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If you could inspire a future American president, would you? Our goal is to inspire children and their parents to always dream big.
If you could inspire a future American president, would you? Our goal is to inspire children and their parents to always dream big.
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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.

Future Presidents
Future Presidents

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".

Future President by Matthew Jordan Smith
Future President by Matthew Jordan Smith

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.

Zendaya Coleman, Star of Disney's Shake It Up
Zendaya Coleman, Star of Disney's Shake It Up

Rewards

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.

Behind the scene images of a shoot with Matthew
Behind the scene images of a shoot with Matthew

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.

Sepia Dreams, Lost and Found
Sepia Dreams, Lost and Found

Current Progress

To date, I have photographed children from all the states in blue on the map below.

Blue states represent my progress so far. A significant portion of Kickstarter support willl enable travel to the states shaded gray.
Blue states represent my progress so far. A significant portion of Kickstarter support willl enable travel to the states shaded gray.

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.

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    Zendaya for President: The perfect gift for your child. An inspirational Future Presidents book, plus a limited edition 8x10 print of Zendaya with the Madame Presidents poster! You're kids will adore you forever!

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    You’ll receive a copy of the Future Presidents hardcover book and eBook, plus a Future Presidents screensaver – perfect for your computer’s desktop.

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    A Future Presidents hardcover book will be donated, in your name, to the school of your choice. Plus you'll receive the Future Presidents eBook version and a public acknowledgement on the Facebook fan page.

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    CreativeLIVE limited set: You'll receive the hardcover Future Presidents book, eBook, and four of Matthew's downloadable instructional photography videos on lighting.

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    You’ll receive an autographed copy of the Future Presidents hardcover book, the digital book, an original Polaroid image shot during the making of the book, plus everything in the $75 pledge level.

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    CreativeLIVE Ultimate Package: Your name will be listed as a supporter on the Future Presidents website. You'll receive two autographed copies of the Future Presidents hardcover books, the eBook, the postcard set, and the entire collection (10) of Matthew's downloadable instructional photography video's. The video collection sells for over $160 online, but you get them for free in this special limited edition package.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS PACKAGE: You’ll receive two autographed copies of the hardcover book, plus one signed 8x10 archival color print from the Future Presidents book. You’ll also receive a PDF presentation documenting the creation of Future Presidents that shows the cameras, lenses, exposure settings, lighting equipment, and photographic techniques used for the project. Plus you will receive the postcard set,the digital book copy, and bookmark.

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    School District Package: Ten signed books will be donated in your name to the school district of your choice.

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    60-Minute Live Skype Call: A limited and exclusive opportunity to speak face-to-face for one full hour with renowned photographer Matthew Jordan Smith. Lead the conversation by asking questions about your professional or personal projects, or get advice about what things you can be doing to advance your career. Overcome your technical or inspirational barriers with this one-on-one live call with Matthew. Includes one personalized signed book (Estimated delivery of book: Oct 2013).

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    Bronze Level: Your name will be printed in the acknowledgements section of the Future Presidents book as a Bronze Level supporter, plus you'll receive the Photography Lovers Package.

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    Limited edition 20x30 inch ARCHIVAL PRINT of your choice signed and numbered (edition of 3), a signed hardcover book and eBook.

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    School Supporter Package: Matthew Jordan Smith will give a two-hour presentation to your school, group, or organization on making your dreams come true. This inspirational presentation will focus on the drive, determination, and vision it takes to make your dreams a reality. This package includes six signed Future Presidents books, and a digital copy for all in attendance during the speaking engagement. Your organization, school or group will also receive acknowledgement credit in the front of the book. This reward level is only available in the U.S.

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    Platinum Level: You’ll receive a one-of–a kind celebrity-style photo shoot in Hollywood, California by Matthew Jordan Smith. You and a friend will be invited to Los Angeles for an exclusive photo experience complete with hair, makeup and grooming by top industry stylists. Your entire photo shoot will be recorded through time-lapse photography to remember the experience and share it with friends and family everywhere. On top of all that, you’ll receive all aspects of the Gold Level package. Plus you will receive the Photography Lovers Package.Contributor would be responsible for their travel arrangements.

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    Holiday Portrait Shoot: You’ll receive a one-of–a kind celebrity-style photo shoot in Hollywood, California by Matthew Jordan Smith. You and a friend will be invited to Los Angeles for an exclusive photo experience complete with hair, makeup and grooming by top industry stylists. Your entire photo shoot will be recorded through time-lapse photography to remember the experience and share it with friends and family everywhere. On top of all that, you’ll receive all aspects of the Gold Level package. Plus you will receive the Photography Lovers Package.Contributor would be responsible for their travel arrangements.

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