Baby Declan

Whether you choose to capture your newborn at our photography studio or in the convenience of your home, we offer our couples a number of helpful tips and suggestions on how best to prepare for the session.  For example, we turn up the heat and make the studio nice and warm.  This keeps your little one the most comfortable and at ease (and most prone to sleeping).  Because of this, we advise our couples to dress accordingly or to at least consider some lighter clothing options for the in between times when we are not photographing.

We also suggest waiting until just before the session begins to give your little one a full feeding.  When couples come to our studio, we suggest starting with a nice relaxed feeding so that their newborn can fall fast asleep.  That is when all the magic happens with photographing newborns.  Newborns are the most malleable and prone to a deep sleep within the first 7 days of birth, so make sure to schedule your newborn session right away.

For additional tips and suggestions, contact us at Paul Rich Studio.  We work directly with you to help maximize your investment and to come away with images you will cherish forever.

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Superhero Portrait Session

I miss my buddy Braedon already.  He and his parents are in the process of moving out of state but not before getting a chance to catch up for another portrait session.  Braedon recently turned 5 and to celebrate the occasion, his mom scheduled a portrait session outdoors at a local park.  But this was no ordinary portrait session.  It was a special Superhero portrait session because Braedon turned 5.

He brought a selection of masks and capes t choose from and ultimately decided on Spiderman.  It was the perfect choice.

Here are some highlights from Braedon’s Superhero portrait session.  And if you like the idea of doing this with your child, email us at paul@paulrichstudio.com – Braedon’s mom was kind enough to donate an amazing collection of Superhero costumes.  We have just what you need to make your child’s next portrait session extra special.

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Hoyt Arboretum Family Portraits

Hoyt Arboretum is among our favorite locations for family portraits.  The winding trails, lush foliage, and streaming sunlight make for the perfect location.  There are water features, nice landscaping, and stone walls that provide wonderful backdrops and areas for little ones to run around.

This is our third time connecting with Annelise for a portrait session and this one was particularly momentous because she has turned 1.  Grandma and grandpa came out for the occasion as well.

Here are some of our favorites from a recent Hoyt Arboretum family portrait session.

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Schuyler & Stormy | Engagement Session

I met up with Schuyler and Stormy at the location where they met exactly one year ago at Holladay Park in Portland, OR.  July 11th will forever remain a very special date for them.  Schuyler and Stormy met on this day in 2015, had their engagement photos captured on this day in 2016, and will get married on this day in 2017!  During the engagement session, we strolled the park and spent some time just hanging out having fun.  We made sure to capture some portraits of the couple at the exact location where they met in the park.  Then, toward the end of the session, we climbed up to the roof top of a parking garage and captured some more dramatic images including a unique shot of the couple kissing with Mt Hood in the background.

Here are some of our favorites from their recent engagement session at Holladay Park.

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Raina & Michael | May 20, 2016

Although every wedding is unique, some couples really push the boundaries of how nuptials are celebrated.  Raina and Michael put together the most incredible day for their immediate family members.  Everyone gathered at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach to capture portraits along the waterfront.  The spectacular view overlooking the water was the perfect location for the couple’s first moment.

Everyone then hopped into a limousine and drove out to Horsetail Falls for the wedding ceremony.  The cascading waterfall in the background made for an iconic Pacific Northwest outdoor wedding ceremony.  Then the plan was to head to a handful of scenic locations throughout the Portland area.  First stop was the Vista House at Crown Point to enjoy the view overlooking the Columbia Gorge.  Raina requested that her guide dog be included in a number of portraits of her with her husband.  After all, the dog was clearly dressed for the occasion!

After the Vista House, we traveled to the SE esplanade area for photos overlooking downtown Portland and also worked our way to the International Rose Garden for the final destination of the day.  Raina and Michael’s wedding day celebration was a real treat to experience and a lot of fun to document.  There is no better way to appreciate the Pacific Northwest than to take a tour with your closest family members.  It was a very memorable day filled with lots of laughter and love.

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

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