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WE'VE RELAUNCHED // We've learned some amazing lessons from this campaign that we're taking into the next one. Please go to lovewinsportraits.com/support to help us create a beautiful book and keep our project going. Thank you in advance for backing the project! 

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WHY BACK THE PROJECT? // Yes, we’ve come a long way, but the sad truth is that the vast majority of us in the LGBTQ community have felt isolated, shamed and questioned whether or not we’re lovable.

There are still people all over the United States and the world who don’t understand, don’t value, and don’t support our relationships. Prejudice is very real, and there are still places in the US where couples can be shunned or attacked just for holding hands. We have to do everything in our power to change things for the better.

"IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO HATE ANYONE WHOSE STORY YOU KNOW."

By making our relationships visible and documenting couples all over the country, it’s possible to change people, and their prejudice. By really seeing who these couples are, people can change, learning to accept and love them.

We can change cultural attitudes by being seen over and over again in a positive light, helping others to understand that we're not some strange "other," that we're their brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, teachers, and neighbors- and we're awesome!

And more importantly, think about the impact we can have on LGBTQ youth. Think about the transformative power of showing them over and over that they're ok; never learning to hate themselves for who they are and who they love.

SO THAT SOMEDAY BABY GAYS AND TRANS KIDDOS WILL GROW UP SEEING IMAGES OF LOVING RELATIONSHIPS, ALWAYS KNOWING HOW AMAZING THEY ARE; THAT THEY'RE COMPLETELY LOVABLE, BEING PROUD TO BE WHO THEY ARE.

We want to start a movement, a thundering wave, to wash away the old fearful beliefs and create a fertile ground of understanding and love.

By backing our project, you’ll help us with the first step- to create an archive, a book and an exhibition - the beginning of our journey in taking Love Wins nationally and documenting loving couples across the country.

KICKSTARTER IS ALL OR NOTHING.If you decide to back the project, it's a pledge for that amount IF we reach our funding goal. So we need all the help we can get to make sure it's a success. PLEASE BACK AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW, if you believe Love Wins needs to exist in the world.

Feartured in:

"These beautiful portraits of LGBT couples embracing will melt your heart"
"These beautiful portraits of LGBT couples embracing will melt your heart"
"Fund This: Love Wins, A Powerful Archive of LGBTQ Love Stories"
"Fund This: Love Wins, A Powerful Archive of LGBTQ Love Stories"
 
"'Love Wins': A Brilliant Photo Project Redefining the Way We See LGBTQ Marriage"
"'Love Wins': A Brilliant Photo Project Redefining the Way We See LGBTQ Marriage"
  
"Local photographer archives LGBTQ love stories"
"Local photographer archives LGBTQ love stories"
"Gay Photographer Wants To Create World’s Largest Archive of LGBT Love Stories"
"Gay Photographer Wants To Create World’s Largest Archive of LGBT Love Stories"
"Support Grows for 'Love Wins' Project"
"Support Grows for 'Love Wins' Project"

THE TIME IS NOW // On June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, we wanted to celebrate by giving LGBT couples the gift of a portrait. But soon after, it became clear that there was a tremendous power in creating a larger story that can serve as a historical document and provide examples of loving LGBT relationships to people all over the world. Since then, we’ve had a passion for sharing as many of these stories as possible and to give this project the platform it deserves.

After meeting and photographing our first 40 couples, Love Wins finally has the foundation it needs to grow. Not only can these portraits create acceptance by showing people what it looks like to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and married, but they also normalize our experiences by sharing our love stories to a wide and diverse audience.

From corn farmers in Iowa to famous actors in LA, we want to show America what it looks like to be LGBTQ and married throughout the entire country. Our goal is to create public exhibitions and books for all areas of the US. 

But, like any project, we have to start somewhere. The first step is publishing a book of our first 40 portraits and stories, and creating an exhibition that will travel the state, starting with our debut for Pride Month in Portland.

The culmination of these portions of the project will be an event co-hosted with Basic Rights Oregon for the 1st year anniversary of LGBT marriage nationwide, June 26th, 2016!

THE EXHIBITION // We will create free-standing components with beautifully printed photographs. In addition, an excerpt from our couples' stories will be there for viewers to read. We want to have the exhibition exist in highly-trafficked public places, to bring beauty, exposure, and awareness to passersby.

Exhibition
Exhibition

THE BOOK // The finished piece will be a beautiful linen-bound hardcover book with these gorgeous portraits and stories. As a special addition, Jeana Frazzini,  Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon is writing a special forward in the book, locating it within Oregon's LGBTQ history. We want these to be in schools, libraries, and your home. It's a beautiful archive and educational tool, promoting acceptance and love.

Love Wins Cloth-Bound Hardcover Book
Love Wins Cloth-Bound Hardcover Book

REWARDS // We know that if you're supporting our project, you're doing so because you believe in what we're doing, and you want to help us make it a reality.  But we want to make sure that you can take a piece of the project home no matter where you live. 

*EARLY BIRDS* // We have some special treats for our early backers. We have four reward levels we're offering at a special discounted amount, as a thank you to for helping us get to our goal faster. Make sure you take a look  at the sidebar on the right. Once they're gone they're gone!

Postcard Notebook
Postcard Notebook
Postcard Notebook
Postcard Notebook
Double-sided Tote Bag- AKA the Swag Bag
Double-sided Tote Bag- AKA the Swag Bag
Hard Cover Book
Hard Cover Book
Framed Portrait- 16x24
Framed Portrait- 16x24
Giclée Gallery Canvas - 30x40
Giclée Gallery Canvas - 30x40

BUDGET // We need to raise $25,000. We've looked at this every way, and that's the minimum we need to produce the project at the scale and quality it deserves. 

What we raise here will go toward: publishing the first round of the book, creating and constructing our first exhibition, including printing our portraits, purchasing and renting production supplies to make the exhibition and promoting the project through marketing collateral.

Budget Breakdown
Budget Breakdown

TIMELINE // Our Kickstarter will be done before Pride Month - the one-year anniversary of the SCOTUS decision - and we'll be sending out backer rewards in August. We’re going to be super busy, but we’re excited! We need to finalize the design of the book, raise awareness about the exhibition and construct the exhibition by June. We’re also developing an educational component that allows us to reach out to the Portland Metro community about our cause. 

After the Kickstarter, we will be turning Love Wins into a non-profit organization, where we can keep promoting LGBTQ visibility all over the United States!

SUPPORT US AND JOIN OUR FAMILY! // You can lend your support and social influence by backing the project and using the links above to share on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and help us bring this project to life! 

SPECIAL THANKS // These amazing individuals have all helped their wonderful talents to the project, and we couldn't be more grateful:

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Risks and challenges

THE BOOK // All of our systems right now are set up for a small first-run of the book. If we need to scale up dramatically, this could be a challenge. However, we have a consultant who would be able to direct us in terms of increasing the scale of the project if this happens.

THE EXHIBITION // If booking the exhibition is in high demand, we’ll have to coordinate this accordingly. Fortunately, we have a mentor who works in museum exhibit coordination who can help us.

THE PORTRAITS // There’s a chance that many LGBTQ couples could contact us wanting to be apart of the project. If this happens, the challenge will be to delegate and schedule time for portrait sessions. That’s why we have friends at Pro Photo Supply and freelance photography connections who would be able to help us.

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    INVITATION TO A PRIVATE WEBINAR where we'll be discussing the making of the project and what's in store for the future. PLUS you'll get exclusive Backer updates and invitations. *High Five* THANK YOU <3

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    FILMED INTERVIEWS of our couples, PLUS an invitation to a PRIVATE webinar where we'll be discussing the making of the project and what's in store for the future. PLUS you'll get exclusive Backer updates and invitations. *High Five*

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    FULL DIGITAL PACK. Get the beautiful EBOOK as both an .epub and .pdf, the FILMED INTERVIEWS of our couples, PLUS an invitation to a PRIVATE webinar where we'll be discussing the making of the project and what's in store for the future. PLUS you'll get exclusive Backer updates and invitations.

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    PLUS THE LOVE WINS TOTE BAG. You'll receive everything above, the FULL DIGITAL PACK, Get the beautiful EBOOK as both an .epub and .pdf, the FILMED INTERVIEWS of our couples, PLUS an invitation to a PRIVATE webinar PLUS OUR TOTE BAG aka the SWAG BAG to carry everything you care about.

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    PLUS POSTCARD BOOK & TOTE. You'll receive everything above, PLUS a book of 24 Love Wins POSTCARDS to send to your loved ones. WHAT'S MORE we're giving you a Love Wins TOTE BAG aka the SWAG BAG to carry everything you care about.

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    PLUS LIMITED EDITION 7x10 PRINT + YOUR NAME ON THE WEBSITE. You'll receive EVERYTHING in the $75 level plus a signed and numbered limited edition print of your favorite couple PLUS your name on our website for all to see your amazingness.

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    *SUPER EARLY BIRD* SOFTCOVER BOOK + YOUR NAME ON OUR WEBSITE. You're getting everything above, PLUS the soft cover version of our book at a SUPER SPECIAL Kickstarter price. You'll be saving 50% by being an early Kickstarter Backer. We'll also include you on the donor section of our website so all can see how fabulous you are!

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    *EARLY BIRD* SOFTCOVER BOOK + YOUR NAME ON OUR WEBSITE. You're getting everything above, PLUS the soft cover version of our book at a SUPER SPECIAL Kickstarter price. We'll also include you on the donor section of our website so all can see how fabulous you are!

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    NO BRAINER LEVEL- SOFTCOVER BOOK +YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. It's everything but the kitchen sink. The limited Edition Print of your choice, the full SWAG BAG with the limited edition print, postcard book, tote, and the full digital pack, PLUS the beautiful 1ST RUN of our book as a SOFTCOVER. What's more, we'll be adding YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK on the list of amazing donors. This KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE price is a 25% discount from retail!

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    *SUPER EARLY BIRD* HARDCOVER BOOK + YOUR NAME ON OUR WEBSITE. It's everything but the kitchen sink. You're getting the full SWAG BAG with the limited edition print, postcard book, tote, and the full digital pack, PLUS the beautiful 1ST RUN of our book as a HARDCOVER. On top of that, you're stealing it at the super SUPER SPECIAL Kickstarter price. Save 30% off retail price AND We'll also include you on the donor section of our website so all can see how fabulous you are!

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    NO BRAINER LEVEL- HARDCOVER BOOK +YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. It's everything but the kitchen sink. The limited Edition Print of your choice, the full SWAG BAG with the postcard book, tote, and the full digital pack, PLUS the beautiful 1ST RUN of our book as a HARDCOVER. What's more, we'll be adding YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK on the list of amazing donors.

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    PLUS CREATE A PAGE IN THE BOOK. It's everything in the DOUBLE NO BRAINER level. Two ltd. Edition Prints of your choice, two full SWAG BAGS with the postcard book, tote, and the full digital pack, two beautiful copies of the 1ST RUN of our book as a HARDCOVER or SOFTCOVER. What's more, we'll be adding two names in the book, yours and the person of your choice, to the list of amazing donors. PLUS you'll get your very own PAGE IN THE BOOK to add a piece of writing, a poem, dedication, or photograph of your choice.

    The designer and I will work with you to ensure that the content is appropriate for the book, but if it is, you'll get your very own page that will be visible for the entire 1ST run of the book!

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    PLUS 1-ON-1 PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON. Everything in the NO BRAINER is yours to enjoy. PLUS Gia will give you a 5 HOUR 1-on-1 photography lesson. She will CUSTOM CREATE a lesson plan for you and bring in a model to teach you how she works with lighting, posing, post processing, anything you want to know. You'll get a chance to incorporate what you've learned and walk away with YOUR OWN IMAGES from the shoot and as an EXTRA BONUS you can invite a friend to join you for the lesson!

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    16x24 FRAMED PORTRAIT. You'll be getting EVERYTHING in the NO BRAINER LEVEL including the Hardcover book, postcard book, tote bag, ebook, film and PRIVATE webinar. PLUS a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE16x24 PRINT of your favorite portrait from the project framed, numbered, and signed.

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    YOUR OWN PORTRAIT IN THE BOOK + 30x40 CANVAS. You'll be getting EVERYTHING in the NO BRAINER LEVEL including the Hardcover book, postcard book, tote bag, ebook, film and PRIVATE webinar. PLUS we will have your into the studio for a private photographic session where we will create a portrait of yourself or yourself and your partner AND add it to the 1st run of the book. The final image will be given to you as a gorgeous 30x40 Giclée Gallery Wrap MUSEUM QUALITY CANVAS to display in your home. What better way to celebrate your love?

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    PORTRAIT PARTY FOR 6! You'll be getting EVERYTHING in the NO BRAINER LEVEL plus a day-long PHOTOSHOOT. You'll get to invite 5 of your closest friends or family and we'll have some bubbles and snacks while we make gorgeous portraits. YOU'RE SAVING $600 off studio prices PLUS getting all of the Love Wins swag PLUS helping us make this happen.

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    LICENSE THE EXHIBITION. You are amazing and supporting this project at the highest level. You'll be able to bring the exhibition to the VENUE OF YOUR CHOICE FOR 2 MONTHS! Imagine how delighted clients will be to encounter the beautiful exhibition in your space. You'll get everything in the DOUBLE NO BRAINER level plus licensing for use of the exhibition for 2 months PLUS you'll be highlighted as a PLATINUM SPONSOR on all collateral, website for a year and in the 1st run of the book AND we'll be giving you a huge hug.
    *As a BONUS Gia will gladly host a panel discussion or opening reception for the guests of your choice.

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