Baby Giuliana | 2 Month Session

We had the honor of photographing Giuliana within 48 hours of her birth.  It was one of the most incredible experiences being granted special access to the NICU at the hospital.  Now that Giuliana is out of the hospital, we wanted to take the opportunity to capture some pictures of her at home with her parents.

We will be checking in with Giuliana regularly throughout her first year to capture lots and lots of photos of her.  I cannot wait for her first birthday and to be able to look back on all the photos we will have captured of her leading up to that fun day.  She is already growing so quickly so it is nice to capture her at various milestones.

Here are some of our favorites from Giuliana’s first official portrait session at home:

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Harper Turns 1

Laurelhurst Park is a wonderful location for family portraits.  It is among our favorites.

One of our dearest clients, Dolcie and Erik, whose son we have photographed numerous times, gifted a portrait session by Paul Rich Studio to their friends.  Their daughter Harper was turning 1 and it made for the perfect gift.

I met up with Harper and her parents at Laurelhurst Park for a 1 year session outdoors.  We played around in the park, saw some people walking their dogs (which Harper found particularly fascinating), and had the opportunity to explore lots of new things.  Harper particularly enjoyed playing on the long set of stairs that lead down into Laurelhurst Park.  It was the perfect spot to capture her in her super cute 1 year outfit.

Here are a few images from Harper’s recent 1 year session:

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Leach Botanical Garden Elopement

Michelle and Frank are based out of the Chicago area and when they were planning their wedding elopement, they decided that they wanted to travel somewhere outside their local area.  Oregon seemed like a fitting location.  It’s certainly quite different from Chicago, so why not?

Michelle did a bunch of research online and located just the right spot for their wedding elopement – the Leach Botanical Garden.  The lush greenery, tall trees, and colorful flowers made the perfect setting for their wedding.  Guests gathered in a heavily wooded area for the ceremony and then travelled downtown to one of Portland’s finest restaurants Andina for the reception.

Just prior to departing for Andina, we had the opportunity to capture some fun portraits throughout the grounds of Leach Botanical Garden.  Knowing what inspired Michelle & Frank to elope in Oregon, we made sure to capture some of the iconic elements of what make the Pacific Northwest so unique.

Here are some highlights from their wedding elopement at Leach Botanical Garden:

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Sandra Rosellini - August 4, 2015 - 1:43 am

Love all of them! Beautiful pictures!

Linda Kinczkowski - August 4, 2015 - 5:32 pm

All the pictures are wonderful! Too hard to choose!
Love you guys!

Fernanda & Markus | July 11, 2015

The Ponzi Historic Estate is a stunningly beautiful location for an intimate wedding celebration.  Old vines descend off into the distance and beautiful fir trees can be seen throughout the property.  It makes for an exquisite backdrop.

The story of how Fernanda, Markus, and I met is a fun one.  They hired Emee with EJP Events to coordinate their wedding.  Fernanda is from Brazil.  Markus is from Germany.  Emee recommended our services to them for wedding photography but at the time I was traveling overseas in New Zealand.  Fernanda and Markus had an opportunity to view our wedding portfolios at The Bridal Loft and very much wanted to chat in person.  So we coordinated our schedules, if I recall I was about 17 hours ahead, and we chatted by Skype.  We discussed the flow of their day and what they were wanting in terms of wedding photography coverage.  We scheduled a time to meet in person once I got back into the US and we had an opportunity to connect at the Ponzi Historic Estate just days before their actual wedding celebration.  I was in awe of the setting and really excited to be chosen to document their wedding.

With just 12 of their closest friends and family members, Fernanda and Markus exchanged their vows and were officially married on July 11, 2015.  Additional Bridal Loft members who assisted in Fernanda & Markus’ wedding celebration include: floral design by Gifford Flowers, wedding dress alterations by Custom Fit to You, and a custom veil by August Veils.  It was extremely fun having the opportunity to work with may of my peers at the Bridal Loft and to document such a momentous occasion of two families meeting for the first time here in the US.

Congratulations to Fernanda, Markus, and their incredibly cute daughter.  🙂

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Mistyrose & Keith | July 4, 2015

Mistyrose & Keith held their wedding day celebration at Veelle’s Idyllic Park in Molalla, OR.  Close friends and family members gathered around underneath a canopy of trees to witness the couple exchange their wedding vows.  With a rustic saloon used for serving drinks, a covered pavilion area for the reception, and shabby chic details throughout, Mistyrose and Keith created the perfect setting for their wedding day.

To honor the 4th of July holiday and their guests’ schedules, the couple concluded their wedding celebration in time for everyone to head off to see fireworks.  We re-connected with the couple in Canby to witness a fantastic fireworks display.  We had front row seats for the fireworks display and used the opportunity to capture some incredibly fun photos of the couple enjoying their first day as husband and wife.

Here are some of our favorite highlights from Mistyrose & Keith’s wedding:

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Columbia Gorge Engagement Session

Just a short drive from Portland, you’ll find the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. The winding roadway showcases many waterfalls and other scenic spots along its route through the Columbia Gorge, which is listed as one of The Seven Wonders of Oregon. It is an absolute must see for anyone and for those getting married, we recommend adding a Columbia Gorge engagement session to your bucket list.

Katelynn & Francisco opted to capture their engagement photos along the Columbia Gorge toward the end of the day as the sun was setting. We hiked a few waterfalls, stopped at a handful of scenic locations, and ended the session at the iconic Crown Point. The views are absolutely breathtaking – arguably some of the best Oregon has to offer.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio. We are conveniently located at Portland’s original bridal services collective The Bridal Loft. We are accepting a limited number of wedding assignments in 2016 so there is no better time to contact us than now.

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Family Portraits on Sauvie Island

This summer, why not consider capturing your family portraits on Sauvie Island?  The location offers a number of quiet peaceful backdrops.  Just minutes from downtown Portland, Sauvie Island is the perfect location for a family portrait session.

Kelly and Joe wanted a session that primarily focused on their two girls, but with family members in town, we had to make sure to capture everyone together too!  It was so fun seeing everyone and getting the opportunity to meet the two little ones for the first time.

Here are some highlights from this most recent family session on Sauvie Island:

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