Monday, May 28, 2012

To Those That Serve and Those That Love Them | Yellow Ribbon Photographers

Vista, California
To  all of those who serve, like Michael, currently deployed in Afghanistan. To Kim, his wife, and to all of the military husbands, wives, and families who wait for their loved ones' safe return. Thank you for all you do.

Polka Photos is proud to be a photographer for Yellow Ribbon Photographers which offers family portrait sessions at no cost to men and women in the service. If you or someone you know is in the Armed Forces, please spread the word about this wonderful organization. I am one of a few Los Angeles photographers available to travel in Southern California and there are many other photographers across the United States who have also offered their services.

Happy Memorial Day!!!


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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Bride, the Groom and the Balcony | Wedding Portraits

Krakow, Poland
It's  Friday! Since it's the last week day, here's one last photo from the balcony series.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Eye of the Beholder | Beautiful Bride

Krakow, Poland
There's something about a wedding gown that makes every woman even more beautiful.

Which version do you like more, color or black and white?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Romeo, Oh Romeo | Classic Bridal Portraits

Krakow, Poland
I believe in creating classic images with a twist. Classic, like Shakespeare, stands the test of time. It's a black cashmere turtleneck. It's not that same pose that everyone is doing this year. You look good in classic and classic looks good on you.

The twist is capturing what makes your wedding unique. Are you a glamorous bride or beach chic? Is your wedding vintage or ultra-modern? The twist is that leopard print scarf or polka dot handbag. It's you.

What does classic mean to you?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Door to Happiness | Candid Bridal Portraits

Krakow, Poland
I love incorporating elements of a building like doors, windows, and archways into portraits. They often create a nice frame for the subject of the photo.

We started the morning with Iza and Mariusz on our hotel balcony. Some of my favorite photos are the unposed ones, like this one.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Going to the Castle | Romantic Portraits

Outside Krakow, Poland  When I was a little girl I had a notebook full of sketches for the castle I was going to build. I may not have built my ch√Ęteau but I still love old buildings. Photographer extraordinaire Gokhan scouted this gorgeous location. If you'd like to move in they do have rooms for rent - but you have to become a monk first.


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day to my awesome mama who is always up for a travel adventure!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Glamorous Bride | Classic Bridal Portraits

Outside Krakow, Poland 
This photo could've been taken at a Los Angeles wedding or any destination wedding really. Weronika is sitting on a staircase behind a restaurant where we took a lunch break from our castle shoot. The blur is all in-camera and not Photoshop using one of my favorite fun lenses, the Lensbaby.

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