“When you have an intense contact of love with nature or another human being, like a
spark, then you understand that there is no time and that everything is eternal.”
~ Paulo Coelho
I couldn’t be more excited to share the love that this couple has for one another! It’s like spending time with old friends, Like for real! I had the best time on our adventure for their Forest Park and St. Johns Engagement photos. We were originally going to hike a common forest park trail but turns out that most of the trail heads were closed due to mud slides. So plans change and a backup was needed! I found a trail head off HWY 30 to Forest Park that was perfect and close to St. Johns Bridge which was our next destination, so win win for us!
Jessica brought these adorable mugs saying “Adventure awaits” and filling them with some hot coffee and we decided to use them in our shoot as the saying “adventure awaits” was very fitting for their relationship. I mean look at these two, they are so excited to be married and to start their newest and greatest adventure yet!
Our forecast said rain all day! and we decided to go for it and brave it out! Im so glad we did get some breaks in the rain, although cold (and windy!)but they warmed each other up perfectly and you would never know how cold it was on this winter day!
We are extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to photograph Irini & Athan’s Greek wedding this year. The couple asked if we would be willing to do an engagement session where we captured them wearing garments that are specific to the regions of Greece where their respective families originated.
Irini has an old vintage photograph from her family that she wanted to use as inspiration for the engagement session. She wanted to mimic the style and look of that photograph for her own engagement session. We were given exclusive access to the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum for the photo shoot. We were asked to be very careful with the garments and to not leave the museum so we had to be very creative in the choice of angles and locations within the space. For the couple’s Greek styled engagement session, we utilized some unique treatments and effects for the images to give them that iconic vintage look.
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Spring Fever is turned up high at my house and most everyone I know is wondering when the Vernal Lady will make her usually spectacular appearance here in the Pacific Northwest. We have had two months in a row of record breaking rain… even my die-hard pluviophile friends are beginning to crack. Today is no exception. It is pouring as I write… but there were geese flying southwest over my back deck this morning so maybe it’s almost time. ;0)
So, in hopes of spreading a little cheer, I am posting a photograph from a past Spring wedding… Jenkin’s Estate has this lovely teahouse behind the elegant main house and on this fresh April day, everyone was happy to be standing in the early sun watching two wonderful people make it real.
Are you planning a wedding? Have you taken into account all of the possible flavors of weather you might encounter? I ask because, lately, our tried and true local weather has become less predictable. Portland’s longtime favorite wedding month of August is now likely to bake you right out of your mind. Maybe it’s time to move some of these events over into the shoulder seasons of early Summer or late Fall or to at least consider venues with indoor/outdoor options.
Oops, gotta run… sun is out now and I have a little yard work to do before it rains again! ;0)
Syd and Scott chose the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse for their wedding celebration. They held their wedding ceremony in the iconic octagonal barn on the property. While I have photographed at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse a handful of times in the past, for Syd and Scott’s wedding I wanted to try a different approach to capturing their intimate wedding ceremony. I strategically placed a couple of flashes up into the rafters of the barn that I was able to control remotely. This gave me a lot of creative freedom in how I documented their ceremony and reception. I love taking calculated risks like these at weddings (and challenging myself creatively) – especially when the results pay off. I was able to create more dynamic lighting than is otherwise present inside the dimly lit barn.
I met Amy, Matt and their boys in Yachats on a stormy Sunday. One of my favorite spots on the Oregon Coast, Yachats is a cozy little town edged with some of the most dramatic and beautiful craggy coastline I’ve ever encountered. Waves thunder over the rocks at any level of tide, and the forest creeps right up to the shoreline in many places. It has an ancient, otherworldly feel to it–especially on cloudy days.
Amy and Matt are getting married in May, and in lieu of a couples-only engagement session, they opted for family portraits. We wandered along the coastline, stopping in foresty areas and places with splashing waves. This is one of my favorite portraits of all of them.
Take some time to catch the moments. The littles in your life will change faster than you can imagine and the history of your family will depend on how often you train a camera and a mindful eye on your day to day life. Yes, there is always another load of laundry to do and I’m sure the dog needs a bath but that will be ongoing… your children will be differently little every day. There are some dear friends on Facebook who are on it. They post charming snippets of their kids and will no doubt have photographs to share with them later in their lives. Get your pictures off of your devices and put them in a safe place… you don’t get a Do-Over. That is incredibly important.
If you can, you should hire a pro every now and then to cover your family in a way that you can’t. I love it when my phone rings for a family session. It could be a walkabout in the Pearl District with an ice cream cone or it could be an hour or two spent hanging out at your home… the goal is to put real people in front of my camera and catch what happens. Let me sit on the floor and get to know the kids well enough that they are just themselves when the camera is out… the less direction from me or from you, the better.
I was lucky to have parents who took lots of pictures. The photographs from my childhood were rarely posed. Instead, I can look back through them and remember the houses we lived in, the cats and dog who were part of our tribe and even some pictures of my parents when they were young and beautiful, before time wore into them. That was a gift to me. ;0)
Let’s make some history!
Jamie Bosworth Photographer
“Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat?”
~ Goldie Hawn
We finished the engagement photography session with a toast, but we were having a great time from the first click of my camera shutter. Living in the moment is the best way to move through the planning process. And, it makes great practice for the hectic schedule on the wedding day.
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Something to consider when planning your wedding day is the type of transportation you will use to transport yourself and guests to and from the wedding. Make sure to not forget your final departure from the event as well. There are a number of options to consider from limousines and buses to pedicabs and classic cars. Whether it is to transport you and guests between the ceremony and the reception or to send you off at the end of the evening, make sure to choose the right mode of transportation for you.
And if your wedding photographer is daring enough, you might even capture some fun moments of the experience as well. Check out more of our work at Paul Rich Studio. And for those of you who are planning a truly unique honeymoon, check out our latest concept in travel vacation photography.
Stephanie and Joe flew out from Louisiana to host a tiny wedding in the Columbia River Gorge. Surrounded by about 20 of their family members and best friends, the wind playfully blew through the ceremony on a cliff overlooking the river. We paused for a long celebratory lunch in Hood River, before I headed out with the bride and groom on an evening portrait adventure.
First, we stopped at a waterfall, where they took of their shoes and stood under the misty rain of the summer falls. Then we returned to the site of their ceremony, which had gone all blue and gold in the sunset light. I LOVE this photo of them, the moon just behind, and the magical light of evening blasting across from the mountains.
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The Nines Hotel was the elegant backdrop to a well planned and beautifully executed wedding for Tiffany and Jon. These two poured their hearts into the planning and they hired good people to make sure it worked.
Many couples put a great deal of worry and angst into putting a wedding together… there are lots of “rules”, it seems. One of those is that so much of your photography needs to be staged so that it’s just right. Hah! I say. Sure, pose the family groups and take some special time with the romantic portraits but beyond that, wouldn’t you like to live your wedding day? To be in it together?
A good photographer will be able to bring home all of the unscripted pieces… the real life fun, the flurry of emotions and all of the little bits that you may remember only after seeing the photographs. It’s the one drawback of being the center of attention… you really do miss parts of the day. If you are fully engaged in your wedding, the pictures will bring it all home for you.
It’s been a gas getting to know these two… they tease the best out of each other and that was on display at the reception. They have Corgis I haven’t met yet but I do feel like a part of the family already. ;0)
Kudos to the Nines Hotel for the high level of service and none of this would have worked without Molli at Soiree… she is one of Portland’s finest event planners!
Francoise Weeks was the floral designer… her style is legendary.
If you are getting married soon, make your plans and be sure to include some room for unscripted fun… it will make all the difference.
Jamie Bosworth Photographer
Courtney and Kevin had a lovely ceremony at the gorgeous Peninsula Park in Portland and during the perfect time for the rose garden to be in full bloom, the smell was amazing, truly! I met Courtney over at an adorable Air BnB in Portland where she got ready with her mom and sister. Courtney’s dress from Anthropologie was so perfect for her, as well as her very delicate bridal hair accessory also from Anthropologie. I LOVED Courtney’s bridal bouquet! the oranges, pinks and peach colors were a perfect blend.
Their wedding was so personal to them, they had their close friend officiate and their closest friends and family join them to celebrate. After the ceremony, we went to Plaza Del Toro where they had their reception. Courtney has a calm and cool way about her making everyone around her feel important and it was so nice to see how she and Kevin gave each of their guests individual attention to show them how special they are. Because the night is young and they did not have a traditional first dance, they moved the party to a downtown Portland 90’s dance club called Jones Bar! What a blast! In true Courtney and Kevin fashion, this evening was off with a bang and everyone got on the dance floor!
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“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is
to live as if there were none.”
– Albert Einstein
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