Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 26, 2013.
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 26, 2013.
Capturing the beauty of love....
One couple at a time.
My friend and I plan to travel to at least 5 U.S. cities (more if funding permits) to capture the images of same-sex couples with their families. My vision is to show how real and beautiful families are, regardless of sexual orientation of the parents. I want to make progress on shrinking the stigma associated with same-sex couples and their families. I would like to focus on the family life and to prove that family is family and love is love. This project makes the point that Same-Sex couples are the same as heterosexual couples. I want to feature children, pets, parents, and any other family members. I want to capture families cooking, playing sports, singing, laughing, swimming, watching television...all together. In addition to the photographs, we will collect personal stories from the families photographed. We will gather wonderful stories of life, love, loss, and overcoming adversity. I will ask the participants to open up to us, to all of you, and let us in to their lives. I want to hear about their worries, their struggles, their fears, their joys and their triumphs. I want to show that we all struggle and that we all face challenges - sexual preference gives nobody a free-pass.
Late spring/early summer, I want to start our journey. Our first stop will be close to home. Being that we are both from Michigan, we will head to the West side of Michigan, to the beautiful town of Grand Rapids. We will drive. Next stop, Chicago -also driving. Followed by Seattle, San Francisco, Orlando, and ending in New York City. A plane shall be our means of transportation to these cities, to save time. We both work and we still need to be realistic with our lives. We are including travel expenses in our budget as well. I want you to know where your money is going to be used and how. This way, we ensure you that we will have the utmost respect for your money by showing integrity with how we plan to utilize it. (We will drive to Grand Rapids and Chicago, while we will fly to the other cities.)
Jayson, my good friend of 4 years, is an experienced photographer and graphic designer. Very talented. He is a midwestern boy like myself. Kind hearted and caring. He is a dreamer and a kid at heart. He is a great artist all around. I trust his talents and abilities and I promise that he will deliver beyond all expectations. His style is raw and modern. I love his eye for beauty and his desire for normalcy in diversity.
After we have returned from our travels, photographed beautiful families, and collected inspiring stories.. Jayson and I will map the layout, choose fonts, decide on the order of the images, the design, etc. This should take some time, for we want it to be really special and well thought out. Taking the time carefully to select the faces of change and the order of which to exhibit the faces of love and family is crucial to the outcome. Our entire premise is to display everyday people with their beautiful families. No staging. When finished...
Off to the publisher...
YOU, as a funder, will be the first to receive a published copy of "Same Love, Same Life." Remember to review the rewards section. You will be rewarded for your generous gifts. So, why not kickstart our dream? What are you waiting for? No time like the present.
Every step we take as humans, gets us closer to our goal of equality and fairness. Life is a constant progression of change. We have made leaps and bounds in our fight for human equality, but the fight is far from over. This project will act as a visual for all those that doubt the ability of same-sex couples to raise children, to live productively in society, and to coexist with heterosexuals. It will combat the stigma that hangs over same-sex couples. We will show the country, and the world, that people are people, family is family, and love is love. Seeing is believing!
To be clear, we are not advocating for any political or religious cause. What we ARE doing is advocating for universal love, family, and beauty. We are promoting unconditional love and acceptance. We are making the claim that the most important and necessary element in a parent - child relationship is the presence of unconditional love. Sexuality is irrelevant when it comes to love. Same-sex couples can live productive lives, contribute to society, raise loving children, live peacefully in any neighborhood, walk their dogs down the street, drink coffee together at the local coffee shop, and even hold hands at the movie theater. They can also hike up a mountain just to appreciate the view from the top - together.
Thank you for taking this small step with me. This is what family means to me. What does family mean to you? Think about it. Can you see yourself supporting the idea of same love, same life?
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Thank you for your support and your generous gift to further the minds of progress and giving equality for all families a chance. Don't forget to check out the incentives for giving. Obviously, the pure satisfaction of backing a worthy cause is rewarding in itself, but there are amounts that you can give - which will qualify you for a tangible reward. Take a stand. Stand for love. Fund this now. You know you want to! No amount is TOO large or TOO small.
Plant the seed, water it, give it light, nourish the soil, pull the weeds...LET IT GROW!
Same Love, Same Life Photo.
A photo book can make the world a better place. One book.
What are you waiting for? Still not convinced? Think about how your donation will impact society. Think about how important something like this will be for progress. Think of it this way...if you donate $5 bucks today, you will get a free "Same Love, Same Life" pin. It's a win-win! Come back later and maybe you can give more for an American Apparel v-neck. Every little bit helps.
The production "crew" will only be Jayson and I.
Remember, if a project is not fully funded by the end of the run, then it dies. A project cannot be partially funded. You see what we are planning for, and you are encouraged to give as much as you can afford. Go ahead, be a philanthropist! It looks great on a resume by the way.
Again, we are NOT seeking funding to advocate for any political or religious cause or belief. We are artists. We create. We inspire. We want to create something that people will value. We want to give people something that they can hold in their hands - something that has the potential to change their hearts. No smoke and mirrors. No hidden agenda. Love is our cause. Love is universal.
(All photographs to promote this project were used with permission.)
*Regardless of sexual orientation, preference, gender identity, anatomy, disability, color...I want to show that same-sex couples (and trans* couples) are very well capable of being productive citizens of the world, loving parents, and outstanding members of their community. I like the phrase, "normalcy in diversity". I want to show how they are in our communities, in our congregations, in our schools, at the grocery store, at the park...etc.
It can sometimes be difficult to convince others to sacrifice their hard earned money in order to advance your vision. People need to feel that their money will actually do something to advance and to better this world. That being said, I have been as real and as honest as I can be about my vision for this project.
I also feel that adversity will find us along the way...all the way to the post-published product. We will have to stand firm in our desire to depict normalcy in diversity and to not become discouraged at criticism or negativity directed out way. I'm sure there will be "haters", but we will keep our heads up.
Like any great piece of art, the final product always turns out to be more wonderful than you ever intended. And that could mean something totally different than what we have in mind. We are open and ready to see where this leads. Obviously, the more funds donated, the better the final product. We greatly appreciate your gifts...monetary or by sending your thoughts and prayers to us as we embark on this small, but necessary adventure. No amount is too small or too large. You are promoting the advancement of humanity for our children. You are making a stand for love.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
After many people have suggested we include trans* people too, I asked myself..."Why not?"
We will also be opening up this opportunity to feature parents/couples that are transexual and/or transgendered. The point it to do whatever we can to highlight the beauty of family - regardless of gender, sexual preference, or anatomy. If you have unconditional love in your heart, a basic desire to do good, and a willingness to take care of your neighbor - you are a productive citizen of this world and you should not be give the short end of the stick because of things that are a private/personal matter. All people matter. After all, love is love.
- (35 days)