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INDIA - Just Read 02.06.15  
Last fall, Field Trip India brought together an unusual assemblage: children from an orphanage in rural Rajahmundry, and a small group of unassuming photographers from around the world. If we thought we were going to document culture or to make beautiful images, we were thinking too small, too self-contained. My time at the orphanage created an image in my mind that couldn't be contained in any photo: an opportunity to visualize my heart again - to see beyond myself. Sitting on a concrete floor with those kids, I was transported right back to my 12-year-old self, to my own experience as an orphan; yet here I was simultaneously present in a moment of indescribable kinship. We started our journey as observers and photojournalists, but ended our travels totally inspired and motivated to make a difference.

Those kids are the reason why I'm participating in this campaign to raise funds for the orphanage. If you have no interest in looking through the photos, you can skip them - they are just my attempt to capture a feeling that was much more than the sum of its parts. They are the personal piece that I could take with me. The important thing is that you know about this campaign, that you have the opportunity to offer a little bit of yourself to a community that needs it. Please click here: teamrajahmundry

Although we spoke different languages, we were present with them in ways that language need not inhibit. As you sit there in the room, they touch you - but secretly, sneaking in the touch. If you open your arms to give a hug to one child, three more fall into the embrace. And beyond touch, there was music: dancing, singing, sharing a joy much deeper than words. In addition to basic needs, our hope with this campaign is to provide the kids with resources to explore these joys of music and creativity.

Field Trip is a community that gives back. The money for Field Trip India came from the first Photo Field Trip, and we hope to create a never-ending loop of opportunities like this. Thank you for sharing this with me, and thank you for supporting these children.

If you would like to see the rest of the images, you are more than welcome to look through them here.
If you would like to see the rest of my personal images from the trip (and you have an ample amount of time on your hands), you are more than welcome to look through them here.

But most of all, if you have the capability to donate to this wonderful orphanage, please do so here: www.gofundme.com/teamrajahmundry
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LOVEBUG LANDS IN LA! THIS WEEKEND !!! 01.15.15  
Lovebug is coming to sunny SoCal on January 18th! Unlike traditional children's portraits, Lovebug is a chance for kids to be kids. Instead of forced, stiff and awkward school-photo posing, Lovebug is a high energy and highly creative photo shoot that encourages play and silliness!

The idea is to get kids to interact with colorful toys, textiles (and their siblings!) while we captures it all. The result is pure, real and beautiful photographs of some really cute little people. Kids are encouraged to bring their lovebugs---their tattered and well loved stuffed animals and blankets.

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to spend it with your lovebug?

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Lovebug photo shoot is not your traditional portrait sitting… it is all about play! The shoot takes place over the course of a day – we layer in 2 or 3 families in the studio at one time to encourage play and fun energy between the children. There will be a digital Smilebooth to help everybody warm up and get comfortable. Because having your picture taken can be intimidating, we like to let children take their time. It’s been our experience that this type of interactive photo shoot best suits children ages 1 and older.

DATE + COST

Lovebug LA will take place on January 18th from 9AM to 4PM at Books and Cookies in Santa Monica. Time slots are being reserved in 45 minutes increments, with 2-3 families per slot. Pricing for Lovebug LA is $200 for one child and $250 for siblings.

Photo package includes two 8 x 10's per child as well as a downloadable link to print-ready images. Time slots are now being reserved. Email hello@ourlaboroflove.com to reserve your spot now! xo
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melissa + matt // a YEAH! wedding 06.10.14  
we have been wanting to share melissa + matt's wedding with the world for a while, but we had to wait a few months so that it could be published in this little magazine called martha stewart weddings....
everything about melissa + matt's LA wedding was super unique and the production value was so impressive, especially considering it was 100% DIY. there were so many great details and extremely thoughtful themes and ideas that were carried throughout the whole wedding, like: escort cards that they wrote personalized messages on to each and every friend -- all 220 of them! -- paper airplanes (a nod to when they dated long distance and had to fly back and forth to see each other), temporary tattoos, straws for the drinks with funny sayings ("I'm not drunk," "I'm single", "this is water"), a custom neon sign, an amazing s'mores cake by the one and only heirloom la, mid-century lounge furniture provided by YEAH! rentals, and the most detailed / super rad backdrop for a ceremony EVER that matt's brother hand-drew with stats about each of them. matt's brother also sung a personalized rap during the reception, and then matt broke out into a surprise flash mob and made melissa a weeping mess.

when we created YEAH! weddings we always had dream clients like melissa + matt in mind, and likewise, they planned their wedding with us in mind. they are in every way the ambassadors of YEAH! and we now consider them some of our good friends. this wedding was a culmination of everything we love and we couldn't be happier to have been a part of it!
you can check out more photos and the video over at YEAH! weddings!
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christina & josh ( palm springs, CA ) 11.06.13  
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nan & karl // newburyport, ma 10.02.13  
Nan and Karl wanted their small, intimate wedding documented YEAH! weddings, so they booked a custom photo + video package and flew us out to Karl's hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Everything from her pale blue dress to their picnic for two on the beach was the perfect representation of who they were. It's something special to witness a wedding that strips everything down to what matters most. You can see more photos on 100 Layer Cake, too!
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missy & sten ( atlanta, GA ) 08.18.13  
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