Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Los Angeles Happy Halloween

On Hallowe'en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
An' if somethin' scares you and you want to run
Just let on like it's Hallowe'en fun.


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Congratulations Cristina & Juan!

Long Beach, California
The lovely Cristina and equally lovely Juan were married at the El Dorado Park golf course. The couple planned a beautiful and intimate wedding with their closest friends and family.

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The bride chose yellow as their wedding color - which reflects the couple's sunny personality.

Cristina's dad walks her down the aisle.

The pair holds hands during the ceremony.

I love the yellow petals decorating the aisle.

Juan looks so serious as Cristina says her vows.

Instead of a traditional ring pillow, the couple tied the rings onto a yellow ribbon. Cristina and Juan pull the ribbon from each end, undoing the bow and sliding the rings off.

Juan places the ring on Cristina's finger.

The bride's dad says a prayer for the couple.

The Kiss!

Everyone runs over to congratulate the newlyweds.

Cristina and her mom...

Say cheese!

After photos we all walk over to the reception site.

Juan and Cristina use a photo from their engagement portrait session for their autograph frame.

Prayer before dinner

During dinner Rico Espinoza plays tunes ranging from Gipsy Kings to Buena Vista Social Club.

Mmmm cake!

Cristina fights Juan off as he tries to smash some cake on her face.

First Dance....

Mariachis !

The party keeps going...

... well into the night.

Congratulations Cristina and Juan! Thank you for being such gracious hosts. Cristina, when your aunt gave her toast she said you were kind and that she had never seen you angry. I knew exactly what she meant although I had only met you a few times (and my understanding of Spanish is limited).

I wish you all the best!!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baby Faces

Chicago, Illinois
Meet Nora.

Nora's shy.

Meet Patrick.

Patrick's definitely not shy.

Here's the happy family.

Mom and baby.


Thank you Mom, Dad, Nora & Patrick!!!


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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fun at the Fair

Pomona, California
Here's some more shots from the LA County Fair. I love all the animals, especially this inquisitive sheep.

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The animals are well-fed, some don't even want to eat any more.

My sis makes a friend.

We also look at cows and calves...

pigs and piglets.

There's lots of food at the fair, including chocolate-covered bacon.

This scarecrow is too cute to scare anyone away.

There are lots of other activities at the fair. There's even a pirate section where one can get a pirate name. Mine is Blue Arm Willy.

What a fun day!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Fair Photo

Pomona, California
One of my photos was featured at the LA County Fair! This year's theme was "Recycled: Fashion, Food and Lifestyle in Advertising Photography." I chose this photo of a bride going up the stairs of a train station to show how public transportation can be used even for special occasions.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Introducing.... Polka Pin Ups

It all started with a bride asking me if I would take pin-up photos of her. Since then, I've photographed women from all walks of life. If you're looking for a unique present for your groom or husband this is one he'll never forget! Check out for more information and a gallery.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, if you book a pin up session in October, $25 will go to City of Hope.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Almost all of us know someone with breast cancer. Over 186 thousand women and 1,764 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, the most recent year numbers available from the CDC. Those numbers are scary.

In the month of October, Polka Photos will donate 20% of print sales to City of Hope, "an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening illness." You can order prints through your Pictage online gallery. Get your holiday presents early AND help fight breast cancer!

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