Hi! My name is Polyana Mendes dos Anjos Strand. Pretty long, huh? The Strand part just happened in May, when I married the love of my life. You can blame the rest on my parents. I’m a girl from the 80s, lover of the 90s hip hop and boy bands (*NSYNC and BSB for life). I do wop that thing and Lauren Hill’s (Fugees) “Killing me Softly” is always my go-to at karaoke. I keep telling myself I’m a survivor, I’m gonna make it, and truth is, I’ve been doing photography full time for eight years (whaaat?!). Beyoncé is my spirit animal since Destiny’s Child, and in my opinion, who run the world? Girls!
I’m super drunk in love over my favorite person ever, the Clyde of my Bonnie and Clyde, my up to any, and all adventures, my better half, my hubby, RJ. I always leave him the last bite of my Matt’s Jucy Lucy, he always leaves me the last bite of dessert.
I wish I could be a professional macaron and cake taster, but I have the next up best job ever doing photography. You guys, I might actually do it for the cake! Just kidding!
I have a studio in Chaska, but when I’m not shooting or meeting a client, I’m normally home in Minneapolis. My house was built in 1904, and I had a blast fully renovating my kitchen and bathroom. I’m pretty close to a professional painter…
Watching every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette
Eating dessert before dinner
Sleeping in until my body is ready to wake up
Binge watching Netflix (Friends/Gossip Girl marathon, anyone?)
Hallmark Holiday Movies from November to January 1st
Ready or not, here I come, and I hope our paths cross soon!
1.) I’m a certified yoga barre teacher. 2.) Macarons + Strawberry Nutella crepes are my undoing. 3.) I met my husband on a cruise.
4.) My lashes are extensions. 5.) I don’t drink coffee, like EVER.
Poly, we want to let you know how grateful Brandon and I are to have had you come into our lives. You made a poor situation with our first photography go away AND took the most amazing pictures in a way that made us, our families and wedding party fall in love with you.
jessica + brandon
Thank you for being the BEST photographer ever! We are so in love with our pictures and cannot thank you enough for capturing so many great moments of our wedding. You are so great to work with - very professional, but very fun - and we are so glad we've become friends!
stephanie + jereme
Thank you so much for all you have done to make our wedding a beautiful memory we will treasure forever. Your talent is amazing. We feel so lucky to have had our journey from engagement pictures to "I do" documented through your artistic eye. We love our pictures more than we could have imagined.
Suzanne + josh
Poly is AMAZING! We did both our engagement pictures and wedding pictures with her. She is so fun to work with and makes you so comfortable throughout the entire shoot. One of the easiest people to get along with that I have ever met!
sarah + jesse
Poly is absolutely amazing. She captured the true beauty of us in every photo. She is extremely easy to work with and the true meaning of a professional. We have been to many weddings where the photographer is there to take pictures. Poly creates art.
Jane + Bryan
Poly did such an amazing job working with my newborn. She knew just how to position her and calm her when needed. Her ideas and props really made the session! I would recommend her for any newborn shots! We will be using her again in the future. She was patient, kind, professional and a pleasure to work with. It was a great experience!