Annemie, Kate, and Posy came together at a photography conference in early 2016 and connected over a mutual love of community and education. The Family Narrative was an idea born out of wanting to inspire other family photographers, create community, and to learn ourselves after being in the industry for quite some time. Strangely, that seemed like a tough combination to find, but sometimes if you want something new and interesting, you just have to create it yourself.
So we did.
The Family Narrative is a unique educational experience that will help your businesses and your community grow for your entire career.
Born in Staten Island, NY, and raised in Portland, Oregon, Posy Quarterman is what happens when art meets hustle. She has been photographing people since her grandmother gave her a polaroid camera for Christmas at the age of 10. After art school in NYC, she returned to Portland (despite hating the rain), and turned that passion into a thriving Family Photography business. Not many photographers find harmony in the space where business and art collide, but Posy is not most photographers. Her drive and the incredible depth of her photography brought her to the attention of The Define School in 2014, when she began teaching classes and private workshops on one of the less discussed aspects of professional photography-- how to drive a Family Photography business without sacrificing art or vision. In addition to photography, her clients, and her newfound love of teaching, Posy enjoys her husband, her firecracker of a 9 year old daughter, the Oregon Coast, dangly earrings, Hot Tamales, and being mistaken for Katy Perry.
After wading knee-deep into the waters of several other careers, Annemie Tonken dove head-first into the photography pool in 2006 and hasn’t stopped swimming since. In a very short period of time, her intuitive eye for visual storytelling and keen business sensibilities helped her grow Megapixie Photography from nothing more than an idea into a thriving child and family portrait photography studio. Along the way, she’s taught workshops to both novice and established photographers, had work published in national magazines, and spoken in front of thousands at WPPI. In the few minutes left over every week, you’ll find Annemie herding her two boys around Chapel Hill, NC, running down a long country road, or laughing over cocktails with her nearest and dearest.
Wandering a circuitous path to becoming a photographer, Kate Thompson ultimately discovered - after a decade with a photography side-hustle - that hard work, dedication to a craft, and saying yes to things can suddenly transform into a thriving photo business. Over the last 5 years she has photographed primarily weddings and families, but a growing amount commercial and editorial work that has caught the eye of Garden & Gun, Travel + Leisure, The Scout Guide, Southern Living Magazine, The Local Palate, Into Quarterly, and Thomas Keller's Finesse Magazine. She is simultaneously messy and controlled and feels pulled to the art that exists in genuine interactions without excessive styling or direction. When she's not working, you can find Kate cooking, tending to her bees, snuggling with her baby, Helen, or collaborating on design-related projects with her sister on her side-hustle, Palindrome Creative Co.