Do you remember that feeling when you were a kid, or maybe a young teenager… .that feeling of exuberant joy, and wonder about the world? Maybe because the boy/girl you liked had tentatively smiled at you, or because you got a really good grade in your worst subject, or maybe because the world was just so far and wide and all open for you and full of great things to come. Remember it?
Well, that’s the feeling I had at Photo Field Trip.
It’s a Field Trip for grown-ups, and for photographers specifically, and something that its founders (a wedding photographer, a DJ, and a TV producer) dreamed up as the perfect antidote to your typical photography conference. It’s about learning and growing your business alright, but instead of a bleak conference center, you’re in a California oak forest, with easy access to the beach; instead of the speakers standing up on a stage, so clearly on a different level, you share space in a tent or around a fire; and instead of stiff small-talk with competitors over drinks, there is a dress-up party in which everyone is invited to be exactly as weird as they are.
That’s the thing, really – there’s an atmosphere of letting everyone be just as they are. You can pretty much chat up anyone at any time (including the teachers), and it’s totally o.k. to not know how to do something, or loose your cool. (Arguably… loosing your cool is part of what this is all about!)
The people I met – Emma, Melissa, Allison, Kat and Leo, Elli, Marissa, Boo, Robert, Jaime, Armando… - all turned out to be generous, warm-hearted and thoughtful people, and hanging out with them was truly what Field Trip was all about for me.
And here’s the best part: I’m going back. In ten days, I’ll be there for Photo Field Trip 2016, and if it’s half as much fun as last year, I’ll be a very happy girl. xxT