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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Tulip Fest Maternity Session

When Kelly contacted me saying that tulips were her favorite flowers and that she and her husband Christian wanted to capture a maternity session at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, I knew we were in for a fun portrait session.  The tulips are in bloom for a very short period of time each year so aligning a portrait session with the tulip fest can be a bit of a challenge especially when considering people’s schedules and the unpredictable weather.  In addition, the tulip fest understandably draws an enormous crowd.

I spoke with one of the employees who said approximately 30,000 people visited the tulip farm on the day we photographed this session.  One of the ways to try to reduce the large number of visitors is to schedule the session toward the later part of the day.  So, we met up about an hour before the tulip fest closed and were able to find a number of great locations to photograph.

Here are some of the highlights from Kelly and Christian’s maternity session at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest.

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Henry’s Bar Mitzvah Celebration

Henry and his family gathered at Congregation Beth Israel for some family portraits prior to Henry’s Bar Mitzvah ceremony.  The weather was particularly nice so we made sure to capture some portraits outdoors in addition to the more traditional portraits captured at the Bima.

The evening festivities were held at SuperPlay.  Talk about an extraordinarily fun evening for the kids – bowling, arcade games, and the wildly popular laser tag.  Henry and all his guests had virtual free reign over the place running from activity to activity throughout the evening while the parents got to hang out and mingle at the bar.  The photo booth and candy bar were popular items during the evening and everyone gathered to watch a slideshow about Henry that was played on all the televisions and screens including those over the bowling alley.  It was a very fun evening and many of the guests even got to come away with fun prizes and candy from turning in their game tickets.

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Tiffany & Kirk | March 12, 2016

Tiffany and Kirk recently exchanged their wedding vows at the Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Portland and held their wedding reception at the Benson Hotel.  The couple got ready at the hotel and chose the iconic lobby staircase as the location for their first moment.  Close friends and family members gathered around from a distance to witness the couple’s first look.  After capturing portraits with family, the couple hopped into a limousine and headed to the church for the wedding ceremony.

The magnificent views at the Zion Lutheran Church make it a real treat to photograph.  The upper balcony area makes a great location for capturing the large expanse of space by offering a more unique perspective.  Following the ceremony, guests headed to the Benson Hotel for the wedding reception.  A festive cocktail hour ensued giving the guests a great time to mingle and the couple a few moments of rest.  A few select images from Tiffany and Kirk’s engagement session were visible throughout the reception area giving that extra personal touch to the evening.

Congratulations to Tiffany and Kirk!  Now begins the fun process of selecting which images go into the couple’s beautiful leather bound wedding album.

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