“I think that this beautiful disaster of a dress tells so many stories of countless beauties who doubted that they can be someones Muse, even if just for one day. ” -Karla (dress model)
For almost six years now, I’ve been developing a photography project that has turned into an inspirational journey. I’ve photographed over twenty women in the same dress- my cousin’s old wedding dress.
This is the story of that dress told through the imagination of women.
Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I found my cousin’s old wedding dress in a box while cleaning out her garage. She gave it to me, thinking I could do something creative with it. This began the adventure. Over the next six years, I’ve shot various women in different cities in the same dress- allowing them to add their own flares to the shoot. I get to know them, their struggles and achievements and I pay attention to how they interact with the dress. What I’ve learned: people love playing dress up, it’s okay to be a bit of a princess and people can really go through hell and fight their way back.
I wanted to showcase the happy feelings that come with playing dress up as an adult- to wear the layers of tulle from a ball gown. These layers allow the women to be themselves while being something out of the ordinary.
Now, the dress’ and the women’s stories are getting told through photos…and I’d like to turn that into a coffee table photo book.
SO…I’m doing just that. May 7th – June 7th I’ll be running a Kickstarter to raise money to get a mass print order of photo books.
Cover Model: Lyndsey Doolen of The Next Steps
I never expect anyone to support my crazy dreams, projects and life…but I know I have so many amazing people who will, and I’m hoping that this project will reach out and touch a few of you. Okay, more than a few. I have a pretty heavy goal to get the best possible product. I will need everyone’s help.
Come May 7th, please consider donating… $45 to the project will get you a hardcover copy of the book if successfully funded. There are other reward levels, but I’ll reveal those on Kickstarter on the 7th.
Don’t know what Kickstarter is? Go to www.kickstarter.com and get to know the site. It’s a great place to see people’s ideas come to life. Sign up for an account- it’s super safe and connects to your Amazon account if you have one.
I am still wrapping up a few shoots- including a few in New Jersey- and once they’re all done, edited and formatted by my graphic designer, Erin… I will ship them off to the printer and have them out in late autumn to early winter (again, assuming this project gets funded). I have some fun rewards planned as well, and if you know one of the models, your rewards circulate around them. It’s very personalized while getting to know the other women who have participated.
It’s very important to get donations in the first few days of the project going live. So, keep that in mind come May 7th! If you have any questions, please visit my FACEBOOK PAGE or TWITTER and send me a personal message!!
This project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of these amazing women. They have really taken this to heart- and it has been such a phenomenal experience for me. Close friends, family, acquaintances and some women who just approached me and asked to do it- the range is wide and the stories are a journey.
On top of that- model (and fellow author) Rebekah Crane has put me in touch with the perfect author for the foreword. So, I’m happy to announce that I have a super amazing foreword being written by none other than the super amazing Jessica Park. I wanted Jessica in the project, but since schedules and distance prohibit that, she’s agreed to start this book off right with some words of her own. I’ll be blogging more about her in the coming days as well as talking about her books and how they’ve inspired some of the work done here. Overall, I am thrilled (and any word you can find in the thesaurus that’s with thrilled) she’s a part of this!
SO, set your alarms… May 7th for Adventures of the Dress on Kickstarter! I’m excited, scared, emotional…all the things!