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2014 | Our March

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This March involved broken wrists, Field Trips, and more snow than I care to remember. Plane rides, Ventura and Ojai, and back home it seemed as if spring might never come. This is what our March looked like in iPhone snaps…

I am part of an amazing circle of photographers participating in What ___ Looks like. Please continue on in the circle to see Stephanie Moore’s post!

California. El Capitan Canyon. Ventura. Ojai. Field Trip. 2014

Early this month we all travelled west to visit family and so that I could attend the first ever Photo Field Trip. Field Trip was a surprisingly fun combination of glamping, summer camp activities, learning experiences, personalized friendship bracelets, and inspiration. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I feel like I was preparing for the worst for weather, food, and cold. The weather lived up to it’s forcast of near constant rain, and I barely took my camera out the whole weekend, but everything else left me so fulfilled and wonderfully surprised. I really think you got out of Field Trip what you put into it and I tried to do as much as I could, but I still feel like I missed out on so much. I wasn’t sleeping at night, and that combined with the weather, kept me from hiking and biking to the beach and perhaps meeting as many people as I would have hoped, but I spent plenty of amazing time with those who were most important to me.

I could have put myself out there more. I could have braved the rain, taken more photo walks, and taken more classes on technical aspects of shooting, I could have stayed up later drinking whiskey, and I could have gotten my butt down to the polar dips in the mornings. That said, I did as much as I could do, and I am happy with my experience, happy with my memories, and hopeful that I will get to do it again.

For me, Field Trip will be remembered as the time I lived with online friends I had never even been able to meet before, had multiple portfolio reviews from people I respect, drank champagne with Jose Villa, danced more than I had in years, tried as many new things and met as many new people as I could, and took the time to really think about what I want from and for this photography journey that I know will span my lifetime.

And when I returned to Ventura and Ojai, and had just a day and a half to catch up with loved ones, I felt inspired to pull my cameras back out and do what I could to put my newfound inspiration to work. These images are the result of four rolls of film and two cameras over just two days… all I need to remember the journey.

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  • becky - beautiful, kelsey. the light. the colors. what film is the one with the stop sign? that red makes my heart skip a beat.ReplyCancel

    • Kelsey - thanks, becky. oh yes! that red has your name all over it. these are all fuji – 400h, and acros, both 120 (Rollei 2.8 TLR) and 35mm (F100).ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Lloyd - Kelsey, you have a gift of telling a story with pictures! I loved the story that these images told.ReplyCancel

  • Kaley - I love these Kelsey! And that workshop sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

2014 | our february

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What our February looks like… iPhone edition. Waiting for film scans and warmer weather…

Next in the circle is  DeAnna McCasland whose work is always beautiful. We have some new members in this circle, too, so continue to follow it around to see who!

  • Ginger Unzueta - So many I love in these Kelsey!! So great! Love the one of you in the car and that top one too!!! great images and fabulous project!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne - Kelsey, I just love love love the one of you and your girls in the car — you are adorable and what a happy slice of everyday life. Your peanuts on the couch is so sweet too! You can see they have a beautiful bond. xoReplyCancel

  • What Photo Field Trip Looks Like | Bay Area Photographer » Wendy VonSosen Photography - […] continue through our circle this month for a peek into real life with the beautiful Kelsey Gerhard who I was excited to finally meet in the flesh at Field […]ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Walker - These are lovely! Great project idea.ReplyCancel

  • amy grace - the light alone is like honey. or amber. and then here you all are, preserved in all of your loveliness. the first three images were so touching to me…xoReplyCancel

  • Breanna - Always love your images Kelsey!! Beautiful life <3ReplyCancel

  • Summer - Love so many of these Kelsey but that one with the heart shadow is so good! And the one in the car too…always a treat to see though your eyes..ReplyCancel