Baby Theo

Shannon & Matt are a couple that we have connected with a number of times over the years.  We had the opportunity to fly out to Washington DC to photograph their engagement session when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.  It was breath-takingly beautiful.  We photographed their wedding here in Portland and have connected more recently for a maternity and family portrait session.  Here are some of the highlights from our most recent time together at the photography studio:

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New Product | Digital Albums

We are excited to announce the launch of a brand new product at Paul Rich Studio.  These digital albums are built and designed for our portrait clients.  The new product is a modern twist on the classic tradition of family portrait albums.  We know that our couples are going to love these especially for those who sign on for our popular Baby’s First Year Package where we document a maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month session.

We are excited to announce that these albums are free for those who order our Baby’s First Year Package and purchase the full resolution digital files.  You choose the images from all 4 sessions and we build the album for you.  It can be posted and shared on sites like Facebook, YouTube, and others.  Plus, it can be archived onto a DVD as well.  This way it plays on your DVD player at home.  For those who are interested in purchasing a digital album from their recent portrait session, we are offering these albums at a low introductory price of just $55.

Featured | Portland Bride & Groom

Adam & Josh’s Up themed wedding is featured in the current Winter/Spring issue of Portland Bride & Groom.  Their themed wedding is festive, fun, and filled with cute details.  Who doesn’t want to incorporate balloons into their wedding day?  Read their love story and the vendors they chose to make their wedding day a truly unique one-of-a-kind experience.

Check out additional highlights from Adam & Josh’s Up themed wedding.

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Isabelle’s Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Having the opportunity to photograph Isabelle’s Bat Mitzvah celebration was certainly quite the treat.  The morning began with some portraits with family members at Congregation Beth Israel and concluded with an epic party celebration at Irving Street Kitchen in the evening.

Isabelle’s guests were treated to a festive evening filled with all sorts of entertainment and fun.  The table settings included numerous selfie-sticks for the guests and an area was set aside for henna artists Half Moon Henna, a couple of caricaturists from Barbara Pikus Caricatures, and the HappyMatic Photo Booth.  DJ Max Barenberg with Blackboard Music had the crowd out on the dance floor all night long.  This was also due in part to an incredible candy bar overflowing with candy treats from Sweets, Etc.

Izze Sodas were the signature drink of the evening for those under 21 with an assortment of cocktails made available at the bar for the adults.  Isabelle’s friends and family members gave some incredible speeches and later broke into song while Isabelle and various family members played the guitar and sang along.

The entire day was a fun celebration of Isabelle and all her accomplishments.  Here are some of our favorite images from her recent Bat Mitzvah celebration:

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Valerie Roth Schafer - February 20, 2016 - 10:01 pm

AWESOME!

Yacht Themed Engagement Session

Tiffany and Kirk spend a lot of time out on the water especially during the summer months when there is no better time to be out on the yacht.  So Tiffany wanted to make sure to incorporate lots of water, boats, and bridges in their engagement photos.  I suggested that we meet by the Riverplace Hotel which has a spectacular view overlooking a marina.  There is also a walkway that leads down onto the water itself and offers a spectacular view of some of Portland’s bridges.

Toward the later part of the afternoon we made our way over to the Columbia River Yacht Club where Kirk docks his boat.  We climbed on board and headed out onto the water leaving all the hustle and bustle of the city behind us.  It made the perfect setting to capture Tiffany and Kirk in their element.  We were able to capture exactly what they were looking for: water, boats, and bridges.  The image of the two of them toward the front of the yacht looking at each other with the bridge in the background is my favorite from the series.

To help our couples maximize the investment they make in hiring a professional wedding photographer, we provide our couples with a complimentary What to Wear Guide for Engagement Sessions.  Tiffany loved the suggestions in the guide and it inspired her to bring a red jacket (for a pop of color) and to do an outfit change for the images on the yacht to follow more of a nautical theme.  I thought her choice in a deep navy color that coordinated both of their outfits was absolutely superb.

Our What to Wear Guide is intended to offer helpful tips and suggestions on what to wear for your upcoming session.  To download your free copy, simply click on the What to Wear Guide link above (the download time will vary based on your internet speed).

If you are reading this on a mobile device, please email us to request the guide and we will send it to you directly: paul@paulrichstudio.com

We hope you find the suggestions in the guide helpful in preparing for your upcoming session.

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Downtown Portland Engagement Session

Lauren and Michael moved to Portland from Wisconsin just a few months ago.  To get the full Portland experience, they moved into the downtown area and are literally just steps away from all that this great city has to offer.  During the evenings after dinner, they often head outside and stroll the downtown area.  There is no better way to get to know a city.  So naturally, it only made sense to capture their engagement photos in their new city.

We met up at Jamison Square in the Pearl District to begin the session.  And much in the way that they spend their evenings, we strolled the area and captured various portraits of them together enjoying downtown Portland.  It is one of my favorite areas to photograph in Portland.

I wanted to also offer Lauren and Michael a nice shot of the city in the background.  I know of some great areas on the SE side of the city that offer spectacular views of the Portland skyline especially at night.  So we waited for the sun to set, hopped in our cars, and headed over to the SE side for one more round of photos.  By altering the color temperature of my flashes, I was able to produce a more dramatic look to their evening shots of the city.

Lauren and Michael will be hosting their wedding day celebration at the Riverplace Hotel in August this year.  We are looking forward to re-connecting with the couple then and witnessing all their guests enjoy the spectacular views as Lauren and Michael exchange their vows up on the rooftop of the hotel.

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Family Portraits at Timberline Lodge

This time of year, one of my favorite locations for family portraits is Timberline Lodge.  Pile into the car, head up to Timberline Lodge, and make it a day trip up to the mountain.  With Government Camp just around the corner and endless trails to hike and explore, there is so much to do in the area.  There are plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate everyone’s tastes.

We were recently hired to capture a family portrait session that was gifted to a mom for her birthday.  The three siblings got together to coordinate the effort as a gift to their mom.  We made sure to capture everyone together as well as various groupings of the siblings together, the grandchildren, and more.  Mom had a blast and loved having the family together.  I loved the opportunity to capture these portraits for everyone to look back on in the years to come.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

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