Blue skies, green grass, a handmade fort (also known as "the tunnel"). It was the perfect day to play in LA! We had lovebugs come from all over the city for a fun-filled afternoon at the lovely Books & Cookies in Santa Monica. From darling Clementine (age 1) to the dynamic duo of Dylan + Tyler (ages 7 & 4) - we loved shooting each and everyone one of you! Here are some of our favorites from the session and we hope to see you all again next year! xo
For those of you who don’t necessarily consider yourselves photography aficionados but still love to attend the infamous revelry of Lazers & Blazers, this year we’ve got a new option specially for you: a 2-day Vacation Music Pass.
A new environment allows for new possibilities. Lazers & Blazers, freed from the stifling neon purgatory that is Las Vegas, has been stretching its legs; inhaling the salty air; rearing offspring; and, most importantly, evolving. Spurred on by its symbiosis with Photo Field Trip, Lazers & Blazers is in the process of evolving from a mere dance party into a multifaceted, micro music festival.
But before you shut your laptop / throw your phone across the room / fog up your google glass / smash the monitor of your Gateway 5000, let’s be clear that this is not a “festival” in the sweaty, overcrowded, superficial, poorly-engineered, horde-of-wailing-manbabies sense. We’re talking about intimate, specially-curated live performances in ways you’ve never seen them before. Well-known artists, but in a unique setting that engenders a unique presentation. What better place to induce such a performance than an environment already brimming with artistic energy and community, an environment that elicits and fosters creative expression in its truest form. Photo Field Trip is the perfect place for Lazers to evolve and diversify. Don’t worry though, the unrivaled insanity of a dance party under the stars will still be at the core of Lazers & Blazers. But in addition to that tradition, we always want to be moving forward, providing the opportunity to expand your mind and be part of something that hasn’t been done before.
For those of you particularly interested in this aspect of Photo Field Trip, we’re offering the 2-day Vacation Music Pass. You’ll check in Saturday evening and check out Monday after breakfast. In between, you’ll dance your ass off at Lazers on Saturday, attend this year’s live show featuring Phosphorescent (solo), on Sunday, participate in games and activities, and bask in the creative forcefield amongst hundreds of artists. There are only 20 spaces for this option, so if you’re interested, jump into the fold soon. It’s a welcoming community if there ever was one - just be warned you’ll probably photographed a few hundred times, so watch out.
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.
Lovebug is coming to sunny SoCal on January 18th! Unlike traditional children's portraits, Lovebug is a chance for kids to be kids. Instead of forced, stiff and awkward school-photo posing, Lovebug is a high energy and highly creative photo shoot that encourages play and silliness!
The idea is to get kids to interact with colorful toys, textiles (and their siblings!) while Jesse Chamberlin captures it all. The result is pure, real and beautiful photographs of some really cute little people. Kids are encouraged to bring their lovebugs---their tattered and well loved stuffed animals and blankets.
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to spend it with your lovebug?
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Lovebug photo shoot is not your traditional portrait sitting… it is all about play! The shoot takes place over the course of a day – we layer in 2 or 3 families in the studio at one time to encourage play and fun energy between the children. There will be a digital Smilebooth to help everybody warm up and get comfortable. Because having your picture taken can be intimidating, we like to let children take their time. It’s been our experience that this type of interactive photo shoot best suits children ages 1 and older.
DATE + COST
Lovebug LA will take place on January 18th from 9AM to 4PM at Books and Cookies in Santa Monica. Time slots are being reserved in 45 minutes increments, with 2-3 families per slot. Pricing for Lovebug LA is $200 for one child and $250 for siblings.
Photo package includes two 8 x 10's per child as well as a downloadable link to print-ready images. Time slots are now being reserved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot now! xo
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.
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!
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