Sauvie Island Maternity Session

I had the honor of photographing Sarah & Todd’s wedding in downtown Portland back in 2008.  We have stayed in touch over the years and I recently found out they were expecting their first child.

We met up briefly in the earlier part of this year to capture some announcement photos but most recently connected for a maternity session.  Sarah & Todd were looking for something a bit rustic and casual for their portrait session.  I absolutely love photographing at the Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island so I recommended the location for the maternity session.

The fall leaves were beginning to show their color and the slightly overcast day made for perfect lighting.  Sarah & Todd are expecting the arrival of their little one in December and we look forward to connecting again for a newborn photo session.

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Baby Cash | Newborn Session

It has been a lot of fun working with April and Colby over the past few months.  They are in the process of building a new home in Bend, OR and have been bouncing around quite a bit including frequent trips up to Portland.  Our schedules aligned as such that we were able to connect in Boring, OR for a maternity session but we knew well in advance that the newborn session would need to happen in Bend.

I always love a reason to travel, so I took the opportunity to have a nice day trip down to Bend once their son Cash arrived.  Cash was born on September 27, 2013 at 11:30am.  He was 8.5 lbs and 20 in. long.

Here are a few highlights from Cash’s first newborn photo session:

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Featured: The Life of the Party

Madison’s Cinderella themed 5th birthday party bash is featured on The Life of the Party today.  Her birthday party included princess costumes for all the guests, hand made princess wands, a “real-life” Cinderella who read all the children “The Princess and the Pea,” as well as a Cinderella castle cake!

After playing games, listening to story time, and eating princess snacks, Madison and all of her friends were treated to mini manicures.  Check out the feature on The Life of the Party to see highlights from this fairy tale birthday party.

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Cathy Huston - December 13, 2013 - 4:43 am

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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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