Family Portraits in Seattle

As a professional wedding and portrait photographer, I travel throughout the Pacific Northwest regularly.  Seattle is a destination that typically happens at least a few times each year but this time the trip was a bit different.

A couple of months ago, I had the honor of photographing a live birth session for a surrogate.  The intended parents live in the Seattle area and were interested in having a newborn session captured in their home.  So we planned a weekend trip up to Seattle by lining up a number of additional portrait sessions.  Knowing that I was heading up to the Seattle area, the surrogate asked if I would be willing to transport a cooler full of breast milk for the intended parents.  Why not?

So with my car full of camera equipment and a cooler full of breast milk, I made my way up to Seattle.  The newborn session was extremely fun to capture.  I then headed to a local park to meet up with another familiar family.

Logan and Kevin are a couple we have photographed many times and who we have connected with both in Seattle and Portland for family portrait sessions.  Their two children are absolutely adorable and are very familiar with the camera.  We had a blast playing at the park, watching the ducks swim in the lake, and seeing how high we could go on the swings!

Family portrait captured by Seattle portrait photographer Paul Rich Studio

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Seattle portrait photographer Paul Rich Studio captures a family at a park

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Boy and girl playing on a park bench

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Mom playing with son during a Seattle portrait session

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Dad playing with son during a Seattle portrait session

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mother and father playing with their children during a Seattle family portrait session

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Girl standing in the park

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Girl playing on the swings during a family portrait session

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Northwest Surrogacy Center

Thanks to the Northwest Surrogacy Center, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of couples from around the world in documenting their new lives as parents.  Couples fly in from their home country to witness the birth and welcome their newborn child into the world.  We get to be there to document all the magic.

A couple from Brazil recently welcomed their newborn daughter into the world.  We travelled to where they were staying in Portland to capture their newborn session.  That is one of the great benefits that we offer in our services.  Newborn sessions can occur at our photography studio in Portland or we can travel to any location throughout the Portland/Vancouver area as well.  Our photography studio is also conveniently located just blocks from the Northwest Surrogacy Center so it doesn’t get anymore convenient than that.

To see more of our newborn photography, please check out Paul Rich Studio and if you wish to see additional examples of our work with surrogacy and intended parents, email us directly at paul@paulrichstudio.com.

Father holding newborn baby girl captured by Portland surrogate photographer Paul Rich Studio

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Newborn baby girl born through surrogacy for a set of intended parents

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Newborn baby yawning during her portrait session by Portland portrait photographer Paul Rich Studio

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Kimberly & Brian | May 7, 2016

We had the honor of photographing Kimberly and Brian’s wedding at the Evergreen Chapel on May 7, 2016.  I have worked with Kimberly on a number of photography projects for Bridgeport Village over the years so it was a real treat to capture her wedding day.

Brian and his groomsmen got ready at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum and then walked over to the Evergreen Chapel.  Kimberly and Brian had their first moment together along a tree lined pathway that gave the perfect amount of privacy and the perfect backdrop for photos.

When planning for their wedding, Kimberly and Brian knew that they were going to have a get-away vehicle for their departure to the reception but they weren’t quite sure how to make the transition from the ceremony to the reception for their guests.  I suggested the idea of a bubble send off where guests would line up along the entry to the chapel and blow bubbles.  Kimberly and Brian could then walk through the tunnel of bubbles, hop in their car, and take off for the reception making the entire experience fun and interactive for the guests.  It was an extremely fun highlight to the day and Kimberly even got to blow bubbles from the car as they drove off.

Stacey from Red Shoe Productions did a wonderful job coordinating the day.  Everything flowed together seamlessly.  One of our favorite DJs in Portland, Event Team Entertainment kept the dance floor active and the party rocking.  Guests had a wonderful time and Kimberly and Brian were able to relax and enjoy their special day surrounded by their closest friends and family members.

Here are some of our favorite moments from their wedding at the Evergreen Chapel:

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Marianne M Montgomery - May 25, 2016 - 4:38 pm

Can I pick 3 favorites

Paul Rich - May 26, 2016 - 10:03 am

Absolutely! 🙂

Surrogate Birth Session

Birth photography is among the most intense and rewarding experiences as a photographer.  To be among a select few allowed into a room during the birth process is an incredible honor.
 
I met Brandi many years ago and had the opportunity to photograph her wedding in the summer of 2008.  Many years later, she and her husband began learning about the surrogacy process.  Ever since a little girl, Brandi had always wanted to be a mother.  She is blessed with 2 precious daughters (both of whom I have photographed many many times).  But Brandi wanted to also make the dream of having children possible for others who may not have the ability to have children of their own.  So, it led her to become a surrogate through the Northwest Surrogacy Center.  Brandi has been sharing the experiences of being a surrogate on her personal blog titled A Beautiful Blessed Mess.  
 
I had the opportunity to check in with Brandi throughout her pregnancy and capture some of the processes involved in being a surrogate leading up to and including the birth.  As the due date approached, Brandi and I stayed in frequent contact and had a few get together meetings to discuss the logistics of her birth plan and how she wanted everything photographed.  When I received the call that she was heading into the hospital, I gathered up my camera gear and made my way to the hospital.  It was rather early in the morning and Brandi was experiencing a series of contractions that suggested the baby would be arriving soon.  The intended parents were already at the hospital as well, ready to welcome their newborn son.  
 
We all know how unpredictable life can be and that certainly holds true for birth as well.  There were moments where things were progressing more quickly and other moments that involved lots of waiting.  The day started around 7am and seemed to wrap up around 11pm or so with the game plan to get lots of rest and plan for birth the next day.  We reconvened in the morning after a night of “rest” and waited for things to progress further.  As the day turned into early evening, it finally became go time for the little one to arrive.
 
Surrounded by her husband, a close friend, and the intended parents, Brandi had a tremendous amount of support.  Everyone was ready.  Congratulations to the intended parents on the arrival of their newborn son.
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Michele - May 26, 2016 - 12:51 pm

I can’t have anymore kids and would love to have a baby.

Cassaundra - May 26, 2016 - 8:42 pm

I am so proud of all of you, many blessing and so much love to come!!

Baby Julian

As I’ve stated before, there is no greater thrill than having the opportunity to re-connect with my wedding couples to document their new family.  Having a child is such an exciting time and a wonderful moment in life to capture.  Jaime and Zach were married in the summer of 2014 at Misty Oaks Vineyard.  They learned about us through the blog we contribute to each week called My Portland Photographer.

Fast forward to just a handful of days ago and we had an opportunity to capture their son Julian.  Julian has the most expressive face and is very interactive with the camera.  He came into the studio at the perfect age and the perfect time of day.  He was truly a joy to photograph.

Being a Portland newborn and infant photographer is made so much easier by our studio location in NE Portland.  When the weather is nice and warm, we love to head outside and when the weather is less ideal, we have our studio and our couples’ homes as backup options.

Ask any parent and they will tell you that a baby’s first year just flies by.  Make sure to capture some of those precious moments.  They will be among your favorites to look back upon as your little one continues to grow.

Check out more of our newborn photography at Paul Rich Studio.

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George Rogers Park Family Portraits

George Rogers Park is one of my favorite locations in Lake Oswego, OR for family portraits.  There is a perfectly sized beach area along the lake, a scenic bridge, and plenty of grassy areas with benches and other accents throughout.  It is especially convenient for portraits with little ones as there are a number of unique settings and backdrops within a relatively small area.  Here are some of our favorite portraits from a recent family session at George Rogers Park:

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Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Maternity Session

Believe it or not, the original plan for Krysta and Kevin’s maternity session was to meet up on Mt Hood for a session out in the snow.  They wanted to choose a location that would be fun and interactive for their son Liam.  I had visions of everything from snow angels to snowball fights.  Toward the beginning of the year, Mt Hood was receiving its fair share of snow with storms dumping over 12 inches a day at times.  But as we headed into March and April, all that snow began to melt away and so we opted for a different location.

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest was in full swing and to be quite honest, I can’t really think of a better location for maternity portraits.  The colors are absolutely stunning and the landscape is truly unique.  Why fly to Holland when you can drive an hour south and be lost in a field of tulips.  It is truly magical and makes for one-of-a-kind portraits.

Liam was extremely excited to have a chance to “drive” the tractor and mom and dad enjoyed a session that was fun for everyone.  Everything came together really nicely and even though the weather report suggested otherwise, the sun broke through the clouds and gave us a beautiful warm afternoon.

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