4th Trimester Bodies Project

by Ashlee Jackson

Personal campaign Keep it all Chicago, IL, US

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary created by Chicago photographer and mother of three, Ashlee Wells Jackson. This project is dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, ... See the whole story

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Finished Dec 10, 2013

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary created by Chicago photographer and mother of three, Ashlee Wells Jackson. This project is dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding.

What started as a passion project for Ashlee to learn to accept the physical aftermath of a traumatic pregnancy and birth experience has become a platform to encourage all mothers to love and accept the stretches, scars and stripes that come from bearing and raising our little loves.

We are currently photographing women in and around the Chicago area and hope to soon travel to additional cities in order to include a larger and more diverse group of women. The end goal of this project is a community website, gallery show and ultimately, a published book of collected stories and captured photographs.

We hope to change the way women look at their physical selves postpartum and by supporting this project you're helping us do just that.

We need to raise a bare minimum of $35k to make this whole project a reality.We will be traveling across the country to capture women in their best light (with no post processing other than color adjustments). Here is a brief breakdown of costs:

1. Travel, studio rentals, assistants, hair and make up artists and transporting gear all require funding.

2. We will be self publishing the final product which requires a significant budget.

3. It costs money to edit, copyedit, typeset, and design a book—even before you actually print and ship the copies—and photography books require the right kind of paperstock and printing expertise to show the photos in their best light.

By asking you to buy your copy or copies before they're printed, we not only make sure we don't waste paper by printing exactly the number we need, but we save money.

If we don't meet our funding we will have to cancel the travel portion of this project. However, if we meet or exceed our budget any additional funding will allow us to expand our travel schedule including even more women in the project. We will be able to print more books and invest even more money in our beautiful community.

We’re offering many ways in which you can invest in this project. Have a look and thanks so much for taking part!

Not able to fund this project at the moment but want to help anyway? Please share this campaign widely. Let every parent, woman, grandmother, aunt and compassionate person you know about this exciting project. Help us make some noise!

If you'd like to participate please email us! 4thTrimesterBodies@gmail.com
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Your donation with others will add up to help us on our way!
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You'd like to support our project and help us reach our goal with a small donation. Thank you!
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4th Trimester Bodies Project "Motherhood Uncensored" Onesie. Buttery jersey. Black with white text. Available in 12 mo. size. Shipping Included.
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4th Trimester Bodies Project "Motherhood Uncensored" Tee. Fitted jersey. Black with white text. Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL Shipping Included. Please note size with donation.
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4th Trimester Bodies Project "Motherhood Uncensored" Tee. Fitted jersey. Black with white text. Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL Shipping Included. Please note size with donation.
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This perk is your purchased copy of The 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book. What a steal! Shipping is included.
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This perk is your purchase of The 4th Trimester Bodies Project book. Signed by photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson
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4th Trimester Bodies shoot scheduled between 8am and 8pm on location in Indianapolis November 17. Package also includes signed and dedicated copy of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book ($125 value).
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This perk is your purchase of The 4th Trimester Bodies Project book. Signed by photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson. We will also include a note or dedication authored by you. 50 words max. Shipping included.
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VIP 4th Trimester Bodies shoot scheduled on location in Indianapolis November 16 between 8am and 8pm. Package also includes headshot, gift bag valued at $500+ and signed/dedicated copy of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book.
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VIP 4th Trimester Bodies shoot scheduled between 8am and 8pm on location in Kansas City October 25th. Package also includes 1 ticket to Mommy Con, headshot, gift bag valued at $500+ and signed copy of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book.
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VIP 4th Trimester Bodies shoot scheduled on location in Kansas City October 25th at 10:15am. Package also includes 1 ticket to Mommy Con, headshot, gift bag valued at $500+ and signed copy of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book.
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VIP 4th Trimester Bodies shoot scheduled between 8am and 8pm on location in Los Angeles October 5th. Package also includes 1 ticket to Mommy Con event, headshot, gift bag valued at $500 and signed copy of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book.
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VIP 4th Trimester Bodies shoot scheduled between 8am and 8pm on location in Portland September 27th. Package also includes 1 ticket to Mommy Con, headshot, gift bag valued at $500 and signed copy of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project Book.
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With this perk we will include your name and a special thanks in the book and on our website. You'll also receive a copy of The 4th Trimester Bodies Project book. Signed by photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson
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Want to learn to take better pictures of your friends or your family? Maybe you want to learn how to become a portrait photographer? This is your opportunity to get a one-on-one mentoring session from Ashlee Wells Jackson in her Chicago studio. I'll travel in North America for this if you like but all costs associated travel costs must also be covered. And yes, this perk definitely also includes a signed copy of The 4th Trimester Bodies book.
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With this perk we will bring our show on the road to the continental US city of your choice and shoot one full day for the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Also includes a signed copy of The 4th Trimester Bodies book.
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With this perk we will bring our show on the road to the international city of your choice and shoot one full day for the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Also includes a signed copy of The 4th Trimester Bodies book.
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