Building Relationships with our Clients

I don’t recall exactly how we met or how Lynne and Matt discovered our services, but back in 2008 they hired us to photograph their wedding. I remember the excitement when they booked us. Lynne and Matt wanted to get married in the Shakespeare Garden at the Portland Rose Garden and to do so, couples have to go through a bit of an excruciating process of waiting in line on the very first day of the year. That is when the Portland Parks office makes permits available for weddings and events that are held during that calendar year. Lynne and Matt were among the first if not the first couple in line in 2008 and even made it into the local newspaper for their efforts. Needless to say, they were able to get their choice in dates and reserved the Shakespeare Garden for their wedding that summer.

Lynne and Matt wanted to capture some engagement photos before their wedding and chose Ecola State Park as the location. The park has a very dramatic view of the ocean and overlooks the iconic Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.

Some time after her wedding, Lynne contacted me for some updated headshots. At the time, she was working as a personal trainer and wanted some photos to promote her business. Fast forward to just a handful of months ago, when I received an email from Lynne saying that she and Matt were expecting. I was so excited to hear the news and so grateful that they thought of me during this momentous time in their lives.

When they arrived at our portrait studio, it was fun to catch up and reminisce on all that had transpired over the years. Back when they were getting married, I held wedding consultations at my home and the portrait side of my business barely existed. Now, 8 years later, with a wedding consultation space at The Bridal Loft and a fully equipped portrait studio, I was reminded of how far my business has grown and the opportunities it has afforded me.

The relationships I build with my clients are what I cherish most. There are no words to describe the experience of photographing a couple’s wedding and then years later re-connecting and getting to meet and hold their first newborn child. Then meeting again and again over the years to capture a couple’s family. Whatever inspired me to expand my business into family portraiture I am forever grateful.

Welcome to the world sweet little Madeline. Congratulations to Lynne and Matt and once again thank you for entrusting me to capture these precious moments.

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Maternity and Newborn Sessions

I have known and worked with Jeanie and Josh on a number of occasions over the years. I had the opportunity to photograph their wedding in Portland back in 2007 and then flew out to Boston to capture their east coast wedding celebration. I also photographed their daughter Vivienne as a newborn, at 6 months, and at other times in her life as well. Then, more recently, when Jeanie and Josh welcomed their second daughter into the world, I had the opportunity to capture even more photos.

We met up at our portrait studio for a mini maternity session and then when Evelyn arrived, I travelled to the couple’s home for a newborn session. We captured the newborn session within days of birth and with grandma flying cross country just a couple of weeks later, we re-connected at the studio for a brief session with grandma too. I particularly love the image of Jeanie with her mom and 2 daughters. There is something truly special about capturing multiple generations in a single photo. I think about what it will be like for Vivienne and Evelyn to look at that picture in 30, 40, 50 years…

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Baby’s First Year Portrait Package

One of our most popular portrait options for couples who are expecting is our Baby’s First Year Package. It includes maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month photo sessions. We capture the maternity session between 32-36 weeks into the pregnancy and attempt to coordinate with our couples to capture the newborn session within 7 days of birth. These are the suggested and optimum times for the photo sessions. Then we re-connect at 6 and 12 months for the remaining 2 sessions.

Portrait sessions are offered in the comfort of your home, at our photography studio in NE Portland, or at a local park or location of your choice. The flexibility in location gives a nice variety to the work and enables us to capture you regardless of the weather conditions. Maternity sessions are great at our portrait studio or at an outdoor location. Newborn sessions are recommended indoors at our studio or at your home. This enables us to control the temperature providing your newborn with maximum comfort. We then recommend varying the locations for the 6 and 12 month sessions suggesting outdoor locations whenever possible.

Some couples choose just the newborn session. Others choose the newborn and 12 month sessions. It varies from couple to couple and that is why we offer maximum flexibility in the sessions you choose. We build a portrait package that best suits your needs.

For Kim and Siemke, documenting their daughter’s first year was extremely important. Ask any parent and they will tell you that the first year just flies by and that their little ones grow way too quickly. Kim and Siemke really wanted to preserve this time by having portrait sessions scheduled every 2 months throughout their daughter Giuliana’s first year. We built a custom Baby’s First Year Package that included all of these sessions. Here are some highlights from Giuliana’s 2 most recent portrait sessions (the first at our portrait studio and the second outdoors along the Portland waterfront area).

Next month we will be connecting to capture Giuliana’s 1st birthday party celebration.  I am suspecting that there will be cake and that Giuliana is going to like it quite a bit!

 

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Maternity Session at the Studio

Natalie & Joe nailed their maternity session.  They wore great outfits, brought just the right amount of props, a fun energetic energy, and of course, their beloved doggie.  It made for the perfect combination of everything.  I loved Natalie’s choice in attire.  Her maternity shirt with the baby’s foot prints is truly precious.  Their dog is incredibly well behaved and took direction exceptionally well.  To be perfectly honest, I have never seen anything quite like it.  Each and every command was listened to and capturing portraits of all of them together was a total breeze.

Here are some highlights from Natalie & Joe’s maternity session at the studio:

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Baby Demia

It’s always an honor to have the opportunity to capture portraits for a family.  The moments that are captured become the documented history that is told over time.  However, there is always something extra special when that family is someone who works in the wedding industry.  These are people who I have worked with on a number of occasions and who pour their heart into their work.  They are individuals who I have worked alongside under intense circumstances – you know – like making sure a wedding day flows together seamlessly.

So when I have the opportunity to connect on a more personal level, it becomes an even greater bond that is shared.  I love being able to check in on Facebook and Instagram and watch all of my clients’ families grow.  Life is quite the journey and it’s made extra special by the families that are created.  Misty with Luxe Event Productions and her husband Greg welcomed their first daughter into the world just a couple months ago.

Here are some highlights from Baby Demia’s newborn session at the studio.

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Baby Theo

Shannon & Matt are a couple that we have connected with a number of times over the years.  We had the opportunity to fly out to Washington DC to photograph their engagement session when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.  It was breath-takingly beautiful.  We photographed their wedding here in Portland and have connected more recently for a maternity and family portrait session.  Here are some of the highlights from our most recent time together at the photography studio:

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New Product | Digital Albums

We are excited to announce the launch of a brand new product at Paul Rich Studio.  These digital albums are built and designed for our portrait clients.  The new product is a modern twist on the classic tradition of family portrait albums.  We know that our couples are going to love these especially for those who sign on for our popular Baby’s First Year Package where we document a maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month session.

We are excited to announce that these albums are free for those who order our Baby’s First Year Package and purchase the full resolution digital files.  You choose the images from all 4 sessions and we build the album for you.  It can be posted and shared on sites like Facebook, YouTube, and others.  Plus, it can be archived onto a DVD as well.  This way it plays on your DVD player at home.  For those who are interested in purchasing a digital album from their recent portrait session, we are offering these albums at a low introductory price of just $55.