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Introducing Our Future Presidents
Future Presidents is a photography project that aims to inspire children of all races and backgrounds to embrace their dreams by expressing what they would do as President of the United States.
My name is Matthew Jordan Smith and I am a professional photographer. It is my dream that one day an American President will say, "As a child I read Future Presidents and from that day forward I wanted to become the President of The United States."
For this project, I will travel to all 50 states in America asking children one question: "What would you do if you were the President of the United States?" Sometimes the answers are funny, and other times they are thought provoking, but they are always a reflection of life today through a child's eyes. When this question is coupled with the experience of being photographed as a future president, it plants a powerful seed of infinite possibility - a seed that may blossom into the dream of one day becoming an American President. When the adult role models experience this activity, they become empowered to continue the message, creating a cycle of positive reinforcement and limitless possibility.
Using my skills as a professional photographer, I am able to capture these moments in a very artistic way. Ultimately, these images will take the form of a book that will tell the story and become the vehicle which will carry this important message to the world.
The future presidents of the United States are out there somewhere right now; maybe they are in your home or church, your neighborhood or school, or maybe they were just born today. As part of my current project, I'm photographing these young faces, and the images embody their beliefs - pure vision unhindered by the "how" and concerned only with the "what".
As a photographer, I know first hand how powerful an image can be in forming how we think and what we believe. With Future Presidents, my team and I will present positive and inspiring photographs of children who look, speak and write like they do. Without these types of images, it can be difficult for children to imagine themselves as the President of the United States. It is important for children to see uplifting and empowering reflections of themselves in television programming, print advertising, books, and online media. We aim to inspire big dreams on a by sharing print and digital examples of children acting out the positive side of their imaginations. My vast network will enable me the channels to distribute my message on a large scale.
President Jimmy Carter & Zendaya Coleman
Future Presidents includes a special quote written exclusively for the future presidents of America from President Jimmy Carter. His words will live forever in the pages of this book and give encouragement and advice for generations to come. The book also includes a special introduction by Disney's Shake It Up star, Zendaya Coleman.
The real reward of this project is the impact we will create on our youth. We also have very attractive rewards that include limited edition prints, signed books, and a very special celebrity style photo shoot experience in Hollywood, California. The celebrity experience photo shoot includes styling by my top hair, makeup and grooming team and a once in a lifetime photo experience with me and my team.
Why I Need Kickstarter Funding
I am aware of the financial demands of publishing a book, as I have already completed two in my career: Sepia Dreams, and Lost and Found.
To date, I have photographed children from all the states in blue on the map below.
Future Presidents has been self-funded up to this point, but to complete the book I need your help. There is a lot of work ahead including travel, shooting, editing, designing, copy-editing and printing the books. In gratitude, I will keep you posted on the project's progress, my travels and all the wonderful people we meet along the way.
Working on this project gives me more joy than I can explain in words. I am passionate about bringing Future Presidents to life and into the lives of families everywhere. Please join me on this journey and I hope this project touches your heart as deeply as it does mine. I'd like to thank every Kickstarter supporter for taking the time to hear my message and share the dream. If you feel inspired by my mission, please feel free to share this with your friends and family. Thank you for your time and support.
Always Dream Big!
Matthew Jordan Smith
Risks and challenges
As a commercial photographer I am constantly faced with challenges in creating assignments and projects, but my 20 years of experience has taught me that the secret to success is focus and determination. I am passionate about completing this project and bringing it to fruition.
My two previous published books, Sepia Dreams and Lost and Found were large-scale projects that I worked hard on to produce in a timely manner. I am dedicated to completing Future Presidents by the end of the summer 2013 and have it in your hands by October 2013. Unforeseen issues may come up which could affect the production schedule and delay the book by a month or two. However, my team and I are working hard to make sure that we meet our deadlines and complete the project on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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