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Jun 30, 2014Field Trip India

Hey guys, we're ready to take this to the next level; because when life gives you an opportunity like this, you jump. This November, Field Trip will be heading to India for an intimate submersion of hands-on cultural interaction and photojournalism. This will NOT be a detached tourist excursion, nor will it be an exercise in white-savior-ism for us to feel good about ourselves and get a super-gratifying profile photo. We know we can accomplish much more than that.  
By actually partnering with people who have dedicated their lives to working in these areas, people who are well-traveled and know the ins and outs of their context, we believe we can create wholly unique learning experience without being abrasive or exploitative. Not only that, but we believe we can use our craft to be a positive force. We have the power to break down stereotypes, and to reframe the way westerners encounter places like India.  
This is still the Field Trip you know and love. It will still be our intention to learn through play. We will be holding your hand and guiding you, and you will be holding your camera. Between decisive moment street photography, pre-scouted shoots, foodie bliss, and maybe even a surprise festival, we're going to get you into direct contact with India while helping you continue to grow and improve your craft.  
At the same time, we'll be partnering with people on the ground to make sure our presence is anything but intrusive. Caroline and Jayden Lee will be connecting us with their recent project, Elephant Landing - a humanitarian home goods brand that supports women in rural India with education and employment. They also work with an orphanage in a remote village that may or may not entail a short ride in a propeller airplane in order to visit. Are you ready for serious adventure? We'll keep that part optional, but we think you're ready. What was the first Field Trip in preparation for, if not for this?  
Throughout all of this, our intention will be to listen more than to talk; to learn about existing needs rather than assuming we already know.  
If you're anything like us, you got into this whole photography thing because you believe it can be a powerful tool. Because you believe it can do a lot more than just make things look nice. Do you still believe that? Do you want to get out there and employ your craft to its fullest potential? Let's see what you and your camera can do.  
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+ How do I apply for Field Trip India, the coolest trip of all time? 
There is no application! If you're interested in coming to India with us all you need to do is go to and make a payment (either full or half - the second half which will be due by August 31st, you will get an email with a link to pay) 
+ Where do i fly in to and out of? 
Jaipur! You are responsible for booking your own ticket. We will connect you with other attendees if you would like to fly together. 
+ Where can I get info about visa and shot/vaccinations? 
make sure you are up to date on your regular vaccinations, and also get Hep A + Typhoid taken care of. talk to your doctor about what is recommended for you, and you can also check this link to see additional precautions on India. 
+ When should I fly in? 
Our activities start on Tuesday the 28th of October in the early evening, so plan to be in Jaipur by then! 
+ How will the volunteering at the orphanage section of the trip work out? 
We are offering an optional addition to the trip, where you can extend and volunteer at an orphanage in India. There will be a fee that has yet to be determined, but will cover your costs for the travel of getting there, lodging, and food for that portion of the trip. We'll leave Jaipur on the night of the 1st or morning of the 2nd + head to Rajahmundry to do 2 full days of humanitarian/volunteer work. 
+ What are the dates for the volunteering portion? 
November 2-5th, ending the 5th around evening time. 
+ What kinds of things will we be doing during the volunteering portion?? 
It will be a mix of learning about the needs of rural Indians, and, actual helping  
+ What is the cost for the volunteering portion? 
That has yet to be determined, but will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $800 (travel, lodging, and food). This will be an amazing opportunity for a select portion of attendees. 
+ Where is the volunteering portion located? will that affect my fly out city? 
The volunteering portion is in Rajahmundry, and since there is only one flight to + from Raj each day, we will handle organizing the flights to + from Jaipur. Your best bet is to book your round trip ticket to/from Jaipur. 
+ What are we going to be doing in India? 
Field Trip India is definitely going to be a little more free-flowing mostly because nothing is guaranteed while coordinating and planning in India. That's not to say that we won't make sure amazing things will be happening! We have plans to include - festivals, camels, street photo sessions, block dyeing, henna, photo excursions to tourist locations, shopping, eating, and more. These are all things on the menu, which will get finalized as the trip nears. We want to ensure that this is a photo fun Field trip! You will be learning of course, but this isn’t a heavy curriculum based event like what you might normally be used to. You’ll be going on amazing activities with you camera and will have the opportunity to learn from one another in a small group. 
+ How many people are going on the trip? 
We are planning for 15-20. Our accommodations will only hold 20 people, and for this trip to happen we need at least 15. 
+ What teachers will be attending? 
There’s no teachers at all! There will be professional photographers that will guide you, but this isn’t a classroom or teacher based event. 
+ What hotel will we be staying in? 
We’ll be renting out an entire villa in Jaipur. 
+ What cities will we be visiting? 
Jaipur, Pushkar for the first portion of Field Trip 
+ Is my sign up payment refundable? 
+ How is safety and travel going to work will we just be finding our own travel buddies via the group?  
Everyone will receive detailed safety info prior to departure, and, safety will be of utmost priority as excursions are being planned. There will be clothing regulations, food + water precautions, and buddy-system'ing. while India is an incredible place with many trustworthy people, we will also go above + beyond to create a safe environment for our team. 
During your time there, there will be a buddy system. The only time we see you ever being alone is from the airplane to your taxi/shuttle. Anything after Field Trip India, you will be responsible for. You will get a list of people that are going to be a part of this trip, so if you are planning on traveling further, you should reach out to others. You’ll have this list far enough out to plan! 

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Jun 29, 2014I know what you did last summer...but what are you doing this summer?

The YEAH! family is always looking for strange new ways to have fun, and sometimes that means working around the clock to hack away at corporate red tape that keeps us from making our weird dreams a reality. As always, we've got something crazy in the pipeline, and this time we need your help! We're looking for a BUSINESS STUDENT to work with us in LA as a PAID summer intern in development and planning. As for details, all we'll say for now is that you'll be signing an NDA… Contact us if you're up for it:
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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! 
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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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