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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 1 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

After 2.5 years of hard work, we are finally ready to launch the Dancers & Dogs book! 

This 11" x 8.5" hardcover book will contain 200+ pages of all of the best images from the Dancers & Dogs project!  We will also include special behind-the-scenes stories about the project and some of the featured dancers and dogs.  

We need your support to make this happen!  The Dancers & Dogs book can only be produced and printed if we reach our minimum target goal.  Dancers & Dogs has always been made possible with the help of our dedicated followers.  Be a part of the Dancers & Dogs story, and get your own copy of the book in the process!  

The book will be released in November 2019, just in time for holiday gifts!

(Final Book design may vary slightly from these renderings.)
(Final Book design may vary slightly from these renderings.)

About Dancers & Dogs 

Behind the scenes, in Hollywood, CA
Behind the scenes, in Hollywood, CA

Dancers & Dogs started out as a wildly random idea one day in early 2017.  

We (Kelly & Ian) are commercial photographers, specializing in dance and movement photography. We’ve worked with dancers across the country.  

One day, I (Kelly) had a strange idea:  "What if we did pictures of dancers, with dogs."  Ian looked at me like I was crazy.  But I told him to just "Go with it."  I saw the whole look in my head - the simple, clean backgrounds, the simple clothing styles, the lighting. 

We worked with our friends, the dancers of the St. Louis Ballet.

The resulting images really seemed to connect with people!  Ballet is often seen as stuffy, moody, or unapproachable, and we feel like this project helps people see the lighter side of dancers - their humanity, and their silliness.

We posted a recap video on social media in 2018…and that’s when things went crazy.  We went VIRAL. The project grew immensely within two weeks.  41 million viewers have seen that original viral video.  Journalist were contacting us from around the world, wanting to feature Dancers & Dogs.  That was when we fully realized that this was something special to so many people.  We get told every day how Dancers & Dogs gives people a smile when they needed one.  And if we’re doing that, that’s all that matters.

We have learned a lot during this process.  We were not animal photographers when we started out!   But along the way we have learned how to work on a dog's level.  We’ve worked with some of the best dancers and dog trainers in the country, and made so many new friendships. This book is a celebration of all of the people (and dogs) we’ve met and our amazing followers, who have kept us going! 

View more images included in the book on our instagram feed:  https://instagram.com/dancersanddogs 

Details About the Book

After going viral last year, we submitted the idea of a Dancers & Dogs book to mainstream publishers.  While we got positive feedback, ultimately the publishers were uncertain that the mixture of the two fanbases (dance lovers and dog lovers) would yield enough sales. 

But our followers have been asking for a book since Day One, so we have been determined to make this happen.  We think, with your help, we can prove them wrong!

The Dancers & Dogs book will be 11" x 8.5", and will contain 200+ pages of the very best images from the project.  We have saved some really amazing, never-before-seen images - just for the book!  The book will be printed in the USA, to ensure the highest quality, and will be released in November 2019.

Rewards

5 Postcard Pack
5 Postcard Pack

Postcard Pack

This is a pack of 5 postcards featuring some of our favorite images from the Dancers & Dogs book.

The Book (Signed Edition)

If you purchase the signed edition, your book with be signed by Kelly, Ian and Dillon, their dog!  

International Book Bundle 

Unfortunately,  postal rates for International backers are extremely high. To help offset some of the shipping costs for our friends overseas, we've created an International Book Bundle that allows us to ship 4 books to you and your friends at a single international address for a more reasonable rate.  Believe it or not, it costs almost the same to ship 4 books as it does 1! It's a great way to support the book if you live outside the U.S.  

Benefactor Status

This level is for our very supportive fans who want a copy of the Dancers & Dogs book, and also want to give a little extra to get the book made. The name of your choice will appear in the Benefactor section in the back of the book.

16"x20" Signed Fine Art Prints 

This is a great addition to the book.  Your signed 16"x20" fine art print may be of ANY image from the book.  Printed on the highest quality, fine art paper.  

Ultimate Swag Bag

This is the ultimate Dancers & Dogs Fan Pack!  The Swag Bag includes the following: The pack of 5 postcards, 1 mug, 3 stickers, a Dancers & Dogs unisex t-shirt (please let us know the size), and a “Pirouettes. Plies. Puppies.” tote bag! 

Photo Session in St. Louis

This is an amazing opportunity to have your favorite dancer and dog photographed by Kelly & Ian, in the St. Louis area! Your dancer and dog will take part in a 1 hour photo session. You will receive all of the final files, as well as two 16x20 prints from your session. We will do the session on a mutually-agreed-upon date. (This does not include travel or accommodations in or to St. Louis. Participants must sign liability waivers. )

Photo Session Anywhere

Wow! If you contribute at this level - we will come to you! Wherever you are! You will have the opportunity to have your favorite dancer and dog photographed by Kelly & Ian, in the city of your choice. Your dancer and dog will take part in a 1 hour photo session. You will receive all of the final files, as well as 2 16x20 prints from your session. We will do the session on a mutually-agreed-upon date. (Subject to government-imposed travel restrictions.  Participants will need to sign liability waivers. )

16"x20" Print - Signed
16"x20" Print - Signed

How Will the Money be Used?

The goal we have set is the minimum amount we need for this book to be produced and printed.  This amount covers:

  • The production, printing and shipping of the book itself
  • Marketing and PR costs to get the word out 
  • Office help, so we can get the book done on time
  • Costs of printing the reward postcards and prints
  • Kickstarter’s fee (between 8-10% of the total pledges)

If we exceed the goal we have set, we hope to arrange a couple book events and signings across the country!  

Your support means the world to us! This entire project belongs to all of us - the dancers, the dogs and the followers.  Without you, it wouldn’t be possible.

Much love, 

Kelly & Ian

Kelly, Ian and their dog, Dillon
Kelly, Ian and their dog, Dillon

Risks and challenges

The images for the book are about 99% finished already. We will be working on finalizing the layout of the book, as well as writing the stories that we will be including. We have already selected a printer within the USA, so we do not have to worry about tariffs or shipping from overseas. We have an excellent track record on delivering products when promised and we are very picky about printing details, so we will ensure a beautiful end product, delivered in the timeliest of fashion.

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