I have always held tight to the idea that some day the children I photograph will be grown, and will have these treasures to hold in their hands, to trigger memories of their parents love for them. And I knew there was/is this whole population of children in our country who will have huge chunks of their childhood without photos with their mamas. Being able to change that - even if just for these 12 moms and their kids - well that’s a hard one to put into words, but it felt very easy, and natural to do it.Read More
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Never have I met a kid under two who could roll their eyes, but ask June Shirley's parents to kiss each other and she will show you one hell of an eye roll. She can also throw shade that would make an angsty teenager jealous. Luckily for her parents, June balances out all that 'tude with heavy doses of love and hilarity. One thing this kid isn't missing is personality. I think you'll agree...
I met Kate, Jason, Lottie, & The Beast, just after they relocated to Portland from Amsterdam. Sadly for Portland, they have recently returned to friends, family, and life in Europe (really, who can blame them?!). Before their boxes were packed and shipped off, we met at their Portland home to capture a little bit more of what their life looked like while they lived stateside. As much as I hate to see Portland lose this great family, I am thrilled that their departure means I have an excuse to add Amsterdam to my 2017 travel agenda...
Spring Break in Santa Barbara with my dad, his lady, some of our closest friends, and one big pelican. As Walt Whitman would say: We were together. I forget the rest.
Angie and her amazing family agreed to be a hashtag authentic family for my live session at this year's Field Trip ; my only complaint is they were WAY too easy on me! I'm not sure the people in my class learned anything from me because I barely had to work to capture their magic. I'm so grateful for all the incredible people I have been able to work/hang/connect/hug/dance with thanks to Field Trip. And, of course, to EVERYONE who has ever trusted me to let down their guards and be themselves in front of my lens. I love all of you, truly.
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. - Mother Theresa
HEY PORTLAND, we need to talk. Or rather, I need to get something off my chest and I hope you'll listen. I LOVE YOU. Like really, my heart belongs to you. I keep hearing people complain about how much Portland has changed, and all I can say is, the heart of this city is the same. I firmly believe that and as long as I do, I'm yours. But, I also love seeing other places, connecting with people in different lands, and packing up my family and bringing them along with me when I can. I especially love knowing that when I get back home I'll be in the city I love most. What I really want you to know, my dear Portland-based clients new and old, is I am here for you. I take the scheduling of my away-time seriously, making sure to be available to my people (YOU) all throughout the year; I try not to be gone more than once a month during the first half of the year, and I've made sure to plan to be here solidly from mid-July through the end of the year with only one or two long weekends away. So if you're thinking you want to book a session with me but I'm probably too busy, not here enough, gotten too big for my britches, well nothing could be further from the truth. I'm here. I'm not too busy (especially this time of year, wink wink) and I would LOVE to have you on my book for 2016. You dig? Good. Moving on...
Nebraska workshop has beed moved to Colorado (see details below)
New York, NY June 17th (1 session left)
DC-area June 21 & 23rd (2 sessions available)
Richmond, Virginia June 22nd (1 session available)
Anywhere between Spokane, WA to Sandpoint, ID July 3rd (1 session available)
Missoula, MT July 8th (two sessions available)
Boston, MA July 21-22nd (two sessions available)
Portland, ME July 22nd (one evening session available)
Boulder/Denver, CO September 26th (workshop)
To register for a workshop go HERE. To book a family session email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I took a class from the immensely talented Naz Melconian through the Define School recently in an attempt to challenge myself in a new area, as well as a method of keeping myself photo-active during a slow time of year. I thought I was just doing something fun, for me, but I should have known better. My approach to telling this family's story through video was not very different than preparing for a photo session, but the outcome feels so different. It fulfills me in a different way. Not better, just different. So consider this your official PQP PSA: I've been bit by the video bug. I plan to incorporate video into my offerings in the near future. I hope you agree that this is a good idea, because I am really excited about it.
When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a teacher.
When I was in middle school I wanted to be a photographer.
When I was in high school I briefly wanted to be a cop (what?!) but mostly wanted to be Annie Leibovitz.
When I was in college and working an office job my co-workers referred to me as "The General" because I guess I'm a
little bossy natural born leader.
And now I am a working photographer who also gets to teach people sometimes. It's pretty cool. More than pretty cool, it's a motherlovin' dream come true. Well my dream anyway, the one I hadn't completely formulated but worked my bum off to get to and once I found myself here I was like OH YES this is it. Annnnyyywaaaaayyyz... I've been meaning to share about my upcoming teaching/learning opportunities and I'm a bit of a list maker, so here goes:
Photo Field Trip (which if you're wondering what it is all about, this video does a damn good of conveying the vibe) - happening in just over 5 weeks in Santa Barbara, California. I'll be teaching a live session coupled with a talk about creating space for magic in family photography. Here's the description, for those of you (like me) who like the meaty details: Unscripted magic moments occur between parents and children as a natural part of their daily lives. But making space for those sparks to fly in front of your lens – in the short time you spend with a family – is what this class is all about. We will discuss how to run a thriving family photography business that fulfills your needs as deeply as it does your clients. We will cover finding the right clients for YOU; connecting to your clients; building relationships and trust; setting a mood, and preparing clients (and yourself) for easy-going successful sessions (and attempting to avoid some of those dreadful “worst-case-scenarios”); and keeping your perfect-for-you clients coming back for more! Life is naturally beautiful, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to WORK to capture that beauty authentically. This class will delve deep into the prep work leading up to a lifestyle family session, and then we’ll prove it works by shooting one.
Omaha workshop because I go where I am desired, and apparently that's the midwest! We'll be in a barn-turned-studio for the workshop, but also running around the surrounding 26-acre farm, and in addition to all the talking we'll do, I'll be shooting a family session AND there's an option for a dinner and discussion add-on with Ashley Crawford who is kind of a film superstar in the area.
AND because I like to challenge myself and I love kids and curiosity and crafts, I'm offering a week long photography summer camp this July through Vibe of Portland. I am all kinds of excited for this one. If you've got a kiddo between 4-7 grade with an interest in photography, click on that link over there and check it out!
This One's for the Mamas 2.0 will be going down in Santa Barbara in late March. More details to come soon!
So what if you really want to learn with me but can't make it to California, Santa Barbara, Portland, or elementary school? Well then how about you join me online through the Define School classes I teach!
One more place to send you: HERE you can read reviews of all of my workshops by actual attendees who were not paid or bribed or promised anything other than my eternal love for writing their reviews.
I think that's the most I've written in a blog post in a long time. I need a cup of tea now. Or a cookie.
You welcomed new members of your families, said goodbye to beloved pet, moved into new homes with fresh painted walls and big windows, showed me many places I had never seen (both in my own backyard as well as up and down the West Coast), and most importantly, invited me into your world where we laughed often, cried sometimes, and together recorded some of life's most beautiful moments. Thank you never feels like enough; I could not be more grateful for you, my beloved clients. xo, PQ
Will you stay in our lovers' story If you stay you won't be sorry 'Cause we believe in you Soon you'll grow so take a chance With a couple of Kooks Hung up on romancing
I met up with Misty, Adam, and sweet Everett, on what was to be the last sunny day before the wettest winter in 75 years was to hit Portland. We hopped in their pickup truck and headed out to their family Christmas Tree Farm, where we promptly planted ourselves in a cove of firs for snack time (toddlers = forever snack time!). After we hunted for the perfect tree, we headed back to their cozy and festive home for some cookie baking a story reading. This gorgeous sunny morning kicked off the holiday season for me, and I couldn't be more grateful to this family for inviting me in to capture this sweet tradition.
sending warmest winter wishes your way,
In August of 2014 I reached out to Hannah and Kelty (otherwise know as the forces behind The Weaver House) because I knew I wanted to photograph them. We had some mutual friends, I had followed their work, and their Instagram feed, and I couldn't sit by imagining anymore, I needed to make something happen with these ladies. And because sometimes the universe winks a magical nod in my favor, they responded by telling me they'd just been talking about hiring me. They might have even used the term "kindred spirits" in their initial reply. So we scheduled a family session, and then we rescheduled approximately 100 times, because LIFE got in the way it likes to. But in yet another instance of magical timing, when I did finally get my camera on them (and their girls, and their menfolk), it was on what ended up being our last warm and gorgeous October evening, one that would have made Anne Shirley swoon. I drove home from that session thinking that if I hadn't just created some of my best work, I was going to have to question my future as a family photographer.
You can decide for yourself what you think, but I'm pretty damn pleased with these results.
It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?
-Anne of Green Gables
Five friends from all over the country come together for a stormy weekend at the Oregon Coast and make pretty pictures together. The end. But really it's more of a beginning, because spending four days with brilliant, funny, incredibly talented and inspiring women, and producing images like this, together, well that just can't be a one time thing.
Oh and this photographing women with film in beautiful locations, this has to keep happening as well.
I have. I have a reason. I have a reason to be sad. Here is a reason to be joyful. A grass turf. A striped day. But, most of all, this girl.
~ Kenneth Koch The Great Breaking of Hearts at the Hotel Lambosa
xo, PQ (& Jack, who provided the words for a post about his girl)
Seeing as how I just shot the newborn session of the little nugget who appears in utero in this session, I figured I ought to share some of these first. I felt pretty dang lucky when I found out that these fabulous clients of mine were going to be visiting family in Santa Barbara at the same time I was there in June. So excited I forgot to check tide schedules when selecting the time of our session; we just about ran out of beach space and had to seek refuge on the property of a pretty fancy hotel across the street. We pretended we belonged there and nobody was the wiser. I love where I live, and all the fabulous people here, but it sure was fun playing in California over the summer. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings me (hint hint: I'll be announcing travel sessions soon!)...
I have wanted to photograph a family at the Sou'Wester since the first time I heard about it. I had a vision, but I couldn't seem to talk anyone into dragging their family two hours from Portland to be photographed in a trailer. Enter Laura. We met up earlier this year to discuss her idea for a creative retreat, which of course included a discussion about potential locations, and before breakfast was over we had this session on the books. And while we forgot to bring our hip vintage lawn chairs and tall boys of Raineer, I think we did just fine without them... Little Sienna Wren and her loving parents don't need any props (though come on, the backdrop WAS pretty rad, amIright?!)
So Archer, who's nickname is naturally Arch, photographed with his family (and let's be real, this is Archer's show and we're just here to be entertained), ahem, anyhow, doing this session at Arch Cape seemed meaningful enough, or at least fun, but when Alexis told me that they were at Arch Cape when they found out that the baby in her belly was a boy, boy number 2 (Bram), well then I knew we had to make this session happen. And then we decided on sunset, and a fire, and s'mores, and well aside from poor Bram being a tad on the chilly side, it was an absolutely perfectly wonderful exactly-what-I-want-to-do with my Saturday evening, photo session.