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One of the best things about this job is the chance to look back, to look in the rear view mirror. Many of my wedding clients go on to make scrumptious families and I get to watch them grow. It’s a slow process and if I work with someone fairly often, it isn’t as evident to me until I start putting pictures from the different times side by side.

Stephanie and Lee have been a favorite couple of mine… there is such an easy grace to their relationship. I saw it on the wedding day and in the planning beforehand and it continues as they raise their two rambunctious daughters.

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The first one laid the groundwork for a couple of years before the second one came along. This latest session was a fine example of fully present parents and charming children with just enough wild in them to make life good.

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If you haven’t considered keeping your favorite photographer on hand to document your family every now and then, you might want to think about it. Every photographer in the My Portland Photographer group does beautiful work and it’s not always weddings. I know we have been wedding-centric since we started this blog in 2009 but in 2017, we are going to be posting some of our other work here, too. Families and babies, sure, but we also do head shots and senior portraits and the like. People photography. ;0)

Onward to the New Year… it’s time to leave 2016 in the rear view mirror!
Jamie Bosworth Photographer

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Sarah and Tom started their wedding day on their family’s land near Salem, with a beautiful ceremony under the tall trees strung with lights and fabric and chandeliers near the house.  A handful of their closest family witnessed.  After their vows and lots of hugs were exchanged, we hopped into the car and drove out to Henline Falls and the Opal Creek Wilderness for a hike and photo adventure.

The path to Henline Falls was framed with golden trees and autumn color everywhere.  At the waterfall, recent rain made for a thundering cascade and blowing mist.  I love how Sarah’s veil and dress is blown by the gusting wind coming off the water as it tumbles down.  I also pulled out my GoPro for some half-underwater shots, and the one below makes me grin–their faces perfectly tell about the COLD COLD water!

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Allison and Lisa have been planning to get married in the summer of 2017 but when the political climate made a drastic change back in November, the couple opted to move things along and plan a wedding within 3 weeks.  With a tight timeline of getting married before the end of the year, Allison and Lisa immediately got to work.  I am fortunate enough to know Lisa through her business Pounce Play and Stay.  Her deluxe cat hotel is located next door to The Bridal Loft, where we had maintained our photography studio for over 6 years.

So, it was a unique honor to have the opportunity to capture Allison & Lisa’s wedding day celebration.  They were surrounded by their closest friends and family members as they exchanged their vows in a park that was walking distance from their home.  Everyone gathered around for the very intimate ceremony.

We captured portraits with everyone present and encouraged all the guests to head back to the house to warm up and enjoy some food and drinks.  I spent some additional time with just Allison and Lisa and captured this fun portrait of them in the park.  Given the time of year, it was the perfect setup for a portrait of them together.  How exciting that they get to enjoy the holidays this year as newlyweds!

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.

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It was a late September Friday at Portland’s Multnomah Courthouse. Downtown was all twisted up with protestors of many stripes… it was starting to get kind of aggressive so we decided against doing the family pictures in the park. Security let us in a little early and after we all got through the metal detectors and got our shoes back on, we headed upstairs with permission to shoot our groups in the hallways. There was a marble staircase with interesting light … wide enough to pose the full crowd of about twenty and, of course, smaller versions per family.

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These families were full of mischief and it all started coming out after we had finished our more typical group poses. At every turn, there was someone else with a glint in the eye begging new pictures. I’m sure we were laughing too loudly during parts of this.
This is Scott’s brother, the Ringman… you can tell how shy he is.

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Lucile’s Dad is French. He was carrying a large camera and he and I managed to compare gear without another common language… that was fun!

Then their judge called them in to get married… this lovely little parade danced and laughed down the hallway… so many smiles!

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Courthouse weddings can be a trial unless you can bring an open mind to the whole thing. At the end of the day, two lovers get married in a sometimes sterile environment… I think it’s up to everyone to bring a true heart to the day. That’s when the good stuff happens.

Jamie Bosworth Photographer

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On a glorious late-summer afternoon at Gorge Crest Vinyards, Jennifer and Chris joined with their friends and family for a spirited celebration of their marriage.  Jenny stunned us all in her sleek wedding gown, and Chris looked oh-so-dapper in his black tux and wingtip shoes.  Mt. Hood stood out across the valley, beautiful clouds gathering as the afternoon went on.

Red, gold and ivory accents jumped out from the surrounding greenery.  Their cake, covered in red roses, accompanied pie for the ultimate dessert table.  The bridesmaids wore flowing red dresses, and the groomsmen wore red ties.  Seldom have I encountered such elegance at an outdoor wedding–Jenny did an incredible job of bringing all her details together.

There was so much laughter through the day, and I loved capturing their families and friends chatting over wine and amazing food as the sun sank into twilight.  The toasts were both funny and incredibly touching.  I left with a full heart and a face that hurt from smiling.

 

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Bride and groom celebrating their wedding day at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, OR

We absolutely love photographing weddings at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, OR.  There are a number of locations throughout the hotel to host your wedding ceremony and reception and they all have their own personality and style.  Christina & Ian chose the Billiard Room for their wedding ceremony and the Governor Ballroom for their wedding reception.  They hosted one of the liveliest most active wedding receptions of all time so it was only fitting to capture a large group photo of the couple surrounded by all their wedding guests.

Typically a large group portrait like this is captured immediately following the ceremony but due to the logistics of the day, waiting until the wedding reception made more sense.  Thanks to the assistance of Cindy and her team with Encore Events, we were able to capture this image in record time.  A ladder was brought out onto a stage area as guests gathered around the couple.  We quickly captured the image and Eric with All Wright Music immediately had everyone up on the dance floor to kick the celebrations into high gear.  And the party and celebration went well into the evening.  It was definitely the party of the year.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.  We take great pride in assisting couples plan for their wedding day and are eager to share tips and tricks on how best to maximize your investment in a wedding photographer.

Infrared Wedding Photograph at Columbia Gorge Hotel

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
~ Maya Angelou

The Columbia Gorge Hotel provides the perfect landscape for infrared photography: blue skies become a deep black and lush greenery transforms into snowy white. The resulting images are surreal and yet they are still rooted specific moments and memories. In my experience, being present in “all things” as Maya Angelou encourages is often about opening yourself up to a new perspective.

Let me know what you think. Send us a message over at Atelier Pictures Wedding Photography.

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Infrared Wedding Photograph at Columbia Gorge Hotel

Atelier Pictures Engagement Photos in Portland

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I couldn’t help myself from revisiting the fun couple featured in my previous post… You’ll notice that they exuded their same fun-loving, joyful personalities when we photographed engagement portraits in downtown Portland.

Check out more of our engagement sessions in our Atelier Photography Portfolio. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Oregon Golf Club wedding photographed by Portland wedding photographer Paul Rich Studio

We recently photographed Lindsey & Michael’s wedding at The Oregon Golf Club.  The weather that weekend was quite stormy with high winds and intermittent rain showers.  However, there were periods of time throughout the day when the wind would subside and the rain would stop and we made sure to take advantage of every moment of that.  During the wedding reception, as the skies calmed down a bit, we stepped outdoors to capture some late day portraits.  To make the image more dynamic, I placed a strobe behind the couple that was wirelessly controlled from my camera.  It has quickly become one of my favorite pieces of gear to use on the wedding day as it enables me to modify and shape light in an extremely quick and efficient manner.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.  We are excited to announce that we have re-located our photography studio to NW Portland in the downtown area.  If you or someone you know if looking to hire a Portland wedding photographer, please contact us right away.  2017 is booking up quickly and we are accepting a limited number of wedding assignments.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer
www.craigmitchelldyer.com
503.513.0550


Lake Tahoe is one of our favorite places, for both work and play. It’s definitely not a disappointment to travel there for a shoot. Heather and Jerry were married on the shore of one of Tahoe’s more secluded beaches, and for the reception we set off across the lake by boat. To see more images from this wedding, visit a sneak peek album on Facebook.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer
www.craigmitchelldyer.com
503.513.0550


We always do our best to find interesting angles and compositions when shooting weddings. At Tammy and Ronald’s wedding at the World Trade Center, we snuck up to the skywalk for a view looking straight down on the ceremony. To see more images from this wedding, visit a sneak peek album on Facebook.

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Portland weddings abound in September. I’m sure it’s partly because the weather is a bit more predictable… also might be because the flurry of summer schedules is coming to a close. In any case, this is the time of year Portland’s wedding photographers are seeing some of the work start to stack up. Whenever I have a queue of brides and grooms lined up, I try to send out a couple of teasers to make the waiting a little easier. These went out this week to three great couples who had September weddings. Not only do they have to wait their turn, they also have to wait for me to take a short honeymoon… how’s that for tables turned? ;0)

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Hanna & Caitlin are proud members of the Lan Su Chinese Garden so it made perfect sense that their Portland wedding take place there. The Lion Dancers are incredible!

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Tracey and Michael had an intimate day starting at Cathedral Park and moving to a cozy and sumptuous feast at The Dekum Firehouse… of course, everyone will enjoy the story of the pole dancers that day… they were wonderful about letting us get the wedding done before setting up their rig in our line of sight. I am amazed that they can do what they do!!

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So Lucile and Scott had to do a work around the street protesters, the riot police and the Malhuer vigil… it was supposed to be a simple Friday afternoon courthouse wedding in downtown Portland… we did some sweet pictures but I wish they were taking me with them for their Paris wedding this weekend… she is from France and most of the small crowd spoke no English… it was a blast trying to talk to her dad about our respective cameras. ;0)

I love my job… it’s rarely the same twice.
If you’re getting married, I can guarantee you a good conversation about what to expect!

Jamie Bosworth Photographer