50th Birthday Bash

Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes with vendors from the wedding industry?  Well, truth be told…  We like to party!

Our great friends Cindy (with Encore Events) and Sean (with My Bartender) teamed up to host a joint 50th Birthday Party Celebration.  Sean’s new event space District East is the perfect location for this type of event and is where the event was hosted.  Guests were treated to an incredible spread by Wild Currant Catering with additional dishes brought by various friends.  Kay with Flowers For You provided all the floral decor while Barclay Event Rentals provided all the rentals.  David Efaw Productions provided DJ and lighting services for the evening.

Guests were treated to some really fun dessert options.  A Yen for Chocolate created glitter pops and Nineteen27 S’mores made delectable s’mores on the spot for guests (no campfire required).

Invitations to the event were created by Lisa with Crave Design and signage throughout the event was created by Alesia Zorn Calligraphy.  It was so fun to see so many vendors from the wedding industry and to have an opportunity to step away from our respective businesses and catch up.  We oftentimes see each other in passing at weddings and events and this most recent birthday celebration was the perfect opportunity to re-connect.

In lieu of birthday presents, guests were asked to bring toys and food for pets to be donated to Animal Aid here in Portland.

Another amazing event conceived, coordinated, and accomplished by a great team of wedding vendors.  It was an honor as part of Paul Rich Studio to document the festivities.

 

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
3 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
8 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
6 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
3 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
3 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
6 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vonna Seal Anderson - December 1, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Talented professionals.

Maternity & Newborn Sessions

More and more of our wedding clients return to our studio for family portraits.  It is a great way for us to stay connected and to continue to document those milestones in life that are most important.  We offer an array of different photography packages for those interested in capturing the latest addition to the family.  Our maternity, newborn, and 1 year sessions are most popular.

We photographed Nickole & Joe’s destination wedding in Mexico back in May of 2013.  It was quite the adventure and a real treat to meet both of their families at such a lovely tropical location.  Fast forward to the fall/winter of 2015 where we had the chance to capture a maternity and newborn portrait session at the studio.  Nickole & Joe’s daughter did an incredible job on her first official photo shoot.  She slept really well, made a few smiles, and let out a big giant yawn at the perfect time! 

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

A Surrogacy Story

In May of this year, I received a very intriguing email which began….

“We are a couple of gay parents from Europe (Luxembourg) and we are awaiting the birth of our twins in Portland for around end october / mid-november 2015. ”

The request was for me to photograph a series of 4 photo sessions – the birth, the twin’s early life at the hospital (a Fresh 48 Session), a newborn session at my photography studio, and a family portrait session of the men with their babies and their surrogate family.  I was absolutely elated at the opportunity to document such a special occasion.  Little did I know how impactful the experience would ultimately become.

We established a game plan.  The dads would fly over to Portland a few weeks before the delivery and I would keep my calendar as open as possible during the expected delivery date.  I notified all of my clients who had photo sessions scheduled with me around that time.  Everyone was extremely understanding.

So, I have my car packed with gear and I am about to head to a family portrait session when my phone rings.  It’s Nicolas and he tells me that they have been admitted to the hospital and that I needed to get there as quickly as possible.  I couldn’t believe it!  I called up my clients, apologized profusely for the incredibly short notice cancellation, and dashed over to the hospital.  When I arrived, a film crew from France was also there ready to document the event.  Nicolas and Tom will be featured in an upcoming documentary on surrogacy.

I was briefly introduced to everyone and immediately began capturing all the excitement — and the waiting — and waiting — and waiting.  Documenting live birth is always a series of hurry up and wait and hurry up and wait.  The excitement builds and builds and the energy in the room is indescribable.

The twins were born just after 4am on October 22nd.  Charlotte made her grand appearance followed shortly thereafter by Maxime.  Two beautiful babies born by the most heroic woman for two incredible dads.  Nicolas and Tom were ecstatic.

We met up at the hospital again at around 9am for a Fresh 48 session.  The twins were peacefully sleeping and the mom and 2 dads were trying to rest up and take it easy.  It had been a very long night.  I spent about an hour with everyone capturing Nicolas and Tom’s first moments with the little ones.  It was incredibly endearing.  I then rushed home, edited the photos very quickly, and designed birth announcement cards and thank you cards using images from the hospital session.  Nicolas and Tom wanted to have the cards printed and ready before they flew back to Luxembourg.  We were able to pull it all off.

We waited a few more days and then met up at the studio for a newborn session.  Charlotte and Maxime did a wonderful job and loved being photographed.  They slept through most of the session and allowed us to pose them in all sorts of ways with various outfits.  It was perfect.

Then, for the grand finale, I had the opportunity to capture Nicolas and Tom, their newborn twins, and their surrogate family.  It was such a treat to see everyone together and such an incredible honor to have the opportunity to photograph this wonderful surrogacy story.

Thank you Nicolas and Tom.  Thank you to the twins for being such a treat to photograph.  Thank you to Stacy and her entire family for allowing me to be a part of this incredible experience.

surrogate-photographer-portland-01

Vote For Image
3 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-02

Vote For Image
4 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-03

Vote For Image
1 Vote

surrogate-photographer-portland-04

Vote For Image
2 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-05

Vote For Image
1 Vote

surrogate-photographer-portland-06

Vote For Image
1 Vote

surrogate-photographer-portland-07

Vote For Image
2 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-08

Vote For Image
2 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-09

Vote For Image
2 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-10

Vote For Image
3 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-11

Vote For Image
3 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-12

Vote For Image
2 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-13

Vote For Image
3 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-14

Vote For Image
9 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-15

Vote For Image
13 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-16

Vote For Image
2 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-17

Vote For Image
10 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-18

Vote For Image
3 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-19

Vote For Image
6 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-20

Vote For Image
8 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-21

Vote For Image
7 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-22

Vote For Image
5 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-23

Vote For Image
31 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-24

Vote For Image
20 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-25

Vote For Image
8 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-26

Vote For Image
22 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-27

Vote For Image
3 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-28

Vote For Image
17 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-29

Vote For Image
11 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-30

Vote For Image
12 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-31

Vote For Image
9 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-32

Vote For Image
11 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-33

Vote For Image
10 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-34

Vote For Image
5 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-35

Vote For Image
8 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-36

Vote For Image
9 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-37

Vote For Image
9 Votes

surrogate-photographer-portland-38

Vote For Image
24 Votes

 

 

Dixie Altig Carter - November 18, 2015 - 7:23 pm

awesome, pictures and supportive families. enjoy your new family

Amanda Shama - November 18, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Love, love, love!!!

Sauvie Island Fall Portraits

I received an email from Virginia stating the she, her husband, and their 4 year old daughter had recently moved to Portland from Phoenix and were looking to have some updated family photos.  They wanted photos captured outdoors to display their new surroundings in the Pacific Northwest.  Given the time of year, I thought Sauvie Island would be a good fit.  It is a perfect location for fall portraits.

Predicting the weather that day provide to be a bit of a challenge.  The weather report suggested simple cloud cover.  But those of us who have lived here for awhile know, that can mean a bunch of different things.  In fact, it can mean a bunch of different things all within the same exact day.  Once we arrived at our location on Sauvie Island it began to rain pretty heavily.  In fact, a bit too heavily.  I suggested we wait 5-10 minutes and see what happened.  Oftentimes that is just enough time for the rain to subside.  Well, it persisted and showed no signs of letting up.  My photography studio is just 15 minutes or so away and I knew we would have that as a backup option.

So, I suggested that we take a couple of quick family photos outdoors at Sauvie Island and then head over to the studio for a secondary session.  I found a thick tree branch to place the family underneath to try to provide a little bit of rain shelter for one portrait setup and then I headed over to my favorite little open barn on the property for a second setup.  The small door frame provides the perfect frame for family portraits.  It also offers just enough shelter from the rain too.  It was perfect!

We then hopped in our cars and drove over to the studio.  Virginia wisely brought holiday attire for an entirely different look.  So we took advantage of our brand new holiday backdrop to capture some holiday family photos.  We also made sure to use our favorite sparkly backdrop as well.  Then to add a bit more variety to their session, we brought out our favorite brick wall setup.  All in all we came away with a nice selection of images captured both indoors and outdoors.

Here are some of our favorites from this family portrait session in Portland:

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Emmi’s 6 Month Session

Our Baby’s First Year Portrait Package is a huge hit with our clients.  It bundles a maternity session, newborn session, 6 month session, and a 1 year session together.  It also makes the perfect gift for someone who is expecting.  We have gift certificates for those who wish to gift portrait sessions as well as a Baby Registry for those who wish to direct friends and family toward contributing to your family photography.

Me came into the studio the other day for her 6 month session.  She did fabulous.  We began the session by capturing a few family holiday portraits.  Great thinking mom!  Bring a few holiday outfits and voila!  Family holiday card is done.  Plus, do a quick change, and you have an entirely different look.  Within 45 minutes we went from an outdoor wintery scene to a festive background without having to go to different locations.  You see – that is the beauty of our portrait studio.  One location.  Many different looks.

Here are some highlights from Emmi’s 6 month session:

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Nick’s Senior Portraits

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Nick for a senior portrait session out at Cathedral Park.  Nick came prepared with a handful of outfits and a familiarity with being in front of the camera.  The combination made for a very successful shoot with a nice variety in style.  I made sure to include some of the fall colors and captured Nick with attire ranging from casual to more formal looks.

Nick is diligently wrapping up his Senior Year at Cleveland High School while applying to a number of colleges.  He has a solid game plan and is excited for this next phase in his life.  He has a great attitude and I look forward to hearing how things go in the upcoming years.

Here are some of our favorites from Nick’s senior portrait session:

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
3 Votes

Vote For Image
2 Votes

Teriann agana - November 8, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Awesome!!!!!!

Kim Trickey - November 9, 2015 - 3:45 am

Dayuuuummmm!!

Allison’s 1 Year Session

I absolutely cherish the relationships I have with my clients.  It is by far my favorite part of the job.

I had the opportunity to photograph Jenny & Clayton’s engagement session on Cannon Beach back in 2008.  I then photographed their wedding in 2009.  It is so fun to look at these images and see how much has changed.  When Jenny & Clayton were expecting for the first time, we had an opportunity to capture a maternity session and then newborn photos of their first son.  It led to additional sessions of them as a family as well.  Then, when they welcomed their first daughter.  We captured a maternity session and a newborn session.  Jenny and Clayton moved to CA shortly after their daughter was born, but we made sure to stay in contact.  In fact, for their daughter’s 6 month session, I had the opportunity to fly down to California for the day to capture more pictures of the family.  We met at a local park and captured some additional photos at their house too.  Then, Jenny and Clayton moved back to Portland!  I couldn’t believe it.  It has been really nice having them back here.  So, when their daughter turned 1, we re-connected again for another photo session.

It is such an honor to have the opportunity to document various milestones in couples’ lives.  For many of our clients, the wedding day is just the first chance to work together and it often leads to more and more photo sessions together.  I love being able to see everyone’s families grow and to be the one who gets to record each family’s history.  Nothing warms my heart more than going to client’s home and seeing all the photos hanging on the walls and displayed in various albums.

One of my clients affectionately refers to a little section in her home as “The Wall of Paul.”  It showcases wedding photos, newborn photos, and family photos from over the years.  I love it!  The last time I was over at Jenny and Clayton’s home I saw all sorts of framed photos throughout the house and their gorgeous leather wedding album on their coffee table in the living room.  Truly such an honor.

Here are some highlights from our most recent photo session together to celebrate their daughter turning 1.

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
0 Votes

Vote For Image
1 Vote

Vote For Image
1 Vote