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Happy 4th of July!!!

Playa del Rey, California
Hope you enjoy a beautiful day today with friends, family and fireworks.

Our friends Adam and Bekah joined us in Playa del Rey to watch the sky light up.

Happy Independence Day!

Ala - Hooray for fireworks that look like ice cream cones!

Polka Photos - You’re right! I didn’t see it before and now I really want ice cream.

Here Comes the Sun…

Playa del Rey, California

I have wanted to shoot an engagement session in Playa since moving here last year. So I was super excited when Roxana and Claudiu came for their portrait session.
Roxana and Claudiu just moved from Ireland and I wanted to get a couple of photos of them surrounded by green.
We walked further and found some flowers.
Tree branches drape over this sidewalk creating the feeling of a magical secret garden.
We found an unused lifeguard tower.
Roxana shows off her gorgeous ring.
And Claudiu chases the seagulls.
Thanks for a fun shoot! I can’t wait for your wedding in September!

Ala - Adore the black and white: looks like a fairy tale. And her dress is gorgeous..

Polka Photos - Thanks Ala! I love the pathway where the black & white was taken – it reminds me of The Walk to Paradise Garden – a photo by photojournalist W. Eugene Smith.

Salt On C

Salton Sea, California

Michael and I went on a day trip and stopped by Salton Sea. I wish we had more time here – we will definitely be going back. Salton Sea is a former resort area, now abandoned. There are still some people living here, but most of the streets we saw had no houses. A ghost town where the dead fish are the ghosts.


Where is Polka Now?

I promised you another Where’s Polka? contest. Here are your 2 photo clues.

First person to leave a comment correctly identifying this place wins. Previous winners not eligible. Good luck!!!

New clue:


Eugene - I have no idea.

Polka Photos - If no one guesses correctly I’ll post additional clues. If the photos make it seem like I’m in the middle of nowhere, it’s because I am.

Rachael - Catalina Island. 26 miles from the mainland.

Polka Photos - Not Catalina Island.

But you’re in the right state.

Rachael - Oh duh fish gave it away.

Salton Sea.

I would love to spend a few hours shooting there! Creepy and fascinating at the same time!

Courtney Craig - I’m guessing the Channel Islands.

Denise - I’m stumped

Julie K. - teehee, I was going to say standing on the edge of the dead sea, but I don’t think that is correct.

Amanda - Salton Sea Shore?

annie04 (chittie) - Salt Point State Park?

Polka Photos - And the winner is….

Rachael, who guessed first.

It’s the Salton Sea.

AND she guessed before I put up the third clue.

Congrats Rachael!

Amanda also got the right answer.

Rachael - YAY! I can now stop hitting refresh :snort: