Elegance Sauvage – Wild Elegance
Polly is a wedding and trash the dress photographer and also a multitalented Studio Manager at del Sol Headquarters.
Polly has a degree and masters in fashion design and spent 9 years on the London and Paris fashion scene working with fashion giants such as Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and was a designer in the studio of enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier. Here she worked on projects from the stage gear for Madonna and Kylie’s world tours and all the crazy catwalk accessories she could think of for the runway shows: levitating costume jewelry, why not? Horse harnesses made into a coat cage, no problem! Trench coat turning into a back pack, mais oui!
Just to mix it up a bit, Polly left Paris and spent 3 years backpacking up the east coast of Africa traveling from Tanzania back to the UK by road via such popular holiday destinations as Sudan, Somaliland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraqi Kurdistan. During her travels she became a diving instructor and technical diver. She came to Mexico to dive in the world famous cenotes and achieved her Full Cave diver certification, one of the most demanding courses for a scuba diver. After teaching 100s of people to dive she realized she would rather take pictures of them doing it and worked as an underwater photographer before her desire to create beautiful images led her to del Sol’s door.
Polly is in love with the surreal and magic environment of the cenotes and loves coming up with new fantasies and elaborate costumes to express her vision of beauty in the underwater world. Most recently she collaborated on Sol Tamargo’s incredible Caterina Sirena an original conceptual project, making the corseted mermaid tail for the shoot and modeling as the first underwater model mermaid Caterina!
Despite being British Polly speaks fluent French, rusty Spanish and assures us we are lucky she doesn’t speak with the accent from her home town.
Polly is an International Award-Winning Photographer, see her award winning images here: Polly’s Awards
Here is what our clients have to say about Polly:
“Polly outdid herself and made sure she captured everything we specifically wanted and then some! She was extremely patient with our family, and captured images I would’ve never thought of having and for that I am grateful.” – Lindsey
“Polly is awesome and extremely talented. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with her. She and Valeria were excellent the day of the wedding. Between the rain, chaos, last minute location changes, attention deficit bride and bridal party—they handled it in stride, and did their thing.” – Felicia
“The pictures are simply awesome!!! We are really impressed of such a good job with that weather!!!!! The air was just insane!!! You are really a great photographer! Besides of very kind and sweet!!!! We loved our session with you!!! Thank you for everything and we’ll be awaiting (very exited) to receive the complete session!! Please also thank Erika!! We loved her too!!!!” – Karla
“Polly was just as amazing!! She even walked the edge of the infinity pool for us just to get the perfect photo op!! I mean, who risks their life for someone they just met!? Lol it was the cherry on top to our special day and thanks to them we will have the most beautiful memories captured on film.” – Sophia
“I wasn’t sure just how much Dax and I would bare during our trash the dress shoot. I’d seen the steamier pictures and I appreciated that this was a once and a lifetime kinda thing for those of us not working as professional nude models ;) When else would I have the chance to slide out of a wedding gown into nothing more than my husband’s waiting arms!?! It happened organically. We snuck into a more deserted cavern in the system of cenotes and the privacy, coupled with the complete and total level of comfort we felt with Polly (and a shot or two of xtabentún) helped us shed our inhibitions… and our skivvies. Polly made me feel beautiful and that, with the buoyancy of the crystalline water, the subtle draping of tulle or deep red satin over my curves, and the willingness of my husband to go for it made baring it all a no-brainer. Polly’s creative spirt is contagious and to complete the full circle with Del Sol presented Dax and I with a gift that will give throughout our entire lives: first with what we experienced in real time and then with the magical images we’ll treasure through our lives. To Polly, her assistant Arube and our driver Alex: thank you! You are unbelievably talented and it was a true joy working with you. The day was so special, really memorable. It was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life and we are better people for having met you.” – Cori
Polly – you are simply such a gem to this life. When I didn’t have my closest friends & family with me you played a part of them all. From helping me into my dress, rehearsing my vows to reminiscing our relationship to helping me get drunk by holding my wine & suggesting lounges :) Your photography skills were only half of your amazingness. Your positive energy kept me happy & upbeat. Missing my family & friends & nervous/excited about walking down that beach trail you kept me focused on what was important. My day will be remembered with laughs & excitement. You embraced my day, um… Our day lol!” – Stephanie
“Polly joined us for our trash the dress cenote and beach session and she was absolutely amazing! Such a great imagination and creative style that delievered the romantic and sexy photos we imagined. She was personable and made us smile the entire time! She got down and dirty in the sand and just as soaking wet as we did in the cenotes!” – Dayna + Rocco