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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Friday, December 25, 2009

Photo Holiday Cards

I love cards, all cards, Christmas cards, wedding invitations, birth announcements, birthday cards. I get excited when I see a card in the mail. It's almost a ritual from admiring the handwriting on the envelope and seeing which stamp the sender chose, to carefully opening it, feeling the weight of the paper in my hand, oohing the photo or design on the front, and only then opening the card and reading the sentiments inside.

I especially love seeing the cards made by Polka Photos clients. All of my wedding and portrait packages include photos on disc because I believe that photos keep memories alive for years to come. I also think it's fun to use those photos on cards from save-the-dates to holiday cards.

Here's a couple of cute cards from Charlotte's photo session. Her mom couldn't decide between two photos, so she made two different cards. I think both are adorable.

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Liz and Joel send out annual newsletters. I love receiving them because it's fun to read their year in review. It's also fun to see which photos they'll choose.

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Christmas newsletter

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fun With Trains

Poway, California
I took a trip to Old Poway Park for some fun family portraits. If these faces look familiar, it's probably because I took their family portraits last year.

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This family started with Liz and Joel, the very first wedding I photographed. I knew Liz in college, where I was studying photojournalism. Their first kiss lasted less than a millisecond but they've been making up for it ever since. (With their permission I'll try to get a scan of that photo to post for you.)

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Their first addition to the family was Eddie, who is a natural in front of the camera.


Then came Jolie, a super cute baby sister for Eddie.


We started out taking some photos around the railroad tracks. Jolie is a happy camper.




Eddie jumps from rock to rock with his dad.


Dad offers a helping hand.


We found a cool doorway for a picture of the whole family.


Then we walked over to the old trains...


... for more family photos.



Couldn't resist a funny photo in front of the condemned sign.


I wonder if the sign was for Jolie's stinky diaper?


Thank you Liz, Joel, Eddie and Jolie for a fun afternoon!


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Good Charlotte

Chicago, Illinois
I met Charlotte on a hot Chicago day. Here she is chillin' on the couch.

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This baby likes to fly.


She loves her mom...


and she loves her dad.


And she loves playing with her doggies Ricky and Lucy.


What doesn't Charlotte love? The grass. I think it may have been too scratchy so we only took a few photos on the grass, then took the rest either on her blanket or indoors.


Charlotte has the best expressions. She's just a baby but she looks so grown-up in some of the photos. This is my favorite photo of her.


Then again I love this one, too.


Isn't she a cutie pie?


Thank you for a super fun portrait session! Charlotte is a darling!

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Wishes Do Come True!

Chicago, Illinois
I thought I'd catch up on posting family and baby portrait sessions from this fall.

This is Ava. And yes, she is that cute.

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I met Ava's parents, Sandy and Albert, when I photographed their Vegas wedding. I also met Ava's grandma, who wrote a special wish for the couple.

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Well her dream came true, and Grandma loves her new grandbaby.


The photo session was very relaxed and we talked about life and photography and even movies. This photo was unposed and I love the casual aspect of it. When I look back on my favorite photos from childhood there's one of my grandfather and me in his backyard. As a photographer I want to create photos of real memories, not just poses.


Grandma calls Ava a perfect angel, and I'm inclined to believe her. Ava is the perfect model.


I met the family in the Grandparent's home. It was a special treat to photograph Ava with her Great-Grandparents as well.


Great Grandma holds happy Baby Ava.


Then we went in the backyard for some more photos. I treated this photo with a vintage 70's look.


Isn't she adorable?


I love all of her funny faces.


Here's the happy family.


Ava loves her doggie!



She's starting to get sleepy....


Daddy and baby...


Time for good night!


Thank you Sandy and Albert, and Grandma and Grandpa, and Great Grandparents, and of course Ava! It was so much fun to meet your little bundle of joy!

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