She Wants the D(SLR)
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Help me afford a new DSLR for my business!
As many of you know, Heliantha Photography is my livelihood. Unfortunately, my current camera has finally given up the ghost, after 6 years of dedicated service, so I now need to purchase a new camera body.
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Help me afford a new DSLR for my business!

If you know me, you've seen my dedication to photography. Maybe you've seen my fine art images, or maybe you or your pets or your children have posed for me, but odds are you know that my camera is basically glued to my hand 24/7. I've been lucky enough over the past year to transition this lifelong passion into a second job (Heliantha Photography), using only the resources I already had available to me at the time: a handful of decent lenses, a homemade lighting kit, and a 10-year-old, 6.1 megapixel camera. This camera has been a faithful companion to me for 6 years now, but it has long surpassed its shutter rating (so I'm on borrowed time to begin with), and it is starting to show some disturbing chromatic aberration on a regular basis. After a lot of stress, hair pulling, and math, I've come to the conclusion that it's finally time to upgrade. However, unlike lenses, lights, and props that can be purchased as funds are available, this is a huge chunk of change that I simply don't have. I need all the help I can get to keep my still nascent business afloat. This is where you come in!

Luckily, I'm not asking for something for nothing! I've put together what I think is a great group of perks for every donation level, some of which are photography sessions at Hugely discounted rates. If you have questions about any of the perks including details, ship dates, or customizations, let me know. I'll be pulling together a finalized portfolio of available images for the customized items by 11/15/14, and I will be adding a couple of additional items soon. Calendars, magnets, prints, and phone cases (coming soon) will ship on a rolling, as-claimed basis and I will confirm soon what the last possible day to ship in time for Christmas will be.

While I'm shooting (har har) for a goal of $1500 to meet the cost of the camera, anything above that will go toward helping me fund pro-bono assignments, which are absolutely my favorite part of the job.

An important note:

Because my current camera is only functioning properly about 30% of the time, many of the photography session perks will not be able to be delivered until after I have purchased a new camera and had a couple of weeks to adjust to it. Please keep this in mind when pledging. For example, if my goal is unmet before Christmas and you want a group session for your Christmas cards, I may not be able to deliver on that perk within your desired time frame.

Thank you, again, for all your support. I truly wouldn't be able to do it without you.

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I love you but I'm poor
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I get it, you have no money. I appreciate your symbolic support. And hey, every dollar helps!
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The Copyright Infringement
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Have you ever used one of my photographs for your profile picture, cover photo, wallpaper, etc? I appreciate you chipping in a little retroactive payment for the free photography. :)
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Wallpaper Access
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With a $5.00 donation I'll enable a full-size download of all of the photographs in this fundraiser's gallery.
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Magnet Set
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A set of 4 fridge magnets chosen at random from my flower photographs.
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Free Headshot Session
  • 3 claimed
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Normally a $100 value, I'm offering 30-minute headshot/portrait sessions in a location of your choosing. Price good for 6 months! (If you are located somewhere other than VA, DC, or MD, please contact me privately before choosing this support level so that we can discuss feasibility).
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2015 "Painting with Light" Calendar
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2015 Nature Calendar
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Custom 2015 Calendar
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A full size wall calendar with your choice of any image from this fundraiser's image bank.
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Free Child/Pet Session
  • 1 claimed
  • 14 remaining
Normally a $200 value, I'm offering a 1 hour peewee session in a location of your choosing. Price good for 6 months! (If you are located somewhere other than VA, DC, or MD, please contact me privately before choosing this support level so that we can discuss feasibility).
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Free Full Session
  • 2 claimed
  • 8 remaining
Normally a $250 value, I'm offering a 2-hour session in a location of your choosing. Price good for 6 months! (If you are located somewhere other than VA, DC, or MD, please contact me privately before choosing this support level so that we can discuss feasibility).
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Free Creative Portraiture Session
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Normally a $300 value, I'm offering 2 hour creative session in a location of your choosing. Includes makeup, props, and effects. Price good for 6 months! (If you are located somewhere other than VA, DC, or MD, please contact me privately before choosing this support level so that we can discuss feasibility).
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Free Group Session (3+ People)
  • 1 claimed
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Normally a $300-500 value, I'm offering a free group session in a location of your choosing. Price good for 6 months! (If you are located somewhere other than VA, DC, or MD, please contact me privately before choosing this support level so that we can discuss feasibility).
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