mother's day with the dimoffs, year 2

Maybe you'll remember that Kati and I spent last Mother's Day together, driving for seven hours to shoot film of each other's families in gorgeous (and slightly splintery) hills in Washington? It was fun and beautiful and entirely exhausting, but in the best way. This year... well we just didn't have it in us. We concocted some plans that may or may not play out next year, but Mother's Day 2014 found us at Portland Nursery, where we bought a wagon's worth of lovely succulents, luscious ferns, a few smelly herbs, and some fancy flowers. We casually snapped a few photos, took the kids out for ice cream, and then ditched them with the dads and went to a movie. It was really a wonderful low-key day.

Thanks to Kati for these last two images (and all the other super lovely shots you captured)! So excited to have some updated profile page photos!

mother's day adventuring with the dimoffs

My favorite Tuesday morning coffee date, Kati Dimoff, and I hatched a super plan for a photorific Mother's Day adventure: we'd meet early for coffees and sugary treats, load the kids in our cars and drive for nearly 4 hours to a super windy location in the Yakima Nation, rolling hills covered in tiny prickly grasses that cause invisible tear-inducing splinters, and shoot film of each other's families looking happy and beautiful. Fool proof plan, right? And yet, it worked! We vowed to each other via texts the night before that we would have low expectations, and that we wouldn't loose our patience with our kids -because what ruins Mother's Day faster than feeling like a crappy mom?!  So sure, we spent most of the day driving, but we were powered by sodas and cured meats and the ultimate driving playlist (compiled by none other than the Queen of the Mix Tape herself); we ate taco salads at a cheesy roadside Mexican diner, stopped to consult maps, examined a headless horse skeleton and baby coyote carcass, and even found an abandoned shack covered in caterpillars which required some serious investigation. Our kids and husbands [mostly] cooperated with the photo taking, there was minimal crying, only minor injuries, and Kati and I truly enjoyed ourselves. I'm fairly certain we'll make it an annual event, though maybe next year's location will be just a tad closer.

I wasn't brave enough to just shoot film, so this a mix of digital and film (and one iPhone shot there at the end, because come on, they're just so cute!).  Make sure you click on over to Kati's blog to see her pics too!

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!

Mother's Day Mini-Session LOVE :: Portland, Oregon Family Photographer

The day before Mother's Day, 2011,  19 mothers, 3 grandmothers, and 34 children celebrated their love for one another, and, lucky me!, I got to capture it.  The good times took place at the lovely Mississippi Treehouse, with music from the talented Miss Tylena Fairy Funk Mother,  cupcakes by Frost, the Art of Custom Cake, coffee from Mr. Green Beans, and gorgeous flowers from Emerald Petals.  The mamas received gifts from local businesses including Ruby Jewel Ice Cream, Jet Clothing, Jane Cowan Facials & Waxing, and a number of artists who sell their goods at the Treehouse!  I am so grateful to all the awesome business owners who jumped on board to celebrate the mamas!
Despite sideways rain, harsh-bright sunlight, gusts of wind, and yes, hail, we managed to get everyone outside, happy and beautiful!  The day was exhilarating and I was high on motherly love for days after.  And though I love individual photos from each mini-session for all their personality, joy and spirit, this one below makes me laugh the hardest.  It might just be my favorite photo of all time (for this week anyway!).  Much love to you mamas! xoPQ