Last week I spent a few days in wonderful Palm Springs for Palm Springs Photo Festival! Palm Springs is one of my favorite places ever. With the midcentury architecture, cute colorful paint, and gorgeous scenery; what's not to love really? I wish I could have spent the whole week out there, but it wasn't to be this year. PSPF, as they refer to it, was great. I got some super amazing prints made of my work from Canon while I was there, got to hear from some amazing and famous photographers speak and meet a few, meet a bunch of wonderful industry people and I also went around and took photos on one of my open late afternoons. It would have been such a waste not to. I still wish I would have set up a kids shoot while I was there. There is always next year!
I drove out there on a rainy, windy day but the drive really wasn't that bad. The first day was an open portfolio review for people to walk around and take a look at your work that you brought with you and chat for a bit. I brought one of my portfolio books and the last few cards I had left in my card box. Oops, totally forgot to order more cards before this thing. So to back things up and explain why I wasn't as prepared with cards as I would have liked to have been, I have to talk about the fact that my family - two adults, two kids, two pets - have been living in a hotel for the last few weeks due to a slab leak in our living room. Yes, pipes are evil with their little holes to my nice floors/walls/kitchen. So since I have been going back and forth between the hotel and house dealing with the workers and all of that, as well as traveling for work and such, ordering cards totally slipped my mind. Whatever, I made due and frugally gave out my cards. I had more than shown here, as I hoarded away the ones I would later give to the reviewers I was meeting with in next few days.
It was pretty much like this but I am taking it from the middle of the room, so it is twice as big as what I am showing. The photographers who came to show their work are from all over the world, each with a unique perspective and different type of photography that they did. I was the only one that I knew of, anyway, with a focus on kids commercial, editorial and fashion.
That night there was a little mingle for all of the photographers who were there for classes, seminars, reviews etc. with free wine and beer, which is always appreciated and welcome. I am can be slightly socially awkward at times, as us artists can be, so drinking a little wine was helpful for me to not totally make a fool out of myself. Or maybe that's the opposite? I guess you would have to ask the people who were around me at the event. I made a new friend earlier that day named Kim at the open review and she jumped in my photo so that I wasn't a weird girl drinking all alone in my picture. LOL I had 1.5 cups of wine and had mingled for about an hour or so. I then decided I was done being social and went up to bed early, as one does who stands around sort of talking to people and sort of trying to escape the whole time.
The following day was gorgeous and the temperature was cool with a slight breeze; which is perfect for me. As a natural redhead, I am predisposed to wanting to live in cooler climates, as vampires should. You know after it rains and those cute little fluffy clouds hang around? Well those are my favorite kinds of days, as it doesn't happen a ton here in Southern California.
I really enjoy leisurely driving around people's neighborhoods and looking at houses. I know, such a voyer right? I just love seeing different architecture and what colors people pick, for those who are allowed to pick anyway. I love seeing the different ways people landscape and how their homes reflect their identity. I typically have no interest in photographing houses though, but that is mostly because the houses around my area are fairly boring. The houses in Palm Springs have so much character and charm. Basically I love them and wish I could have them all for myself.
We start with the infamous, or should I say, insta-famous home with the pink door. It's just as cute as in photos I have seen. Not only do I love the pink door color but the door itself, is just amazing. Anyone who knows me, knows I love pink, so this was my first stop on my home tour.
There's more photos of this house than any other, because...well why not? I am sure the people who own this house just "love" all the crazies (I mean that so lovingly) out there always wanting a selfie with their door.
You might ask, "Megan, but how many photos can you really take of one house with a pink door!?". And my answer would be, many many photos, but I am only showing you a handful. So probably too many but, come on, it is the cutest house.
This super cool stained glass window is also apart of this amazing house. I think it really adds something special to it.
Moving on from this house, is a cute house with a turquoise minty door that also is very cool.
I love these mid century doors. I wish I had one at my house. The patterns on them are great.
At this point I kept driving and went into a slightly different neighborhood a few blocks away. I found some great houses with colorful doors all on the same street. I love this simple and clean white house with a bright yellow door. The cactus right next to the door is adorable too.
Finding this house with this great old car out front was a gem. I have a love for old cars and midcentury homes, so finding two in one is a great score for me.
Last but not least in my midcentury Palm Springs home tour, was this cute turquoise door with a super cool fence. I hope that one day I can own a home here. It's just so lovely and beautiful. I truly appreciate each home's character and midcentury aesthetic. Even their fire station is adorable. I'll take photos of that next time.
After my home tour, I went to go eat a little down the road at King's Highway Diner at Ace Hotel. It is a great place to eat if you ever are over that way. The food is good and if you happen to be there when the amazing Shirley Claire is there to entertain with her singing and general hijinks, not to forget to mention her calling bingo while you eat, you are in for a special treat. Plus, you can rent a scooter! Aren't these cute? They are right out front of the resturant.
Overall, my stay in Palm Springs for the Palm Springs Photo Festival was an awesome experience and I look forward to next years!