March 16th 2015, Destination Wedding Photography
Field Trip aka a little bit of what I needed
Sometimes you need to step away from everything. From England and winter. From planning a big event of your own and running a business. From shooting weddings over the winter and loving them but never really having any down time. From feeling stressed and tired and tired and stressed. By rights I shouldn’t have gone to Field Trip this year. I hadn’t budgeted for it or planned for it. It was at the worst possible time, as the planning process for SNAP intensifies and as I plough through to do list after to do list. I’d also just got back from Tennessee and I probably shouldn’t have gone there either. But do you know what, life is short and sometimes you just know with every fibre of your being what you NEED.
I needed sunshine. I needed to be inspired. I needed to get in a hot tub with 14 other people. I needed to hear people talk about their passions. I needed to meet random strangers by the camp fire and to connect with them. I needed to nap. A lot. I needed to go to the beach and watch the sunset. I needed to go to In N Out Burger and drink a Neapolitan shake. I needed to get feedback on where I am and where I’m going. I needed to spend time with friends I knew from back home and from Tennessee and and from five minutes ago. I needed to drink beer and sit around camp fires. I needed to photograph people in yellow flowers and on bikes. I needed to watch whales from a boat on the California coast and I needed to eat a whole lot of Mexican food.
Weirdly I didn’t photograph much of Field Trip. I shot some portraits of some people here and there, which is the antithesis of the way I usually shoot. I am usually in it for the story. Everything from the significant to the in between. I like to document. But not this time. This time I enjoyed the intimacy of shooting people sometimes, taking the odd shot of my environment, and then experienced the rest of the adventure with my camera firmly tucked away.
I needed some space. A creative time out. I needed to feel excited again instead of worn out. And I do. I’m excited about SNAP and I’m excited about wedding season and the awesome couples I’ll get to work with. I’m also excited for some changes that I’m planning. Mixing it up a bit.
I have said, so many times, but doing one thing at the start of the year which energises you and gets you fired up for what’s to come is the best thing you can do for your business and for your art.
Thanks, Field Trip. You were just what I needed. See you in 2016.