june shirley

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... Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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next up, amsterdam

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...

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fun & kisses

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. Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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2015 with you

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 Bestof15_001Bestof15_002Bestof15_003Bestof15_004Bestof15_005Bestof15_006Bestof15_007Bestof15_008Bestof15_009Bestof15_010Bestof15_011Bestof15_012Bestof15_013Bestof15_014Bestof15_015Bestof15_016Bestof15_017Bestof15_018Bestof15_019Bestof15_020Bestof15_021Bestof15_022Bestof15_023Bestof15_024Bestof15_025Bestof15_026Bestof15_027Bestof15_028Bestof15_029Bestof15_030Bestof15_031Bestof15_032Bestof15_033Bestof15_034Bestof15_035Bestof15_036Bestof15_037Bestof15_038Bestof15_039Bestof15_040Bestof15_041Bestof15_042Bestof15_043Bestof15_044Bestof15_045Bestof15_046Bestof15_047Bestof15_048Bestof15_049Bestof15_050Bestof15_051Bestof15_052Bestof15_053Bestof15_054Bestof15_055Bestof15_056Bestof15_057Bestof15_058Bestof15_059Bestof15_060Bestof15_061Bestof15_062Bestof15_063Bestof15_064Bestof15_065Bestof15_066Bestof15_067Bestof15_068Bestof15_069Bestof15_070Bestof15_071Bestof15_072Bestof15_073Bestof15_074Bestof15_075Bestof15_076Bestof15_077Bestof15_078Bestof15_079Bestof15_080Bestof15_081Bestof15_082Bestof15_083Bestof15_084Bestof15_085Bestof15_086Bestof15_087Bestof15_088Bestof15_089Bestof15_090Bestof15_091Bestof15_092Bestof15_093Bestof15_094Bestof15_095Bestof15_096Bestof15_097Bestof15_098Bestof15_099Bestof15_100Bestof15_101Bestof15_102Bestof15_103Bestof15_104Bestof15_105Bestof15_106Bestof15_107Bestof15_108Bestof15_109Bestof15_110Bestof15_111Bestof15_112Bestof15_113Bestof15_114Bestof15_115Bestof15_116Bestof15_117Bestof15_118Bestof15_119Bestof15_120Bestof15_121Bestof15_122Bestof15_123Bestof15_124Bestof15_125Bestof15_126Bestof15_127Bestof15_128Bestof15_129Bestof15_130Bestof15_131Bestof15_132Bestof15_133Bestof15_134Bestof15_135Bestof15_136Bestof15_137Bestof15_138Bestof15_139Bestof15_140Bestof15_141Bestof15_142Bestof15_143Bestof15_144Bestof15_145Bestof15_146Bestof15_147Bestof15_148Bestof15_149Bestof15_150Bestof15_151Bestof15_152Bestof15_153Bestof15_154Bestof15_155Bestof15_156Bestof15_157Bestof15_158Bestof15_159Bestof15_160Bestof15_161Bestof15_162Bestof15_163Bestof15_164Bestof15_165Bestof15_166Bestof15_167Bestof15_168Bestof15_169Bestof15_170Bestof15_171Bestof15_172Bestof15_173Bestof15_174Bestof15_175Bestof15_176Bestof15_177Bestof15_178Bestof15_179Bestof15_180Bestof15_181

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

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      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.

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      It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?

      -Anne of Green Gables

      xo, PQ

      butterfly beach (and a little trespassing)

      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!)... Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.comPosy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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      raising up nine

      Sometimes the hardest posts to write are the sessions I loved the most; This is definitely one of those cases. Bee contacted me through Instagram about booking a session when we were on our California road trip in June. She told me she had 9 babies (NIIIIIINE) and wondered if that would be too much for me. She said all kinds of wonderful things about my work, and then she said the magic words: "I kinda love the crazy and different so even dressed in what they choose and not even looking but just being in the frame doing whatever kinda speaks to my heart..." (she also told me she had a daughter named Posie, so yeah: sold, sold and SOLD).

      We met at their home in Los Gatos, California on a hot-as-blazes kind of afternoon. Baby Otis napped, while sweet Meme gave me a tour of the house, and Posie flipped me all kinds of sass, that made me grin from ear-to-ear. I have never in my life interacted with someone with the same name as mine and it was an interesting experience indeed, but she absolutely owns the name and has the perfect personality to accompany it. She made me proud in the two hours I was with her, and she isn't even my kid. Ha!

      I could draft paragraphs about each of the nine children. Truly, the thing that I took away from this session more than anything is that raising nine incredibly kind, respectful, funny, and unique people is entirely possible. I'll be honest, I expected this session to be chaos and hard work, and while it's true we may have temporarily "lost" one of the children (side eyes to you, Amos), overall the afternoon we spent together was completely enjoyable. I am in awe of this family and their seemingly effortless bond. I was honored to be invited into their world and asked to capture it. I sure hope I did them justice.

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      xo, PQ

       

      oregon coast family session on film :: a PQP first

      When Andrea requested I shoot their entire family session on film this year I may or may not have flinched and attempted to talk her out of it. For like a year. But we did it, and I'm pretty damn happy about the result; while embracing imperfections isn't really my jam, I am all about pushing people out of their comfort zone, so I've done my best to practice what I teach. It helps that I love these people, this location, and the look of film, but you know, I love these photos too... Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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      dimoffs on film :: yan fam way, pdx

      I recently had the honor of teaching alongside the one-and-only Yan Palmer at her Yan Fam Way, Portland workshop; and because she is a magical magnet who attracts other incredible beings, the workshop was hosted by one of my nearest-and-dearest Kati Dimoff, who also modeled for the workshop (in front of 12 photographers) and made it look effortless, because in addition to being smart, talented, and hilarious, Kati is also breathtakingly beautiful (as is the rest of her family, of course). I think that might have been the longest run-on sentence ever, but I haven't blogged in a hundred million years so we're just gonna keep going before I decide to scrap it and never blog again. Ahem, where was I? So not only was I beyond honored and thrilled to be invited as a special guest at Yan's workshop, I was excited to play with shooting film while there. I'm pretty dang pleased with the results... Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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      a super family session

      There are four things I want to share with you from this session. One: After Meg booked her photo session, she told me that her family's favorite thing to do on the weekend was FIB (Family In Bed), so naturally that is where we started. Not dressed up fancy sitting on top of a made bed, but as they normally are on the weekend, all cozy in jammies, reading and snuggling under the blankets. And jumping on the bed, of course.

      Two: She also shared that their eldest son was obsessed with all things Super, and as a result the family had acquired matching super hero capes, thanks to a very crafty grandmother. So yep, those were going to have to be included too!

      Three: Meg told me that she picked up my card at a Portland toy store, while visiting from San Francisco THREE YEARS AGO, and hadn't forgotten about me after they finally moved here. I mean, I don't even know what to say about that except, WOW. Thank you, Meg.

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      The last thing I want to share about this session is Meg herself, because I've re-read it at least ten times and I smile each time I do: Thank you for so miraculously and perfectly capturing the spirit of our family. These photos are a perfect reminder that we are just fine, and absolutely perfect thank you very much, exactly the way we are. I love that you captured that, not anything about who we are trying to be. For me, and for our kids, these will serve as a wonderful reminder to be just exactly who we each are. My friend has a hysterical amazing boyfriend who is always telling her "you do you, girl, you do you." Thanks for capturing the spirit of us doing us. - Meg, also know as "Super Mom!"

      Oh one more thing! Nordstrom asked me recently what I thought the best Mother's Day gift for any super mom, and I'll bet you can guess what I said...

      the sweda family of santa barbara

      Kelly and I met at  Field Trip last year, well that's not quite right, we "met" in InstaLand sometime the year prior, but became true friends after spending some real time together. Because she and her darling family live in Santa Barbara, they were a natural choice for me when I was considering a live family session for my class this year. I also liked the idea (from a teaching perspective) of working with a dynamic family, one with step-children and half siblings, ranging in ages from 4-14,  in a location I had never worked, under the bright hot California sunshine (alright, so I could have lived with less overhead sun, but we dealt with it). And lucky for me (and all the rad peeps who signed up for my class) they were totally game for driving into El Capitan Canyon and casually having their family portraits made in front of 40+ strangers. I wasn't sure how that would all go down, but I'd like to think these photos don't show anything other than a beautiful loving family in a gorgeous area of California. And while I would also like to take credit for that, at least some props are owed to this crew, because they were just completely relaxed and up for whatever I threw their way. And for that (and the pizza Will made me a few nights later, but that's another blog post) I will be forever grateful. Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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      and so my love affair with all things California continues...

      hugs & fish kisses

      There was this one time I hosted a workshop right here in Portland, and thought maybe, just maybe, nobody would sign up. And then eight wonderful women did; I crossed all my fingers and toes that I wouldn't stumble and fumble and mumble, and all around eff it up. And then the workshop day came and it wasn't just not horrible, it was wonderful, and easygoing, natural, and best of all, FUN. Well, for me anyway (hopefully those lovely ladies who attended would agree). This sweet family was nice enough to let all of us enter their home and pretend that's normal for a family session. Honestly my only complaint about them was that they were too easy on me! They barely made me work, which was precisely what I was supposed to be showing to the workshop attendees. But I can't really complain about a loving, fun, and relaxed family session, now can I? See for yourself just how darling they are...

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      I did feel the need to take a tiny breather mid-session, just to regroup and make sure I was doing everything I should; I snuck off to the bathroom only to be greeted by this pennant. YOU GOT THIS. I chose to believe that little green triangle.

      xo, PQ

      PS- I don't have any upcoming workshops scheduled at this point, but I am about to teach another round of Driving Your Business for The Define School. Registration is open now, and classes begin May 6th. If you'd like to hear what previous students of that class have to say, you can read reviews on this cool new site. Oh, even though I know I've already said too much, I also have to share my new page with info on all my teaching gigs here. Okay okay, that's it. Smooches!