Professional Photographer Magazine

Professional Photographer Magazine is holding their annual Cover Photo Contest and we need your vote!  By casting your vote, you will be entered to win a Canon Powershot G11.  Here is the link to our image submission:

Make sure to cast your vote now for this beautiful image that was captured at Kristin & Chad’s wedding:

Paul Rich - April 24, 2010 - 11:12 pm

4/24/10 Update: We are currently rated in 6th place! Thank you to everyone who has voted. Please keep sending in more votes…


We have been working on some commercial assignments recently, and had the opportunity to photograph at Bartini.  The bar is adjacent to Urban Fondue in NW Portland and features over 100, creative and stunningly delicious martinis.  The service is absolutely wonderful and the waitstaff couldn’t be any more friendly.  Make sure to check out their amazing Happy Hour:

Sunday 4 pm – 11 pm (all night!)
Monday 4 pm – 12 midnight (all night!)
Tuesday – Thursday 4 pm to 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm to close
Friday & Saturday 4 pm to 6:30 pm

Martin Pedro - December 23, 2014 - 9:13 pm


Sparkler Departure

Interested in an idea that is low in cost but has a high impact on your wedding photography?  Who doesn’t — right?  Well have you considered a sparkler departure?

I recently came across a wonderful website that specializes in sparklers for weddings. Sparklers online sells 10, 20, and 36 inch sparklers.  The longer the sparkler, the longer it will stay lit!  Check out their site for all sorts of creative ideas.  The other option for those of you getting married after the 4th of July, is to wait until right after the holiday.  Many locations typically slash their prices after the holiday, and it is a great way to take advantage of the bargains.  The key is to make sure you have lots of lighters so all your guests can light their sparklers at the same time.  With everyone waving their sparklers as you depart, rest assured that you will have a fantastic image of your final send off for the evening.  Here are a few recent sparkler departures that we have documented:

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My Portland Photographer

My Portland Photographer is a popular resource for locating wedding photographers here in town.  The blog features the work of 20 Portland photographers with multiple posts added to the site every weekday.  Paul Rich Studio updates the blog every Tuesday and frequently includes information that is helpful with the preparation of your wedding.  This week’s post is about the importance we place on capturing the details.

To make the process of selecting a Portland wedding photographer even easier, we have recently added a link to the site that allows you to check the availability of all 20 participating photographers.  Check out the availability checker, enter in your wedding date, and see who is available for your date.  It is yet another way that we work together to make the process of planning your wedding that much easier.

Bridal Portrait

I love candid moments.  They are more often than not the most telling.  While getting ready, Alanna took a moment to view herself in the mirror.  She was so happy to finally be in her wedding dress.  The wedding day had arrived and everything was falling into place.  As she looked over her shoulder to look at her mom and bridesmaids, she noticed that I was right there taking it all in — I had even photographed her unaware as she was looking into the mirror.  But it was this image in particular that really stood out to me.  Look how relaxed and happy she is…

The power of photography is something that I will always appreciate.

Urban Fondue

If you find yourself over in the NW 21st area, make sure to swing by Urban Fondue for a truly unique dining experience.  They have an array of cheese fondues as well as numerous meat, vegetarian, and seafood fondue options.  However, make sure to save enough room for the ultimate dessert fondue experience — the raspberry swirl and banana’s foster fondues were my personal favorite.  Oh, and did I mention the drinks?  Bartini, which is adjacent to Urban Fondue, features over 100 creative and stunningly delicious martinis.  So next time you are in the neighborhood, make sure to stop by!

heaven - April 2, 2010 - 7:49 pm

YUM!! I do live over this way and WILL be going. thanks for sharing.

Amy Vining - April 2, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Somebody call PORTLAND MAGAZINE! Gorgeous work, Paul!

Vince Thekkedom - April 3, 2010 - 6:27 pm

You brought to life the beautiful textures and colors that is the food we indulge and and the beverages we imbibe. Fantastic depictions!

kevin kennedy - April 9, 2010 - 10:32 pm

Amazing Job !

Vendor Spotlight: Urban Studio

Urban Studio is one of Portland’s premier wedding venues located in the heart of the Pearl District.  Ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions, Urban Studio is the quintessential contemporary event location.  Light and airy, Urban Studio features a sunken banquet room accented in soaring radiant walls of pewter, chocolate brown and pearly white.  Guests are first greeted with a slightly raised reception area trimmed in natural stone and large windows that usher in natural light.  The space offers a flexible floor plan which can accommodate your guests in a variety of ways such as a standup reception, loungy cocktail party, banquet seating and theater style seating.  Urban Studio is ideally suited for that chic, contemporary wedding. Whether you choose to have your wedding ceremony and reception at Urban Studio or just your reception, they have a package to suit your needs.

Accommodations: 200 seated, 300 cocktail style

Upcoming Events:
Join Urban Studio every first Thursday of the month for their First Thursday open house.  Enjoy the work of local artists, complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of in-house caterer Pearl Catering and live entertainment.  Up next, “Casino Royale” themed First Thursday on May 6th

To inquire about event space for your next event….

Marketing & Sales: Via Hersholt
Ph: 503.860.0526
Urban Studio Direct Line: 503.860.0203

Here are some recent photos we took to capture the space both during the day as well as the evening:

Jennifer - April 2, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Wow! This place is SUPER SWANKY! I love the little quiet space over the bar. Very nice!

kevin kennedy - April 9, 2010 - 10:25 pm

Nice Work Thank you !!!

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