Amy & Paul | October 10, 2015

I was so excited to meet Amy and Paul back in January of this year.  They were very involved in the wedding planning process and meeting with lots of vendors for their October 10th wedding.  When we finally had a chance to meet, I was so incredibly impressed with the detail and thoroughness of their questions.  The wedding day is such an important occasion and it was clear that Amy and Paul really wanted to hire the right vendors for them.  They wanted to be able to enjoy their wedding day and not worry about all the details.

Vanessa with Little Miss Planner did a wonderful job in coordinating the day.  There were many moving parts to Amy and Paul’s wedding day involving multiple locations throughout Portland.  Many last minute decisions needed to be made based on the weather and because of Vanessa’s orchestration of everything, we were able to adapt and change things up quickly and efficiently.

Amy & Paul very much wanted to see each other for the first time over by the Portland Art Museum.  The weather was shifting rapidly and we needed to transport Amy and Paul to that location without seeing each other and get the entire wedding party there as well.  We were able to pull it all off just in time before the winds picked up and the rain began to fall. AWe dashed inside to escape the rain and as luck would have it, the lobby walls were all glass.  It provided the perfect light for more portraits of the couple as we brushed ourselves off and had a chance to dry off.

We made our way to the Elysian Ballroom for the wedding and reception.  The entire day was festive, fun, and stress free.  Guests had an absolute blast with a lively cocktail hour, a scrumptious dinner, and the most incredibly active dance floor of all time.  With the party in full swing, I grabbed Amy and Paul for a quick portrait session atop a local parking garage for some fun evening shots with downtown Portland in the background.  There was a quick break in the rain and we timed the session perfectly.

Then, after more dancing, we lined up the guests, enthusiastically waved sparklers in the air, and watched Amy and Paul escape off into the night.  It truly was one heck of a celebration.

We wanted to share some highlights from their wedding day as well as a wedding slideshow set to the music from their first dance.  Make sure to check it out!

A special thanks to Amy and Paul for entrusting us to document their wedding day.

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Marilyn Brenden - November 6, 2015 - 5:41 am

Great pictures. I am glad your wedding was so special.

Antonia & Jared | September 26, 2015

We recently flew out to Boston, MA to capture Antonia & Jared’s wedding at The Harvard Club of Boston.

The day began at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel with Antonia and Jared getting ready in their respective rooms.  The spectacular view of the Charles River and Boston skyline is one of the signature elements of the hotel.  So, when Antonia and Jared had an opportunity to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, we made sure to incorporate the signature vista of downtown Boston.

The location was absolutely perfect for capturing photos.  Following the couple’s first moment, we headed outside along the waterfront to capture photos with family members before heading over to The Harvard Club of Boston for the ceremony and reception.

Special thanks to Adrienne with Gracie Lou Events for coordinating such a fabulous day.  Everything flowed together nicely and the dance floor remained extremely active well into the evening.

Congratulations to Antonia and Jared!

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Tenley & Adam | Engagement Session

We recently caught up with Tenley and Adam for their engagement session.  They are getting married in July 2016 at the Leftbank Annex.

Tenley and Adam very much wanted to incorporate a mural or two into their photos during the session.  They also have a connection to the SE Portland area and really enjoy the local parks.  So, I suggested that we meet at Laurelhurst Park to begin the session and stop off at the mural on 50th and SE Hawthorne while on our way up to Mt Tabor.  This provided us with 3 different locations and a variety of backdrops and settings to play with.

Here are a handful of highlights from Tenley and Adam’s engagement session.

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Baby Kate

Just days before photographing Amy & Paul’s wedding at the Elysian Ballroom, Amy kindly recommended our services to one of her close friends who was looking for a newborn photographer.  We had an opportunity to meet Baby Kate and document her as she slept soundly at our photography studio.  We have all sorts of tricks to put little ones to sleep and they worked perfectly for Kate.

Most couples are not aware, but newborn sessions take quite a bit of time to capture.  When you include breaks for feedings, diaper changes, and time to coax the little one to sleep, on average, our newborn sessions take approximately 3 hours.  We don’t like to rush the session and we like to make things as easy and as stress free as possible.  We have a separate private area at our photography studio that can be used for feedings and diaper changes and we offer all sorts of additional amenities to make the session fun and relaxed.

If you or someone you know is considering newborn photography, we highly recommend checking out our maternity and newborn portfolios.  We offer a variety of packages that range from the simple to the more complex including a Baby’s First Year package which includes: maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 12 month photo sessions.

Here are some highlights from Baby Kate’s first official professional photo session:

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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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