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Hey! I'm Lauren

Arizona portrait photographer, modern mama, candy enthusiast and girls' girl. 

My approach to photography and life are the same: keep it fun, candid, and bold.  

The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs

For our sixth wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a trip to The Parker, an iconic hotel I'd been crushing on for years. If you've ever been to Palm Springs you know the whole city buzzes with a highbrow midcentury modern personality, like you're in a really fabulous time warp. The Parker plays to that perfectly. 

The whole place is beyond gorgeous and hip, not a corner forgotten. The inside is full of cheeky color and unique decor designed by Jonathan Adler. I have a few of his design books and The Parker is often featured in them, which was the catalyst for my love of the place. The grounds are like something out of The Secret Garden; so lush and green you kindof wish to be a kid again so you can run free and get lost in the mazes of sidewalk. But then you spot the lemonade stand-themed bar and quickly go back to wanting to be an adult ;) At night there are bunnies who run around on the grassy parts of the property and are so comfortable with people they let you get up close to them! There are firepits throughout and hammocks everywhere, seriously this place is THE spot to go for a relaxing getaway. We didn't bring our kids but we could have- it's surprisingly kid-friendly with a family pool kept separate from the people vacationing sans kids, which is a thoughtful touch. 

We ate at Norma's, the on-site restaurant and the food was ridiculously good. If you go, try the pot pie. But there are also tons of local restaurants in Palm Springs that are equally as good. We ate at Birbas one night and Cheeky's one morning- both delish.

The Parker is a spot we'll definitely be going back  to. It was a dreamy vacation in a really spectacular, iconic hotel. It exceeded all my expectations <3

 

The Francos

The Francos

Kara

Kara