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Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you
~ Paul Simon

In January I had an email from a bride of mine… she said she was ready to make a wedding album. She said she wanted to make an appointment to come make some image choices. All of which is a very normal sort of email to come across my desk. Except, she got married in 1994. Waaay back in 1994. 

It was all film, of course, and she and her love got married in one of the darkest churches in town on a January afternoon so there were challenges to start with. She had given away or lost her proof books so the only thing left to work with were her negatives. Lucky for her, I had archived those negatives. It will be a challenge but we have started the process and I will talk about that another time. For now, there is a more important conversation to be had.



Here’s the thing… I’ve archived the negatives and the digital files of all the weddings covered in my career. That means if you got married with me or had a family portrait session, unless you have already gotten them from me as a few have done, I still have your images.

This winter, one of the bigger projects in my home office has been to get rid of the extra layers of stuff that have accumulated over the years… we’ve had a major shredding festival and have emptied out cabinets and drawers to pare it all down to things we might still need. Pretty soon, that clearing will include client negatives and the large collection of CDs with early digital files on them. Film was from 1985 to 2004 and I always retained the negatives. In digital, my clients didn’t get files until about 2012 or so. It’s just time to free up some space… downsizing in place, I guess.

If your memories are important to you, I’d like to help you connect. Please feel free to get in touch because I can’t keep them forever.

I have a new email, by the way… jamie@bosworthstudio.com
Jamie Bosworth Photographer

It’s around this time of year that I begin dreaming of being in a warm tropical location.  While the temperatures remain low and the sun barely graces us with her presence during the day, why not choose a warm destination like Mexico, Hawaii, or even the Caribbean?

Guests have an opportunity to vacation and relax while simultaneously being a part of your wedding celebration.  The memories last a lifetime and the experiences are unforgettable.

Let’s head south and capture your unique wedding celebration.

Destination weddings in Mexico and beyond | paulrichstudio.com

It sure seems like it sometimes, though. 😎

Maia married her Ben at Cooper Spur Resort on a bright hot August day. For those of you from other parts, Cooper Spur is a rustic resort on the northern flanks of Mt. Hood… the drive out is completely Oregon whether you come over the mountain or up from the Columbia River Gorge.

The guests spent the weekend here… soaking in that relaxing pace. When we drove up, the first ambassador was a pint sized youngster with a pixie face… she ushered me in to meet Maia’s parents. It was a great start to a perfectly Oregon wedding!

Over the next hour or so, you could see people heading to their cabins to clean up and change into their party clothes… DJ Dan Moe was setting up for the ceremony and our intrepid officiant, Melissa Coe was out under the trees doing a mic check.

The ceremony was a marvelous prelude to the party… when everyone walked back to the big lawn, they found all sorts of things to do! Among other things was a DIY photo booth, complete with a selfie stick. You could order a Moscow Mule at the bar and watch a few rounds of Giant Jenga. There were flip flops for anyone tired of shoes. There was a pair of old wooden skis to sign in lieu of a guest book… coloring book and bubbles for the littles.

After dinner and toasts, pie was served and the dance floor filled up… off to the side, a shotski was raised. That was a first for me. ;0)
And in one corner of the tent, a table was set for making your own S’Mores… a perfect way to wind down in that twilight of mountain air.

Jamie Bosworth Photographer

District East is Southeast Portland’s newest venue and event rental space that can easily be customized to fully realize the vision for your event.  Mix in beautiful decor and rentals from Barclay Event Rentals, stationery from Crave Design, and floral from Crystal Lilies for the table tops.  Then, add some accent lighting and wall splashes from Greenlight Creative to truly customize the space.

Schedule an appointment to view District East for your upcoming wedding celebration.  To see more of our work, make sure to visit Paul Rich Studio.

Blogging is something you have to have the time to do if you want to do it well. Apparently, I ran out of time in June. ;0)

Don’t get me wrong, I have a mountain of cool weddings and sweet family work to write about… 2017 was a good year for great clients and it was well paced which should have given me the time, right? Looking back, I’m realizing that there were some dark forces getting in my way… not just the daily run of the mill stuff, either. My husband faced down a major surgery in June… the results were excellent but the early parts of that ride were scary. My only sister is caught in the rabbit hole that is dementia. We aren’t sure which kind it is yet but it is becoming increasingly evident that she is in trouble… a very bitter pill to swallow considering that she has always been confident, articulate and artistic. Losing those parts of her is heartbreaking and she lives too far away for me to help much. Probably the biggest daily obstacle, though, has been my inability to tear myself away from the headlines this year. The train wreck in our nation’s capitol has been and still is banging around inside my brain and it leaves me no choice but to stay informed and involved.

So.
Life goes on. People are still getting married and having beautiful babies, lawns are still getting mowed and the moon rises and sets on schedule. I plan to blog several weddings in the next month or so… I don’t want any of you to think I have walked away from this work. It’s too much fun to be a part of it!

Say goodbye to 2017 and let’s put our best selves out there for the coming year, ok?
Jamie Bosworth Photographer

Fall weddings in New England are the absolute best.  The colors are absolutely breathtaking.

We flew out to Concord, NH a couple of weeks ago to capture Sarah Jane and Ken’s wedding celebration amongst the most incredible backdrop of fall foliage.  It was a treat to witness their special day and a wonderful opportunity to once again experience New England during the finest time of year.

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

I absolutely love to travel for my clients.  This month, we are in Kansas City for an engagement session, Post Falls, Idaho for multiple family portrait sessions, and Concord, NH for a wedding.

For this Kansas City engagement session, we went to the Boulevard Brewing Company, to begin the session.  It is the location of the couple’s wedding reception.  We wanted to capture some images that they could use for their Save-the-Date cards.

We then worked our way over to the Liberty Memorial to capture some sweeping views that overlook the city.  We began walking back to our car, when I noticed a nice row of trees backlit by the setting sun. It made the perfect idyllic setting for a portrait of the couple enjoying some time together.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.  Our photography studio is conveniently located in downtown Portland, OR.

Multnomah Falls engagement session by Portland wedding photographer Paul Rich Studio

By now, you have probably seen many of the heart breaking photos of the Columbia Gorge. It saddens me greatly to know that the raging inferno was caused by the careless behavior of a teenager lighting off fireworks during the peak summer months.

Having driven cross-country three times, I can honestly say that the Columbia Gorge Highway is some of the most scenic and beautiful stretches this country has to offer. The landscape is unlike any other part of the United States. It lures travelers from all over the world to witness its beauty and it is currently on fire. The fire has scorched thousands of acres of beautiful lush greenery.

I feel incredibly grateful to be among the fortunate who have hiked throughout the Columbia Gorge and enjoyed the many waterfalls like the iconic Multnomah Falls. I am frightened by the idea of what it may look like now. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph a number of engagements and weddings in the Columbia Gorge and to have captured images like these that showcase the true beauty of the area.

It’s moments like these that remind us of the power of photography. To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.

 

Newlywed grooms celebrating their wedding ceremony on the Portland Spirit

Weddings on the Portland Spirit are always unique.  Guests board the vessel and work their way to the top deck to be seated for the wedding ceremony.  Within moments of departure, the wedding ceremony begins as the ship makes its way along the Willamette River.  Toward the end of their wedding ceremony, the newlywed grooms celebrated their love with a dove release.  Accompanied by both of their mothers, wicker baskets were opened to release the doves into the air.  As the doves filled the sky, they joined up with each other and flew home.  It is such a unique experience to witness in person and quite memorable for guests.  Make sure to check out Bright Eyes Doves to learn more about this unique experience for weddings.

Following the wedding ceremony on the Portland Spirit, guests headed to the lower level for cocktails and dinner.  Guests are treated to a wonderful meal, gorgeous views of the Portland skyline, and a fun evening aboard the ship.  When considering a venue for your wedding celebration, make sure to consider the Portland Spirit.

To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.  We are accepting a limited number of weddings in 2018, so make sure to get in touch with us soon.

 

 

Laura and Andy met me at the trailhead for this gorgeous waterfall, Falls Creek Falls, early on a bright, summer morning.  Andy hiked ahead of us, so Laura could surprise him in her wedding dress at the waterfall.  We took our time, enjoying the glorious turquoise water and forest as we made our way the two miles up to the top.

It was an emotional ceremony–they read their vows to each other and the officiant told stories.  Laura wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, that her mother had also worn, the lace crinkly with age and stories of its own.  After the ceremony, we went to the upper tier where the sunlight burst through and bathed us all in golden sunrays.  This photo is still my favorite–long exposure, showing just how huge Falls Creek Falls is.

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Irini & Athan held their Greek wedding at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in NE Portland.  Following Greek traditions, Athan and his immediate family members waited outside the church for the bride’s arrival.  Irini arrived with her family in a very stylish 1956 Pontiac.  The bride walked with her family to greet the groom and his family.  Athan handed Irini her bouquet, and the couple processed into the church for the Greek wedding ceremony.

Irini and Athan are very close with their families and wanted portraits with all their immediate and extended family members.  We captured a photo of the newlywed couple with all their cousins which ended up being a group portrait of about 50 individuals.  Following the portrait session at the alter, we stepped outside for some additional portraits of the couple.  The ’56 Pontiac is a vehicle that has been in Irini’s family for a long time and carries with it a lot of history for the family.  It only made sense to capture some portraits by the car and this image of the couple kissing is among our favorites from the day.

Congratulations to Irini and Athan and a special thanks to the entire Whitney Werts Events team for coordinating such a wonderful event.  The day was flawless.

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.

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

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