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Feb 05, 2015Field Trip India - Call to Action

Last fall, Field Trip India brought together an unusual assemblage: children from an orphanage in rural Rajahmundry, and a small group of unassuming photographers from around the world. If we thought we were going to document culture or to make beautiful images, we were thinking too small, too self-contained. My time at the orphanage created an image in my mind that couldn't be contained in any photo: an opportunity to visualize my heart again - to see beyond myself. Sitting on a concrete floor with those kids, I was transported right back to my 12-year-old self, to my own experience as an orphan; yet here I was simultaneously present in a moment of indescribable kinship. We started our journey as observers and photojournalists, but ended our travels totally inspired and motivated to make a difference. 
 
Those kids are the reason why I'm participating in this campaign to raise funds for the orphanage. If you have no interest in looking through the photos, you can skip them - they are just my attempt to capture a feeling that was much more than the sum of its parts. They are the personal piece that I could take with me. The important thing is that you know about this campaign, that you have the opportunity to offer a little bit of yourself to a community that needs it. Please click here: teamrajahmundry 
 
Although we spoke different languages, we were present with them in ways that language need not inhibit. As you sit there in the room, they touch you - but secretly, sneaking in the touch. If you open your arms to give a hug to one child, three more fall into the embrace. And beyond touch, there was music: dancing, singing, sharing a joy much deeper than words. In addition to basic needs, our hope with this campaign is to provide the kids with resources to explore these joys of music and creativity. 
 
Field Trip is a community that gives back. The money for Field Trip India came from the first Photo Field Trip, and we hope to create a never-ending loop of opportunities like this. Thank you for sharing this with me, and thank you for supporting these children. 
 
If you would like to see the rest of the images, you are more than welcome to look through them here.








If you would like to see the rest of my personal images from the trip (and you have some time on your hands), you are more than welcome to look through them here
 
But what would be truly great is if you have the capability to donate to this wonderful orphanage: www.gofundme.com/teamrajahmundry
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Dec 03, 2014Field Trip 2015!!!

Instead of simply admiring and copying the ideas of those around us, at Field Trip we challenge each other to sharpen ourselves against one another, to allow the cross-pollination of ideas. 
 
The result is an exchange of follower lifestyle for that of a pioneer. Cut a new path. Ask those questions that weigh on your mind but you're afraid no one can answer. 
 
And guess what? We might not have the answer! That’s not what we’re about.  
 
What we are about is making answers together. Because this isn’t about the mere addition of brain power; it’s about exponential multiplication. Sorry, we swear that’s the only math analogy we’ll use. You are creatives, after all… 
 
But you get the idea: when our brains touch, they have brain children. Your amygdala is probably blushing, but this is just the nature of brain sex; nothing to be ashamed about.

Join us for hands-on learning, sharing, sharpening, connecting, puddle-jumping… 
 
You won’t just find facts at Field Trip - let’s be honest, and we’re not afraid to say this, you can google any fact you want to learn about photography. You can youtube just about any tutorial. If that’s all Field Trip was about, it wouldn’t be too big of a deal. The speaker-audience dynamic isn’t worth traveling for when you can just open up a new tab and put on a TED talk. 
 
But you can’t google an active conversation. No forum can put that interactive spark in your brain (and if it does it’s often in the form of trolling…). Field Trip brings together roundtable discussions, think tanks and interactivity that cannot be transmitted electronically. Plus — and this is no small thing — it makes the learning part inspiring and fun. When was the last time you had fun scouring a forum? I can’t remember, but I can remember the last time I almost threw my laptop out of a second story window.

Photo Field Trip from Field Trip on Vimeo.

There are all walks of life represented at Field Trip, all ages — and each one of them is equally important as the teachers. Because this isn’t a speaker-audience dynamic. It’s a conversation. It’s a connection that you are absolutely drawn into, unable to be that guy in the back taking notes. 
 
That can be uncomfortable for some who feel forced into contact with difference. 
 
Many of us stick to our forums and youtube tutorials, convincing ourselves that it’s logical and efficient. Whether consciously or not, we’re usually avoiding direct criticism, as well as the expectation of our own input into the lives of others.  
 
You have a lot to share, but you might not even know what it is until you encounter that difference. 
 
Field Trip is always evolving and compounding. And how could it not be, after we learned so much last year about what people responded to? So yes, we’ve been listening to your voices - one of the resulting changes is that we’ve added a day (that’s why the cost is higher this year). And what are you gonna do with that extra day? This year we’ll have hands-on opportunities with whatever kind of equipment you want to learn, or just play with. Want to learn to shoot film? We’re providing the cameras, the film, and even the developing labs. Want to play with that weird lens that you probably don’t need but always wanted to try? Go for it. 
 
What about classes? All same-old story? Not a chance. All the classes will be different, with the exception of the really key central ones. We’ll have over 10 new teachers. Want to learn how to get into stock or commercial photography? Attend the agent panels. Want to blow off class and go bike riding? No judgement here. 
 
Keep checking the website (photofieldtrip.com), Instagram (@yeahfieldtrip) for updates! 
We are adding a ton of cool new stuff this year including: teachers, classes, activities, etc! We took so much of the feedback to heart from last year and look forward to making this years Field Trip even more amazing 
 
Can't wait to see you all at Field Trip next year! 
Let us know if you have any questions - sayhello@photofieldtrip.com 
 
Best, 
The Field Trip Team
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Mar 07, 2014top 10 wedding photographers



i’ve been in the top ten for a while now…according to my husband. this is what I’d hear now for a few years as i would walk past my husband talking to a florist or a dj. as we were on our way home I would try to check him, “whit! why do you tell people I’m one of the top ten female wedding photographers?” then he says “well, you are!” I would say, “according to who?” his response, “me!” at that point what can I do but shake my head and let him have his own opinion. but now i will feel slightly more comfortable when he decides to brag about his lady and there is a little more validity. the truth is we couldn’t have done it without each other.  
driving to palm springs the other day for a wedding whitney said to me, “do you think we were nominated top ten because I’ve been willing it for the last few years. It’s the secret.” I’ll give him that ;) 
 
but seriously, I didn’t think anyone else thought we were “top ten” material even if whitney did say so. To say the least…we are completely honored. WOW.  
this news is beyond exciting. It doesn’t feel quite real yet. between the first email, the photo submissions and interview I certainly I had the jitters of excitement but it didn’t hit me until the tweets, emails, phone calls and texts of congratulations started rolling in. “holy cakes,” I thought, “this is a big deal.” to be listed with all of these other photographers below is very exciting.  
 
 
congrats to everyone that was a part of this amazing honor! we are beyond excited to see our names amongst all these crazy talented folks...marcus bell, parker j pfister, dina douglass, yervant, camille and chadwick of jonetsu studios, greg gibson, me ra koh, and a special congrats to our friends jac + nate and jonas perterson
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Feb 24, 2014LAZERS & BLAZERS

The epic party that has been known as Airhorns and Lazers, Airplanes and Blazers (1 & 2) and Lazers and Blazers is returning! For many of you, you don't need an introduction; you already know that Lazers and Blazers is THE party of the year. 2014's installment will be no exception. This year it will be held on the night of Sunday, the 2nd of March - the last night of Field Trip! 
 
Click here to get tickets

We were going to name it "Hazers & Tazers" but we didn't want to confuse you guys too much since we've moved the party from Vegas to the forest on the coast already. Instead of breathing air-conditioned air in the confines of the Vegas corridors, we thought it might be nice to get out in some real air and see the stars. 
 
Come on, LET'S GO 
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Oct 01, 2013Bar Napkin Brainstorm

 
 
still a few spots left. Email us

ReCharge your Creative Batteries. ReThink Success. Reinvent your Business. 
 
We're hosting a one day meeting of the minds where freelance creatives can come to get inspired, forge new bonds with other professionals, and workshop their own ideas in a lush productive environment. 
 
What's different about this from other workshops? 
Well hopefully a lot! But the biggest thing is that it's interactive. Bar Napkin Brainstorm is a creative foundry-where ideas, concepts, passion projects, brands, and marketing are melted down and ReConstructed. We won't just be talking at you-we're actually hoping to find new people to collaborate with as well! Plus we have a party at the end. 
 
Who should come to this workshop?  
The curriculum has been developed so that it's applicable to a diverse group of people. You don't have to be a visual artist to get the benefits from The Brainstorm. It will be good for photographers, but it would also be good for: entrepreneurs, creative directors, musicians, writers, makers, builders, destroyers, and shamans. No robots please. We aren't down with your kind. Except Smilebooth. That's one great robot. 
 
Wheeling & Dealing!  
It's our first time (blushing) so we're going to have a great deal on spots. However, space is pretty limited so if you're really interested don't delay! Email us here to sign up! 
 
The Details  
The first Bar Napkin Brainstorm is going to be held at the Ace Hotel New York on Thursday October 10th.  
 
Michael Antonia
 
MICHAEL ANTONIA - music obsessive. entrepreneur.brunch aficionado. 
founding member of the flashdance, YEAH! rentals, & YEAH! weddings 
 
i bought my first record at the age of 9 (45 of Frank Sinatra's - New York New York). in 1996 i started djing by night, while booking and producing shows in night clubs, theaters, and festivals by day. two years later i took a job in marketing, advertising, and brand strategy. after 10 years of the ad world i realized i needed more, so i walked away from the clients (stayed pals with the creatives) and moved to LA. i started the flashdance from my dining room table during the worst recession in recorded history with a pregnant wife and no money. in almost 5 years we've turned it into one of the most highly regarded brands in the wedding and event industry. the flashdance now houses 6 companies and supports over 30 people. 
 
i currently juggle my time between creative direction and marketing YEAH! rentals (my furniture and props rental company), and our newest wedding collective YEAH! weddings. i still maintain a dizzying travel schedule djing, and get my music obsession fix working as music supervisor for the ace hotel. occasionally i brunch. 
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Morrow
 
 
 
BRIAN MORROW - film maker. day dreamer. rapper.  
creative director of Shark Pig, a full service production company/digital agency 
 
I've done about a million weird gigs. I was a paper boy, a wood workers apprentice, a projectionist at a movie theater. I installed a telecommunications network at a housing project for Indian Monks.  I worked at the flag ship Taco John's in my home town - Cheyenne, Wyoming. I painted two building sized grain silos in the world's weirdest town - Fairfield, Iowa. I was the head of Security on that movie, Hesher. I got sent to Dubai as an air courrier with one hour notice, same thing with Rome except that time I saw the Pope! I've stood at the finish line of marathons and photographed thousands of runners drag their nearly broken bodies across. I've shot hundreds of graduations and hundreds of weddings. I've spliced fiber optic cable in cold tiny trailers, and mounted giant satellite dishes on the top of radio towers. One time I was hired to pretend that I worked at this architectural design firm so it seemed like they had more employees during a big client meeting. I ended up editing a rap video and answering to the name "Brant". It's all in a days work.    
 
I finally stopped taking day rates when I started a production company called Shark Pig. Now I just have one job, but it keeps me busier than ever. Our recent clients include: Levi's, Purina, UGG, Midori, Audi, McDonalds, Pfizer, Lucky Magazine, and Paul Mitchell.  
 
 
 
 
 
Whitney Chamberlin
 
 
WHITNEY CHAMBERLIN – cultural engineer. innovator. spiritual nerd. 
Smilebooth inventor, Our Labor of Love director, all-scale event producer. 
 
I've always been fascinated by widespread adrenaline rush. Starting when I was 16, I poured that stimulus into producing raves and festivals. In the early '90s, I worked as a tour manager for rock bands. At age 20, I started transitioning into the club-oriented nightlife scene with Tasty Shows, a Seattle affiliate of Neverstop. When I was 21, I joined the Neverstop team as one of their Cultural Engineers. We took the experiential stimulus and applied it to marketing, revolutionizing the standard model. At the same time, United States of Consciousness provided my outlet to the younger crowd. I became a company partner and helped turn a modest business into a phenomenon. We took the buzz and excitement of big acts like Black Eyed Peas and Daft Punk and coupled them with the wonderment of an experiential atmosphere (one event featured indoor motorcycle tracks), drawing crowds of ten to fifteen thousand. 
 
Throughout all of this, I did my own documentary work. Which came in handy years later when my wife, Jesse, convinced me to do wedding photography with her. In the years that followed, Our Labor of Love rose to the forefront of the industry as one of the top ten wedding photography studios in the world. But as a wedding photographer, I became acutely aware that guests wanted to be involved in the creative process. This is how Smilebooth was born, a user-operated photo booth that is intuitive, empowering, and connective. 
 
Over four hundred weddings later, as well as multiple incarnations and innovations of Smilebooth, I feel that the time has come for me to pass this particular torch along and start sharing what I've learned. I am currently in that process of transitioning back into doing more as an event producer, but I still have a hand in both Our Labor of Love and Smilebooth (Smilebooth is a particularly clingy robot who gives me guilt trips about abandoning it). 
Artwork credit: Tyler Spanger, click here to check out his amazing work!
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