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Swirl is a portrait photography project capturing the love and connection between interracial couples here in the bay area.

I love seeing the diversity that is all around me and as a photographer I was trying to think of a way to capture that in a slightly different way. My boyfriend and I are an interracial couple and many of our friends are in mixed relationships as well. What better way to document diversity than taking beautiful portraits of interracial couples!

I'll be photographing real couples in the bay and interviewing them on their relationship and how they met. Images and text will be used to create a beautiful hard copy, full color photo book showcasing the diverse, loving relationships that surround us.

I'm looking for 25 interracial couples. All ages, races, and sexual orientations!

Each of the couples who pose for the project will receive a signed, hard copy of the final book!

Brenda and Patrick
Brenda and Patrick
Lyssette and Jordan
Lyssette and Jordan

Funds:

The bulk of my funding goal is going towards hair and makeup styling by one of my makeup artists. I offer this service to my regular clients and it's a great way for ladies to feel a little pampered before their photo shoot.

All of the ladies will have this option. (25 ladies x $150) = $3,750

The remaining funds will go towards the printing and shipping of the final hardcover photography book, as well as the Kickstarter and Amazon fees.

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I don't think there are any deal breakers that will put the project on hold. There are a few obstacles that may slow me down which I've listed below, but I think with careful planning, I can overcome each of these if they happen.

One potential obstacle is not getting enough couples who are willing to pose for the book. Luckily I've talked to a few people already who are interested and once word gets out I don't think I will have a problem photographing 25 amazingly cool couples.

I am a photographer and not a designer so I will be enlisting the services of a designer to make sure that the book looks great. I may have an issue finding one who can work within my budget and needs but with so much talent out there, I'm sure it can get done!

There can always be equipment failures with camera and lighting but I do have a backup camera available and my own studio location so I'm covered in that regard.

I'm taking an unrelated vacation in June that is already scheduled so unless the ship gets stranded somewhere (hey, it's been happening), I plan to make it back in plenty of time for the finishing touches!

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