J DONOVAN SMITH is creating Videos | Photography | Design
2
patrons
$46
per month
What is Patreon?
In a nutshell, Patreon is a subscription-based business platform for artists. It's a way to support artists allowing them to grow and provide better and stronger content while doing what they love. When you become a patron, in a matter of speaking, I'm creating for you because you are investing in me. Here is another great little primer as well of what Patreon is, created by Patreon.

Who is this creator you are investing in?
I've always been in the arts. From when I was in my single digit years, I drew. I created American Indian totems; I drew death and life and everything in between. When I was in 5th grade I took up band playing the snare drum, which lead to high school band and marching band, dixieland and jazz choir. Also in high school I made pottery, took photography and learned calligraphy. In my first year of college I stumbled upon graphic design as an elective, this was where I really fell in love with the creative world. Those two years at a local community college lead me to the world famous School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which changed my world forever!

Since graduating from SAIC, I have been in the creative industry for many years working for companies as a professional graphic designer and production artist, but even though I've been in the creative industry there has always been something burning inside me that the past years could not exactly fulfill–something that I have not been able to put my finger on. In the months leading up to March of 2018, it became more and more apparent that I lead a more creative life, and so, I decided to spread my wings and pursue my own freelance business as a photographer, videographer, designer and travel writer, creating content for the experiences around me, and provide those experiences back to you. You see, this creative endeavor encompasses everything. Everything within the photography, videography, graphic design and writing arenas lay everything that I've been wanting to explore; it's not one type of art, but many. It's this creative yearning that has pulled me to explore the many facets of visual communication. This Patreon creative business of mine is a presentation of everything I am creating, and you, my patron, get to follow along on this journey. But you are the key! Without you, my experiences, education and growth would not exist, and for this, I thank you! So, become a patron and see how you can help me make my content stronger and more engaging.

Tiers
Green Member
$3 or more per month

This is the introduction tier where you get to experience the content I am creating through my Patreon-only blog, and follow along with me on my creative path of storytelling.


In this tier, you receive:

  • My utmost appreciation for becoming a patron

  • Your name in the credits of  my vlogs

  • Patreon-only blog

Bronze Member
$6 or more per month

This tier allows me to continue pursuing creative avenues. It also provides you an opportunity to provide topics you would like to see in an up and coming photo or video.


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Green Member tier, plus:

  • The ability to suggest a topic for a photo/video shoot

  • A response to your feedback/question

  • A personalized shout-out to you on my blog

Silver Member
$12 or more per month

You believe in me and what I am trying to accomplish. This tier allows for more education and helps in continuing my drive for international exposure by entering more photo contests, producing travel videos, and pitching more stories to publications.


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Bronze Member tier, plus:

  • A mailed postcard of my top monthly photograph

  • Special events and/or behind the scenes vlogs (when available)

Gold Member
$25 or more per month

You believe in me and want me to succeed. This tier allows me to invest back into my business thru equipment, education and/or travel opportunities. You become more intergrated into my business by being more connected through the experiences.


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Silver Member tier, plus:

  • Video on how I edit my chosen monthly photograph

  • Early access to videos

Platinum Member
$75 or more per month only 15 left

This is the pinicle Pateon Member tier. You believe in me and are providing me the means to expand as a creator. Your patronage shows me that you are there with me following along the way. You want me to succeed and help in getting my work seen all over the world. You want me to continue pushing my knowledge and creating higher quality content. 


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Gold Member tier, plus:

 • A special thank you as a Platinum Member at the beginning of my vlogs 

  • Behind the scenes of a shoot (when available)

  • An 8x12" professional printed photo of the month

Goals
$46 of $1,200 per month
This goal pushes me to create better and stronger content that you find valuable and in return, allows me great accessibility to:
 • Continue my education in photography, video and writing
 • Purchase better equipment that will take my work to the next level
 • Plan trips (to include airfare, transportation, lodging, etc)
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What is Patreon?
In a nutshell, Patreon is a subscription-based business platform for artists. It's a way to support artists allowing them to grow and provide better and stronger content while doing what they love. When you become a patron, in a matter of speaking, I'm creating for you because you are investing in me. Here is another great little primer as well of what Patreon is, created by Patreon.

Who is this creator you are investing in?
I've always been in the arts. From when I was in my single digit years, I drew. I created American Indian totems; I drew death and life and everything in between. When I was in 5th grade I took up band playing the snare drum, which lead to high school band and marching band, dixieland and jazz choir. Also in high school I made pottery, took photography and learned calligraphy. In my first year of college I stumbled upon graphic design as an elective, this was where I really fell in love with the creative world. Those two years at a local community college lead me to the world famous School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which changed my world forever!

Since graduating from SAIC, I have been in the creative industry for many years working for companies as a professional graphic designer and production artist, but even though I've been in the creative industry there has always been something burning inside me that the past years could not exactly fulfill–something that I have not been able to put my finger on. In the months leading up to March of 2018, it became more and more apparent that I lead a more creative life, and so, I decided to spread my wings and pursue my own freelance business as a photographer, videographer, designer and travel writer, creating content for the experiences around me, and provide those experiences back to you. You see, this creative endeavor encompasses everything. Everything within the photography, videography, graphic design and writing arenas lay everything that I've been wanting to explore; it's not one type of art, but many. It's this creative yearning that has pulled me to explore the many facets of visual communication. This Patreon creative business of mine is a presentation of everything I am creating, and you, my patron, get to follow along on this journey. But you are the key! Without you, my experiences, education and growth would not exist, and for this, I thank you! So, become a patron and see how you can help me make my content stronger and more engaging.

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Tiers
Green Member
$3 or more per month

This is the introduction tier where you get to experience the content I am creating through my Patreon-only blog, and follow along with me on my creative path of storytelling.


In this tier, you receive:

  • My utmost appreciation for becoming a patron

  • Your name in the credits of  my vlogs

  • Patreon-only blog

Bronze Member
$6 or more per month

This tier allows me to continue pursuing creative avenues. It also provides you an opportunity to provide topics you would like to see in an up and coming photo or video.


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Green Member tier, plus:

  • The ability to suggest a topic for a photo/video shoot

  • A response to your feedback/question

  • A personalized shout-out to you on my blog

Silver Member
$12 or more per month

You believe in me and what I am trying to accomplish. This tier allows for more education and helps in continuing my drive for international exposure by entering more photo contests, producing travel videos, and pitching more stories to publications.


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Bronze Member tier, plus:

  • A mailed postcard of my top monthly photograph

  • Special events and/or behind the scenes vlogs (when available)

Gold Member
$25 or more per month

You believe in me and want me to succeed. This tier allows me to invest back into my business thru equipment, education and/or travel opportunities. You become more intergrated into my business by being more connected through the experiences.


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Silver Member tier, plus:

  • Video on how I edit my chosen monthly photograph

  • Early access to videos

Platinum Member
$75 or more per month only 15 left

This is the pinicle Pateon Member tier. You believe in me and are providing me the means to expand as a creator. Your patronage shows me that you are there with me following along the way. You want me to succeed and help in getting my work seen all over the world. You want me to continue pushing my knowledge and creating higher quality content. 


In this tier, you receive:

*Everything in the Gold Member tier, plus:

 • A special thank you as a Platinum Member at the beginning of my vlogs 

  • Behind the scenes of a shoot (when available)

  • An 8x12" professional printed photo of the month