Give me a Sunset Wedding on the Oregon Coast any day! Karen and Mark had a very intimate wedding at Otter Crest Lodge and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Karen and Mark chose their destination wedding to take place on Oregon’s gorgeous coastline and on the most perfect day. Coming all the way from Missoula Montana, they took a chance in hopes the coast would really shine that day and seriously we couldn’t have asked for a better weather day for the coast. As all of us know that are from Oregon, this can be a hit or miss on weather. Although I truly think the Oregon Coast is GORGEOUS any time of the year, they lucked out and got exactly what they had hoped for. Otter Crest has a gorgeous rocky beach and its one of my faves for sure. They had a lovely ceremony on the cliffs and gave me plenty of photo time during sunset to get some truly magical imagery. These two are so in love and it really makes my part of the job really easy, simply to capture that love on film.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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!!
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!
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
— A.A. Milne
With nicknames like “Honeybee” and “Raybear,” it’s not hard to image this amazing couple having a sour wedding day. But as A.A. Milne reminds us so simply in the quote above, great beauty can manifest from the spirit that you bring to your experiences.
We had an absolute blast shooting Heather and Jerry’s waterfront wedding on Lake Tahoe. The ceremony was held on the beach, and then we boarded a yacht for the evening reception. Here’s an overview of the ceremony.
The central coast of Oregon is my favorite. Just far enough from Portland so the mad crowds of Lincoln City and Cannon Beach stay pleasantly north, this stretch of coastline has so much to offer. Rocky, craggy coastline, old-growth forests, churns and blowholes and seacaves, happy little cozy towns, and scenery galore.
Jessica & Daniel flew in from Texas to get married in Yachats, and brought a small group of their family and best friends. After a beautiful, windy ceremony out on the shoreline, they all sat down for dinner at the local restaurant, Ona. We went out for a photo adventure once dinner was over, sunset blooming into turquoise and rose colors. I loved watching Jess walk across the rough terrain in her Chacos, utterly unphased by the landscape. High tide crashed behind them, in dramatic swells and splashes. Such a glorious day!
Mt. Hood Organic Farms has one of the most incredible views of Mt. Hood, which makes it an amazing choice for couples who love the outdoors. Eddie and Heather were blessed to have the greatest people around them on their wedding day AND a brilliant sunset to go with it!
Atelier Pictures loves shooting at Mt. Hood Organic Farms. Let’s talk more about Photography + Videography. Contact us to set up a consultation!
A huge thanks to everyone else that helped to make this wedding a success:
Wedding Ceremony at Mt. Hood Organic Farms
Wedding Reception at Mt. Hood Organic Farms
Coordination by Cassandra Cass
Catering by Cultivate Catering
Floral Design by Cut Flowers for you
Hair by Coreen Collins
Make Up by Coreen Collins
Wedding Photography by Atelier Pictures
Let’s face it. Hiring the right photographer to capture your wedding day is a significant decision. For this reason, we have compiled a list of discerning questions to help you find the wedding photographer that is right for you.
- There are a lot of photographers in Portland. Why should I hire you?
- What is the most challenging/difficult situation you have handled while photographing a wedding? How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
- What do you do to improve the quality of the work you provide to your couples?
- Every photographer processes and handles their images differently. What level of retouching and enhancement of the photos is provided on the full resolution images? For example, if I wake up with a cold sore on my wedding day, will it be removed from the full resolution files I receive? Will it be removed from the images that are in my wedding album?
- What steps are taken to ensure no family members are missed during the formal portraits? What steps do you take to minimize the amount of time it takes to capture those portraits?
- How do you feel about the use of Pinterest to convey a look or style I am hoping to achieve in my wedding photos?
- While photographing my wedding, what do you do to make the work of the DJ, florist, wedding planner, etc. easier?
- How often do you calibrate your computer monitor? (This ensures color accuracy in your wedding photos and should ideally be done somewhere between 1-3 months).
- What steps do you take to ensure your files are backed up properly and that your CF/SD cards do not fail on the wedding day?
- How important do you feel it is to visit the ceremony/reception site(s) prior to the wedding day?
To see more of our work and to have the opportunity to ask us these questions, please contact us at Paul Rich Studio.
Alicia and Jeffery’s wedding was held at The RiverPlace Hotel in Portland. After the ceremony, we took a walk along the river bank and down one of the docks. Completely unplanned, a large group of rowers on the dock raised their paddles and created an archway for our newlyweds to walk through, cheering them on. To see more images from this wedding, visit the sneak peek album on Facebook.
As the sun lowered in the sky the evening of Rachel and Lee’s wedding, gorgeous rays of light poured in through the windows of the Exchange Ballroom and lit certain spots on the dance floor. There was a perfect moment when the bride and groom danced into one of the areas of light and we were able to capture this photo. To see more images from Rachel and Lee’s wedding, visit a sneak peek album on Facebook.