a couple of photo editing tricks

Besides questions about Joshua Tree, perhaps the most common question I get asked is about my pictures. What camera do I use? (iPhone 7 plus), what filter do I use? (usually VSCO M5 &/or Color Story Glitter Guide Tori), etc etc. Honestly, I am generally inclined to just give people a quick brush off kind of answer, and it’s not because I am trying to be mean, it is because I’m no expert and feel unqualified to give advice. Recently though I’ve had a change of heart. My friends Kim and Nicole started an Instagram project called #ThEditRoom where they share their tips for editing. Granted, they are both way better editors then I’ll ever be, but seeing how thankful people were for the info, and given how much I’ve enjoyed their tutorials, made me realize that I have learned a thing or two that might be useful to share. So today I am gonna show you a couple of apps that allow me to fix small things that can ruin an otherwise pretty great picture- backlighting and objects that need to be removed.

Here’s the picture I need to fix:


Such a sweet moment I  captured of Prairie and her cousin Lola playing Ring Around the Rosey- but that dumb sign keeps distracting me, and obviously it’s a little backlit.

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what my mother has taught me

As a young, liberal, Northeastern woman of Jewish heritage, with a Master’s degree under her belt- I can only imagine that moving to a small town in Georgia in the 1970’s was a pretty major culture shock for my mother. My father had gotten a job teaching at the University of Georgia and they moved to a suburb about 30 minutes from the university. This is where I grew up, and where my parents still reside to this day (if you’re reading this mom & dad- come move to California already!).

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making challah bread with Grandma & bObi

I am half Jewish, but never strongly identified with the culture growing up. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s having a daughter of my own, but lately I’ve been feeling the need to get to know my own heritage a little more. so when my mom (children’s book author Gail Karwoski) came out for a visit, it seemed like the perfect time to try making my Aunt Marilyn’s famous “quick & easy”challah bread recipe. and the mess of making of bread in the kitchen was the perfect time to put our new bObsweep bObi pet robotic vacuum, sweeper, & mop combo to the test too!

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Prairie’s phabulous photoshoot at Casa Joshua Tree

I’ve known Lindsay for about a year now, we met on instagram (where else do people even meet these days though?? LOL!), so we often shoot the shit about social media stuff. one joke we have had going for awhile was this idea to get a photo of Prairie on the famous bed at Casa Joshua Tree (which is Lindsay’s super amazing house that she rents out on Airbnb). we figured a combo of Prairie’s cuteness with Lindsay’s gorgeous bed was sure to BREAK DA INTERNETS. so when we over there last week crafting wreaths from foraged desert greenery, we finally took the opportunity to make our dream happen! after all, Prairie isn’t getting any younger, so I gotta get all the baby pics in while I can!

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how a turquoise velvet couch made my Grinch heart grow 3 sizes

I’m not really very traditional when it comes to the holidays (or when it comes to most things come to think of it). I don’t care much about holiday decor or holiday music or any of it, man I sound like such a Grinch, huh?! butttt when Prairie came along a little switch flipped inside me, and I started caring just a touch more about domestic things.

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