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I believe you are beautiful. I have a dream that you would feel empowered in your natural skin. I believe in the power of a photograph.
I believe you are beautiful. I have a dream that you would feel empowered in your natural skin. I believe in the power of a photograph.
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Natural beauty is close to my heart, and it's something that our culture is loosing sight of. I want to bring awareness and light to the natural skin we've been given, with freckles or without. This is a movement to remind you that you don't have to wear a lot makeup to feel beautiful. It's about capturing a moment, and not photoshopping away who we are. I want you, to be more of you.

I'm creating a book, and that's where I need you. Not only do I need your support to cover the cost of the book, I need your beautiful faces to fill the pages. I will be partnering with Artifact Uprising, a company that values creativity and passion. Without it, we are nothing. They also believe in the inspiration that comes from natural beauty around us, and that's why they print on 100% recycled paper. I'm beyond excited to get this book into your hands.

The vision is to help restore American beauty. I will cross the country, visiting iconic American cities and photograph people in a natural way. I will use the social community I have to connect with any and all who wish to support this movement. I believe that we are all beautiful, and I can't wait to show you. My journey will start in Seattle, and take me all the way to New York over six weeks. I'll be traveling in my car, camping, and staying with friends to keep things efficient. I can't wait for this adventure, beginning late June of this summer.

TOUR STOPS

  • Seattle, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA 
  • San Diego, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Washington, DC
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • New York, NY
5x7 print option
5x7 print option
Hand-drawn logo by @seantulgetske
Hand-drawn logo by @seantulgetske
            
Video created by @danielmreimer
Video created by @danielmreimer

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Risks and challenges

One of my challenges on the road, will be staying on top of the selection of photos as I go. On average, I'll be shooting new portraits 2 out of 3 days for 6 weeks. I don't want to get behind on thousands of photos, but I also want time to enjoy the road and the people I get to spend time with.

Traveling thousands of miles, and staying in your car comes with a few risks. I'll need to be smart about where I decide to park and camp. Car failures are always possible too. I'll need to make sure I'm prepared for any of these speed bumps.

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    A limited edition postcard with one of the best photos from the trip, and a hand-written thank you from Chuck! :)

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    A polaroid from the trip! These are true and nostalgic one of a kind moments.

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    G O L D polaroid! Limited edition gold frame polaroid from the trip! These are super rare, and there's only a few available. Get one of these babies while they last!

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    5x7 Signature print with your choice from one of the best photos from the trip, or one of two self portraits by Chuck with a special hand written thank you note on the back. See the 5x7 self portrait options shown at the bottom of this page.

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    E-Book - a digital copy of the Restoring American Beauty photo book for your phone or tablet.

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    Paperback copy of Restoring American Beauty - 8.5x11+ digital version for your phone or tablet. Created by Artifact Uprising.

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    A coffee date and polaroid with Chuck at one of his stops on the trip! :) Must be within 25 miles of one of the cities listed on the trip to claim.

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    First book off the press! The first 8.5x11 paperback printed with a special hand-written thank you note inside :)

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    A limited edition copy of Restoring American Beauty with a special hand-written thank you inside + 2 polaroids from the trip. 8.5x11 paperback version.

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    Hardcover copy of Restoring American Beauty - 8.5x11 + digital version for your phone or tablet. Created by Artifact Uprising.

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    It all just sounds too cool! Hardcover copy of Restoring American Beauty - 8.5x11 + signature print + 2 polaroids + limited edition postcard.

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    Photo shoot - book me for a for sure slot on the trip. We'll shoot for a couple hours, and I'll make sure you leave feeling beautiful. Comes with the 8.5x11 softcover copy of the book and a special handwritten note from Chuck. Must be within 25 miles of one of the cities listed on the trip (message me for additional cities that aren't on my list, but may be in my route).

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    Be in the book! Photo shoot + a for sure page of your beautiful portrait in the Restoring American Beauty photo book. Comes with the 8.5x11 softcover copy of the book and a special handwritten note from Chuck + a few polaroids from the shoot. Must be within 25 miles of one of the cities listed on the trip.

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    Be in the book! Photo shoot + a for sure page of your beautiful portrait in the Restoring American Beauty photo book. Comes with the 8.5x11 softcover copy of the book and a special handwritten note from Chuck + a few polaroids from the shoot. Must be within 25 miles of one of the cities listed on the trip (message me for additional cities that aren't on my list, but may be in my route). Due to popular demand, I added these 5 extra of this reward :)

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    Lessons in Light - this is an all day adventure and workshop with Chuck. He will teach you creative and technical ways to interact with light, as the subject or the photographer. You will get to explore multiple locations and scenarios. He will take several portraits of you throughout the day, which you will also receive professional edits for. This also includes the 8.5x11 softcover Restoring American Beauty book + 5x7 signature print + a few polaroids from the shoot. Must be within 25 miles of one of the cities listed on the trip.

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