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We’re looking for everyday kids! This is not a baby show, nor is it a model quest! A very special, limited edition coffee table art book will be published featuring emotive photographic images titled, “Children of So Cal

For the past seven years, Miguel Pola Photographers has donated its photographic services to Project Cuddle’s cause: Preventing baby abandonment, and  together we’ve created a chance to open the doors for you and your family to help. A small fee ensures your child’s participation, each child photographed will be featured in the coffee table book. This Is your chance to have your child included in this exciting project. Images for the book will be created by one of Orange County’s most sought after photographers, Miguel Pola of Miguel Pola Photographers. A nomination fee of $75 per child ensures your child’s participation, Each child photographed will be featured in the book with the proceeds donated to Project Cuddle.  A charity to prevent baby abandonment.



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Project Cuddle had its annual Dinner by the Bay “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at The Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center.

Set against the backdrop of the Long Beach skyline, Dinner by the Bay was an evening of dining, dancing, and saving lives.  Project Cuddle’s National Spokesperson John Stamos hosted the beautiful Gala.  Others in attendance were. Bob Saget, Lu Parker, Michelle Stafford and many more.

Our very own Miguel Pola received Project Cuddle’s Founder’s Choice Award this past week at their Annual Dinner by the Bay Event. Miguel has helped and donated his services to Project Cuddle over the past 7 years. Through improvisation and his creativity, and other Project Cuddle sponsors, Miguel has helped generate thousands of dollars toward Project Cuddle’s cause.

Project Cuddle represents a small group of people devoted to preventing the abandonment of unwanted babies throughout the nation. In 1996, Debbe Magnusen started Project Cuddle in her garage. Over the past 15 years Debbe has helped save just under 700 babies by providing free care and protection for the expecting mothers. With the help of Oprah, Ellen, and several television networks word about Project Cuddle is spreading and more babies are being saved from abandonment and many times, certain death.

Since 2005, Miguel has played a very active role with Project Cuddle. Photographing numerous events, some of the Project Cuddle Familes, and has helped with their calendars along with other fundraisers.  Other honorees include:  Michelle Stafford from “The Young and the Restless”.  President’s Choice Award, Dora Marie Klein;  Angel of the Year, Jeff & Syrna Glasser; Volunteer of the Year, Robin Johnson; and Phone Operator of the Year, Sandra Alvarado.



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This year’s theme is “Denim & Diamonds.” Come ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening hosted by the Orange County-based Project Cuddle’s National Spokesperson — John Stamos and Debbe Magnusen, Founder and CEO. There will be a wonderful silent auction, photo opportunities with Mr. Stamos, dinner and then dancing to the Neil Morrow band featuring John Stamos. Meet many of the babies rescued from abandonment through this great charity. We will also be honoring Daytime Emmy Award Winner Michelle Stafford for her support to this cause. Call 714.448.821, or visit
On February 11 at 6 pm

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2010 and a whole new lineup of blog series we will be featuring at The Spiraled Stem. Our first series is called Coffee Chat with The Spiraled Stem, where I sit down with one of my colleagues in the wedding biz for a fun Q&A about them and their biz. Subscribe to our RSS feed to catch all of our Coffee Chat guests!

Episode 1 is with Miguel Pola from Miguel Pola Photographers located in La Habra, CA. We sat down at the floral design studio to chat about his approach to wedding photography, what his clients should expect in their consultation and relationship with him through the course of the wedding, how to create timeless photos that will look just as fresh when your grandkids look at them as they did on the day they were taken, and the highlight moment in a wedding that he loves to capture for his clients. You can visit his website at for more information and to view his portfolio!  Not sure why but the audio is a little off from our moving mouths.  Hope you enjoy.

Coffee Chat with The Spiraled Stem – Guest Miguel Pola from Christine Saunders on Vimeo.  Not sure why but the audio is a little off from our moving mouths.

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