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!
Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
Poor sweet Lottie was quite a "grumpy knickers" when I arrived, which I'm pretty sure is British for teething. But it was nothing a little nip, some snuggles, and a chance to play with her mum's makeup bag, couldn't fix (also, a dose of paracetamol helped, which is British for Tylenol, btw). Documenting your life sometimes means capturing the less-than-ideal moments, but in the end, I believe they are just as beautiful and worthy of remembering. I'm so pleased I was able to capture Lottie's range of emotions at this sweet age.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.
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.
A cute girl loaded with personality (and a love of books), her doting (and patient) dog, fall colors, an adorable baby bump, loving parents, and many, many kisses; I really couldn't ask for more.
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ~ Christopher Reeve
We've got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough. ~ Jack Johnson
The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. ~ Johnny Depp
It isn't fair to make this post just about Lily and her pup, Betty, because their doting parents are also incredibly lovely people whom I enjoyed my time with tremendously. But, I mean, come on, those two girls are clearly the stars of the show in their world.
77 sessions 10 cities 5 states 34,500 frames (approximately) 385 kisses (at least) 237 family members 12 new babies; 12 ice cream cones 10 tacos 9 donuts 2 lollypops 1 candy cane and >100 smarties consumed; 5 guitars strummed 3 tractor rides 2 ears pierced 1 father-son karaoke rendition of Ring of Fire, more noses picked than I'd like to remember, and an infinite amount of LOVE. 2014 made my head spin in the absolute best way, and it wouldn't have been what it was without all of these incredible people trusting me to capture their real beauty and true love. xo, PQ
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. - Fred Rogers I'm taking a winter break with the family, I'll see you back here in the '15. Wishing you all a merry little whatever-you-celebrate.
Here's a session from summer that I never did blog. Seeing as how it has a bit of a driving theme, and I'm getting ready to teach my second round of Driving Your Business for The Define School, well it seemed like a good a time as any to share this fun session.
Now please do me a favor and indulge me by letting me talk about teaching just for a moment (or don't, go ahead and click away, I'll try not to get my feelings hurt). When I signed on to teach this class, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I knew I had some things to say, maybe a few gems to contribute to fellow family photographers, but I didn't really give a lot of thought to whether or not I would enjoy the process. But OH did I enjoy it! And not just the writing of the class - though that was a fun challenge to embark on (side note: when I started writing I thought surely I wouldn't be able to fill more than a few pages with my "method." But when I finished, I had typed up something like 30 pages. I guess we know I've never been short on words, but I was pretty damn surprised and a little proud of myself!). Ahem, digression is something else I'm quite good at... What I really loved about teaching the class for Define was the community of photographers who I got to engage with on a weekly basis. I loved sending out the lessons and getting responses; working through questions, tackling specific problems, and sharing thoughts and ideas as a group. And I LOVED reading the student's assignments as they came back - seeing how they took my words/ideas/process and applied it to their own work. It was incredibly rewarding and I loved every minute of it. The online group forum created by Define allows everyone to interact, hash out ideas and problems together, and be "in class" in a way I hadn't experienced before. I really felt like I got to know a lot of the people in my class over the four weeks we were "together" and I feel like I grew from it as much as [I hope] they did.
But sheesh, enough of me talking about ME. Here's a few quotes from my students, just so you know I wasn't the only one who enjoyed my class. Ha!
This class has pushed me to create a very clear vision of the direction I want my business to go in as well as how to handle my clients so that we can all get the most out of our time together. It has given me the steps I need to take to create a better flow for my business and my approach with clients. I loved the personable way in which you presented information. It made it fun and easy to process but also got me thinking. You didn't just hand out answers but provided tools and opportunities to help us find what works best for ourselves and our business. You're a peach. - Lauren L.
I am so happy that I chose to take Posy Quarterman's class at DEFINE! Being knee deep in a full time photography career, her class was EXACTLY what I needed to help me get on track, stay focused and get organized. What I loved most about it was that week to week the tasks were doable not overwhelming and her warm and supportive nature was just what I needed to reassure myself and stay on task. I have used her tricks and tips since her class and have never been more successful! I highly recommend this class for anyone who is trying to start a photography business, already testing the waters, or even if you are already there and just need someone to show you how THEY handle the business side of things. With truly helpful tried and true suggestions to help you streamline your business, this is the class for you if you are aiming for the stars! – Audrey B.
Honestly, the preparation that you’ve presented (and the actual doing it, of course) has been a life changer. I would say this class has been huge for me; It’s opened my eyes and has seriously helped me feel more confident and prepared. In turn, I'm much more able to be ME and fully present with my clients from the moment I arrive. THAT was AMAZING. - Amy P.
For me this class was hugely informative; I feel like as I continue to shoot and work towards my own honed style I have the tools needed to run and manage my business successfully. - Toni E.
Classes begin January 5th and registration for those classes opens Monday, December 15th! Apparently January is the quickest block to sell out at Define, so mark your calendars. And here's one more incentive: investing in a January class during December registration will reduce your tax liability for 2014. I'm all about that. Wahoo! I hope to "see" you in my class in January!
I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
~ Anne of Green Gables
This is what your childhood looks like when your funny, gorgeous, hip-to-the-core, and extremely loving parents, run a bustling popular restaurant in N.W. Portland; Your downtime at home will undoubtably include pillow fights, tickles, ukulele strumming, ivory tinkling, block tower building while listening to T-Rex, and tormenting, ahem I mean loving-on, your two little pooches, Bradley and June. And the times you're not at home? Well when your book-loving mama isn't taking you to the library, or your mellow little playgroup, she'll often bring you in to your family restaurant to hang out behind the scenes with your pop, while she enjoys a burger and cocktail in peace. You've got it pretty good kid, and your parents, well they're working damn hard to make sure you don't feel the pressure of restaurant life, and as far as I can tell, they're doing a damn fine job.
Andrea, Aaron, and Ewan, I sure adore you three; I feel quite lucky to call you friends, and I was honored to spend a morning with you documenting your beautiful life and love for each other.
Oh man do Kelly and Adrien have their hands full with Quinlyn and Reese, but luckily it is in the most fun (and adorable) way. These girls are as full of as much energy as one would expect from nearly-three-year-olds, doubled up in twin form, and with an extra shot of spirit. Their personalities are as unique from each other as their method of eating ice cream was (see below). Ha! I loved these girls and had so much fun photographing this sweet family in their home, and strolling through their neighborhood, on a beautiful summer day. xo, PQ
Tomorrow morning I get to meet and photograph the newest member of this family, Miette, who was born just a few weeks ago. I figured I ought to share her first photo session - the one in which she was still in her mama's belly - first. I cannot wait to see Julien and Annouk in big brother/sister mode, and, of course, to get some brand new baby snuggle time in.
I'm always prepared to really have to work when I photograph a newborn with an older sibling. There are so many dynamics at play and changes afoot that even the most well-planned photo session can get derailed. And it's no wonder, it's a lot to expect of a little person whose world has just been flipped upside and inside out. So I went into this session expecting to have to charm, coerce, and even beg if I had to. I had a pocket full of Smarties that I was ready to disburse as frequently as needed. But nope, none of it was required with Miss Annabelle. She might just be the most proud and loving big sister I have ever encountered. She spent nearly our entire session whispering to Edward: Ooooo, it's okay, Eddie. I love you, Eddie. You are such a good baby, Eddie. I love you, Baby. Don't cry, Baby. And on, and on, and on with the sweetness, while I just hung back and snapped on. I love a good challenge, but I won't lie, it's nice when the kiddos take it easy on me from time to time.
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