Year 1 of Photo Field Trip. I was 10 years into my journey as a wedding + portrait photographer. My friends were going to what I dubbed the ultimate hipster photo conference. All the cool kids were gonna be there. I was intrigued but ultimately decided to pass.
Year 2 of Photo Field Trip. Seemed like more of the same to me. Dallas Clayton was coming back again & I read his books to my kids every single night. I really wanted to meet that dude. Again, I felt I wasn't cool enough to go, though. (Note: This was all me, not you, amazing Field Trippers). Again, I decided to pass.
Year 3 comes around. It's just Field Trip now (I think they dropped the Photo this year). I wasn't in a place where I could afford to go. But I noticed a switch in the speakers/classes + I really really wanted to attend. Life was kicking me in the nuts repeatedly at this time in my life. I needed to find myself + my purpose. I needed something + felt stuck.
Insert vulnerable paragraph... My 10 year old son had been sick for 18 months straight. He was ultimately diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. We were planning on spending 6 months road tripping all over Europe. We'd been planning this trip for 3 years + had to bail on the whole thing. Then my middle daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis + Rheumatoid Arthritis. My wife's twin brother passed away a few months after that. I was struggling mentally + battling depression. Add the financial stress of not making enough money as my wife + I had been pulling away from photography. We were grateful for the journey it had taken us on, but felt called into other realms of life + we were really struggling financially because sometimes no matter how hard you work, that's just what life does. Life was heavy, y'all.
I felt called to Field Trip. And that's where my head was at when I signed up for Year 4 of Field Trip. It wasn't just a photography conference. It wasn't even a conference. It was a gathering of the most creative individuals I've ever been around + a lot of them just happened to be photographers. But I'm getting ahead of myself...
I arrived on top of the mountain at Field Trip: Mountain Edition with 2 rules:
- No expectations.
- No photography classes. Note: I didn't even bring a camera.
I spent my time at all the yoga/mind expansion classes. Tyler Mongan + his future X/heart coherence blew my mind. Millana Snow + her intro to reiki forever changed my life. Biet & Ben Carrol played this rad set of tunes in this cabin where something cracked open in me. The people I met. The stories I heard. Just wow. Words can't possibly do justice to the experience of Field Trip.
I turned 36 on that mountain. I arrived this mid-30's age dude not knowing what was next for me + left with this very distinct call to love. I wasn't sure what that looked like, but I knew that the blissful head in the clouds state that I uncovered during Millana's Reiki class was what I wanted my life to feel like. Something changed in me on that mountain.
Since Field Trip I've become a Reiki Master (gosh I hate that term, master, but whatever, that's what they call it). I've become a Breathwork coach. I've dug deeper into energy, our bodies + ways we can make space for our innate magic to shine through. I've let go of some dreams/people/shit that didn't serve my highest good. For the first time in years I wake up 100% content with my life. Life is still hard, as life is, but it's manageable in new ways that I never saw before.
I'm so so SO grateful for the magic of Field Trip + the people I met there for being the spark for my transformation. I want to formally apologize for making assumptions about what Field Trip was + one of my few regrets in life is not getting involved in the Field Trip fam sooner.
We're all on our own journey. We're all doing the best we can. We're all filled with so much love + light + wonderful gifts. And I can't wait to share some of the gifts I've received along my journey with you this February at El Capitan Canyon.