This project is all about sharing my photography with more people. Except in special circumstances, my photography can be viewed for free on Flickr. I believe, however, that photographs should be printed and displayed and used! Not to mention that for me, photography is not a cheap hobby.
Keeping all that in mind, I have three main goals for this Patreon:
- Share physical photographs with more people.
- Recoup current expenses.
- Purchase materials for new experiments, buy new gear, travel to new and interesting places.
I try and go out to shoot at least once a week. Photos are processed as soon as possible and uploaded to Flickr. Once a month, I post an in-depth round-up of my month, photographically. Patrons get early access to this information. Patrons at higher levels will receive additional content.
Some of you know me as Justine. Some of you may know me better as Aurora Lee. I answer to both. :) The rest of you don't know me at all, so let me tell you about myself. I'm a photographer, a world traveller, a writer. I have a couple of day jobs, too.
Photographer. Traveller. Writer. For me, these pursuits are all intrinsically linked and so often inspire each other. I'm proud of my roots, of my military family, and I'm interested in history in general. I find the most enjoyment in exploring these topics and learning about the world through travel and photography.
I'm an award-winning, published photographer, and I've participated in many photographic exhibitions and given talks on my travel and photography. I've even had flash fiction has been published in several anthologies!
I hope you'll follow me here on Patreon, but you can also keep up to date with my escapades on my blog.
As this project continues, I hope to explore new techniques and experiments. If you would like to see more of my photography, please check out my Flickr stream.
Above: Rewards and Patron levels. Delivered:
(I) - Immediately | (P) - After your first payment is processed | (M) - After your monthly payment is processed | (A) - Annually (usually in December) | (J) - January and July | (Q) - Quarterly - January, April, July, October.
* Minimum length of patronage required.
Monthly Patron-only Updates (all Patrons)
As I mentioned above, I'll probably post quick updates each week for anyone to view. Once a month, however, Patrons will receive a larger update, complete with photos, news, and more. This will only be available to Patrons.
I'll Thank You On My Blog! (all Patrons)
There is a page on my blog dedicated to thanking everyone who has supported me with my various crowdfunding campaigns! I'll list you there for as long as you are a Patron! If you would prefer not to be listed, please message me.
Computer Desktop Wallpaper (all Patrons)
As soon as you complete your initial pledge, you'll have the opportunity to download an image you can use as a desktop wallpaper. I might change this image periodically. If I do, I will make sure current Patrons receive the new image!
10% Etsy Discount ($5+)
I sell cards, and sometimes other things, on Etsy. Patrons contributing $5 or more a month will receive a 10% discount on merchandise there. Just message me with what you're purchasing and I'll give you the details. If you're local, we can take it off site and you'll save the shipping, too!
Wallet Calendar ($5+)
These are basically business cards, but better! They featuring a photo on the front and a calendar on the back. Useful! Each year I have new cards made with an updated photo and, of course, calendar. All Patrons at the $5 and above levels will receive one after they sign up, and then at the end of the year!
Behind the Scenes ($5+)
Patrons at this level and above will have access to additional Patreon content. When a photo shoot calls for it, I will document some 'behind the scenes' things and share it with you guys only! There's no schedule for this, just whenever it's appropriate.
Everyone should be a reader, and my preference is the dead tree edition. So you all get bookmarks for your books... or whatever you want to use a bookmark for. They'll ship with your wallet calendars. Also, randomly whenever I order new stock. You might get doubles, or you might get something new. You can never have too many bookmarks.
Thank You Card ($10+)
After your first contribution, I'll send you a thank you card featuring one of my photos. Because you deserve it! It's basically a 5"x7" print... but thankful. :)
Monthly 4"x6" Print ($10+)
Each month, I'll send you my favourite print from the month. You'll have a fine collection, especially combined with the 'zine you'll also receive. Top-level tier gets an upgrade to 5"x7" prints!
Social Media Avatar ($25+)
Each month, I'll create an avatar that you can use on your social media profiles. Or just look at. Whatever. I'm not the boss of you. :) Of course, it will feature one of my photos. Image will be my choice.
Quarterly 8"x10" Print ($25+)
Four times a year, I'll send you an 8"x10" print of my favourite photo from the last quarter. This is in addition to your monthly 4"x6" print.
Poster Calendar ($50+)
Contribute at this level (or higher) for at least three months and, around December, you'll receive a poster-style calendar for the next year!
Note Card Set ($50+)
Twice a year you'll receive a set of ten (all the same) note cards. They will be generic and blank inside and just feature my info on the back. Like the print above, you can either choose the image from Flickr, or I can surprise you. You can share my art with others!
Photo 'zine ($100+)
I'd like to experiment with photography 'zines. You make fine guinea pigs. :) Each month, I'll create a small 'zine of my favourite, or most interesting, images. They might be recent images, or themes pulled from images in my archives. They might look very different from 'zine to 'zine as I play with the formats.
Random Stuff ($100+)
I'll send you some random stuff, randomly through the year. It'll be totally random. These might be photo print samples, art from others that I come across, souvenirs from my travels.... Anything! I collect a lot of random stuff through the year. Souvenirs from my travels, test prints, prizes, and more. Randomly through the year, I'll send my biggest supporters random stuff. Maybe it will be awesome... maybe it will go in your next garage sale. Who knows? Random, right?
25% Etsy Discount ($100+)
Ten percent discount? pft. If you're paying me this much a month, you deserve something better! 25% off for you at my Etsy store and on photography services!
Even if Patreon isn't for you, I would still love to have your support! You can shop at my Etsy. (Remember that locals can save the shipping, and even the online purchasing, by contacting me directly.) Patrons contributing at least $5/month will also receive a discount. Keep an eye on my blog for other, short-term, funding opportunities.
Contributing financially not for you? There are other ways you can be involved! Talk about and share my project and store with your networks! Follow me on Twitter and Flickr and read my blog. Do you know of an organization that would be interested in hearing me talk about my photography or travels? Connect us!
Thank you so much for your support, in whatever form it comes in. I really appreciate it!