butterfly beach (and a little trespassing)

Seeing as how I just shot the newborn session of the little nugget who appears in utero in this session, I figured I ought to share some of these first. I felt pretty dang lucky when I found out that these fabulous clients of mine were going to be visiting family in Santa Barbara at the same time I was there in June. So excited I forgot to check tide schedules when selecting the time of our session; we just about ran out of beach space and had to seek refuge on the property of a pretty fancy hotel across the street. We pretended we belonged there and nobody was the wiser. I love where I live, and all the fabulous people here, but it sure was fun playing in California over the summer. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings me (hint hint: I'll be announcing travel sessions soon!)... 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.com

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raising up nine

Sometimes the hardest posts to write are the sessions I loved the most; This is definitely one of those cases. Bee contacted me through Instagram about booking a session when we were on our California road trip in June. She told me she had 9 babies (NIIIIIINE) and wondered if that would be too much for me. She said all kinds of wonderful things about my work, and then she said the magic words: "I kinda love the crazy and different so even dressed in what they choose and not even looking but just being in the frame doing whatever kinda speaks to my heart..." (she also told me she had a daughter named Posie, so yeah: sold, sold and SOLD).

We met at their home in Los Gatos, California on a hot-as-blazes kind of afternoon. Baby Otis napped, while sweet Meme gave me a tour of the house, and Posie flipped me all kinds of sass, that made me grin from ear-to-ear. I have never in my life interacted with someone with the same name as mine and it was an interesting experience indeed, but she absolutely owns the name and has the perfect personality to accompany it. She made me proud in the two hours I was with her, and she isn't even my kid. Ha!

I could draft paragraphs about each of the nine children. Truly, the thing that I took away from this session more than anything is that raising nine incredibly kind, respectful, funny, and unique people is entirely possible. I'll be honest, I expected this session to be chaos and hard work, and while it's true we may have temporarily "lost" one of the children (side eyes to you, Amos), overall the afternoon we spent together was completely enjoyable. I am in awe of this family and their seemingly effortless bond. I was honored to be invited into their world and asked to capture it. I sure hope I did them justice.

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xo, PQ

 

the sweda family of santa barbara

Kelly and I met at  Field Trip last year, well that's not quite right, we "met" in InstaLand sometime the year prior, but became true friends after spending some real time together. Because she and her darling family live in Santa Barbara, they were a natural choice for me when I was considering a live family session for my class this year. I also liked the idea (from a teaching perspective) of working with a dynamic family, one with step-children and half siblings, ranging in ages from 4-14,  in a location I had never worked, under the bright hot California sunshine (alright, so I could have lived with less overhead sun, but we dealt with it). And lucky for me (and all the rad peeps who signed up for my class) they were totally game for driving into El Capitan Canyon and casually having their family portraits made in front of 40+ strangers. I wasn't sure how that would all go down, but I'd like to think these photos don't show anything other than a beautiful loving family in a gorgeous area of California. And while I would also like to take credit for that, at least some props are owed to this crew, because they were just completely relaxed and up for whatever I threw their way. And for that (and the pizza Will made me a few nights later, but that's another blog post) I will be forever grateful. Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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and so my love affair with all things California continues...

california road trip sessions

Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com Our family is hitting the road after school gets out and driving down south, and back north, and stopping in between at a variety of beautiful places and friends homes, and.... I'm offering up a handful of sessions along the way, because, well how can I pass up the opportunity for family photos in Big Sur, or Yosemite, the Redwoods, LA, or my favorite place in California, Santa Barbara?! We'll be making pit spots in other pretty spots too like San Luis Obispo and Sonoma. I can only offer 1-2 sessions per location, so they'll be first come first serve. The fee is $850, includes all the edited digitals and a set of 3.5x5 proof prints, and is due at the time you book. I am stupid excited over this, I hope some of you are as well. Wahoo!

mother & daughter session in maryland

I met up with Cara and Catherine on the gorgeous and peaceful grounds of the school little C attends and big C works for. Just look at this school's little corner of the world and tell me it doesn't make you want to move your family to Maryland?! Ours was the last of my East Coast travel sessions, and was just what I needed after four whirlwind days in New York. There really isn't much I can say about this beautiful and loving little duo that the photos don't say for me; so without further adieu... 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.com

xo, PQ

julie and her berkeley boys

I've known Julie most of our lives, but hadn't seen her since she moved to the Bay Area after college. I was thrilled when she asked me to spend a day in Berkeley documenting her and her boys. Sadly her husband came down with a stomach bug that morning and missed the session, which I guess is the downside to tightly scheduled travel sessions. I have to admit I was the teensiest bit nervous about shooting teenage boys; thankfully they were mostly game, as game as teenagers are going to be for getting followed around by their mom's old friend and her camera. Ha! They were actually completely polite to me, hilarious with each other, and perfectly loving with their mama. 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.com

xo, PQ

central park in june

Ali and Gray met in NYC when Ali was in med school there. Fast forward seven years and now they live in Portland, with three kids and a cat. We get together once a year to capture the craziness that is three small children under one roof, and I always laugh as hard as I work at their sessions. This year when Ali heard I was offering sessions in New York, she decided to book flights for ALL FIVE OF THEM just so she and Gray could be captured in the city where they fell in love. How crazy cool is that?! I was beyond flattered when she told me. And we had just as much fun in Central Park as we have had in previous years around Portland. Posy Quarterman Photography, www.photoposy.com

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xo, PQ

PS- did you spy the squirrel?

summer in the city

My feelings for New York are complicated; I was born-but-not-entirely-raised there; I spent all of my childhood summers in New York, but I consider myself an Oregonian; My father has lived and breathed NYC for all of his 60-something years; New York is in my blood, but I don't often feel like I belong there. This family, however, they are NEW YORKERS. Living in Tribeca just blocks from Battery Park City, where we captured these images that make me smile more every time I look at them. Thanks to the magical internet, by way of Instagram, Susan found me when I announced travel sessions earlier this year. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her and her incredibly spirited family on one perfectly New York summer evening. Enjoy! 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.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

xo, PQ

the barkers (formerly) of brooklyn

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xo, PQ

amy grace

If you know Amy Grace you'll understand why I am struggling a bit to write this, and really wishing I could channel her spirit and gift for words (or just have her write this herself!). If you don't know Amy, just stop right now and go take in her words and marvel at her beautiful images, give yourself time to really absorb it all. No really, go ahead, I hope to see you back here in a few hours.

Amy is a force: a force of love and kindness, with a great depth of authenticity. Amy is the real deal.

You know how you follow people online for years, you "know" them through social media, but you've never spent any real life moments with them so you just don't really know them. And then you meet them and they are all the wonderful things you hoped they'd be and then some? That's what meeting Amy was like. She picked me up from the airport with her sweet shaggy-haired boy in the backseat, and I liked her instantly. I had already liked her, actually, but now I knew I'd been right all along. By the end of the afternoon we spent together, picking her bright-as-sunshine daughter up from summer camp, eating yummy bowls of spicy Korean beef together, driving around the sloping hills of the Marin Headlands, and romping around a fancy hotel room in San Francisco - telling stories, sharing secrets, getting to know each other, and laughing A LOT - I loved her, and her two children who are somehow completely their own people while also being perfect clones of their mama. Three pieces of one heart, these three. I am better with loves on my team of real world friends.

xo, PQ

 

 

seattle grays

As far as I'm concerned summer begins on the first day of June and doesn't end until I've packed up the sandals, which hopefully is some point in mid-October (have I mentioned I love summer?!). Professionally, this summer has been made up largely, or more accurately, in part, with travel sessions, and these kicked off on June 1st in Seattle with the amazing Gray family (who also happen to be photographers, which is like extra sweet icing on top of the cake, or something better that doesn't give you a toothache). Melissa and I put our heads together about what would most authentically represent a day-in-the-Gray-life and came up with so many fun ideas we decided to do our best to check as many off the list as we could. And we did. PJs, eggs benedict, stories, snuggles, gardening, park/lake/ducks, a romp through the forrest behind their home, and a picnic tossed in there for good measure. And it was all things wonderful and beautiful and worthy of the this-is-why-I-do-this feelings. And this, my friends, was just the first day of summer. I have SO much more to share with you (I'm pretty sure I still have some spring to blog, but let's just pretend I didn't say that...). It has been one helluva summer and it isn't even close to being over yet (shush!). I'll be back soon with more. And a big announcement. Wahoo! xo, PQ

have camera, will travel

Farrington_0007_20131110 I want to come see you. And I've already got a few things in the works: Santa Barbara next weekend (eep!), though that's for fun and education and spiritual walks with llamas and this. That ought to satisfy the immediate need to experience a little adventure.  But, as far as travel set up with family sessions in  mind, I'm currently working on Seattle in May, DC area in late June, and Houston in late spring.  I want to see the cities that hold your hearts and photograph you in them. I want to see the streets you walk down, your backyards and favorite neighborhood destinations, your farmers markets and beaches. I want to see if you're as big as they say you are, Texas. I want your palm trees, California. I want your rolling hills, Montana. I want to see your mountains, Utah. Oh and hey, Fayetteville, Arkansas, I want to see if you're really the Portland of the South. But what I really want to see is the unknown. I want you to show me what I don't even know I want to see!

Where else should I go this year? You tell me! (preferably in an email: posy@photoposy.com).

So, let's make this happen, shall we?

xo, PQ

UPDATE! Travel dates and locations have been selected. You can find out more here.