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States of Union is a series of color portrait photographs of same-sex families from across the United States.

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States of Union and is comprised of a series of color portrait photographs of same-sex families. 

“Family” in States of Union, may be as few as two individuals who are in a committed relationship and live as a social unit. 

I need your support to finish this project.

I am raising money on Kickstarter to fund the travel expenses entailed in photographing underrepresented same-sex families from states that are not traditionally perceived as gay-friendly such as:

Oklahoma, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Georgia, Wyoming, and Arkansas to name a few...

It is imperative that these families are portrayed in the project.  In order to truly do justice to the subject matter and show the diversity represented in our community.

Your donation will help give these families a voice. 

The finished project will consist of 100 photographs.  The photographs, with commentary, will become a published work. A traveling exhibition of the photographs will tour galleries, museums as well as alternative and public spaces in small towns and big cities around the United States. 

The photographs give credence to the validity of family life among the gay community by universalizing the very idea of family. 

In a country that does not yet fully recognize same-sex families legally or culturally, the visual record provided by States of Union serves as public documentation that these unions exist.

To learn more go to: www.statesofunion.com

REWARDS:

PLEDGE $225 OR MORE

A special limited edition 8" x 10" photo by Alix Smith. Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $225 OR MORE

A special limited edition 8" x 10" photo by Alix Smith. Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $325 OR MORE

A special limited edition 11" x 14" photo by Alix Smith. Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $500 OR MORE

A special limited edition 16" x 20" photo by Alix Smith.  Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $500 OR MORE

A special limited edition 16" x 20" photo by Alix Smith.  Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $800 OR MORE

A special limited edition 20” x 24” photo, signed and numbered by the artist.  Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $800 OR MORE

A special limited edition 20” x 24” photo, signed and numbered by the artist.  Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $800 OR MORE

A special limited edition 20” x 24” photo, signed and numbered by the artist.  Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


PLEDGE $2,000 OR MORE

A special 30” x 40” limited edition photograph.  Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.


REWARD PHOTO SHOOTS:

*HAVE YOUR PORTRAIT TAKEN OR DONATE A PHOTO SHOOT TO ANOTHER FAMILY

PLEDGE $700 OR MORE
I will travel with my team to a destination within New York City for a photo shoot. You will also receive a 16” x 20”  photo from the shoot.

PLEDGE $1,200 OR MORE

I will travel with my team to a destination within 100 miles of New York City for 2 photo shoot. You will also receive a 16” x 20” ” photo from the shoot. (Comes out to $600 per family or per shoot) 

PLEDGE $2,200 OR MORE

I will fly with my team to a destination within 2 1/2 of New York City for 3 photo shoots. You will also receive a 16” x 20”  photo from the shoot. (Comes out to about $733 per family or per shoot

PLEDGE $3,000 OR MORE - A GREAT IDEA FOR A GROUP OF FAMILIES
I will travel with my team to a destination of your choice for a total of 4 shoots of your choosing, over the course of 1 - 2 days. You will also receive a 16” x 20" photo from each shoot. (Comes out to $750 per family or per shoot)

PLEDGE $4,500 OR MORE- A GREAT IDEA FOR A GROUP OF FAMILIES
I will travel with my team to a destination of your choice for a total of 5 shoots of your choosing, over the course of 2 – 3 days. You will also receive a 20” x 26” photo from each shoot. (Comes out to $900 per family or per shoot)

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    Limited edition mini book with 20 images from the States of Union series.

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    A special limited edition 8" x 10" photo by Alix Smith. Plus, your name displayed as a contributor.

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