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An all-access look into the question: In the age of Instagram, what sets a professional photographer apart?

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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 4, 2012.

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A note from Andy:

Thank you all for your support. Your kind words and pledges have been unbelievably inspiring and humbling. As you can see, we're winding down in the funding process, while still over 50% away from our goal. I won't quit until the buzzer sounds, but I am working on new ways to still make a film to share with you. Follow me on Twitter @andynewman or go to my website to see how you can still be a part of my film and to support my creative dreams.

If you're still interested in supporting Portrait, head on over to my new campaign with updated information on how I still plan to make this film.

Thank you.

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In the age of Instagram, what sets a professional photographer apart?

Everything I do is about connecting real people and real moments from the offline world to the online world. I am fascinated with the process of creative arts. But I believe that process should be demystified.

I'm making a documentary on photography that will break down the creative process, while giving you an all-access look into the life of three professional photographers. Join me?


Portrait will follow three innovative photographers and let you into their life, their process, and their craft.

Portrait aims to serve as a teaching tool for new and experienced photographers alike. I want to make this film because, simply put, there's nothing out there like it.

It will share invaluable knowledge and methods that took years to develop, while showing that creative direction and vision are even more important than gear.

Photographers to be featured include Nick Fancher from Columbus, Ohio, Andria Lindquist from Seattle, Washington, and Kim A. Thomas from San Francisco, California.

Other photographers to be interviewed include Peter Hurley, Brad Feinknopf, Christopher Lynch, The Ely Brothers, and Janine Renee.


Traveling is expensive, and that's just what the Kickstarter funds will cover. Anything raised beyond the goal of $12,000 will go towards equipment (lights, audio), the crew, and post-production (editing, music, distribution). The Kickstarter goal is about a quarter of the total budget, but will ensure that the film can be completed in a timely manner.


Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, so if we don't reach the goal, none of the money pledged will go towards the film. If the goal isn't met, traveling with equipment and crew will not be possible.


Yep! If you contribute to Portrait, we will use a portrait you provide in the film. You must own the copyright to the image and it is subject to approval (choose something appropriate for all ages).

See the bottom of the page for other frequently asked questions.


Andy Newman is a freelance video producer, director of photography, and editor specializing in commercial, short form documentary, fashion and modeling videography.

His video work has been produced for or featured by brands including the National Hockey League, Columbus Blue Jackets, Yahoo! Sports, Bob Evans, TechCrunch, The Hockey News, JackThreads, OnScene Productions, The StartupBus, (614) Magazine, Camelot Cellars, and FStoppers.


Nick is an experienced photographer of fashion, weddings, and men's and women's lifestyle. In 2007, he founded Shutter-Think Photography, specializing in portrait and fine art photography. 

His work has been featured in publications including Photo District News (PDN)JPG, C MagazineColumbus Alive, and (614) Magazine. His wedding work has received awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) as well as Bride Magazine and PDN. His art has been featured in ROYGBIV and BoMA galleries.


The best way to describe Andria is from her blog, in her own words:

"I’m a photographer because it’s what I was created to be.

Photography came to me at a time when I needed it most – it was like walking right into what I was created to do. It fit me, my personality, my strengths. It had me constantly thinking, changing, growing and it makes me feel alive to know that tomorrow will never be the same as today. 

I will never get tired it or take for granted the responsibility and blessing I have with this career. I will never not be a photographer, not on any day of my life, not in any moment. It’s who I am."

Andria is 110% about photography, plain and simple.


Kim is a fashion and lifestyle photographer living in San Francisco. She has a passion to learn and to help other photographers. From Kim:

"For me, photography is about capturing timeless images. I look at one's clothing, their stance, their expression, the light, the background, everything I can, and piece it together to create a lasting moment. People inspire me.  Being able to combine that with my favorite medium, a camera, is a journey I'm continuously thankful to be on. 

To pursue photography further, I recently packed a few suitcases and moved from British Columbia, Canada, to San Francisco. I believe the best way to improve is through experimentation. I keep myself challenged through side projects (one being Kelowna Street Style) and I'm excited to see where photography takes me."


Absolutely! Message me on Kickstarter, find me on Twitter @andynewman, or send me an email at | Photography above by Nick Fancher.


  • Nope! You will only be charged when the campaign ends on Friday, May 4 if we are successful in meeting our goal.

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  • Pretty much, as long as...

    1) It's appropriate for all ages. 2) You have full copyright of the image and are allowing us to use it in the film and any promotional materials. You'll be credited in the film, but I can't guarantee your name will be directly linked to the use of the picture.

    Otherwise, everything else is fair game. If you want it to be a group or family picture or company logo, that's fine as long as it meets the two requirements above.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

    34 backers

    Your portrait will be used in the film, your name will appear in the credits under "Contributors to Portrait" and you will receive access to Backer Only updates.

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    14 backers

    All of the above, plus a download of the film score as performed by Casey Cooper of The Receiver.

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    59 backers

    All of the above, plus an HD digital download of the finished film including Kickstarter-exclusive behind the scenes and extras.

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    Pledge $35 or more
    About $35 USD

    0 backers

    All of the above, plus a signed 11x17 movie poster!

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    6 backers

    All of the above, plus a personalized post card and production still from one of the three filming locations.

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    0 backers

    All of the above, plus a LIMITED EDITION BACKER-ONLY t-shirt. This design will never be printed again, so get it while it's hot.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    4 backers

    All of the above, plus a print from one of the featured photographers.

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    Pledge $250 or more
    About $250 USD

    0 backers Limited (120 left of 120)

    All of the above, plus a signed (and framed!) print by one of the three featured photographers.

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    Signed prints by all three featured photographers and all previous rewards.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    2 backers Limited (4 left of 6)

    Associate Producer! You (or someone you choose) can be in the film as one of the photographer's models! You'll also receive all previous rewards. Travel not provided.

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    Pledge $1,750 or more
    About $1,750 USD

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    You rock! You will receive credit as Producer. You will get your choice of a consultation or a photo session with one of our featured photographers. Of course, you will receive all other incentives, including a day on location and dinner on us! You'll also receive an advanced screening of the film upon completion. Travel not provided.

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    Pledge $3,000 or more
    About $3,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    WOW! You are Portrait's Executive Producer. You will receive all the rewards above, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the film premiere. (US only)

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