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The Octagonal Barn at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

The Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Octagonal Barn is a wonderful location to consider for your wedding day celebration.  It’s rustic vintage charm is perfect for those cozy intimate gatherings of friends and family.  Some couples choose to marry inside the barn while others use the barn simply as a backdrop for an outdoor setting.

The octagonal shape lends itself to a more creative reception layout with the dance floor central to the festivities.  Late into the evening, we setup this romantic moment with the couple for a more dramatic crescendo to the evening.  The light levels inside the octagonal barn are quite low, allowing a seasoned wedding photographer to creatively play with light for heightened effect.

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Miles is nine. His mom was getting married and he was to have a tuxedo for the very important job as a member of the wedding. His excitement ran high that April afternoon, including wanting to get dressed many hours too early… when it was time, his mom steered him through the special buttons and the always cool cuff links. His tux fit very well… something that doesn’t always happen with the young guys.
 He wore it with style and confidence… the very definition of élan. He wore it like he was born to it.

The day started to roll and this kid, the only one at the wedding, was the epitome of a perfect guest. I was happy to watch him engage with everyone like a grownup… he kept up his end in a way that I would love to see more often.

During the toasts, his was solid and emotional and heartfelt enough to bring some tears around the room. Later, as the dancing ramped up, he was invited to run a song with a stint at the dj’s table… happy as could be, disco lights vibrating all around him.

My many thankings to the delightful officiant Melissa Coe, a perfectly coordinated party by Soiree, and the magic floral art of Francoise Weeks… pretty much a dream team assembled at the Allison Inn and Spa.

Working with a group of consummate professionals always makes my job easier. 😎
Jamie Bosworth Photographer

One of our favorite locations for an engagement session is the Columbia Gorge.  There is a stretch of road that follows along the Gorge that brings you to a number of waterfalls that are just a short hike from the road.  This enables us to capture a number of stunning locations in a relatively short period of time.  We typically meet couples at Horsetail Falls to begin the session about 2.5 hours before sunset.  We then work our way along the Columbia Historic Highway stopping at locations like the Oneonta Gorge, the iconic Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, and spots in between.  We then work our way up to the Vista House at Crown Point just as the sun begins to set for some final dramatic images to conclude the evening.  Columbia Gorge engagement sessions take full advantage of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  The lighting is dramatic and the settings are absolutely stunning.

To see more of our work, please check out Portland wedding photographer Paul Rich Studio.  Our photography studio is conveniently located in NW Portland and we are happy to serve you throughout the Northwest and beyond.  In fact, if you are planning an epic honeymoon or vacation and want to treat yourself to the ultimate photographic experience, check out our latest offering My Traveling Photographer.

Iceland took me by surprise.  I was expecting to love the landscapes, but they quite literally took my breath away and crept into the deepest parts of my soul.  The rough, craggy coastlines were my favorite–I felt my Scandinavian blood happily responding to the black sand, high cliffs, booming waves, snow and ice.  Few places in the world have felt so friendly, home-like, and yet utterly wild to me.

While driving down the rustic highway toward a beautiful black-painted, perfect-for-weddings church, I spotted the towers of this rock castle in the distance.  The next morning, Sarah and I ran back along the moss and cliffs, dress and veil in-hand, and this is what we made.  The birds obliged us with a few cameos as they whirled above us in the wind.

I’m reminded of wild princesses, castles, and ancient things.  It barely felt real to be there, lost without a sense of placement in time.

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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!

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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.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.  We always welcome specific image requests.

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)

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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.

Make sure to check out additional highlights from this Cornelius Pass Roadhouse wedding on our wedding photography blog.  To see even more samples of our work, please visit Paul Rich Studio.

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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.

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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)

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Let’s make some history!
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Engagement Photography Toasting and Celebrating

“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.

Let’s go have fun. Get in touch with us about wedding photography and videography!

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Bride and groom depart their wedding day in a limo

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.