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It's Portrait day in the Times

Our annual special section covered 24 hours in our communities

Portrait 2016Feb. 4 may have been a day like any other day for you.

It was a Thursday, it was wet and cool to start, featured a few sunbreaks during the daytime, then gave way to a cool, clear finish.

But for the reporters, editors and photographers from the Beaverton Valley Times and The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood, it was Portrait day — the day we chose to collect content for our 2016 Portrait special section, built this year around the theme "A Day in the Life."

On that day, Feb. 4, for 24 straight hours, we worked our way in and around our communities, taking photos, conducting interviews and testing the pulse of the great places where we all choose to live, work and play.

Portrait is available in the March 31 edition of both the Beaverton Valley Times and Tigard Times.

You can see some of our photographic efforts in the slideshow below.

And we weren't alone. Dozens of you, our readers, participated too as you'll see from the slideshow below.

So what did we find on our day-long adventure? Just about everything.

We found babies being born, kids going to school, people at work in offices and people at work in factories. We found wildlife and beauty in abundance, and we found traffic (lots of it), too.

We found people exercising and praying and drinking and playing and dancing and eating and singing and talking and … living.

In a typical day in and around Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood, we found people in the act of participating in their communities, living their lives in this particularly pretty, kind, industrious and favored part of the world.

Thanks again for sharing.