Midwest Goes West

Hello, it's me, Amy.

This is a very special day for me and for the Campfire Experience. Two years ago I decided to leave the comfort and security of a path I believed I was expected to take -- and instead blazed my own trail. One filled with adventure. And travel. And creativity. And community. 

So at the end of March 2016, I took that leap. The honest truth, at the time, was that I didn't know how or if I would land. But not only did I land... I was carried toward my vision by a wave of support. 

It was you. You made it okay. You made it possible. You believed in this dream. You created a community. And you lifted us up. 

These past two years have been some of the most fulfilling of my life. I began alone, working inside nearly every coffee shop in Columbus, Ohio to create the strategy and plan that would become the foundation of this company. Then, there came a time that I could no longer do things on my own. So I built a team. A team of passionate, hard-working, creative people who were willing to drive for hours before dawn to build a world custom-created for our clients. This team would take just as much pride as I would seeing the vision come to life. And we grew. And as we grew our vision grew. 

And over these past two years what I've come to understand is that what you perceive to be the destination is just another point in your journey. As you climb that metaphoric mountain, your vantage point changes, and so too does your vision for what lies ahead. 

And so, what does lie ahead? With a heart full of gratitude, I am proud to announce that in midsummer of 2018, we will be expanding to Boulder, Colorado! The same feelings of excitement mixed with uncertainty are just as prevalent as the were two years ago. But we know that with you as our community of support, the road will rise up to meet us. 

Thank you for being our first adopters. Our champions. Our community. We are forever grateful. 

Amy & the Campfire Team

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2018 Wedding Trends We Love

2018 Wedding Trends We Love

A new year brings new creative ways to celebrate. So what’s next in weddings? We've scoured the web to pick our favorite trends. We can't wait for the season to start to see how you incorporate the ones we love.

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Team Profile: Alisha Grove

Team Profile: Alisha Grove

Alisha or Ali as she has come to be known graced us with her presence early on 2017. She is cheery bright soul who always brings calm to any stressful situation. She's exactly who you want on your team in a pinch. A delightful optimist with a can-do attitude, she jumped right in on rainy days setting up bridal suites and lounges on muddy hills, lakeside retreats, and far-away farms. There might be no person that loves LOVE more than this lady. And just for that reason, she has become our bridal expert, working with our brides on their perfect retreat. While Ali loves love, the team loves her! Take a moment to learn a bit more about Ali. 

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Artist Profile: Nikolas Heidel and Max Slater of Old Middle Modern

Artist Profile: Nikolas Heidel and Max Slater of Old Middle Modern

So we met on a warm summer evening and the house was clean, as promised, and it was beautiful. I was first greeted by the wagging tail and prancing feet of the resident house pup. Later, Nik answered my knock with a big smile and firm handshake. He introduced me to Max Slater, the drummer for the group. The three of us chatted for nearly an hour, the conversation tumbling effortlessly from one topic to another. In the end, I learned a lot about this new band and the “no pressure” attitude of the guys putting it together. 

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Artist Profile: Jeff Pearl, Cody Smith, Steve Sikes-Gilbert, and Chris Steris of Bummers

Artist Profile: Jeff Pearl, Cody Smith, Steve Sikes-Gilbert, and Chris Steris of Bummers

It didn’t take long for us to walk through every plateau of thought from adventures abroad to love gone terribly sour. Almost speaking simultaneously at times, you could tell these four were naturally in sync as they finished each other’s every sentence. Some responses were compiled as a band, while others warranted individual reflections. Either way, it’s safe to say these fellas were anything but a ‘bummer,’ and had me fully entertained throughout our interview

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Team Profile: Emily Rose

Team Profile: Emily Rose

Emily joined The Campfire Experience late in 2016 and jumped right in traveling with us to Asheville, North Carolina to help produce one of our most magical events to date. She has a tremendous gift as a poet and writer capturing beauty and emotion with such honesty.  In addition to being a wonderful contributor to our blog and our overall communications, she has passionately worn many hats from business development to event production. Take a moment to get to know Emily Rose.

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Artist Profile: Katie Burke of The Lunar Year

Artist Profile: Katie Burke of The Lunar Year

It's winter in Ohio and I'm sitting down preparing for a phone call with front woman Katie Burke of The Lunar Year to ask her some questions about her inspiration, her band, and their plans for the future. To my delight, Katie and I immediately bond over Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes, and all things emo in our younger days. 

“Emotion is universal” she tells me, about her attraction to writing about emotions. "Even those shitty ones that live way way down in the bottom of your heart."

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Finding Hope

Finding Hope

Where to begin. After multiple treks to Colorado this past year, the momentum of exploration fueled the fire within me to seek a new challenge: braving the unknown alone.

This idea of venturing off in solitary was a seed planted as I traveled back to Ohio with memories of endless stars, windy mountaintops, sentiments of wild freedom and campfire ash still adorning my jacket and my mind. After being happily covered in dirt from one hike to another on Colorado soil, a month in my urban apartment already roused an unsettled sense of cabin fever. 

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10 Rules of the Road Warrior

10 Rules of the Road Warrior

Blank stares or a “that’s cool…?” is the response I get more than half of the time when I tell people I have a blog dedicated to mostly abandoned buildings. It’s grown to incorporate to nature photography, pictures of interesting structures in general, cute photos of my friend’s farm animals, but at its foundation are abandoned buildings. I’d like to think I have a special skill for being able to pick them out everywhere I go. Whether it’s a rural or more urban area, I’m able to zero in on them right away, it’s like being drawn to them. I feel like I understand these buildings, I can recognize their beauty and sadness because it’s what I see in my own life. I empathize with that feeling of the world moving on around you and you feeling left behind. I’m always curious about what led to each building’s vacancy, about the lives that played out behind doors.

There is small but growing community of fellow explorers who share the same curiosity and passion when it comes to documenting forgotten treasures. In no particular order, the following are my top ten tips that I’ve gathered and created for myself when it comes to getting out on the road and starting to photograph these decaying relics.

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Team Profile: Kayla Chandler

Team Profile: Kayla Chandler

Kayla joined The Campfire Experience early in 2016 and has been an incredible force of nature with a wonderfully creative soul. In addition to assisting with day to day operations, she has taken her love of music and injected it into leading the upcoming Campfire Sessions - which we cannot wait to announce! Take a moment to get to know Kayla.

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Freedom

Freedom

From those heights, a lot of emotions tend to flow through one’s system. Personally speaking, I was somewhere between nervous and terrified, as I’ve always been afraid of heights.  But the higher I walked, and the more spectacular the views became, I felt a new emotion bubbling up: freedom.  

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The Campfire Experience featured in 614 Now

We were thrilled to see The Campfire Experience featured in 614 Now! We're thankful to see such early support and hope to bring something great to the city of Columbus!

 

Kelly's Island State Park

Kelly's Island State Park

Every summer my family camped at Kelly's Island State Park until I left for college. Now that I have a family of my own I love sharing my favorite childhood memories. And while I thought I knew everything there was to know about this tiny island, I was surprised by many hidden gems.

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The beginning

The beginning

One afternoon, when I was six-months pregnant, my husband and I left for a music festival on a whim. He took our guest bedroom mattress and stuffed it into our car. Laughing at ourselves, we threw our bags into the car and headed to a weekend of music. It was that weekend I realized something: I love the campfire experience, but not the camping experience.

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