shoshana and her colorful crew

Shoshana is a mama, attorney, photographer, and all around goddess, living in New York City, who just happened to find herself and her cast of characters, ahem, I mean family, in Portland last summer; And even better, they asked me to capture their magic while they were here. I know, I am just beyond lucky. ANYWAY, because I'll be seeing two-thirds of these peeps at Field Trip later this week (whoop! whoop! happy dance), it feels like the perfect time to share this session.

xo, PQ

winter break

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xo, PQ

archer's farm

I've heard a thing or two about this Don Kruger fellow, but according to soon-to-be-big-brother Archer, this is his farmland out on Sauvie Island, and well, I'm inclined to believe the kid. Just look at the way he owns it! Seriously though, these folks... Just look at how Andy looks at Alexis, or how Alexis laughs at Andy, or Archer and Alexis's matching silly expressions. They. Just. Slay. Me.

I have no doubt the next little member of their family will have loads of personality, and I can hardly wait until early winter when I get to meet him and capture their family as four. Eep!

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Stay wild. xo, PQ

liz, emme, & edward

The evening before this session Liz and Emme attended a memorial service for Liz's best friend, Emme's "uncle" Edward, who had passed away suddenly and far too young. Edward loved plaid, especially Burberry, and he was never without a hat on his head (usually of the fedora style). I didn't know Edward, but these are the things I gleaned about him during my time with Liz and Emme on this evening. That, and that he was very much loved. The plaid buttons Liz and Emme wore for our session were made by one of Edward's friends in tribute to him, and distributed at his service. I wasn't sure if Liz would be comfortable with our session falling the day after Edward's memorial, but she felt good about moving forward and I'm so glad she did; I was concerned there would be too much sadness at our session to capture the joy and playfulness between this mother-daughter team. As it turned out the night prior had been one of celebrating a wonderful man, and these two carried that into our session, and in part brought Edward with them. It was beautiful to witness and I feel so lucky to have been able to capture these memories and this time for them.

xo, PQ

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spiderman's family

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I could write many paragraphs about how much I adore this family. Jacob and Franny went to preschool together last year, and are thick as thieves; sometimes they're going to get married, sometimes they're brother and sister, always their love for each other is fierce.

This wasn't a Halloween-inspired photo session. Jacob isn't even dressing up as Spiderman for Halloween (he's a clown, as is his dad, Ruby is a lion, Susan is the ring master. Seriously, this family is rad.) Spiderman came to the photo session because Jake is almost always at work, and on this day, he was working as a super hero. The first time I picked him up from school for an after school play date, he told me in a completely matter-of-fact fashion that he was employed by the Coast Guard as a deep sea diver, it was hard work but he got to be in the water all day so it was alright; he used to be a fire fighter but he was fired after he was found eating mac-n-cheese when he was supposed to be suiting up for a fire. He had really let his coworkers down. Oh man, get this kid going on his coworkers and you'll be entertained for hours. When he's working as a super hero he has a coworker named Medical Pants. She wears no pants, but you can't tell when she's flying. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. But Jacob can. And boy do we love him for it.

And Ruby. Oh Ruby. The first time I saw her face, and those eyes, I knew I was going to have to get her in front of my camera. She's as feisty as her brother is imaginative, with just the right amount sass to go along with that darling face. She's rarely seen without at least one baby in her arms ('not sure how we ended up without any at the photo session) and she doesn't tolerate any guff from the big kids. She's one of those kids you just want to scoop up eat when you see her, but you learn quickly that she's much tougher than those sweet curls imply. You've got to work a little to earn Ruby's trust, and that's just as it should be.

I'll spare you the additional paragraphs about the parents, because I think you can tell by these images, and just how incredible their kids are, that they're doing this parenting thing just right. I feel pretty dang lucky to have them not just as clients but as friends too.

xo, PQ

 

karissa and her crew

For five years I've been photographing this lovely family in the fall; we're always well bundled up, and often dodging rain clouds. After last year's session Karissa said One of these days we're going to do a summer session with sunshine and overgrown fields and bubbles... Jump to one morning the following August and, done, done and done!

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But, ahem, it's fall now, and it's fuh-reak-ing amazing out. If this is how October is going to be then October is going to be my favorite month. Hello, Gorgeous. I know we can't be sure how much longer it will stick around, but I'm shooting for the stars and hoping it lasts through the first half of November. I know, I know, but a lady can dream, no?! I've still got a few openings on my calendar for November so if you are dreaming of foggy mornings, colorful leaves, sweaters, boots, flannels... and maybe dodging rain clouds with me (I'm really good at it!), give me a shout and let's make some fall magic happen.

xo, PQ

jenn

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This is not my first or even second session with a parent diagnosed with a life-altering illness. I hate that it is getting easier. It is such a mixed bag of emotions, both wishing I wasn' t having to do it (in that, I wish the cancer wasn't there in the first place), and feeling so enormously honored by the request. I love that I can do this for people, I feel incredibly lucky to have this job, and I also know it isn't about me. This isn't my story, or my illness, and my job is to observe and document for them. And I love, love, that despite the looming illness and treatments, and all the unknowns of the future, these children of ours are just children, they come as themselves with no worries on their shoulders, and they don't allow us to wallow, because they need us to do our jobs.

These sessions sometimes feel bigger than others, more important, maybe because of the immediate threat, but really none of us know what tomorrow will bring. I know I've said it before, and I know you've all read someone's blog post, Facebook status, that Huffington Post article, or maybe you saw this post by Deb Schwedhelm, and I probably don't need to say it again but I'm going to anyway: put yourself in the pictures. Can't swing it financially? Fine, just hand the camera off. Be documented with your children. Give them something to hold in their hands when they can't hold yours anymore, because whether that day comes next week or in 60 years, it will come.

Stepping down from my pedestal now.

xo, PQ

 

not perfect, just perfectly YOU

I am totally down with thoughtfully outfitting the family, conjuring up dreamy locations, planning, primping, and prepping, as long as everyone is on board with all of that flying out the window when we add kids and Mother Nature to the mix. Children stick out their tongues. Busy parents forget to pack diapers. Potty accidents happen. Newly walking babies refuse to sit down. Sibling kisses lead to wrestling matches. Vintage dresses rip. Controlled chaos is the name of this game, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I mean, how boring would these photos be if everyone was just sitting and smiling at the camera, right?

What I mean is this: Do not be fooled by what appears “composed and collected”; remember the saying “there is more than meets the eye” exists with reason. Go ahead and plan your photo session, pick your style, give it thought, but please let go of your expectations for perfection. Real life is all about MacGyver-ing a diaper, re-fashioning ripped dresses, rolling with grumpy moods, looking beyond bumps and bruises, avoiding looming wasp nests (yup, that happened!), and children running wild and free. It’s the daily grind of being a parent. And I hope you can see in these photos, the great beauty in the mistakes and mishaps. Because when the sun sets at the end of the day, it's all about making memories.

xo, PQ

 

the gray gang announce: now we are six!

There are six Grays in these photos.

Tiffany, Shanon, Memphis, Odessa, and Raleigh are thrilled to be adding another location to their family map! And I could not be more honored to be spreading the big news right here on my blog. I have loved watching this family grow in the almost-five years I've known them, and I am so excited to witness and document more of their change.

We hit The Island this weekend for the Gray's annual fall photo session - there are many more gorgeous images to come- Tiffany thought up this cute idea for announcing their pregnancy, and well, how could I not get down with this?! So dear loved ones of this gorgeous gang, in case the photos and words have not already made it abundantly clear, here's the official announcement: come March there's gonna be a new Gray in town!

Two letters and a note on this first day of September

Letter Number 1: Dear Mother Nature,

Simply put, I will not go down without a fight. A kicking and screaming like a toddler being pulled away from Yo Gabba Gabba mid-episode, style tantrum. I'm not letting go of SUMMER just yet. It is September as of today, the month that means school, with all of it's images of pencils and backpacks, lunchboxes, little mary janes, plaid dresses and tights, (can you tell I've got a lot of little friends starting kindergarten next week?). September sends my brain straight from summer mode into fall, with its chilly mornings and evenings, leaves changing, and thego go go schedule of photographing gorgeous families... And I'm down with most of that, I welcome it actually, except the chilly part. I will not be wearing sweaters and boots just yet. Let us remember that the offical last day of summer is not the last day of August, or Labor Day itself. It isn't even the day all the little kidlets roll back into a M-F schedule. Oh no. September 21st is the last day of summer. That means I've got three more weeks of soaking up sun, wearing short sleeves and long flowy skirts without worrying about dragging the pretty edges into puddles. But you know what, Ms. Nature, I'm going to go ahead and ask you to go above and beyond. Because we didn't get summer on time this year. It really didn't feel like summer until late into July and it is already starting to feel like fall around these parts, so I'd like to put in a special little request that you just hold your chilly horses and stretch your summer business out into a warm, sunshiney, dry, fall. Here's what I mean: I don't want to see gray clouds and rain until late November. Got  it? I'm begging you to give us some goodness after you deprived us for the first half of this year.  Please and thank you.

Sincerely, Posy

PS- Please feel free to rain briefly and occasionally while the sun is shining, my unicorns love your rainbows.

Letter Number 2:

Dear Clients, Potential Clients, Anyone out there considering a family session before the end of the year...

You know how when it's still summer and the stores start to roll out the Halloween stuff, and then Halloween hasn't even come yet and there's Christmas stuff everywhere? Yeah, I hate that. Despite the busy-as-a-bee season that comes to family photographers this time of year, I try hard not to be all rush rush rush. I devour those blog posts parents write about slowing down. I love the idea of enjoying the present, and all that. I really loved this post about the "b-word." But it's hard not to get all "the sky is falling" this time of year. While on the one side fall 2012 will bring me a FIVE year old (and her epic birthday party), a Madonna concert in Seattle, and a wedding on a little Island in the San Juans, I can't help but think I'm going go from September 15th to December 15th in the blink of an eye. I'm going to do my best to slow it down and savor each little bit of it, but I'm also going to be realistic. My calendar is already filling up- I've got people booked into December and it's just today the first day of September. And I love that. I LOVE hopping from family to family and preserving their memories while they make them. I love hanging with families in their festive homes, meeting them in pretty locations, and all the warm colors that come in the form of sweaters, boots and leaves. I love the hustle and bustle of fall; I'd go so far as to say I'm good at the hustle and bustle. So while I don't like to put the pressure on you to even think about the word holiday, I do want you to remember that if you want a family photo for your holiday card, gift, tradition, whatever, if you want to get yourself and your sweet family in front of my camera before the end of 2012, then you best call or email me soon. Because you know what I hate even more than rushing you into the next season? Turning you away. That really blows. But I've also vowed not to over-book myself this year, I don't want to take my energy away from those who do make it on to my calendar in a timely fashion. So, with all of that said, the last day for photo sessions with a promised turnaround date before Christmas is November 18th. Please get this one little scheduling task checked off your to-do list soon, and then kindly move right back into summer mode. Oh and by the way, don't worry about your fall family session getting rained out this year, because it simply isn't gonna happen. I've had a little talk with Mother Nature and we're gonna be all good this year. Fall 2012 in PDX is gonna kick Summer 2012's buns.

Love, Posy

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This gorgeous family above? They're Vanessa and Tony, with their boys Collin, Wyatt and Cole. They met me out on Sauvie Island earlier this summer to document some family love, goofy smiles, and raucousy boy fun. I've said so much in this blog post already, I'll do my best to wrap it up now, but I wanted to give a little shout out to these folks for being awesome.  Okay, now it's off to the farmer's market with my family because it may be September but IT IS STILL SUMMER!

xo, PQ

documenting your NOW

Eleanor Rose will turn 5 next month. The month after that she'll start kindergarten. Last weekend she chopped off many inches of that lovely hair, after begging her parents for months. And I wouldn't be surprised if she looses a tooth soon too! But before any of these big changes went down, I met up with Eleanor, and her parents, Pamela and John, and captured their little unit of three.

tuesday morning special

 

Kati is snarky, hilarious, and a serial interrupter. Kati is also a talented family photographer living in St Johns, so technically competition right here on my home turf. We are different in as many ways as we are alike, so our pairing was one of those things where it could have gone either way, but luckily for me it went in the best direction: friends. This solo-entrepreneur gig is so, well, solo sometimes. Yes we get to connect with amazing people regularly, and for that we are incredibly lucky. But the work part, the time we spend glued to our computers staring at bright screens analyzing, comparing, and sometimes over thinking our process, that time is usually spent alone. And all the business decisions big and small, are made, for the most part, on our own. The ins and outs of the photography business world are navigated and absorbed alone. The frustrations, the sticky-tricky bits of running a business, and there are occasionally those even in this love-drenched line of work, those are especially nice to work out with someone else's input. And that's where Kati comes in. Actually, Kati isn't the only business owner I "work" with, nor is she my only photographer friend, but she and her sweet sweet boy Muller have been my Tuesday Morning Special for the last eight or nine months and I am so grateful for it. Our girls go to preschool together, and on that second day of the week, we head from preschool towards the nearest coffee shop, supply Mulls with sweet treats and toys, and then we dish. We interrupt each other. We talk with our hands. We swear occasionally and "ohmygawd I didn't tell you" even more. We celebrate our victories and hash out our mistakes. And in between we text each other, a lot. It's awesome. I'm sure it doesn't surprise you that I am not a lone wolf personality, which is why I consider myself lucky to be building up my pack. And really,drinking coffee and "talking shop" while watching this sweet boy nuzzle his mama's hair (his lovey), it's a win-win-WIN!

We recently celebrated the last day of preschool with a picnic out on Sauvie Island; Lola and Franny were too busy catching imaginary butterflies to end up in these photos, though Lols did jump in for a few mama-snugs...

xo, PQ