Anna & Brit | April 5, 2014

Weddings can be big.  Weddings can be small.  Weddings can take you to a tropical destination in the sun or they can take you to a snow covered mountain top.  The best part about weddings is that you can make them uniquely their own.

Anna & Brit wanted a simple celebration surrounded by their closest loved ones.  They exchanged their vows at their local church and then headed over to Anna’s sister’s house for an afternoon wedding reception.  Prior to entering the house, Brit was approached by a couple of guests asking to speak with him.  There was a bit of confusion about what was going on and during all the chaos, Brit’s brother-in-law locked a ball and chain to his leg.  The ol’ ball and chain is a tradition in Anna’s family for any new member entering into the family through marriage.  Brit made his way around the wedding reception carrying the ball and chain and had to ask guests for the key.  It took awhile, but he was finally freed.

The couple enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife and then had the opportunity to cut their wedding cake.  During the reception, one of Brit’s boys was sizing up all the food that was on display.  I could see his mind working.  He was looking to be mischievous and playful and the small dish of olives provided the perfect opportunity.  No one was watching.  He made sure of that.  And then he went for it and I just had to capture a photo.  I have been so excited about this image and wanting to share it with the couple.  I figured this blog post of highlights was my perfect opportunity.

Congratulations to Anna & Brit.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your wedding celebration.

See more of our Portland wedding photography at Paul Rich Studio.

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Mario Johnson - April 17, 2014 - 7:05 pm

So cute! Beautiful pictures!

Meagen & Rick | March 28, 2014

Meagen, Rick, and all of their wedding guests flew in from Chicago for a unique destination wedding in Oregon.

The couple is really drawn to the beauty of Oregon and wanted to share it with their closest friends and family members.  Guests stayed in historic Astoria, OR and witnessed the couple exchange their wedding vows on the beach at Fort Stevens State Park.  The ceremony location was adjacent to the shipwrecked Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore on October 25, 1906.  Over a century since it ran aground, the remains of the Peter Iredale’s rusted bow and masts are still visible jutting out of the sand making for an extremely dramatic background.

Although the weather forecast originally called for a 100% chance of rain, just before the ceremony began, the sun began to make it’s way between the clouds.  Luckily, not a single drop of rain occurred during the wedding ceremony.  However, there were extremely high gusts of wind somewhere in the vicinity of 30-40 mph.  Having flown in from Chicago, where they have experienced record breaking snow levels, guests were willing to weather through anything, as long as it wasn’t snow.

Thank you Sandy with Sage Creative for officiating the wedding and thank you to Miranda and Valerie with Champagne Wedding & Events for flawlessly planning, staging, and executing Meagen & Rick’s vision for a unique destination wedding in Oregon.

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Patti - April 9, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Beautiful photos…I can’t wait to see the rest of them.
Congrats to the happy couple with a life time of best wishes sent their way.

Baby Grayson

I love having the opportunity to document important milestones in couples’ lives.  Whether it is a wedding proposal, an engagement session, a wedding, or even the latest addition to the family, recording these historical moments brings me the greatest amount of happiness and satisfaction.

For Landon, this most recent family portrait session was extra special because it was his first as a new big brother.  He adores his little brother Grayson and loves the opportunity to play with him.  Having photographed Landon when he was this little, it is remarkable the similarities between the two boys.  Check out Landon’s newborn portrait session and you will see.

Here are some highlights from the recent portrait session at the studio:

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Baby Fia

We had the honor of photographing Jessica & Jeff’s epic wedding in August of 2012.  In fact, their wedding is showcased in our brand new Signature Collection Wedding Album sample at the studio.  You have gotta come by to see it in person!

But more importantly, you gotta check out these adorable photos of Jessica & Jeff’s newborn daughter Fia.  She is truly the cutest.  We conducted a photo session in our portrait studio and also captured images in the couple’s home.

Fia was born on Dec 21, 2013 at 6:54pm.  She weighed 8 lbs and was 21 3/4 inches long.  I see images posted of her on Facebook and can’t believe how quickly she is growing.  I am so glad we captured images of her when she was just a little newborn baby.

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Sandi HALDANE - March 31, 2014 - 4:56 pm

They are all absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing my beautiful goddaughter’s photos!!!

Miney - March 31, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Beautiful photos. You captured Jeff and Jess’s love
For their sweet baby.

Owen Turns 2

Come stroll down memory lane with me for a moment.  It will shed some insight on what it looks like to invest in a professional photographer to document the legacy of your family.

Check out these highlights from when Owen was a newborn.  Now see highlights from when Owen turned 1 and came into our photography studio for some family portraits.  Fast forward to today where Owen is turning 2, and look at him now!  I have to say that this is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer.  It is so neat being a part of a family’s history.

Wouldn’t it be neat to have your family documented in this way?

Do this for yourself.  Have your family documented.  You will cherish these images and take them with you wherever you go.  Decorate your home.  Celebrate life.  This is your story.  Capture it.

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Kelly & Christian | February 10, 2014

Having photographed a number of weddings in my time, I have been to some rather unique locations.  None, however, have been as unique as Kelly & Christian’s wedding.

I woke at 5am, packed all my ski and camera gear into my car, and headed to the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Portland.  It was there that all the guests gathered to take a bus up to the mountain for a day of skiing.  The 1985 smash hit Better Off Dead (starring John Cusack) played on the overhead tvs throughout the bus.

When we arrived at Mt Hood Meadows, guests bundled up in their ski gear and hit the slopes.

Now, the weeks leading up to the wedding, I practiced the art of skiing with all of my camera gear.  I wanted to make sure I would be able to properly transition on and off the ski lift and experience skiing while photographing.  I also wanted to scout out the ideal locations for capturing portraits with the couple.  It just so happened that the days I practiced skiing on the mountain were days when the sun was out and there was little to no wind.  Anyone who is a skier knows that the weather on the mountain is unpredictable.  Well the weather forecast on the mountain changed a number of times leading up to the wedding day.  The end result was a day mixed with snow, light rain at times, and heavy clouds.  It made for great lighting for photos but a bit more challenging for skiing.

Luckily, I had my ski partner Alan Weiner capturing photos as well.  The two of us followed along with Kelly & Christian, hitting some of the best trails Mt Hood Meadows has to offer, and capturing the couple doing what they love the most – skiing together.

In the afternoon, everyone gathered indoors for a fireside ceremony.  The floor to ceiling windows offered an exquisite view of the ski trails and made the perfect setting for the ceremony and the reception.

A special thanks to Events by Lisa Marie for coordinating this epic event, Steve with A Beautiful Ceremony NW for officiating, and all of the vendors who came together to make Kelly & Christian’s wedding a skiing success!

Congratulations to Kelly & Christian!  Thank you for the incredible honor of documenting your wedding.  It goes down in the history books as one of the most (if not THE most) unique wedding experiences ever.

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Events by Lisa Marie - March 5, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Check out this amazing wedding we were honored to be a part of. It is always such a joy to see our clients embrace their style and personalities. We couldn’t agree more with Paul when he says one of the most unique weddings ever! Thank you Kelly and Christian for allowing us to be a part.

Amy Smith Miller - March 5, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Great job Paul and Lisa! Looks like fun and good timing with the weather. At least there was some snow up there!

Becca Blevins - March 5, 2014 - 8:59 pm

So cute!!! As always you are such a lighting pro!

Signature Collection Wedding Album

New for 2014, we are excited to announce our Signature Collection Wedding Album.

These albums are personally designed by the photographer to tell the beautiful story of your wedding day.  The albums are stunningly beautiful and bound in genuine European leather.  When opened, the album measures over 2 feet in length.  It offers an impressive panoramic spread that stretches across the entire page.

You absolutely must see these albums in person.  They will transform the way you think about a wedding album.

We are conveniently located at The Bridal Loft in NE Portland.  Email us at paul@paulrichstudio.com to schedule a consultation.

 

The album arrives in a custom felt pouch for protection.

An image is inset into the leather album cover.

The album lays completely flat when open.

The photographs are expertly mounted by hand and all images are mounted flush to the page.

Gilding is used on the sides of the pages and the craftsmanship is exquisite.

Black-and-White and color photographs look equally impressive in this Signature Collection Wedding Album.

The corners of the pages and the album are rounded for a smoother more contemporary look.