portrait session in New Hampshire:

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