You Were Here :: PQ in Print

I wrote this piece for the photography issue of NW Kids Magazine (out now!). I chose the topic because it is one that is very close to my heart. I loved writing this. The process reminded me how much I love writing, and I feel energized to do more of it here. My big business goal for 2012 is to be a better blogger. Okay, that is not my only business goal, but it is going to take some priority, and declaring it right here seems like a good idea. I would love your help. Though I can see just how many of you visit this site each day, week, and month, and it is an astonishing number, almost enough to scare me silent, but not quite, I don't get a lot of feedback. I would LOVE for you to leave a comment, give me your reaction, tell me what you would like to see more of. Got something you want to hear me blather on about? Let me know. Oh, and also, think I blather on too much? Maybe you want me to shut up and just post photos, well actually I don't want to know that. But you get what I'm saying, right? I want to hear from you. You are hitting this blog from all over the world, tell me what brought you here and what will bring you back for more. I have a handful of posts in the works, but I would love to hear what you would like to see (and read) here in the future. 
Don't strain your eyes trying to read the article here, click on over to their site and check it out. While you're over there, check out my Q&A on their blog, you know, if you want to see read more of me blathering on. Wow, self-deprecation probably won't make you want to come back for more, huh? I'll work on that.
Happy weekend!

Encourage Your Young Photographer! :: Portland, Oregon Child Photography

(You're going to have to click the image to enlarge it enough to read.)
When Melissa Favara contacted me for her article in Metro Parent’s July issue, I was delighted!  I love her column (Going Places with Ramona), and was honored that of all the family photographers in Portland, Melissa's editor suggested she talk to me.  How fun it is to see my name (and "sage" advice, ha!) in print, but even more fun is seeing Franny's.  She was so excited when I read it to her this morning; first she said “Posy Quarterman!” excitedly, but when I read the part about herself, she exclaimed “Franny? Franny!”  Melissa’s phone call came with perfect timing because just a few weeks beforehand, I had given Franny a camera to run around with.  In one of those we-live-for-this-moment parental moments, all snuggled up in my arms, Franny declared:  “Mama, when I grow up I want to be a ‘otographer like you.”  How could I not get her started?  Though in all honesty, she received her first camera just after she turned 2, one of those “indestructible” made-for-kids cameras.  It stunk.  The quality of photos was so lousy and it stopped working after a few months.  So now she’s walking around with a pretty decent point-n-shoot, and I have to say, I think she’s creating some mighty cute images!  See for yourself…
Her self portraits are my favorite, though the little vignettes of her world are pretty awesome too, and I just LOVE that photo of our shadows.  I followed my own advice and let her do her own thang while shooting - no direction from Mama, I promise!  (She's 3 1/2, if I gave her direction she would just go do the opposite thing anyway!)  Maybe I'm biased, but I think she's a good little 'otographer.

We picked up this book, Quincy the Hobby Photographer, at St John's Booksellers.  It is a guide to becoming a dog photographer and Franny loves all of the goofy dog photos inside.  I think she may have found her niche.