Jul 23, 2013Waking Up In Ojai

It’s a slow awakening. Not groggy, just unhurried. The kids are still asleep, recovering from a day of nonstop swimmingjumpingdancingsquirt-gunning joy. Outside, a few of the not-so-youngsters are sitting poolside together, enjoying the still morning in the midst of a gleaming scatter of overturned animal floaties. The shark and the flamingo seem to have spent the night spooning behind a bush; the shark looks ashamed.  
As the abandoned inflatables drift lazily in the water and begin to warm in the rising sun, so does the conversation, quickly regaining the earnest glow from right where it was left the night before. These humans have so much to learn from each other, so much to share. Their kids have so much playing to do together, so much growing. The amount of love contained in this little hotel is staggering to consider. To truly feel a part of this family, in this moment, in this place; safe, removed, yet not remote; connected to one another in this hidden pocket of light, can melt your fears. Not a worry is felt, not a moment is wasted. 
To our dear friends who shared the Flashbash experience last weekend at the Ojai Rancho Inn, thank you so much for opening your hearts and being a family with us. Rest assured, the Ojai Flashbash will definitely strike again next year and many after. 
To our extended family, we implore you to take the initiative to do this on your own. We know that this love is not always inherent in the biological concept of family; we are family not because DNA dictates it, but rather because we choose to be.  
So we ask you, take the time to gather in a safe place where you can share your true selves. Allow your burdens to be shared and your hearts to be lightened. Allow your ideas to be shared and your minds to be sharpened. Allow the love you have felt to reflect onto others.  
Choose to be family.  
Forever grateful,  
Whitney Kent Chamberlin

Head over to The Flashdance blog to see more photos.
We’ve hosted a crazy dance party the last 4 years in Las vegas during WPPI and it was a total blast. We were able to work with so many wonderful people and have more fun in Vegas than we ever thought possible. This video was shot and edited by the Sharkpigs. What a blast!  
Next year, February 28th – March 2nd, we are going to redefine ourselves and host a huge 2 day event that is way too elaborate to get into here but if you’d like some info please email us. This event will not be only for photographers.

guess what???? we are moving to italy for a month next year! flashdance dj, our labor of love, smilebooth shark pig & bash please will all be in europe for the whole month of july 2014. wanna have a party, elope, have a destination wedding, or just chill and eat insane food with all of us? let’s chill.

Mar 04, 2013Feet First LA recap

we had a blast at our Feet First Session in LA last month! stay tuned for more dates & locations… to get involved or become a sponsor, email us at: [email protected]


We interrupt our regularly scheduled crescendo of hype for an announcement: 2013 is the last year that a Lazers & Blazers party will descend on WPPI. 
Producers Michael Antonia of The Flashdance and Whitney Chamberlin from Our Labor of Love held the first Lazers event to honor the industry—to give hardworking shooters a chance to put down their cameras and be guests for a night. 
In the four years since, this no-holds-barred party hosted by photographers, for photographers, has given back to its organizers more than they could have imagined. The generosity of sponsors, the anticipatory support of colleagues, and the culminating energy on the dance floor has filled the Lazers crew with an overwhelming gratitude that words cannot convey. 
But an event of this magnitude can get too big for its britches. When that happens, the only thing to do is raise the torch one final time before passing it on. So. This is it. Get your tickets if you haven’t already. We’re busting ass to make the last Lazers & Blazers the best one yet. We know you’re gonna bring it. Because this is your party. It has always been your party. 
See you in Vegas.

“If you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack / maybe you’ll love me when I fade to black” – JAY- Z
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