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hannah & ben :: georgetown love portraits

On a late Fall day in the District, Hannah and Ben ventured into Georgetown for a love portrait session filled with tender embraces, charming boutiques, and cobblestoned streets.

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I absolutely adored this alleyway!! Gotta love urban textures…and colors that remind me of Europe? #winning! (and yes, I just used a hashtag in a blog post! ;) )

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Browsing the shops on M Street…
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Then they made their way down to the waterfront…

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Looking up.

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Beautiful Hannah.

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Loving Ben.

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On the waterfront, with a peek of the Rosslyn skyline…

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<3

hannah & ben :: georgetown love portraits

On a late Fall day in the District, Hannah and Ben ventured into Georgetown for a love portrait session filled with tender embraces, charming boutiques, and cobblestoned streets.

georgetown portraits

georgetown portrait session couple

georgetown romantic portraits

georgetown love portraits

I absolutely adored this alleyway!! Gotta love urban textures…and colors that remind me of Europe? #winning! (and yes, I just used a hashtag in a blog post! ;) )

georgetown urban portraits

georgetown urban couple's portraits

romantic city portraits

hannah and ben love portraits

georgetown M street photography

Browsing the shops on M Street…
georgetown M street couple's portraits

georgetown portrait session

Then they made their way down to the waterfront…

romantic couple's portraits

urban love portraits

love portraits in the city

Looking up.

georgetown love portraits

georgetown portraits

pastel colored streets

beautiful couple's portraits

Beautiful Hannah.

potomac waterfront photography

georgetown waterfront love photography

sunset romance

georgetown portrait session

love portraits georgetown

Loving Ben.

georgetown waterfront couple's portraits

hannah and ben georgetown love portraits

georgetown waterfront love

On the waterfront, with a peek of the Rosslyn skyline…

love portraits georgetown

georgetown love portraits of hannah and ben

dc love session

A hidden gem in Georgetown.

dc engagement photographer

georgetown engagement photography

love in georgetown

washington dc couple photography

<3

inspired monday: the limitations of prestige

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this time of the year can get hectic for a variety reasons. holidays, gifts, exams, end-of-year reports, travel, goals and dreams for 2013… it’s easy to get caught up in the unknown of the future. i’m currently in the midst of finals (ahhhh) but have some lovely photos to share with you over the next few weeks! (*hint..if you missed the sneak peak(s), make sure we’re connected on facebook!)

“what you should not do, i think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. you shouldn’t worry about prestige. prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world.

prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. it causes you to work not on what you like, but on what you’d like to like.

prestige is just fossilized inspiration. if you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious. plenty of things we now consider prestigious were anything but at first. jazz comes to mind–though almost any established art form would do. so just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself.”

-paul graham

i was introduced to this quote by paul graham via brainpickings.org. it’s actually an excerpt from an article he wrote entitled, “do what you love.” i found this excerpt quite striking, especially since one of my professors told us a story last week that had a similar moral. it’s so easy for us to look at those around us and those whom we aspire to be (another great article on this topic can be found here, via fstoppers) and use their accomplishments and struggles as a benchmark for our own. or even worse, to let their standards discourage us from pursuing what we might otherwise pursue.

i certainly was not immune to the constraints that the idea of prestige can put upon us. but i’m slowly learning that as graham writes, “if you do [almost] anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious.” the truth is that everyone is on a different path. everyone has a different story. we could follow a recipe of what someone else did and still end up with completely different results because we are individuals. we are the variable in the equation. the same thing applies to what everyone else is doing. john steinbeck put it well when he wrote, “…don’t worry about losing. if it is right, it happens – the main thing is not to hurry. nothing good gets away.

i hope this inspires you too and brings you some comfort throughout the week! do you agree with graham? leave a comment below and share your thoughts! =) if you know someone whom you think would like to read about this, feel free to share this post with them using the buttons below.

lots of love,

paulina

friday favorites: pocket

No, I’m not writing about a shirt pocket, or even a pants pocket. This pocket is digital. Pocket (formerly known as “Read it Later”), is an app designed to save digital media so that you can read or view them later, at your convenience.

For someone like me who reads a LOT of articles, this app makes a huge difference in my productivity. It’s kind of like Pinterest because you can “pocket” different kinds of digital media, but I use it for more short-term reads instead of pinning an image or an article to a board to leave there for ages. You can even pocket articles from your laptop or tablet, Now, instead of leaving tabs upon tabs open in my browser, when I find an article I want to read, I just pocket it so I can read it later. =). New info + less clutter = a happy me. Haha.

Not only is Pocket useful in a practical way, but it’s beautifully designed, too. Just look at that interface!

 

When I see this icon on my phone, I just want to click on it.


Gorgeous!

If you haven’t tried Pocket, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a way to pocket things you find online. Best of all, it’s free. =)

Happy Friday!

3 things i currently miss: sun, space, and modernity

Everything is old here. Okay, maybe not everything, but a lot of things are. But hey, Georgetown was established even before Washington DC, so it comes with the territory. Don’t get me wrong: the town definitely has charm and its own character, but is it me? 

Call it Satan or my Censor, but something in me told me that I don’t belong here. The doubt crept in and it made me sad.

It’s just so different here. The culture, the weather…everything.

Maybe it’ll grow on me. I’m sure it will. I mean, I just got here. And I haven’t even explored downtown yet. Here are some points to counteract the three things I miss:

1. sun?  it’s not sunny because it’s rainy outside. post-thunderstormy weather. i miss my sun, though, and walking in the rain definitely didn’t help when I was already feeling blah-y. but i miss the sun on rainy days in LA, too.
2. space? it’s urban…so that’s to be expected. these rowhouses are so cute but so small. some of them definitely have a cottage-like feel.
3. modernity? well…I addressed this one in the third sentence of this post. but i kind of like the age of the city…it makes the campus feel like a “real university,” (like ‘SC wasn’t?!? haha) which simultaneously motivates to be more studious, which is a good thing. plus the cobblestones remind me of europe. and i like europe =). (see cell-phone picture above for a look.)

So yes, it’s different. But different is not necessarily better or worse. It just means change. One landlord I met with today said that adjusting will take some time (without him even knowing how I was feeling), and that LA is different from the rest of the U.S. Maybe he’s right.

I squirm a little inside when landlords and tenants assume I’m here for undergrad, because I’m young and I look even younger than I am. I feel a little embarrassed when I have to correct them.

Embarrassed? Of being so very blessed in the ability to earn my BA in 3 years? Blessed that I had learned enough at 4 years old to not be held back a year because of my late birthday, resulting in my being on the young-end of my peers?

It’s during times like these when I need to remember 1 Timothy 4:12, which says:

“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

I know it’s a little out of context, but the words ring true.

And I mean, nobody is looking down on me because of my youth, at least so far. So why do I feel this way? I shouldn’t. My security can’t come from my age, my schools, my degrees, my networks, or my home. It has to come from Christ.

Strange feelings aside, my first day was great. I liked walking around and getting to know my town for the next couple of years, and I’m excited to see more of it tomorrow.

**if you made it to the bottom of this post, you’re awesome. thanks for letting me share a little piece of my thoughts with you.

love&love,

Paulina

(p.s. I saw a bridal party being photographed today =D.)