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Looking for a new space 07.25.14  
we need to rent a bigger home!

must haves:
loading dock or large roll up door.
2500 - 3000 square feet
secure location not accessible to anyone else.
would be cool:
parking would be a huge plus
high ceilings (at least 10 feet)
office space

please contact michael@yeahrentals.com with any leads!
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I know what you did last summer....but what are you doing this summer? 06.30.14  
The YEAH! family is always looking for strange new ways to have fun, and sometimes that means working around the clock to hack away at corporate red tape that keeps us from making our weird dreams a reality. As always, we've got something crazy in the pipeline, and this time we need your help! We're looking for a BUSINESS STUDENT to work with us in LA as a PAID summer intern in development and planning. As for details, all we'll say for now is that you'll be signing an NDA… Contact us if you're up for it: whitney@smilebooth.com
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Field Trip in India 06.09.14  
Field trippers, we're ready to take this to the next level; because when life gives you an opportunity like this, you jump. This November, Field Trip will be heading to India for an intimate submersion of hands-on cultural interaction and photojournalism. This will NOT be a detached tourist excursion, nor will it be an exercise in white-savior-ism for us to feel good about ourselves and get a super-gratifying profile photo. We know we can accomplish much more than that.

By actually partnering with people who have dedicated their lives to working in these areas, people who are well-traveled and know the ins and outs of their context, we believe we can create wholly unique learning experience without being abrasive or exploitative. Not only that, but we believe we can use our craft to be a positive force. We have the power to break down stereotypes, and to reframe the way westerners encounter places like India.

This is still the Field Trip you know and love. It will still be our intention to learn through play. We will be holding your hand and guiding you, and you will be holding your camera. Between decisive moment street photography, pre-scouted shoots, foodie bliss, and maybe even a surprise festival, we're going to get you into direct contact with India while helping you continue to grow and improve your craft.

At the same time, we'll be partnering with people on the ground to make sure our presence is anything but intrusive. Caroline and Jayden Lee will be connecting us with their recent project, Elephant Landing - a humanitarian home goods brand that supports women in rural India with education and employment. They also work with an orphanage in a remote village that may or may not entail a short ride in a propeller airplane in order to visit. Are you ready for serious adventure? We'll keep that part optional, but we think you're ready. What was the first Field Trip in preparation for, if not for this?

Throughout all of this, our intention will be to listen more than to talk; to learn about existing needs rather than assuming we already know.

If you're anything like us, you got into this whole photography thing because you believe it can be a powerful tool. Because you believe it can do a lot more than just make things look nice. Do you still believe that? Do you want to get out there and employ your craft to its fullest potential? Let's see what you and your camera can do.

Visit photofieldtrip.com to sign up!
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Field Trip 101 at CAMP 05.05.14  
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 theuniquecamp.com - 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.

Love,

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 me (whitney@photofieldtrip.com) FAST to reserve your space or get more info.

PPPPS: If you have any questions at all about CAMP, email me at whitney@photofieldtrip.com! Also, email me and let me know if you've already signed up for CAMP, I've got some special information for you!
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Linda Fabulous. 03.24.14  
a person who raised the spirits of everyone she met passed away over the weekend. linda was the style icon and bellowing voice of the ace hotel in palm springs. she brought the house down every damn night in that place and it just won't be the same without her.

linda serenades from Michael Antonia on Vimeo.



here is a video of elizabeth, baby elodie, and our dear friends from the ace hotel experiencing her lovely serenade for the very first time before the hotel even opened. she was so great! we'll miss you ms. fabulous fly high!
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Bar Napkin Brainstorm 08.30.13  
ReCharge your Creative Batteries. ReThink Success. Reinvent your Business.

We're hosting a one day meeting of the minds where freelance creatives can come to get inspired, forge new bonds with other professionals, and workshop their own ideas in a lush productive environment.

What's different about this from other workshops?
Well hopefully a lot! But the biggest thing is that it's interactive. Bar Napkin Brainstorm is a creative foundry-where ideas, concepts, passion projects, brands, and marketing are melted down and ReConstructed. We won't just be talking at you-we're actually hoping to find new people to collaborate with as well! Plus we have a party at the end.

Who should come to this workshop?
The curriculum has been developed so that it's applicable to a diverse group of people. You don't have to be a visual artist to get the benefits from The Brainstorm. It will be good for photographers, but it would also be good for: entrepreneurs, creative directors, musicians, writers, makers, builders, destroyers, and shamans. No robots please. We aren't down with your kind. Except Smilebooth. That's one great robot.

Wheeling & Dealing!
It's our first time (blushing) so we're going to have a great deal on spots. However, space is pretty limited so if you're really interested don't delay! Email us here to sign up!

The Details
The first Bar Napkin Brainstorm is going to be held at the Ace Hotel New York on Thursday October 10th.

  • Presentations from Michael Antonia, Whitney Chamberlin, and Brian Morrow as well as a special New York based professional creative.

  • Speed Date: Have your ideas dissected and reconstructed in a one on one consultation. We're open to a two on one thing too. If you're into that.

  • The Board Room: Join us for a full group brainstorm, where you present ideas for passion projects, new businesses or creative meanderings and collect feedback, critique, support and hopefully future collaboration from the group.

  • After Party: We'll take the workshop to the bar to field test the concepts from the day. Dancing and drinks help the ideas from the day soak in and encourage more to keep coming. Michael and a guest will be playing records and the smilebooth with be going off. After all, a lot of our best ideas where written on bar napkins!


Michael Antonia

MICHAEL ANTONIA - music obsessive. entrepreneur.brunch aficionado.
founding member of the flashdance, YEAH! rentals, & YEAH! weddings

i bought my first record at the age of 9 (45 of Frank Sinatra's - New York New York). in 1996 i started djing by night, while booking and producing shows in night clubs, theaters, and festivals by day. two years later i took a job in marketing, advertising, and brand strategy. after 10 years of the ad world i realized i needed more, so i walked away from the clients (stayed pals with the creatives) and moved to LA. i started the flashdance from my dining room table during the worst recession in recorded history with a pregnant wife and no money. in almost 5 years we've turned it into one of the most highly regarded brands in the wedding and event industry. the flashdance now houses 6 companies and supports over 30 people.

i currently juggle my time between creative direction and marketing YEAH! rentals (my furniture and props rental company), and our newest wedding collective YEAH! weddings. i still maintain a dizzying travel schedule djing, and get my music obsession fix working as music supervisor for the ace hotel. occasionally i brunch.





Brian Morrow



BRIAN MORROW - film maker. day dreamer. rapper. 
creative director of Shark Pig, a full service production company/digital agency

I've done about a million weird gigs. I was a paper boy, a wood workers apprentice, a projectionist at a movie theater. I installed a telecommunications network at a housing project for Indian Monks.  I worked at the flag ship Taco John's in my home town - Cheyenne, Wyoming. I painted two building sized grain silos in the world's weirdest town - Fairfield, Iowa. I was the head of Security on that movie, Hesher. I got sent to Dubai as an air courrier with one hour notice, same thing with Rome except that time I saw the Pope! I've stood at the finish line of marathons and photographed thousands of runners drag their nearly broken bodies across. I've shot hundreds of graduations and hundreds of weddings. I've spliced fiber optic cable in cold tiny trailers, and mounted giant satellite dishes on the top of radio towers. One time I was hired to pretend that I worked at this architectural design firm so it seemed like they had more employees during a big client meeting. I ended up editing a rap video and answering to the name "Brant". It's all in a days work.   

I finally stopped taking day rates when I started a production company called Shark Pig. Now I just have one job, but it keeps me busier than ever. Our recent clients include: Levi's, Purina, UGG, Midori, Audi, McDonalds, Pfizer, Lucky Magazine, and Paul Mitchell. 





Whitney Chamberlin


WHITNEY CHAMBERLIN – cultural engineer. innovator. spiritual nerd.
Smilebooth inventor, Our Labor of Love director, all-scale event producer.

I've always been fascinated by widespread adrenaline rush. Starting when I was 16, I poured that stimulus into producing raves and festivals. In the early '90s, I worked as a tour manager for rock bands. At age 20, I started transitioning into the club-oriented nightlife scene with Tasty Shows, a Seattle affiliate of Neverstop. When I was 21, I joined the Neverstop team as one of their Cultural Engineers. We took the experiential stimulus and applied it to marketing, revolutionizing the standard model. At the same time, United States of Consciousness provided my outlet to the younger crowd. I became a company partner and helped turn a modest business into a phenomenon. We took the buzz and excitement of big acts like Black Eyed Peas and Daft Punk and coupled them with the wonderment of an experiential atmosphere (one event featured indoor motorcycle tracks), drawing crowds of ten to fifteen thousand.

Throughout all of this, I did my own documentary work. Which came in handy years later when my wife, Jesse, convinced me to do wedding photography with her. In the years that followed, Our Labor of Love rose to the forefront of the industry as one of the top ten wedding photography studios in the world. But as a wedding photographer, I became acutely aware that guests wanted to be involved in the creative process. This is how Smilebooth was born, a user-operated photo booth that is intuitive, empowering, and connective.

Over four hundred weddings later, as well as multiple incarnations and innovations of Smilebooth, I feel that the time has come for me to pass this particular torch along and start sharing what I've learned. I am currently in that process of transitioning back into doing more as an event producer, but I still have a hand in both Our Labor of Love and Smilebooth (Smilebooth is a particularly clingy robot who gives me guilt trips about abandoning it).



Josh Rosen



Josh Rosen, co-founder of Saturdays Surf NYC, is going to share with us from his experiences in taking disparate passions and fusing them to create a totally new and unique expression of culture and art.

For Josh it's never just been about speed, but speed + grace. Whether it's skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding; whether it's music, art, fashion; Josh knows there's a difference between clumsy, directionless speed, and the precise movements of a creature in flight. And wherever he goes, his passions come with. Moving to NYC should probably have deterred his surfing itch, but instead it inspired him to take advantage of the new space, not to mention the hole in the market. The NYC perspective combined with the surf lifestyle was a hybrid waiting to happen.

Years after building the surf shop literally with his own hands, now at the helm of a globally thriving fashion line, Josh still hasn't lost his sense of direction. He is just as excited as ever to keep pouring himself into new outlets of collaboration with other artists. Which is why it'll be so awesome to have him with us: to bounce ideas off of each other, to seek new outlets together.

Artwork credit: Tyler Spanger, click here to check out his amazing work!
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