I have been dreaming about capturing sweet Yvie since the day I met her at the Farmer's Market three summers ago, when she was just a wee babe. I knew her parents, Travis and Nicole, through the neighborhood (and their fabulous watering hole Leisure Public House), and I'm certain I dropped some pretty big loud hints about wanting to photo them. But as with many good things, they take some patience, and so you'll understand how delighted I was when I heard from Nicole over the summer, that they were ready to book their family session. We met up at their home shortly after Miss Yvie celebrated her third birthday, on a perfectly gorgeous summer evening; we read stories, played with their kitten, Dolly, romped around their lovely yard, drank fancy cocktails (bonus to having bar-owners as clients!), picked flowers, played with Dolly some more, Yvie and I became besties (she is a serious little love bug), and we all just soaked up the end of summer. I could not have dreamed up a better session if I had tried. xo, PQ
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!
Stay wild. xo, PQ
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.
I love this session for it's casual authentic beautiful real everyday lifeness (spell check says that isn't a word but I'm going with it). This is how Sukey and Cork, and their silly cute kids, Jack and Addie, keep themselves busy on those lovely long summer evenings, and I love that this is what they wanted captured and recorded: pictures of their summer memories.
Summer rituals: after-dinner strolls to the neighborhood park, splashing in the fountain, a backyard family jamboree, ICE CREAM, tree climbing, sun coming through the windows long after bedtime... these are the things that we hope are burned in our children's memories. They are what give summertime that extra spark of magic. And it is these beautiful bits of the everyday that I love to capture; they are the ordinary-yet-extraordinary moments that I strive to see, record, and savor. And this here evening in August, in the home/yard/park of Archer B. and his adoring fan club, was just the right mixture of familiar and exceptional. Summertime magic in every sense of the word folks.