EMiSpicer is creating Photography! (mostly)
46

patrons

$310
per month
Hi! My name is EMiSpicer and I'm trying to make it as a full-time photographer.



I've spent the past five and a half years active in both music and video game communities in New York City, which has led to me traveling all over the world. While my original focus was in music, I stumbled into some Babycastles events back in 2010 which in turn brought me to the games community. At first I didn't have a clear plan for existing in that space, I just brought my camera with me to practice and hopefully become a better photographer. But as time went on I fell in love with the community and began calling myself a video game culture photographer. I still do music photography too, especially for the chiptune community, but I think I'm best known for my work in games. Since that time I've done a ton of work that I'm really proud of, taking a lot of very recognizable photos at events all over the world. My goal is to beautifully prove that these strange and amazing events happened as well as try to show others what it felt like to be there.



For the most part, everything I've accomplished has been at my own personal expense. Most of the money for travel, attendance, and sometimes lodging has come out of my own pocket at a loss for me. In recent years I've been able to have some of those expenses covered by either client money or the blog I work for but that usually happens at little to no personal profit. As a result I've had to balance my photography work with a day job to make sure I can pay my bills.

After spending two years struggling to balance photography and shitty part-time jobs, I hit my limited. I'm at a point in my photography career where I can no longer afford to lose my time to something that isn't my work. Traditional employment has stopped being a realistic option for me and I'm ready to do whatever it takes to make it on my art alone.



This is where you come in! After relaunching my Patreon last year, I've been able to accomplish so much thanks to your help. The money I've gained here has made it possible to travel to events I never would have been able to make it to before, and I don't want that to stop. Your support is crucial to the work I do, and I only want to do more. I want my Patreon to continue to be a place that facilitates me doing "more better," a goofy phrase I use to talk about how I want to keep pushing my own limits of quality and simultaneously increasing my output. I've experimented with ways to make that worth your effort, and I'm excited to finally have the time to share all those projects with you.

If you believe in me, my work, or if you've ever asked me "Hey, when are those photos going to be published?" please consider supporting me. I want to be able to share the beautiful things I've experienced with you. I'd really love it if you can help make that possible.

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
36 patrons
Pledge $1 (or more) and have my unending thanks. Know that you'll be helping to make it possible for me to continue doing the work you love. You will also gain access to rewards like my Games on Planes series and weekly Polaroid posts.
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
Pledge $10 (or more) and receive access to Patreon-exclusive photos as well as write-ups about my experiences shooting. This will include both digital and film photography, casual reviews, and insight into my process.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
Pledge $20 (or more) and receive 50% of everything I publish digitally! I have a lot of cool plans for the future and by supporting me at this level you will be getting them at an exclusive price.
Pledge $50 or more per month
1 patron
Pledge $50 (or more) and receive a free copy of everything I publish digitally! I have a lot of cool plans for the future and by supporting me at this level you will be guaranteed to receive them at no additional cost.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Pledge $100 (or more) and receive a free piece of all physical merchandise I produce. Prints!! Physical zines?! Clothes?! I have a lot of ideas and you will be guaranteed to receive one of everything I make.
Pledge $150 or more per month
1 patron
Pledge $150 (or more) and I'll work for you! You'll be entitled to 1 hour long video chat with me to talk about what kind of work you need, and 3 additional working hours after that. Need help scheduling your content to post on social media? Managing your Patreon? Advice for your Kickstarter campaign? Use this tier to regularly take advantage of my experience running social media campaigns, publishing content, and more.


(Pledge an additional $50 per hour of work needed)

Goals
$310 of $350 per month
I'll be guaranteed one plane ticket a month! This will secure my ability to travel to events as I find out about them. If there's a month where I cannot find an event to travel to, I'll be able to save that money for international travel.

If this goal is achieved, I'll be able to do more consistent Games on Planes updates. Won't that be fun?! (It will)
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Hi! My name is EMiSpicer and I'm trying to make it as a full-time photographer.



I've spent the past five and a half years active in both music and video game communities in New York City, which has led to me traveling all over the world. While my original focus was in music, I stumbled into some Babycastles events back in 2010 which in turn brought me to the games community. At first I didn't have a clear plan for existing in that space, I just brought my camera with me to practice and hopefully become a better photographer. But as time went on I fell in love with the community and began calling myself a video game culture photographer. I still do music photography too, especially for the chiptune community, but I think I'm best known for my work in games. Since that time I've done a ton of work that I'm really proud of, taking a lot of very recognizable photos at events all over the world. My goal is to beautifully prove that these strange and amazing events happened as well as try to show others what it felt like to be there.



For the most part, everything I've accomplished has been at my own personal expense. Most of the money for travel, attendance, and sometimes lodging has come out of my own pocket at a loss for me. In recent years I've been able to have some of those expenses covered by either client money or the blog I work for but that usually happens at little to no personal profit. As a result I've had to balance my photography work with a day job to make sure I can pay my bills.

After spending two years struggling to balance photography and shitty part-time jobs, I hit my limited. I'm at a point in my photography career where I can no longer afford to lose my time to something that isn't my work. Traditional employment has stopped being a realistic option for me and I'm ready to do whatever it takes to make it on my art alone.



This is where you come in! After relaunching my Patreon last year, I've been able to accomplish so much thanks to your help. The money I've gained here has made it possible to travel to events I never would have been able to make it to before, and I don't want that to stop. Your support is crucial to the work I do, and I only want to do more. I want my Patreon to continue to be a place that facilitates me doing "more better," a goofy phrase I use to talk about how I want to keep pushing my own limits of quality and simultaneously increasing my output. I've experimented with ways to make that worth your effort, and I'm excited to finally have the time to share all those projects with you.

If you believe in me, my work, or if you've ever asked me "Hey, when are those photos going to be published?" please consider supporting me. I want to be able to share the beautiful things I've experienced with you. I'd really love it if you can help make that possible.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
36 patrons
Pledge $1 (or more) and have my unending thanks. Know that you'll be helping to make it possible for me to continue doing the work you love. You will also gain access to rewards like my Games on Planes series and weekly Polaroid posts.
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 patrons
Pledge $10 (or more) and receive access to Patreon-exclusive photos as well as write-ups about my experiences shooting. This will include both digital and film photography, casual reviews, and insight into my process.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
Pledge $20 (or more) and receive 50% of everything I publish digitally! I have a lot of cool plans for the future and by supporting me at this level you will be getting them at an exclusive price.
Pledge $50 or more per month
1 patron
Pledge $50 (or more) and receive a free copy of everything I publish digitally! I have a lot of cool plans for the future and by supporting me at this level you will be guaranteed to receive them at no additional cost.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Pledge $100 (or more) and receive a free piece of all physical merchandise I produce. Prints!! Physical zines?! Clothes?! I have a lot of ideas and you will be guaranteed to receive one of everything I make.
Pledge $150 or more per month
1 patron
Pledge $150 (or more) and I'll work for you! You'll be entitled to 1 hour long video chat with me to talk about what kind of work you need, and 3 additional working hours after that. Need help scheduling your content to post on social media? Managing your Patreon? Advice for your Kickstarter campaign? Use this tier to regularly take advantage of my experience running social media campaigns, publishing content, and more.


(Pledge an additional $50 per hour of work needed)