Photojournal of Palm Springs + Smartphone Photography Tips

I mentioned in last week’s post that I just got back from a week in Palm Springs participating in my own mini-House Hunters experience. While I was there I did what I usually do… and took way too many photos of the mountains, the desert landscape, & the mid-century dream that is Palm Springs!  I thought I’d share a few favorites with you below & share a few tips that (I hope) help me take good photos!

Lets kick things off with a pretty good intro to Palm Springs… water features and cocktails!
The Triada is an adorable Marriott hotel located in the center of the city, while it’s not the standard Palm Springs Mid-Century it’s still one of my favorite places.
The views around Palm Springs can’t be beat, who doesn’t love palm trees with a mountain in the distance?
No distractions this time around, just the beauty of a mid-morning sun over the mountains.
Finally something a little silly, because who doesn’t love a jumping photo?

While I won’t say that these are NatGeo level photos, I think I did an ok job of capturing not just the image but in some cases the moment.  The team at Aura Frames have created a smart frame that will help you share these moments (without a trip to CVS & the hassle of taking apart photo frames) in fact you don’t even need to think about what picture you want to put into the frame!  Aura Frames feature a smart technology that auto selects the best photos & those featuring the people you take pictures with most often.  This allows you to take the photos but let someone else worry about figuring out what to frame.

They also have some tips (that I used in a few of the photos above) to capture the best image in any given situation.


One of my favorite tips from them is to force the focus, I love to take photos with a slight blur in the background (like in the first photo) I feel like it creates an interesting background.  I also really like the second photo above because of all the textures, you’ve got the mountains, the green from the plants/trees, the dirt, & the beautiful roof of the hotel.

What are some of your favorite tips for taking or displaying your photos?


House Hunting in Palm Springs



I like many people in my generation just assume that we can do most everything online by ourselves. We have Uber, Postmates, Amazon Prime, and the list goes on… so why should the house hunt be any different?  Before we actually landed in Palm Springs we’d been looking at Zillow, HotPads, and any other rental site I could get my hands on for possible options on the market. I felt pretty confident that we’d be able to find something between a few rental houses, a townhouse or two listed by the owner, or our backup an apartment building…. BUT thankfully I went ahead and made contact with a local realtor that I’d met during a previous visit to the desert.

In addition to showing us everything we’d found on Zillow(and such) he was able to show us a ton more properties that weren’t listed on any of those sites!  I basically lived an episode of House Hunters (aka a DREAM) for a few hours from the backseat of his car. We didn’t find anything that first day that we wanted to sign for immediately but he promised he’d have some more options for us now that he had an idea of our tastes.

We then heard back from him about 2 days later & he wanted to show us a few more options that he’d found for us. He drove us by a few houses, pointed out a development or two, and finally pulled up to a building he felt would be perfect for us, and was it ever!  He totally hit the ball out of the park with a property that wasn’t listed anywhere online. If it weren’t for him I’d never have found this place (and it’s a great place!).

I can’t wait to share some pictures and such with you shortly, but before I do I wanted to pass along this story if only to say… maybe, just maybe, the old way of doing things can be better.  We are officially down to less than 6 weeks till I’m a resident of Palm Springs!!! The next few weeks are going to be spent enjoying Chicago, then it’s time to start packing, ugh, any tips for me on how to make that less painful?