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Oh man do Kelly and Adrien have their hands full with Quinlyn and Reese, but luckily it is in the most fun (and adorable) way. These girls are as full of as much energy as one would expect from nearly-three-year-olds, doubled up in twin form, and with an extra shot of spirit. Their personalities are as unique from each other as their method of eating ice cream was (see below). Ha! I loved these girls and had so much fun photographing this sweet family in their home, and strolling through their neighborhood, on a beautiful summer day.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.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 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.comxo, PQ

happy '14

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To my dear clients, friends, and blog readers,

May 2014 bring you as much laughter, joy, thoughtfulness, and love, as you all shined on me in 2013. As a thank you, and a fun way to kick off the first quarter of the year, I'm offering a $50 discount on all sessions booked in the next 14 days, to take place by 3/31/2014 (session must be booked and deposit paid by 1/14/2014).

Happy new year!

xo,

PQ

 

the westwoods: bubble up. kiss. crush.

 

The Breyer Horses Hannah played with as a child. The swing in Ryan's playroom. Miso the cat. The family music room.  Hannah's dad, gone but oh so present.  The Westwood skipping path. Chad's love for his girls. Oh yeah, and did somebody say retro sodas and rootbeer floats? Dang that was a fun at-home session!
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Although I know I shouldn't be, I am compelled to tell you that the moment when Ryan reached up and hugged on her dada just under the picture of her mama doing the same to her own father, well that one just happened. It's true I hollered out for them to hold it so I could throw myself on the floor and capture it. But how could I not? It's one of those things that would have felt cheesy if I'd created it, but when it happened on it's own, well that was a magical moment right there.
xo, PQ

staycationing

Every summer Peggy, Eric, Aiden, and Anslee take a little staycation at the Lake Shore Inn in Lake Oswego; This year they invited me along to document this special tradition for them. We climbed on rocks at a local park, told age-appropriate jokes, blew bubbles onto the lake, and swam in the pool. Oh and the kids taught me the Meow Meow Dance! Two hours of magic summer evening light, laughs, and loads of LOVE.

Ruby Jane

 

Oh Ruby Jane, I looked into those big eyes the first time I met you, when you were just three months old, and I saw a special spark. You are indeed a little firecracker; a girl who runs fast, a girl who replies "NO WAY!" when asked to comply, a girl with those qualities that challenge your parents, but will work in your favor as a grown woman: independence, strong will, and conviction. I am lucky to know you, Ruby, and I adore that you make me chase you throughout our entire sessions. For it makes the end prize all that much sweeter. Sure I let you wear my sunglasses and play with my toy camera, you may even think you had me beat, but oh no, my dear, your parents and I, we got what we wanted out of you that day at the park: authentic images capturing your incredible spirit. So thank you, sweet Ruby. And Danny and Emily, thank you for inviting me into your world once again. I cannot wait to see what Baby Boy has in store for us when he arrives! xo, PQ

Everybody pile on MOM!

The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. ~Jill Churchill, "Grime and Punishment"
My daughter's preschool Mother's Day gift (a terrarium) came home with the above quote attached to it and I loved it, so I'm sharing it with you today. To all the moms, mommies, mamas, ma'ams, mothers, muthas, and baby mamas out there, I wish you a peaceful tantrum-free day. I hope your kids are easy on you today, and maybe, just maybe, you can get a little nap in this afternoon. Well that's my goal for the day anyway, whatever yours is, I hope it is met with joy and happiness in your heart.
Happy Mother's Day!
xo
PQ

colorful grays

What can I say that I haven't said before? I love them. But yeah, I've said that before. Let me say it again: I love these dear friends, a lot
The Grays just get better with each babe they add to their gang. I am so grateful that I get to document them regularly, and feel lucky to bear witness to their amazing love and awesome togetherness.   
Sweet, yes indeed. I should probably show you the photo that follows, the one where the girls are yelling at the ducks.  They are fiery, these Gray girls.
It just doesn't get better than completely spontaneous dance parties. I don't remember what prompted Memphis and Odessa to bust out their Beyonce-inspired moves, but I am ever so glad they did!
These girls, they can be apprehensive, particularly of the camera. But something happened between our last visit and this one, and they just turned. it. OUT. Memphis, who has been described by her mama as "all business," completely let down her guard with me and gave me so much of her natural self that weeks later I'm still feeling all squishy about it.  Memphis Ella Merritt Gray, the biggest of the big sisters; I've known her since she was just a few months old, when Tiffany and I met in a group for new moms.  She and my girl rolled around on the rug next to each other, and Memphy gave my camera the stink eye. I'm telling you, serious business this girl. You can't really blame me for loving her a little something extra. 
 Raleigh "Roo," looking a little bigger (okay, a lot bigger) than the last time I saw him.
364 days apart, these girls, and even closer in their hearts.
Can we get a resounding "STUNNING!" amidst the chaos that is three children?!
Thanks for letting me and my camera into your world again, Gorgeous Grays.
I do love you five.

Welcome Raleigh! :: Portland, Oregon Family Photographer

 You know that fabulously colorful family splashed all over the entry page to my website? They recently added a new bird to their nest, Raleigh Asa.  Little Raleigh made these folks I adoringly refer to as the "Gorgeous Grays," into a family of FIVE, when he entered the world on Cinco de Mayo.   I think somebody's got a lucky number...

 
Love love LOVE you Gray Family. 
xoPQ