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catalina kulczar-marinBy catalina kulczar-marin
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catalina kulczar-marinBy catalina kulczar-marin
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About

INTRODUCTION

It's taken me NINE years to get to this point.

Out of sheer frustration about the lack of marriage equality laws in North Carolina (where I lived with my husband back in 2009), Let Love Reign was born. I wanted and want to show the world that love is love - that two people, regardless of gender - deserve the same rights in marriage that my husband and I have. 

And so, I took my frustration and turned it into art. 

I knew from the start that this project needed to become a book - a tangible testament to my strong belief that love is love. A legacy for future generations. 

The couple who inspired me to create Let Love Reign - Tim & Ron - are the epitome of a committed, loving relationship of more than 30 years. I made their portrait and since then, I have photographed 49 other same-sex couples. I also interviewed each of these couples who shared inspiring, heartbreaking and hopeful stories of how they met their partner, their experiences coming out, and their take on marriage equality. 

Their stories must be told.

In 2010, I was the Sappi Fine Papers Recipient for a $10,000 grant which allowed me to print and exhibit images of my original 7 Charlotte couples. Opening night, all of my couples were in attendance - it was one of the most magical nights of my life.

Let Love Reign photographer Catalina Kulczar with the original 7 Charlotte couples, on opening night of Catalina's Let Love Reign exhibit. Gil Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2010.
Let Love Reign photographer Catalina Kulczar with the original 7 Charlotte couples, on opening night of Catalina's Let Love Reign exhibit. Gil Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2010.

The grant also allowed me to post a billboard on one of Charlotte's busiest highways, prominently displaying Tim & Ron's portrait, along with the tagline, "Less Propositions, More Proposals" - this billboard was up for 30 days and received over 3 MILLION views.

If you stop and think about it, this was a huge deal - remember this was back in 2010.

Let Love Reign Billboard - Charlotte, North Carolina
Let Love Reign Billboard - Charlotte, North Carolina

After the billboard was taken down, I found a company that recycled the vinyl and made 100 unique messenger bags. 

I just might have a few of these bags left, and I might just make these special backer reward. Stay tuned!

Let Love Reign messenger bags made from the billboard that featured Tim & Ron. Said billboard was displayed in Charlotte the entire month of October, 2010.
Let Love Reign messenger bags made from the billboard that featured Tim & Ron. Said billboard was displayed in Charlotte the entire month of October, 2010.

I spent 2009 through 2016 traveling and photographing couples across the United States. Some couples even made Let Love Reign a stop during their vacation/work trip to New York. They came to my studio, where I photographed and interviewed them. One couple and their two children even drove all the way from Arkansas to New York for vacation, making our Let Love Reign session an important part of their trip.

I spent 2016, 2017 and part of this year sending my book proposal to a large number of publishers.  After careful consideration, I decided to take matters into my own hands and crowdfund this book.

Let Love Reign will be a 208-page, 9"x12" hardcover book, coming in at 3 pounds, 50 black and white portraits, 50 stories and a whole lot of love.

The exciting news is that this book is *SO CLOSE* to being completed!

My designer is putting the finishing touches on the layout (which I LOVE!), my writer and copy editors are working together on polishing the stories, and I'm also almost done with editing and treating each portrait. My printer is literally waiting for the press files!

I received a sample book from the printers, and my designer digitally added the stories so you can SEE what the book cover and inside will look like.

Let Love Reign - book cover sample
Let Love Reign - book cover sample
Let Love Reign - Story Spread sample
Let Love Reign - Story Spread sample
Let Love Reign - Portrait Spread sample
Let Love Reign - Portrait Spread sample

What's even more exciting is that 5 stories are going to be shown as fold outs - take a look!

Let Love Reign - Foldout sample
Let Love Reign - Foldout sample

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Story Excerpt from Let Love Reign

Here's an excerpt from Amy & Chera's story.

Amy & Chera - excerpt from their Let Love Reign story
Amy & Chera - excerpt from their Let Love Reign story

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Portrait Samples from Let Love Reign Book

Here are a few portraits that will be appear in the book.

Norma & Chris

Let Love Reign - Norma, Chris & family, photographed in my former studio in Long Island City, New York, 2011.
Let Love Reign - Norma, Chris & family, photographed in my former studio in Long Island City, New York, 2011.

Jorge & Fausto

Let Love Reign - Jorge & Fausto, photographed on location in Los Angeles, California, 2014.
Let Love Reign - Jorge & Fausto, photographed on location in Los Angeles, California, 2014.

Georges & David

Let Love Reign - Georges, David & family, photographed in my former studio in Long Island City, New York, 2013.
Let Love Reign - Georges, David & family, photographed in my former studio in Long Island City, New York, 2013.

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9 years in the making? What took you so long?!

That's a valid question.

Because Let Love Reign has been a personal project and I have bills to pay, like all of us, the project moved slower than I wanted - that's the reality of any personal project with limited-to-no-funds. I run my own business. I am the marketing department, the business development and sales department, the photography and video department, the post production department, the client relations department - I wear all of the hats, in addition to being a mother, wife and daughter.

When I did receive funding, I was able to travel to California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, and make more Let Love Reign portraits on location and in my studio.

When funding ran out, I depended on landing commercial work so that I could put some of those funds and time towards Let Love Reign.

All in all, I spent seven years making portraits of couples, and two years sending my book proposal to many publishers. After careful consideration, late this summer, I decided to take matters into my own hands, and crowdfund this project myself.

Let Love Reign - first photo shoot. Photographed here with Tim & Ron, my inspiration for this project in Charlotte, North Carolina. Summer 2009.
Let Love Reign - first photo shoot. Photographed here with Tim & Ron, my inspiration for this project in Charlotte, North Carolina. Summer 2009.
Let Love Reign photo shoot behind-the-scenes in Los Angeles, California, 2014
Let Love Reign photo shoot behind-the-scenes in Los Angeles, California, 2014
Let Love Reign photo shoot behind-the-scenes in my former studio in Long Island City, New York, Summer 2015.
Let Love Reign photo shoot behind-the-scenes in my former studio in Long Island City, New York, Summer 2015.
Let Love Reign - placing and reviewing all 50 portraits in my studio in Brooklyn, New York. Fall 2018.
Let Love Reign - placing and reviewing all 50 portraits in my studio in Brooklyn, New York. Fall 2018.

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Rewards

There are many ways to support Let Love Reign and every single dollar will get us closer to the funding goal of $50,000 - a step closer to making this dream a reality.

I am thankful for any amount you can give to support this project and eternally grateful for your help in spreading the word and sharing this project link with your friends and family.

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IG Shout Out!

At the $10 level, I will post a personalized THANK YOU and shout out to you on my IG/Instagram stories (@catalinaphotog) 

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Tote bags!

At the $25 level, you'll receive this black tote bag, screen printed by hand in Brooklyn & the personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU.

Let Love Reign Tote Bag - $25 reward
Let Love Reign Tote Bag - $25 reward

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Prints!

At the $50 level, you'll receive a signed 5"x7" photograph of Tim & Ron's hands & the personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU.

When I started Let Love Reign back in Charlotte, I photographed each couple holding hands - this particular image became iconic in the early stages of the project and i'm excited to share it with you.

Tim & Ron's hands - an iconic image from Let Love Reign
Tim & Ron's hands - an iconic image from Let Love Reign

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Books!

At the $105 level ($95 early bird - limited quantities), you'll receive:

- 1 copy of the Let Love Reign book

- A personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU

Let Love Reign
Let Love Reign

At the $150 level, you'll receive:

- 1 signed copy of the Let Love Reign Book 

- 1 signed 5"x7" print of Tim & Ron's hands.

- A personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU

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At the $175 level, you'll receive:

- 1 signed copy of Let Love Reign Book 

- 1 signed 5"x7" print of Tim & Ron's hands.

- 1 Let Love Reign tote bag

- A personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU

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At the $5,000 level, you'll receive your very own Let Love Reign Photo Session in my studio!

- 5 signed copies of Let Love Reign Book - share with friends and loved ones!

- 5 Let Love Reign tote bags

- 5 signed 5"x7" prints of Tim & Ron's hands.

- A personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU

- Coffee with Catalina

- Let Love Reign photography + interview session at my studio in Brooklyn, New York (travel & transportation expenses to get to my studio in Brooklyn are up to you and your partner). 

  • You'll have the same Let Love Reign experience I had with all 50 couples - I'll ask you the same questions everyone answered for my book and we'll have an intimate photography session.
  • You'll receive ONE framed 11"x17" photograph in the mail, a few weeks after our session. If you're local, you're welcome to pick it up at my studio.
  • You'll receive your very Let Love Reign story, written by Let Love Reign writer Megan Shepherd.
  • After our photography session, we'll grab a coffee and I can share my Let Love Reign project - an overview of the project from start to finish.  

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At the $10,000 level, you'll receive your very own Let Love Reign Photo Session anywhere in the US!

- 7 signed copies of Let Love Reign Book - share with friends and loved ones!

- 7 Let Love Reign tote bags

- 7 signed 5"x7" prints of Tim & Ron's hands

- Let Love Reign presentation at your venue of choice

- A personalized IG shout out and THANK YOU

- Coffee with Catalina

I will bring Let Love Reign to you!

  • You'll have the same Let Love Reign experience I had with all 50 couples - I'll ask you the same questions everyone answered for my book, we'll have an intimate photography session, and we'll have a chance to review the photos after the photography session.
  • You'll receive ONE framed 20"x24" photograph in the mail, a few weeks after our session. 
  • You'll receive your very own Let Love Reign story, written by Let Love Reign writer Megan Shepherd.
  • A 60-minute Let Love Reign keynote presentation at your venue of choice - could be your living room, a local bookstore, a coffee shop, a college classroom. Invite your friends! I'll give an overview of my career and delve deep into how Let Love Reign started and my nine-year journey to make this dream project a reality. Followed by a Q&A. Presentation must take place on the same trip as the Let Love Reign portrait session. 

*** flight, travel expenses and accommodations for Catalina to be expensed separately

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Why only ship to the US & Canada?

The costs to ship books outside the US and Canada are so expensive, that I would have to DOUBLE my Kickstarter budget to account for all the overseas shipping.

HOWEVER, I have a solution!

If you are outside the USA and Canada and are willing to pay for overseas shipping, may I suggest that you pre-order Let Love Reign to arrive to my studio (message if that's the case), and I will personally be in contact with you to collect the shipping balance directly from you, and I will send you your book. 

Keep in mind that shipping this book overseas ranges anywhere from $40 to $75 per book.

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Why $50K?

Printing a TWO-HUNDRED-EIGHT page, 9"x12" photography book is expensive!

The budget I have put together - nearly all of it -  covers the printing and shipping of 500 books to the US and Canada. The rest covers my designer, my editor and my copy editor.

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The Team

Photography - Catalina Kulczar (Brooklyn, NY) is an award-winning portrait & lifestyle photographer and director. A natural storyteller, she connects easily and authentically with her subjects and what drives them. Her work is animated, honest and connected, and tends to be project-based, or to involve groups of portraits that convey a bigger theme, frequently exploring topics rooted in women’s roles in contemporary work and society. www.catalinakulczar.com

Design - Luke Williams (Brooklyn, NY) is an award-winning creative director and designer who has worked with creative teams at Dropbox, Tribeca Film Festival, Paperless Post, Museum of Modern Art, Google Creative Lab and Leo Burnett. http://bone.nyc

Words - Megan Shepherd (Brooklyn, NY) is an endlessly curious super-feeler with a passion for human insights and deep connection. Strategist, copywriter and editor, she specializes in brand, creative, editorial, communications and content strategy. https://www.megshep.com/

Copy Editing - Jim Mitchem (Charlotte, North Carolina) is an award-winning copywriter who has convinced people to think differently since 1999. Copywriting is Jim's superpower and he's the one who came up with the project name Let Love Reign back in 2009. https://www.quicklikemongoose.com/

Printing - Hemlock Printers (Vancouver, CA & California, USA) maintains five offices to serve North America's graphic designers, advertising agencies and corporate clients. Their 79,000 square foot plant houses six Heidelberg sheet-fed conventional presses including UV campabilities, two HP Indigo Digital Presses, 3 large-format Durst printers, and a full service bindery.  https://www.hemlock.com/

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The Book Details

208 pages, includes 5, 4-page foldouts

9" wide, 12" tall

Printed on 100lb Opus 10 Dull Text

Lithod' 2 PMS UV Colors throughout

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Risks and challenges

The bulk of the heavy lifting and the most challenging part of this project - finding the couples, making their portraits, editing the photos, transcribing their stories, writing and editing the stories - all of that is near completion.

It has taken me NINE years to get to this point, now the biggest challenge is making the funding goal so that this book can be printed and in your hands!

I have worked closely with Hemlock over many years and I am confident in their process - from printing to press check, to handling the fulfillment of this book.

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    You will have the same Let Love Reign experience I had with all 50 couples - I'll ask you the same questions everyone answered for my book, and we'll have an intimate photography session.

    Based on our interview, you will receive your very Let Love Reign story, written by Let Love Reign writer Megan Shepherd, as well as a 11"x17" framed print of a portrait from our session.

    After our photography session, we'll grab a coffee and I can share more about Let Love Reign - a personal overview of the project from start to finish.

    *Please note - travel & transportation expenses to get to my studio in Brooklyn are up to you and your partner.

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    • Your personalized Let Love Reign story
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    You will have the same Let Love Reign experience I had with all 50 couples - I'll ask you the same questions everyone answered for my book, and we'll have an intimate photography session.

    Based on our interview, you will receive your very Let Love Reign story, written by Let Love Reign writer Megan Shepherd, as well as a 20"x24" framed print of a portrait from our session.

    A 60-minute Let Love Reign keynote presentation at your venue of choice - a local bookstore, a coffee shop, a college classroom - you pick! I'll share how Let Love Reign started and my nine-year journey to make this dream project a reality, followed by a Q&A.

    *Presentation must take place on the same trip as the Let Love Reign portrait session.

    *All travel expenses and accommodations for Catalina to be expensed separately

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