Friday, March 12, 2010

Before...

Los Angeles, California
You might remember Natalie and Gerald from their downtown wedding last year. I convinced them to take a few maternity portraits. I got help from one of the bridesmaids who practically insisted that Natalie get some shots of the baby bump. I love the idea of celebrating pregnancy, and documenting that time of one's life. And I loved how excited Gerald was about the baby-to-be. Without further ado, here's some shots of the happy expecting couple.

Los Angeles maternity portrait photographer

Los Angeles maternity portrait photographer

Los Angeles maternity portrait photographer

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Family Portraits on the Beach

San Pedro, California
I was excited when Cicely called me about photographing her family. I shot Cicely and Robert's wedding the year before and it was fun to see their family again. We decided on taking the portraits on the beach.

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All the girls in the family...


The older cousins...


In a class of his own.


After the beach we went up to the park area for a few more photos.



Thank you for a fun portrait session! We'll start out with the monkey next time. For those of you that don't know the monkey (a Polka Photos exclusive), ask me about it at your next portrait session. It's guaranteed to make you smile.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Can You Stop the Rain?

Playa del Rey, California
There's something refreshing about the rain in Los Angeles. It washes away all the grime, clears the air, forces us all to slow down just a little bit. After three days of rain, it gets scary. Flooding, lots of accidents, potential mudslides. Maybe it's time for the rain to go away, and come back another day?

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tying the Knot

Los Angeles, California
Michael shot these photos of Tony getting ready at his parent's house. I love Tony's serious gaze as his dad proudly helps adjust his collar.

Groom getting ready

Who says style is only reserved for the bride?


Tony shows off his cool cufflinks and watch.


Tony's mom gives her blessing.


It's said that love comes from the heart, but you can really see it in the eyes.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Fun With Villains

Los Angeles, California
Remember my post about Cirque Berzerk? I forgot to mention the awesome band Vaud & the Villains that performed after every show. I went back on Friday to see them again.

If you haven't seen Vaud or his Villains, they are more than a band. They are storytellers regaling with tales of fast women and the men who try to catch them...

Vaud & the Villains

and musicians...



and singers...


and dancers...



and Peaches Mahoney...


and lots of fun!!!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Juan & Cristina, Sitting in a Tree...

Los Angeles, California
I met the lovely Cristina and Juan for some engagement portraits.

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It was super hot outside! We found refuge in the shade of a bamboo oasis.

engagement portrait los angeles



The cute couple relaxes on some benches.



Fun with shadows.


Cristina has the best smile, and Juan knows how to make her laugh.


Thank you for a fun shoot! I'll see you soon at your wedding!!!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Birthday Bash

Brentwood, California
This is Brooke, the cutest little girl ever. She just celebrated her 1st birthday with a big party. And her mom asked Polka Photos to take pictures of it all.



Brooke's mom threw one stylish party, complete with lots of balloons, including a capital B, a huge cupcake, and polka dots.



What would a birthday party be without cake?



There was music...



... and bubbles ...



... and a pony.



Even Piglet the dog was having fun!



Bye bye Brooke! Happy Birthday!!!


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Crazy Circus

Los Angeles, California
Michael and I went to see the awesome Cirque Berzerk, a spectacle of acrobats, contortionists, trampoline artists and more. A demented Cirque du Soleil - think goth and burlesque, sex and death - all of the artists were simply amazing. I held my breath as they performed without a net. If you're in the LA area, their run has been extended - I highly recommend you check them out.


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Friday, May 8, 2009

Wedding Luau

Los Angeles, California
Natalie and Gerald continue the island theme into the reception with more Hawaiian music and hula dancers.



The newlyweds start the festivities with their first dance.


A family member says a blessing over the food.





The couple kisses with a smile as guests keep clinking their glasses.



The bride's cousins dance a hula.



And the bride jumps right in there with them!





Only Gerald knew whether his and Natalie's baby is a boy or a girl. Natalie, and all of their wedding guests, find out when she opens this present. If the clothes inside are blue, then it's a boy. If pink, then a girl.





It's a girl!!!



Natalie's mom and nephew pull a reluctant guest onto the dance floor.



I am sure one of the kids at the wedding is going to be an Olympic gymnast. She did about 4 somersaults, then four backflips!



A luau wouldn't be complete without a fire performer - and this was one awesome wedding luau!




Congratulations Natalie and Gerald! Thank you for a super fun time!!!

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