Photo Field Trip 2015-49Sometimes 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.

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March 16th 2015
awesome, looks like a lot of fun!
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March 16th 2015
Damn it woman you are THE BEST!! Thanks for posting the pic of me and Josh having the same haircut and glasses. :) It was SUCH a delight meeting you. You are wonderful! XOXOXO
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    March 17th 2015
    Ahhh I loved meeting you, Sarah. It was so nice for me to meet YOU on the first day of Fieldtrip. You said to me that my energy was exactly what you needed but that is also 100% true of your energy. I wanna hang out again soon.
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March 17th 2015
Laura, I am so glad I got to see you on two trips in a row!! I'm sad I missed out on Field Trip this year, but am so glad to hear you got the adventure you needed out of it! You continue to inspire me with your work, your personality, and your clarity of vision. I'm so proud to know you. Can't wait to see what you will do with this refreshed energy!
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    March 17th 2015
    Ahh I miss you already, Chris. I loved hanging out with you in Tennassee and California. My favourite moment is the hilarity of shrieking our way through Pigeon Forge though, as we saw ridiculous building after ridiculous building. Brilliance.
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March 17th 2015
I felt exactly the same about Field Trip. Not the right time......but the perfect time. I'm so glad you chatted with this random girl at the camp fire! Xo Em
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    March 17th 2015
    So lovely to meet you, Emma. You came along at the perfect time. Twice.
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March 17th 2015
Freakin' beautiful collection of images here. Those beach ones are perfection <3
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    March 17th 2015
    Thanks so much, Heather. Loved meeting you and I will keep you informed about my attempts to assume your identity ;) x
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March 19th 2015
Love, love, love these!! Especially your double exposure (!?) with the flower field!? Can I ask how you did that!?
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    March 21st 2015
    It's actually not a double exposure! It's shot through a split prism filter.
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