In February of 2014 my husband and I embarked on a 3 day journey with some of the most amazing and talented creative was a trip to remember, not just because of the friends, memories, and contacts we made, but because of the inspiration and drive that we took away from our trip! 

These were photographers teaching photographers, people meeting people, creatives inspiring creatives, and (I quote) "where ideas translate into action"!!! Justin and I seriously can't wait to go back!!!

So I ask....WHO is going to Field Trip 2015?! The date is set for March 5-9 at the amazing El Capitan Canyon (one of my most favorite places on earth!) just outside of Santa Barbara, CA! There is still time to book a spot, CLICK HERE for more information on how to apply and register!

Here's a little recap from Field Trip 2014: I was honored to have been able to teach a few classes, the first one was focused on posing and interacting with your subject. Thank you Jonathan + Joanne for working it in front of my lens!:)  
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Time is obviously ticking away and Field Trip is JUST around the corner, CLICK HERE TO APPLY AND REGISTER now!

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To all my blog followers and especially to those that were able to attend the recent Field Trip conference that we held with many other amazing photographers back in February, here is a letter written to you by Justin and Whitney Chamberlain informing you about a new community conference that is perfect for the creative community:

Friends and family, new and old, 

Field Trip was truly a dream come true. It has always been my great love to be a catalyst for the kind of growth I was able to witness. When I'm able to facilitate self-realization and foster burgeoning of potential on any scale, let alone for hundreds, I truly feel like I am walking a path that I was born to walk. Field Trip is the culmination of over 5 years of determined labor, the purpose of which was to build a home where brimming potentials could overflow and run all over the place - mixing, pollinating, transforming. I didn't want to dictate anything.  I just wanted to create a space where it could happen. Field Trip is your event. You made it unforgettable. And for that I must both thank you and congratulate you. I might have said this in the tent, but I didn't want to make you listen to me stand there and cry for fifteen minutes.

You, the Field Trip alumni, are now stewards of what will become tradition: yes, Field Trip will happen around the same time next year, and you have all been accepted in perpetuity. You've proven your worth in a way that no application ever could. So in the coming year, run the race like never before, burn yourself out all over again, and then come back to Field Trip and be renewed once more. 

I really can't wait.

In the meantime, Justin Lyon and I are teaming up with some close friends to raise up a whole different animal: Camp!

To be clear, CAMP is not an offshoot of Field Trip - in fact, CAMP predates Field Trip. In a lot of ways CAMP inspired Field Trip. Field Trip was born out of a more serious endeavor to revolutionize how photography can be learned and practiced in a visual community - professors, classes, panels, etc. CAMP, on the other hand, is an opportunity more specifically for learning through play. Justin and I will be equipped with our cameras all weekend, roaming and ready to offer tips and any needed SLR basics. If you have friends or acquaintances who are in their startup phase, perhaps needing an entrepreneurial boost and a practical crash course, CAMP is perfect. Between impromptu photo excursions, playful experimentation (with lasers!!!), a series of portraits for everyone, not to mention all that campy goodness: ropes courses, horseback riding - you know, camp stuff. There will be intentional learning aplenty on a wide range of workshops that you can apply to your business or creative ideas, such as: Social Media Analytics, Pitching to Publishers, Everything You Need to Know to Work With Investors, Top Trends in Design, Producing Effective Content through Video, How to Write an Amazing Bio, Legal 101, How to Grow Your Idea from Your Apartment to a Global Operation, Avoiding Creative Burn-Out, etc... plus many more. You can peruse the fine details of all things Camp on - but much of CAMP will be learning through play - experimenting, laughing at results, trying again. 

After all, weren't some of the best innovations in history the results of mistakes? Let's make some together. I'm certainly looking forward to it, and we'd love to see you there.


Whitney + Justin

PS: Please don't confuse this with Photo Field Trip.

PPS: Photo Field Trip will be in 2015!

PPPS: We are in the beginning stages of planning a Field Trip to India at the end of October... space is limited at around 15 people, so email Whitney ( FAST to reserve your space or get more info. 

PPPPS: If you have any questions at all about CAMP, email Whitney at! Also, email him and let him know if you've already signed up for CAMP, he's got some special information for you!

Last year Justin and Whitney were in attendance at Camp and they were able to document their experience there. Here are some fun images that will give you all an idea of what to expect for the upcoming CAMP conference this year!

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