Sydney & Cody | August 9, 2015

Sydney and Cody planned an extremely fun and relaxed wedding celebration at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.  The weather was perfect.  The setting was absolutely stunning.

The couple exchanged their wedding vows amongst a forest-like setting overlooking a beautiful stretch of water.  Following the ceremony, we headed back to the Clubhouse to sign the marriage license, take a few moments break, and then head back to the ceremony area for portraits with friends and family.

The wedding reception was held outdoors at the Vintner’s Pavilion.  With sweeping golf course views and an abundance of wildflowers, the reception setting was absolutely spectacular.  From the personal toasts to the courageous karaoke late into the evening, Sydney and Cody’s wedding was an absolute blast.  They even had a giant sized block-stacking, stack-crashing game of Jenga and an over-sized outdoor Yahtzee set for guests to enjoy.

Congratulations to Sydney and Cody!

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Catie & Allen | August 8, 2015

Weddings at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland are absolutely spectacular.  Guests have the unique experience of traveling through time to another era in a faraway land.  The Lan Su Chinese Garden melds Chinese art, architecture, and design to create one of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China.

In the summer months, the garden is open to the public until 6pm.  It is one of the main sites for visitors to see when visiting the city of Portland.  Catie and Allen scheduled their wedding day to begin at the garden at 6pm.  With a location right across the street for getting ready, we were able to conveniently enter the garden and coordinate a first moment for Catie and Allen to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.  We then strolled throughout the Lan Su Chinese Garden for a wonderful collection of portraits taking full advantage of all that the garden has to offer.

The wildly talented Rebekah Johnson assisted me during the wedding ceremony to capture a variety of different angles.  A leisure cocktail hour followed the ceremony where guests were encouraged to walk throughout the garden.  Multiple food stations were located throughout the garden for guests to take in the sights and enjoy some nibbles.

Check out some of our favorite moments from Catie & Allen’s wedding day celebration including a very festive sparkler departure at the end of the evening.

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Anna Mariel Schwartz - September 29, 2015 - 7:10 pm

These came out great! Wonderful photos!!! Thanks for shooting at the Garden!

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Up Inspired Wedding | Adam & Josh

Themed weddings are always a special treat to attend and especially fun to photograph.  Adam and Josh hosted an Up inspired wedding at Home Place Farm in Molalla, OR.  The venue provided the perfect setting for their themed wedding.

Naturally, with an Up inspired wedding, balloons played a significant role in the decor for the wedding.  Guests “signed in” to the wedding by inking their thumb print onto a canvas made to look like a collection of balloons.  Each guest was then given an “Ellie badge” (a soda bottle cap pin) to wear for the occasion as well as an individual balloon to hold during the wedding ceremony.  After Adam and Josh exchanged their wedding vows and their first kiss as newlyweds, everyone released their balloon into the air.  It was the most magnificent sight coupled with a lot of humor as the balloons got caught up by the surrounding trees.

The reception was meticulously decorated with all sorts of vintage decor and the little ones were entertained with a craft table, lawn games, and the most spectacular tent made of bed sheets.  I don’t think I have ever seen guests enjoy themselves as much as I did at Adam and Josh’s Up inspired wedding.  The children were entertained with all sorts of activities freeing up the adults to have their fun too.

Congratulations to Adam and Josh and their wildly fantastical wedding celebration.  Here are just a few of our favorite moments and highlights from the wedding day:

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Samantha & Jamie | Engagement Session

Samantha & Jamie requested to have their engagement session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in SE Portland.  I had heard of the location many many times (and in fact live within 3 miles of the garden), but had never actually photographed there before.  It seemed like one big giant mystery.  Why hadn’t I photographed there before?

Well, when we arrived, I really started to ask myself that question because it is absolutely stunning.  While planning for the engagement session, Samantha & Jamie asked what time of day might be best for the photo shoot.  I recommended that we aim for a time late in the day as the sun was setting.  It was the perfect choice for this location as the sun trickles through the trees and offers very dramatic lighting.

I have known both Samantha & Jamie for many years through the wedding industry.  We have worked together on a number of occasions so it is an extra special honor to have the opportunity to photograph their wedding in 2016.  During the engagement session, we had the opportunity to catch up a bit and discuss more details regarding their wedding plans.  I cannot wait to photograph their wedding.  They both have made wedding days possible for others, it will be so fun watching them celebrate their very own.

Here are highlights from Samantha & Jamie’s engagement session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden:

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Terry Erwin - August 5, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Walking hand in hand down the path of life !!! All great pics !!

Melody Regan - August 5, 2015 - 9:33 pm

So beautiful!! They made me verklempt! I am so happy for you two!

Luke’s 6 Month Session

Logan & Kevin drove down from Seattle for a wedding and brought their 2 littlest ones with them for some updated family photos.  It was Luke’s 6 month session and we found the perfect outdoor location for the photo shoot.  George Rogers Park has beautiful grassy areas, a nice long bridge, and a perfectly sized beach area all within just a 2 minute walk from each other.  I assess a location’s strength for portraits based on the variety of work that can be created within a relatively small area, especially when little ones are involved.

Some locations are absolutely amazing but when you take into consideration other factors, they may not make the best portrait location.  George Rogers Park however essentially has it all.  Logan & Kevin found the perfect outfits for the entire family and Luke was extremely excited to have his photos captured.  Olivia just loves being the big sister and loves nothing more than being tossed way up in the air by her dad.  Kevin got quite the workout in.

With just a little bit of extra planning and preparation, your portrait session can be a smashing success.  All of these images were captured within the span of about 45 minutes and the little ones had a chance to run around, dip their toes in the water, and eat a few snacks in between.

Here are ah handful of highlights from Luke’s 6 month session at George Rogers Park:

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Logan - August 4, 2015 - 2:52 pm

I LOVE all of these! Can I vote for all of them?! :)

Kari Mathies - August 9, 2015 - 4:26 pm

These are fabulous! Great job, as ALWAYS, Paul Rich!!! We can’t wait for you to capture our little human in just a couple of weeks!

Baby Giuliana | 2 Month Session

We had the honor of photographing Giuliana within 48 hours of her birth.  It was one of the most incredible experiences being granted special access to the NICU at the hospital.  Now that Giuliana is out of the hospital, we wanted to take the opportunity to capture some pictures of her at home with her parents.

We will be checking in with Giuliana regularly throughout her first year to capture lots and lots of photos of her.  I cannot wait for her first birthday and to be able to look back on all the photos we will have captured of her leading up to that fun day.  She is already growing so quickly so it is nice to capture her at various milestones.

Here are some of our favorites from Giuliana’s first official portrait session at home:

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Harper Turns 1

Laurelhurst Park is a wonderful location for family portraits.  It is among our favorites.

One of our dearest clients, Dolcie and Erik, whose son we have photographed numerous times, gifted a portrait session by Paul Rich Studio to their friends.  Their daughter Harper was turning 1 and it made for the perfect gift.

I met up with Harper and her parents at Laurelhurst Park for a 1 year session outdoors.  We played around in the park, saw some people walking their dogs (which Harper found particularly fascinating), and had the opportunity to explore lots of new things.  Harper particularly enjoyed playing on the long set of stairs that lead down into Laurelhurst Park.  It was the perfect spot to capture her in her super cute 1 year outfit.

Here are a few images from Harper’s recent 1 year session:

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