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A coffee table book to celebrate real women, their lifestyles, their passions, and their bodies, by an award-winning photographer.
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Aggie is an artist who loves the Pre-Raphaelites
Aggie is an artist who loves the Pre-Raphaelites

Liberated Ladies

Help these wonderful women to express themselves in their unique ways.

For over 8 years, I have had the pleasure of photographing over 60 beautiful ladies, all of whom have volunteered to appear naked for the sake of my project. For most, it was a supreme act of courage, as they had not been photographed in the nude before, some were aspiring models, many of whom were trusting me with their first nude shoot.

Olivia-Rose was a student, seen here in her tu tu
Olivia-Rose was a student, seen here in her tu tu

 As a professional photographer with over 40 years' experience, I saw this as a way to showcase my talents working on really varied locations, from tiny rooms to the great outdoors, using natural light where possible, but also studio lighting where needed. Probably the greatest challenge was to make the ladies comfortable enough to relax and be their natural selves.

Many of the ladies had passions in their lives, which I have aimed to incorporate, and the few professional models were given the opportunity to collaborate creatively in a way that they had not done before.

Rebecca Tun wanted to paint herself in the nude
Rebecca Tun wanted to paint herself in the nude

 I would not begin to understand the psychology behind my sitters' decisions to volunteer, but there were some moving stories to tell. One lady had her shoot just a few days before having a double mastectomy.

Is it art or craft? Is it documentary? I like to think it is all those things. It's certainly a snapshot in the lives of those lovely ladies which they will have forever. I hope you will also want to be a part of this very special artistic document.

Actress Liz plays one of five notorious women
Actress Liz plays one of five notorious women
Heather is naked on her parents' farm
Heather is naked on her parents' farm

The book will be full colour, hard bound and printed in high quality on around 120 pages.

 What next? Volume 2? "Liberated Lads"? "Liberated Accountants"? "Liberated Landladies?" This could be the start of a wonderful series. But first, please help by not only supporting, but also by spreading the word to your friends. Feel free to use social media, e-mails, word of mouth, snail mail, whatever.

The project will not go ahead unless all of the target is reached, so speed is of the essence when it comes to spreading the word.

I have promised each of the ladies a complimentary copy of the book. Please help them to get their reward.

Many thanks for your help,

Ian

Ian Cartwright

Caramel Photography

Risks and challenges

Facebook keeps sending me to jail for breaking their rules on nudity, so I have to look for other vehicles for promotion.
Once we reach the target, the only problem I can foresee would be my suppliers keeping to their promises regarding timing.
As I write this before the launch, the design has not yet been finalised, but with so many lovely images to choose from, my biggest challenge will be to listen to the 'less is more' advice. Some shoots lend themselves to sequences, and I may indulge in a few of them. Should clients like to see more from a particular session, they can request a bespoke book, or a slideshow from the perks on offer.
I am allowing 3 weeks for the design and 4 weeks for the printing. Distribution should take no more than 2 weeks to leave me.

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    Just a Donation

    If you like the concept and just want to give support without anything in return but my gratitude.

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    Liberated Ladies E-Book

    A digital copy of the book supplied online

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    Liberated Ladies Book Unsigned

    120 pages, high quality A4 hard back. At least £5 less than the cover price.

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    Signed Book Including Acknowledgement

    120 pages, high quality A4 hard back. A copy of the book, signed by Ian, and listing you amongst the backers.

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    Signed Book + A4 print Your Choice

    120 pages, high quality A4 hard back. A copy of the book, listing you amongst the backers, signed by Ian plus a signed A4 giclee Baryta print of a favourite image from the book, selected by you. The print will have a wide border and will not be framed or mounted, but will drop straight into an A4 frame. The print will be sent separately, following your selection.

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    The Signed Book plus a Curated Sweet USB

    A 120 page A4 hard backed book, listing you amongst the backers, signed by Ian plus a USB stick with a slideshow with music of a generous selection of over 20 images from one photo shoot selected by the author. The slideshow will play on PCs and Macs.

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    Behind the Scenes Sweet USB Slideshow

    A slideshow on a USB stick, set to music of a Liberated Ladies photo shoot showing 30+ images and (possibly) video footage behind the scenes. The slideshow will play on PCs and Macs.

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    Have a Signed Book and Sponsor a Model

    Each volunteer has been promised her own complimentary copy of the book. You can have your own copy signed by Ian with a special sticker on the cover identifying you as a sponsor of a model. This is in addition to your being listed inside as a backer.

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    The Signed Book plus Bespoke Sweet USB

    120 pages, high quality A4 hard back. A copy of the book, listing you amongst the backers, signed by Ian plus a USB stick with a slideshow with music of a generous selection of over 20 images from one photo shoot selected by YOU after viewing the book. Note, many of these images will not be viewable anywhere else.
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    Photographer's Arty Selection Book

    A 20 sided Indigo printed lay-flat A4 book signed by Ian, featuring Ian's choice of more 'arty' images not in the main book.

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    Your Own Bespoke Book of One Model

    You choose the featured model and Ian will design, have printed a 20 sided Indigo lay-flat A4 book from her photo shoot, including a personal message to you. Choose from the selection found here: http://bit.ly/Liberated_Ladies

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    Be an Assistant/Second Photographer

    Be there at a specially arranged Liberated Ladies photo shoot of a professional or part-time model, with you working as Ian's assistant. You will get the opportunity to take photos of your own, with coaching. Your images will be model released for personal (non-commercial) use. Due to the nature of arranging such shoots, the timing will be flexible, the shoot being offered ASAP but within 12 months of the release of the book. The location will be in the North of England. Travel and accommodation are not included.

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    Video Behind the Scenes of a New Shoot

    If you can't be there at the shoot, with the model's permission, I will supply a 'fly on the wall' video of a new Liberated Ladies photo shoot, sent to you online.

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