springtime in alameda

(psssst, do you see what happened right there? I got five pairs of human eyes and a cat looking at me at the same time, dudes!)

I love the way I was able to capture the beauty, love, and controlled chaos that is life with three kids under five. And that's all I'm gonna say because it's Friday and the sun is peaking through the clouds and I need to get myself outside to celebrate this first day of SUMMER!

Happy weekend, ya'lls!

xo, PQ


everett wayne


I don't have adequate words for how much I loved this session, this house, this baby, these dogs, this FAMILY. Everett Wayne and his strong armed Houdini-style swaddle escape tactics; Layla and Sonny, their big ears, curious eyes, and snorty snuggles; Adam and  his baby-whispering and dog wrangling skills, love of coffee and beer; Misty and her ease with this whole new motherhood thang, her green eyes and calm smile, and her familiarity  that had me walking away wondering Is she someone famous that I should be recognizing? That front window, those camellia bushes and cherry blossom trees, their movie theater seats on the porch,the  floral curtains, vintage camera, and record player, their comfort with me, as if we were old friends... see I told you, I don't have the right words so I'm just listing all the things that were tumbling around in my head as I drove home from this session all up on Cloud 10 and beyond.

Oooo but it's Wednesday, Franny Day around here, and before her episode of Blue's Clues ends I've got to hi gon this post, so I'll just leave you with my blissed-out ramblings and hope you get me, and don't just click away thinking  I've finally jumped the shark, or more accurately, the unicorn.

xo, PQ

blossoms for days

Blossoms for days, days I tell you! And while I could also tell you that I've just been following this girl around town as she happily twirls under all the beautiful spring blossoms, the truth is I have been depositing her in pretty places and promptly bribing her with ice cream, cookies, our friend's dog, just to let me capture her and all her Franny-ness among the beautiful flowers before they all turn to brown mush. It's true that she loves to twirl, so when I can tell she's about to start complaining I just shout "spin!" and then it's fun again.

Happy spring, ya'll.

xo, PQ