I just got back to my desk after 5 days away — this time celebrating photography and collaboration with 39 other photographers in Joshua Tree, California. Phoot Camp, as the retreat is called, has been one of the largest sources of inspiration, drive and creativity in my career as a photographer. 
Phoot camp was…
motivation to make portraits of the beautiful people around me.
a chance to talk about my insecurities and fears as a creative.
a kick-in-the-ass to stop making excuses.
a party that leaves you with no choice but to stay up until 5:30 am to see the sunrise.
a reason to feel proud of the photos I make.
endless conversations about how we started and how we grow as photographers.
a lesson in technical prowess.
a one-in-a-million kind of creative high.
the perfect place to get weird.
the kind of large group of friends I always wish I had but never made in life until now.
constantly checking the #phootcamp tag to see what everyone else is up to in real time.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Exposure: 1/1000th
  • Focal Length: 35mm

I just got back to my desk after 5 days away — this time celebrating photography and collaboration with 39 other photographers in Joshua Tree, California. Phoot Camp, as the retreat is called, has been one of the largest sources of inspiration, drive and creativity in my career as a photographer.

Phoot camp was…

  • motivation to make portraits of the beautiful people around me.
  • a chance to talk about my insecurities and fears as a creative.
  • a kick-in-the-ass to stop making excuses.
  • a party that leaves you with no choice but to stay up until 5:30 am to see the sunrise.
  • a reason to feel proud of the photos I make.
  • endless conversations about how we started and how we grow as photographers.
  • a lesson in technical prowess.
  • a one-in-a-million kind of creative high.
  • the perfect place to get weird.
  • the kind of large group of friends I always wish I had but never made in life until now.
  • constantly checking the #phootcamp tag to see what everyone else is up to in real time.