Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin Race

Los Angeles, California
I love Halloween and all the fun fall events around this time of year. So I was super excited when my friend Lynne invited me to her annual neighborhood block party - the Mildred Ave. Pumpkin Races.

There were over fifty pumpkins entered in the races this year. The main rule was that the pumpkin had to be hollowed out. As for decorations, any theme was game.

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I saw Scooby-Doo, a bumblebee hive, black cat, Cat in the Hat, ballerina, Cookie Monster, spiders, a tee party and the Tea Party, and a tribute to the Chilean miner rescue.

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Pumpkin races are serious business and the judge checks to make sure each pumpkin is hollow before the race.

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And they're off!

Halloween pumpkin races Los Angeles family portrait photographer Polka Photos

Look at that bear whizzzzzzzzz by!

Halloween pumpkin races Los Angeles family portrait photographers

And here's comes the Cookie Monster... he's neck-and-neck with Avatar: the Last Airbender...  it's going to be a photo finish...

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COOKIE MONSTER WINS!!!!!!!

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Happy Halloween Everyone!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dancing in the Dark

Claremont, California
Ester and Keith make their grand entrance.

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Padua Hills Theatre is a beautiful space.

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The reception started with toasts by the parents.

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Then it was time for the food. And yes, it's just as delicious as it looks!

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Mmmmm cake!

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The newlyweds play a photo slideshow for their guests presented by Entertainment Express, which also provided the DJ, MC and incredible lighting.

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wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

Time for the first dance. I love this lighting. Thanks again to Entertainment Express.

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wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

Now it's time for everyone to get out on the dance floor!

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wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

Thank you Ester and Keith! Wishing you all the best in your married life!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Formal Fotos Can Be Fun

Claremont, California
Ester and Keith wanted more photojournalism style pictures and not too many formal wedding portraits. I love photographing all the moments of a wedding day so I knew I'd love being their photographer.

One of their requests was for a group photo with all of their guests. Padua Hills Theatre has the perfect spot on the back patio.

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I take a few more photos with the cute couple in the enchanted forest.

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wedding bride groom photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California


wedding bride groom photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding bride groom photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

Shoes!

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It's time to walk over to the reception.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Stylish Affair in Claremont

Claremont, California
I promised you more photos from the gorgeous wedding at the Padua Hills Theatre of

Ester

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and Keith.

wedding groom photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

Ester and Keith grew up in the Claremont area and have known each other since they were kids. Since then they have moved out of state, so I met the couple for the first time on their wedding day. They are both so sweet and I was super happy to be photographing their day. When Keith first told me about their wedding he said it was going to be simple and low-key. And I suppose it was --- but it was also beautiful, and stylish, and fun.

I took a few photos of the bride getting ready. Here's Grandma taking a break. I wonder what she's thinking as she looks at the gown.

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Dress detail - isn't it gorgeous?

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Wedding are full of rituals. One is putting on the dress, inevitably helped by multiple pairs of hands.

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Last hair touch-up.


Ready to go!

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The bride with her father

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Here comes the bride!

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The ceremony location resembles an enchanted forest.

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While I was shooting from the back, Michael photographed Ester and her dad walking down the aisle from the front in the next three images.

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wedding ceremony photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding photography Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding ceremony photography Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

wedding photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

Vows


Rings




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The Kiss

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los angeles wedding photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

los angeles wedding photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

First steps as husband and wife...

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los angeles wedding photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

The plus side of having a second photographer is an image like the one below.

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los angeles wedding photographer Padua Hills Theatre Claremont California

The Happy Couple

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