Photo Field Trip – when I first learned about this adventure I knew I had to sign up for it. Camping with hundreds of creatives in sunny California. Even though the first year was anything but sunny I just knew I had to sign up. A chance to learn from some of my favorite photographers, those whom I follow on a daily basis. I have to admit though when I met them, I was a bumbling idiot, yup that’s right! I am a total dork – who knows what I would do if I met Brad Pitt, I just got embarrassed just thinking about it.
Over 5 days I got to learn from amazing photographers, meet new friends, bunk with some of the best ladies in the cutest little cabin, dance for hours, and see the sunset on a beautiful beach. Finding the right words to describe what happened is one of the hardest things. I have been trying to write this blog for days now, typing and re-typing to express it. To be around so many inspirational and talented people was so humbling. There are no right words to describe how welcoming, inspiring, warm, stylish, and awesome the whole adventure was. Everywhere you went you were welcomed by someone with open arms, and warm smiles. Every class was taught by talented photographers, with every word they said filled the air with inspiration. Field Trip and everyone involved with the planning and who came will always have a spot in my heart and I am so lucky to say that I got to be part of something pretty amazing.
The timing of Field Trip couldn’t have been better for me, it came at a time I was feeling broken and a failure as a photographer. Even with 16 beautiful couples booked for 2015 I felt like I was not where I wanted to be. I kept seeing others that I adored so much and where they were, and kicking myself into the dirt. The first class I took with Yan Palmer made me tear up a bit a few times – she reminded me why I signed up for Field Trip. This is a place where you are surrounded by people who have or are going through the same thing as you. Equal minded creative people around every corner, people that you could meet for the first time and cry and they will bring you back up because they understand. So many emotions were running through me throughout the 5 days there, I cried for hours because there was something inside me that was released. As soon as that last tear fell my soul was lighter and my brain was free. I didn’t care anymore what that other photographer was doing, who they were meeting, how much more they were charging, and how much more “successful” they were. I was Fucking Following my Bliss – thank you for the reminder Whitney! I couldn’t have been happier with my bunk mates – they made me smile more than I have smiled in a long time! Their beautiful souls were the best people to have come into my lives forever – they truly made the experience an even better one! (And they gave me an awesome nickname due to the rad Cereal Van – “Cereal” is my new name, LOVE IT!)
I skipped a class to go to The Sloans class on top of the hill instead! And may I say that was overjoyed that I did! We got to see them work and photograph this beautiful couple!
And these beautiful ladies were my awesome bunk mates!
From the bottom of my heart and with all my body I Thank You Whitney and you rad clan for coming up with something so freaking awesome as Photo Field Trip! A place where creatives of all shapes and sizes can come and learn from each other, while camping and partying it up!
Cannot wait till Field Trip 2016 !
With Love – Christine