Rachael & Colin | September 5, 2015

Rachael & Colin’s wedding was filled with lots of laughter and love.  They chose Laurelhurst Park as the site for their wedding ceremony and held their wedding reception at their friend Brian’s photography studio in SE Portland.

I was paying very close attention to the weather report for the day.  While the report didn’t indicate rain at first, things changed very rapidly and a light drizzle fell from the sky.  I always carry a clear bubble umbrella with me on weddings (just in case) and I was so thankful to have it for Rachael & Colin’s first moment together.  Just as we were coordinating their first moment, the rain really began to fall.  But, I had placed the umbrella in Rachael’s hand and she and Colin were able to see each other while under cover.  When Colin turned around to see Rachael, he was overcome with emotion and the moment was so beautiful to witness.

Immediately following their first look, the rain subsided and we were able to walk around the park a bit and capture photos together.  Rachael had the best spirit and perfect perspective on her wedding day.  She just wanted to have fun, capture portraits, and not worry about the little details (like whether or not her dress was getting dirty from walking around the park).

Following the wedding ceremony, guests gathered around for a large group portrait and then headed off for the reception.  Brian’s photography studio was such a fun location to celebrate Rachael & Colin’s wedding day.  Guests enjoyed the quintessential Portland experience of getting their dinner from a food cart, mingling outdoors, and dancing up a storm inside.  Naturally there was a photo booth for side entertainment and the dancing and festivities were an absolute blast.

Here are a selection of our favorite images from Rachael & Colin’s wedding day:

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40th Anniversary Celebration

I met Cherie about 10 years ago at a wedding networking event and recall the frequent conversations we had about the wedding industry.  Cherie has a real passion for weddings and for assisting brides in realizing the vision for their day.

In 2009, Cherie founded Wedding Network USA in hopes of improving the wedding industry through providing resources, support, and education for wedding professionals.  Through sharing business expertise, educational topics, and networking, Cherie has worked diligently to bring the Portland wedding community and other communities nationally closer together.

So, having known Cherie through a variety of capacities within the wedding industry, it was an exceptional honor to have the opportunity to document her 40th anniversary celebration with her husband Pat and many of their closest friends and family members.  It was a great opportunity for a number of wedding vendors to take a break from wedding season and celebrate this momentous occasion together with someone who has been so instrumental in building the local wedding community.

Cherie and Pat hosted the event at their lovely home which is chock full of Pat’s incredible art pieces.  He is a true artist who dabbles in a number of different types of media and styles of art.  His process is unique and quite diverse.  It was a pleasure seeing his work and learning about his thought processes in creating a number of pieces that were on display inside and outside of the home.

As it is with any type of event, a number of vendors and individuals work together to make the whole thing go.  And we had the privilege to once again work with a number of people who we have worked with time and time again over the years.  Cindy with Encore Events, assisted by Tilly of Dorsey McLeod Events, coordinated the afternoon of festivities.  Doug with Wild Currant Catering kept all of us well fed and Debra Watkins assembled the most incredible display of desserts.  Kelsie rocked the bar and surprisingly didn’t have to cut anyone off.  First Comes Love created the invitations for the event and Barclay Event Rentals provided all the rentals.  A total of 3 wedding celebrants officiated the vow renewal ceremony –  Maureen Haley, Melissa Coe, and Steve Sharp.  And naturally Paul Rich Studio had the honor of documenting the celebration.

Congratulations to Cherie & Pat on 40 wonderful years together.  Here are some of our favorite highlights from their 40th anniversary celebration.

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Baby Giuliana | 4 Month Session

Photographing newborns is one of the more intensely rewarding experiences in the growth and development of Paul Rich Studio.  I had a vision for my business to expand beyond weddings.  I loved photographing weddings and getting to meet all sorts of amazing couples.  But I wanted a way to stay in touch with my couples (much more than just following them on Facebook) and I wanted to be able to remain a part of their life.  I also wanted to bring other people into my business and to develop relationships with those outside of the wedding world too.  So, that’s when I created my plan to pursue photographing portraits.

In early 2010, I began contacting those whose weddings I had photographed and asked if they wanted family photos.  Some already had a young family and others were expecting and very eager to document this exciting time in their life.  It was perfect.

Then the holidays came around which meant more family photos and many of these individuals began sharing their photos with their friends and family.  Those individuals became interested, contacted us for a session, and also shared their photos with friends and family.  Then the holidays came around, more families wanted holiday portraits, and the process started all over again.  Well, it’s 2015 now (5 years later) and that cycle has built and built itself.  So, as we head into this fall portrait time, we are definitely busier than we have ever been before.  And we want to thank all of you – our past, present, and future clients who return back regularly to capture your family portraits.

We have a large number of couples who have hired us to document maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month sessions.  It’s our Baby’s First Year package and it is wildly popular (and incredibly fun to capture).

Kim & Siemke have taken the newborn documentation process very seriously and have scheduled a number of sessions with us during Giuliana’s first year.  We are so extremely excited for when she turns 1 and we can assemble all the work together.  It is going to be an incredible document of Giuliana’s first year.  We recently met up for Giuliana’s 4 month session and wanted to share some highlights.  After looking at this work though, make sure to check out her Fresh 48 Session at the NICU and her 2 month session at home.

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Family Portraits in the Pearl District

There are a number of wonderful locations to consider throughout the Portland area for family portraits.  The Pearl District is among our favorites for family portraits with a bit of an urban feel.

Many are not aware, but the city of Portland requires photographers to possess a Photo Pass for using local parks for portrait sessions.  It is a pass that we renew at the beginning of each year and it enables us to offer an array of locations to our clients that may not be readily available to others.  When planning your family portrait session outdoors, make sure your photographer has a current Photo Pass.  It needs to be carried with them at all times during the session.

Many of our clients don’t even know about this requirement, but honestly, why should they.  It is the responsibility of the photographer to know of these rules and regulations.

We were recently asked to document a family portrait session in the Pearl District.  We met at Tanner Springs Park and photographed at a number of locations within walking distance of the park.  We wanted to share a selection of our favorite images from that portrait session.  And if you are drawn to these images, and in particular what everyone is wearing, make sure to request our complimentary “What to Wear Guide” for family portraits.  It is a huge hit with our clients and we think you’ll feel the same.

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Ashlyn & Chad | Engagement Session

One of our favorite locations to capture engagement sessions is on Sauvie Island.  Just a few minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland is a wonderfully peaceful location for couples to spend time together.

Ashlyn and Chad are getting married in January of 2016 at the Benson Hotel and wanted to capture their engagement photos in a different setting than their wedding.  This is something we always recommend to our couples as a way of creating greater variety in the work they receive.  It is fun to change up the setting and even the time of year of when your engagement photos are captured as opposed to your wedding photos.

Ashlyn and Chad’s engagement session was incredibly fun.  The late day sun provided perfect light and the rustic setting worked really well with the attire they chose.  Ashlyn and Chad brought some tequila to the session, so about mid-way through the session after changing into a different outfit, the three of us took a couple of tequila shots.

From the moment I met with Ashlyn and her mom during our initial consultation, I knew right away that this was a couple I very much wanted to work with.  Ashlyn and Chad’s love for each other is incredibly infectious and I am so excited to have the opportunity to document this exciting milestone in their lives as a couple.

Here are some of our favorite moments from Ashlyn and Chad’s engagement session on Sauvie Island:

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What to Wear Guide

Thank you so much for requesting a copy of our complimentary What to Wear Guide.

If you are reading this on a mobile device, please email us to request the guide and we will send it to you directly: paul@paulrichstudio.com

Otherwise, to download your free copy, simply click on the following link (and please be patient as the download time will vary based on your internet speed):

What to Wear Guide | Family Portraits

We hope you find the suggestions in this guide helpful in preparing for your upcoming portrait session.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at paul@paulrichstudio.com or by phone at 503.475.3306.

Enjoy!

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Documenting Your Family

I had the opportunity to meet Diana & Bryan many years ago when they were interviewing photographers to document their wedding.  On Sept 5, 2010, Diana & Bryan exchanged their wedding vows at the Abernethy Center and we had the privilege of documenting that wonderful day.  Looking back at their wedding photos brings me right back to that day and spurs all sorts of fun memories.  Hey Bryan – remember doing shots in the back room during the reception?  🙂

Well, Diana & Bryan then contacted us when they were expecting their first child.  We had the opportunity to capture a maternity session, a newborn session, a 6 month session, and a 1 year session for their first daughter.

We then had the opportunity to do the exact same for their first son too.  Ethan’s newborn session was absolutely adorable and we most recently wrapped up his 1 year session.  Therefore, we wanted to share highlights from Ethan’s 1 year session.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Diana & Bryan for entrusting us to document their family over the years.  It has been such a pleasure and honor.  I hope that as your children grow and progress in life that these photos bring you much happiness, joy, and wonderful memories.

Very much looking forward to our next photo session together!

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