sneak peek: a georgetown lifestyle portrait session with paige!

inspired monday: mysteries of the earth

rachel carson quote

i’m so glad it’s finally warming up over here so i can do just that– dwell among the mysteries of the earth. can you believe it snowed yesterday?? it actually snowed here in DC, which was a bit of a shocker considering the forecast only called for rain, lol. but i’m super excited about warmer weather because it means i can shoot outside again!!

i recently acquired a new lens and did a test shoot this weekend…. because of the hail/rain/snow mix that happened yesterday, i had to shoot indoors. here are some sneak peeks from the indoor portion of my bridal boudoir inspired shoot! it’s amazing to see how much i’m growing… every shoot i learn something new. my experiences, good, awesome, and less than, along with the practice of shooting…of learning how the body works and where light shines and how shadows fall and how to bring feeling into my images all make me a better artist day by day. and i couldn’t be happier about that. i’m so grateful. these are all self-portraits and they for sure were not easy, but oh so worth it. (i also have been asked to write about my self-portrait process and it’s on my to-blog list! so if you’d like to know how i shot these and wants some tips for you to shoot your own, stay tuned for that! ;))
los angeles boudoir photography photo

los angeles boudoir photography photo

los angeles bridal photography photo

photography by paulina los angeles boudoir photography photo

i can’t wait to shoot the outdoor portion of this shoot soon!


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what i made in class today

as many of you know, i’m in grad school. a lot of the time, it feels like my self disappears when it comes to school. most of the time, the way in which what i’m learning relates to my vision for my life feels like a stretch, at best. i guess i just haven’t found the trick to meshing who i am–who i’ve become– with academia, to the point where i’m not sure i have much else to conclude but that they’re we’re incompatible. or maybe i’m too much of a psychologist and too much of a visual person to be enmeshed in theory all the time. photography has definitely made me a lot more of a “practical” person (meaning that i like doing and making things), but i read for fun all the time and being in thought is one of my strengths. tired of theory? no, that can’t be it. it was psychology that made me interested in communication in the first place, though. i don’t know.

but today, we played around in indesign for a while in my graphic design class and i made something i’m proud of. when we had to look for text to design, i went straight to my list of favorite quotes on goodreads and stumbled upon this passage. i know it’s tuesday and this week’s quote is officially a day late, but this selection by rollo may really resonates with me today.

rollo may creativity quote

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lots of love and fulfilled creating,



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currently obsessed: pretty jewels & podcasts!

happy friday!!! here are some of my favorites from this week:

ring from

you know how much i love jewelry! i stumbled across this beautiful ring on instagram and had to share! i love the natural stone look. it’s designed by love tatum jewelry and it’s love tatum so unique and so cool.

lately i’ve been really into listening to podcasts! i’ve listed to a bunch of the freakonomics episodes. i had never thought online dating had parallels to the economic market until i listed to one of their episodes (and now that i think about it, we use the term “off the market” to describe people who are no longer single, so it makes sense! ;))

i’m not a taylor swift superfan, but i do have some favorites of hers (“love story” and “teardrops on my guitar” anyone??! ;)). i heard this song while out and about and fell in love with the vocals– her voice (and the civil wars’ as well) sounds so pretty on this track. i looked up the music video and i think it fits the tone of the video really, really well.

i hope you have a wonderful weekend!! leave a comment and share your weekend plans– there seem to be a lot of friends with birthdays involved in mine ;)

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inspired monday: how change happens

seth godin change quote photo

“don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.” have you heard that saying before? i sure have. it’s pretty much the motto of the bold and the brave.

i recently stumbled across this reminder once again while reading tribes by seth godin (i won this at WPPI!) and thought i would share!

i hope you have a wonderful week!! happy monday!!


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