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If I'm not behind the camera chasing your love affair with each other, or my own with golden “light,” I'm making my own romantic memories at home: either snuggling my cats, cooking with my husband, or researching our next travel destination (I've made romantic memories in 36 countries)! Every day, I fall more in love with late nights and lazy mornings (so invite me to brunch, not breakfast), big laughs, real conversations, and saying yes to things that bring me joy (like binge watching Friends, or eating a box of macarons). 

I have wonderful clients who deserve a photography experience they won’t forget. While they’re making their own romantic memories with my camera to capture it, I’m making lifetime friends during our sessions, happy hour dates, and even the occasional exchange of a box of macarons.


Hello there! I'm Poly, your new photographer, friend and "macaron expert."

Behind the Camera

Hi, I'm Poly!

Sipping a mimosa while savoring a caramel roll, french toast, pancakes, and scrambled eggs. All day, everyday. 

all brunch everything

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I'll drive out of my way for a famous dessert anywhere; and believe dessert before dinner is a must. After too...

100% POWERED BY sweets

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Bring on the tulle skirts, animal print, and heels! There's nothing better than getting all dressed up! 

believes blush is a neutral

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Quality time + Gifts

LOVE LANGUAGE

Parallel Parking

Secret talent

J.Crew, Nordstrom

TAKE MY MONEY

J.Lo

GIRL CRUSH

Anything fruity + Vodka!

Favorite cocktail

Your at-a-glance guide to where I stand on all the truly important things.

the quiz

SPIRIT ANIMAL

Tiger 

run a half marathon

my bucket list

Tiger 

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A well made charcuterie board should be present in every gathering. Because YUM. 

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

Every woman looks more elegant in heels (even if she packs her flip-flops to dance the night away).

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

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Photos are pieces of art, and should be made into wall art, albums, all the things...

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

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Paris is always a good idea. Especially in the Spring when the flowers are all in bloom.

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

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Love is kind, love is patient, love never fails.   

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

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A boomerang is the best moment to show your twirl, and shoulder shimmy skills.

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

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Learn to surf

So what if I get eaten by a shark. I'm all about feeding the hungry!

ride a hot air balloon

With the love of my life... Oh so romantic!

bathe an elephant

In an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Before or after a spa day, I'm not picky.

hike machu picchu

I might die, but i'll be quite the impressive way to go out. Am I right?

my bucket list

The Essentials

What I Can't Live Without

You might be questioning the word "essentials" but really, I call anything that brings a smile to my face an "essential!" I'm a firm believer in living a life full of happiness, so this list changes daily, and I give myself permission to keep saying yes to things that bring joy!

@polymendes

MINNESOTA + WORLDWIDE