our thirteen together

If you've read this blog for more than five minutes you know I am plentiful in favorites; I used to think it was impossible to pick a favorite, until I realized that favorites aren't exclusive. I don't have a favorite food, song, movie, pair of boots... you get the idea. So when I sit down to write a blog post I start nearly every one calling the family in the photos "my favorite" and then scratching it because YOU ARE ALL MY FAVORITE. And trying to narrow down a  year that was cram-packed with awesomeness, into a select handful of favorite images, well as far as I'm concerned, it just can't be done; keeping this one under 200 was almost more than I could handle. In the end, I'm sharing one hundred and seventy-something favorite images from 2013, yours and mine, ours together.


I will never be able to express enough gratitude to you for what you have all given me over these years together, so I'll just keep saying it every chance I get: thank you.

xo, PQ


That fierce mama love thing that happens the moment your baby is born, that thing that overwhelms and nearly hurts in its severity, that thing that suddenly fills holes you didn't know you had, that thing doesn't fade in the slightest as your kids hit teenage years, then their twenties, leave home, suffer heartbreak; their triumphs, their victories, and their suffering, constricts your heart as much as it did in the very first moment you set eyes on them. I learned this from Kristin, though she didn't have to tell me all of this, I just saw it in her eyes , in her laugh, in her LOVE for her children. I thought this post was going to be about a family: Zack's senior photos, his cute girlfriend, Kristin and Tim's love, their chickens and little dogs, and Zoe. Gorgeous, gorgeous, Zoe. But as I looked at these photos again I realized that in addition to how much fun I had with them, what I really loved about this session was Kristin. Mom. Mom carries it all in her heart and holds them all together.

xo, PQ

the rest of their gang

I blogged a while back with Eli's senior photos but failed to mention that I photographed his entire family that day. I don't think this post needs many words; the photos themselves reveal just how much fun these guys are.
not to be out-shined by the boys, I turned around to see this
Mark and his daughters, Jaeger and Keegan
Mark and Kessina
You know, posed portraits have their value, but this is where the true story is captured:

Eli :: Portland, Oregon Senior Portraits

Eli will graduate from MLC, my alumni, in June. Coincidentally, he lives in an apartment building  (now condos) where I spent much of my childhood. The teacher putting together the yearbook at MLC, Lewis, has been there since before I started nearly 30 years ago. MLC is not your average public school and Eli didn't want standard senior portraits. I won't risk sounding cheesy and call it kismet, but we were certainly a good pairing. He picked the spot, and I shot while dodging cyclists, and runners. We got heckled by a boat full of drunks. The sun shined. I'd call that a good way to spend an afternoon.
Yes, another session found me shooting through a bike. I don't think this will become my thing, I just happened to have back to back sessions with the request of incorporating a bike. Eli built this awesome Fuji Royale with his own two hands, and I felt it required some serious showcasing. I hesitated to post the photo here so shortly after the other, but I like this shot and I think he will too. 
Happy weekend!