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Sharing the stories of rescued dogs through a greeting card series and portraits.

The idea

Lately I've had an uncontrollable urge to photograph dogs for the purpose of "painting" their portraits in Photoshop. While photographing these dogs, I've learned that more than half of them are rescue pups, each with his or her own captivating story. Inspired by these stories, I turn their photographs into works of art, capturing even more of their remarkable personalities through "painted" portraits! These dogs’ stories deserve to be told, and I want to share these portraits and the stories with as many people as I can. I figured the best way to share their stories and personalities is through greeting cards!

The subject of this Pawesome Portrait is Jude, an awesome pup who loves, loves, LOVES to play ball! Jude was recently rescued from a kill shelter by a Fort Bragg soldier.
The subject of this Pawesome Portrait is Jude, an awesome pup who loves, loves, LOVES to play ball! Jude was recently rescued from a kill shelter by a Fort Bragg soldier.

The Goal

That's where Kickstarter comes in. I've named my project the Pawesome Portrait Project. My goal is to create a line of Pawesome Portrait greeting cards from my rescue pup portraits. In creating these cards, I can share their stories with you, and then you can send the cards to family and friends, continuing to share these remarkable pups’ stories. Each greeting card will be 4x6 with a full-page portrait on the front. On the inside of the card, the left side will include the pup’s name with his or her story in a short paragraph or two.

Sumo is the handsome fellow featured in this Pawesome Portrait. He's a mastiff and lab mix with tons of heart!
Sumo is the handsome fellow featured in this Pawesome Portrait. He's a mastiff and lab mix with tons of heart!

The making-it-happen part

Once my project reaches its funding goal, I will have 10 rescue pups eagerly standing by with their stories to tell. My plan is to start photographing in July, completing one or two portraits a week and have the final product ready to mail by the end of September. I am super excited to share these stories and portraits and can't wait to get started! Thanks in advance for your interest and support!

This beautiful girl's name is Chloe. She was rescued from a kill shelter in Texas about 9 years ago. Her owner just happened to grab her out of her cage minutes before she was about to be euthanized.
This beautiful girl's name is Chloe. She was rescued from a kill shelter in Texas about 9 years ago. Her owner just happened to grab her out of her cage minutes before she was about to be euthanized.

The funding for my project has been calculated from projected print and/or framing costs, mailing and packaging, time spent doing the creative thing, time spent on location, a framed portrait with a set of 10 Pawesome Portrait cards for each of my two-legged volunteers and delicious puppy treats so I can get my four-legged volunteers to cooperate :)

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I do not foresee any risks or setbacks; however, if any do arise I will immediately address and correct them.

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    Thanks for your support! I'll be sure to keep you updated with emails and photos from my Pawesome Portrait endeavor!

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    I'll keep you updated with emails and photos from my Pawesome Portrait endeavor. I'll also send you a signed postcard featuring one of my Pawesome Portraits as a big thanks for your support!

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    You’ll receive a signed 5x7 Pawesome Portrait of your choice and a Pawesome thank you card! You’ll also receive big thanks and emails about each Pawesome Portrait I complete!

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    You’ll receive a signed 5x7 Pawesome Portrait of your choice with a complete set (10) Pawesome Portrait greeting cards to share the Pawesomeness, along with my sincerest gratitude and emails about each Pawesome Portrait I complete!

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    You’ll receive a signed 5x7 Pawesome Portrait with a double set (20) of my Pawesome Portrait greeting cards to share the Pawesomeness, my sincerest gratitude and emails about each Pawesome Portrait I complete!

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    You lucky dog, you! You’ll receive a signed and framed 8x10 Pawesome Portrait of your choice with a double set (20) of my Pawesome Portrait greeting cards to share the Pawesomeness, recognition on my website, my sincerest gratitude and emails about each Pawesome Portrait I complete!

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    Want one of your own pet? For those who live locally, your pet will get his or her very own Pawesomized Portrait, which includes a 1-hour photo session, a framed 8x10 Pawesome Portrait, a double set (20) cards with your pet’s Pawesomized Portrait and story to share with the world, and a complete set (10) of my Pawesome Portrait Greeting Cards. I'll also feature your pup on my website. Must live in or be willing to travel to Southern Pines, Pinehurst or Aberdeen, NC. These photo sessions will be scheduled for August and September.

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