Family Portraits in Rhode Island

When I was back east for Meghan & Zack’s wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, I had an opportunity to connect with a few friends and family members.  It included a portrait session with my brother Wayne, his wife Amber, and the newest addition to their family.  Landen was extremely excited for his portrait session and was laughing and smiling the entire time.

Landen is an avid Red Sox fan and with today being the first day of the World Series, it seemed only appropriate to post these photos today.  Here are some highlights from the portrait session in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Janet Plank Gibson - October 23, 2013 - 11:11 pm

Great pictures Paul!!! You did an amazing job!

Oregon Coast Maternity Session

Most often, maternity sessions are captured in a local park outdoors or even in our portrait studio in SE Portland.  But Ashlee & Jakhary wanted something different.  They were vacationing in Lincoln City and wanted to capture some portraits indoors while they were enjoying some time away.  The Oregon coast is a place that they visit often and that is filled with memories.  So, having the maternity session in Lincoln City was extra special for them.

Trying to align schedules with good weather is particularly challenging this time of year.  Over the course of some days, it can rain, hail, turn sunny, revert back to rain, only for the sun to come back out again, and then turn back to rain.  The day we chose for the maternity session was a lot like that – but thankfully there was no hail.  :)  The rain was on-again off-again.  But it somehow synced up with what we were trying to do.  We captured a good handful of portraits inside the home and then ventured out around the neighborhood for a few additional looks.

Here are some of our favorites from Ashlee & Jakhary’s maternity session:

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Jenny & Josh | September 21, 2013

Jenny & Josh exchanged vows in the Veiled Garden at The Abernethy Center in Oregon City.  They were surrounded by their closest friends and family members for a very intimate wedding ceremony.

The Abernethy Center is filled with many great backdrops for portraits and so immediately following the ceremony, we explored the grounds and captured a variety of portraits of the couple.  The couple was whisked away in a golf cart to head back to the indoor reception area to get ready for their grand entrance.  Once announced into the room, a slideshow began to play showcasing highlights from their childhood through to present day.

Here are some highlights from Jenny & Josh’s September 21st wedding:

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Jen & Rob | Engagement Session

I moved out to the west coast from Boston in 1998.

I had a yard sale.  Sold all my possessions except my clothes, cds (am I dating myself a little?), camera equipment, and my photography portfolio.  That was it.  At that time in my life, it was all I needed.  I drove cross country and couldn’t really drive any further once I reached Portland.  So I stayed.

I vividly recall my entrance in to Portland as I was driving along the gorge.  Imagine having never seen anything quite like it and experiencing it for the first time.  It is absolutely breathtaking and the experience of seeing it for the first time is permanently etched into my mind.

When Jen & Rob asked about having their engagement session out in the gorge, I enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity and we jointly planned an afternoon of hikes culminating at Crown Point at sunset.

With the leaves just starting to turn color, I can’t imagine a better place than the gorge for capturing portraits together.  Here are some highlights from the session:

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Meghan & Zack | September 14, 2013

While the Pacific Northwest is an incredible location for photographing weddings, I always enjoy the opportunity to travel throughout the US and abroad for my couples.

The story of how I met Meghan & Zack is a unique one.  Back in 2009, I had the honor of photographing Rachelle & Donny’s destination wedding in St Lucia.  Zack was a groomsman in the wedding.

Fast forward 4 years and I receive an email message from Zack informing me that he is getting married.  He is living in Virginia with his fiance but is planning a wedding in Newport, Rhode Island.  Knowing that I travel for weddings, he wanted to know if I was available to document his wedding.

It turns out that Meghan & Zack would be in the Boston area at the same time as myself during one of my trips back east.  So, we used the opportunity to meet in person to discuss the details of the wedding.  We put together a timeline and discussed all the important details for the day.

Meghan & Zack exchanged their vows on September 14, 2013 at Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island.  The shell paths, illuminated fountains, and sweeping view of the ocean provided an extremely relaxed location for their wedding.  It felt so quintessentially New England and reminded me of everything I love about the east coast.  Their DJ spoke with a thick Boston accent and so I made sure to chat it up with him during the reception just so I could feel like I was back home.

Congratulations to Meghan & Zack!  It was such an honor to document your wedding and to capture all the fun moments throughout the day.  I wonder what corner of the world we will see each other next.  :)

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Suzanne Lambert - October 15, 2013 - 3:15 pm

The photos are just beautiful. Meghan and Zack you are a gorgeous couple.

Seattle Family Portraits

The relationships that are built over the years with my clients are the most rewarding aspect of being a wedding and portrait photographer.  I enjoy the opportunity to connect and re-connect over the years to document a variety of milestones in a couple’s life.

I photographed Julie & Alex’s wedding in Kauai back in 2008.  Last year, on their exact anniversary date, Julie & Alex welcomed their first baby girl into the world.  Talk about the best anniversary gift ever – and what a fun day to celebrate every year together.

Julie & Alex wanted to do something fun and different for their daughter’s 1 year photo session.  They live up in Seattle and we agreed to find some fun locations by their home.  It made for a fun day trip for me and I got to see Julie & Alex’s beautiful home.

Here are a few highlights from our portrait session in Seattle:

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Courtney & Brant | August 30, 2013

I have to admit, it was difficult to not get as excited about Courtney’s wedding as she certainly did herself.  The planning and preparation process was an absolute blast.  We met multiple times, most often over a couple of glasses of wine and some delicious food.  I have lost count of the number of restaurants we have dined at while chatting about the big day.

Courtney & Brant chose one of my favorite venues for their wedding – The Oregon Garden.  The venue is a photographer’s dream with endless backdrops of the choosing.  The garden is so expansive and has so much to offer, we always recommend that our couples rent a golf cart so that the full range of the garden can be explored.  And that is exactly what we did.

Courtney was incredibly methodical and diligent in her wedding preparations even while maintaining an insane course load at college.  Days before her wedding, Courtney went to her jeweler Malka Diamonds & Jewelry to have her engagement ring cleaned.  Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed an exquisite Victorian lavalier.  She loved the sapphire and diamond piece and thought how neat it would be to wear it on her wedding day.  David, the owner, gave her that chance with the simple request of making sure a photo was captured.  I made sure to do that part.

As one would expect, a well planned wedding is a fun, stress-free, successful wedding.  Courtney & Brant’s guests had the time of their lives gettin’ groovy on the dance floor and witnessing such a wonderful couple officially tie the knot.

Thanks Kevin with Northwest Mobile DJ Service, it is always an honor to work with you.  And thank you Jordan with Blum Floral Design for once again pushing the creative envelope with all your floral creations.  Thanks to all the vendors for making the day flow together seamlessly.

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