Photo Field Trip 2016

As the days get longer, we wedding photographers give more and more of our time and focus over to wedding season. This is the natural cycle of things in the wedding biz, especially in the northwest winters when days get super short and too chilly for portrait sessions. Over the years, I've learned the importance of making the most out of the winter months. It's a time to reflect, embrace our "quiet season," and connect with others as much as possible. If you're a newer wedding photographer reading this, I wholeheartedly recommend making a point during your offseason to slow down and seek out some opportunities that will feed your fire and recharge and refresh you for your next summer of weddings.

For the last three years, I've made the trek down to Santa Barbara for Field Trip, a weeklong summit for wedding and portrait photographers. It's one of my favorite times of the year, and checks all of the boxes I mentioned above as far as embracing the offseason. It's a meeting of the minds, and it fills me up. I barely took any photos because I was so busy attending classes and connecting with my fellow photographers, but I managed to snap a handful of frames.

Most of the images below were taken during a hands-on shooting workshop with Hello Miss Lovely, where students got to pick from a smorgasbord of translucent, everyday items to add color pop or bokeh to our images. We also experimented with colorful smoke bombs, which was super fun. We made time to walk down to the beach for a sunset, too. Love this time spent with other creatives.

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For more inside scoop from Field Trip, check out the hashtag #yeahfieldtrip on Instagram.