Katie West and Faye Daniels are creating the third volume of BABEFEST magazine, a publication of photography that celebrates babes. We've been shooting together for seven years and have been the core of BABEFEST magazine for the first two volumes.
We really love having photo adventures and exploring what it means to be a babe in this patriarchal world, and we don't think these two things need to be mutually exclusive. BABEFEST Vol 3: Hot & Cold will be over 150 pages of high quality, full-colour photographs delivered straight to you.
In 2016 we traveled to Iceland and took EPIC photos at black sand beaches, secluded mountain cabins, haunted hidden caves, freezing glacier lakes, and magical waterfalls. But then we never really showed the photos to anyone. In May, we're heading to Hawaii to take more EPIC photos at more waterfalls, in the ocean, the mountains, the forests! We thought oh wait! We should collect the two photo trips together in BABEFEST Volume 3 and call it Hot & Cold! Because it's hot in Hawaii and cold in Iceland. Get it? We are very clever. :D
This Kickstarter is only running for 3 weeks and it's the only way you can pick up BABEFEST Vol 3: Hot & Cold! It's also the only way for you to pick up some excellent personalised rewards like postcards, Instax photos, and dance videos! Whatever funds are leftover will be helping to fund our trip to Hawaii.
£3 Personalised Hawaiian Postcard
Everyone likes getting mail. Getting a Hawaiian postcard from two babes telling you their deepest darkest secrets is when people start loving mail. Maybe the postcards won't have our deepest darkest secrets, but they might! Maybe they'll have a haiku inspired by Hawaiian sunsets. Maybe they'll have a play-by-play of what we did that day. Or maybe they'll just have two lipstick kisses demonstrating what colours we went for that day. Anything is possible.
£5 Behind-The-Scenes Dropbox Folder Access
Faye and I are always taking photos. Constantly, of everything. Back the project at this level and get access to all of these photos. Back at any level above this one and also get access! We'll upload every photo of us getting stuck in surprisingly deep holes in the ground and scrambling to put our clothes back on as tourists approach. If these sound like very specific examples, may I present:
£7 BABEFEST Vol. 3: Hot & Cold--PDF
Get a PDF version of BABEFEST Vol. 3: Hot & Cold. Over 150 pages of full-colour photographs featuring the stunning landscapes of Kauai and Iceland along with two babes getting naked, having fun, and generally feelin' themselves. You'll be looking at this on your iPad and your grandma will look over your shoulder and be like, "My, those two young ladies have lots of tattoos and bright hair and are naked in the ocean. They're my heroes." And you'll realise your grandma was much more hip than you ever could've imagined. (Faye and I also have wicked awesome grandmothers, so we get it.)
£10 One-of-a-Kind Personalised Instax Photo
Owning something that you know no one else has is pretty cool. Like being in a very exclusive club. That has naked babes in it. Naked feminist babes exploiting late-stage capitalism to live their dreams. Anyway, get yourself a one-of-a-kind Instax signed by us to you!
£20 Iceland Mystery Print Pack
Photos always, 100% of the time, look better printed. It's just a fact of life. Choose this reward level and you will get five random 4x6 prints of some of our best Iceland photos.
£20 Hawaii Mystery Print Pack
Same as the Iceland one, except I don't have any examples to show you because we haven't gone to Hawaii yet. But if you close your eyes and imagine a white sand beach as the sunset turns the sky all kinds of purples and pinks and then you imagine two babes frolicking naked in the water...it'll probably look something like that.
£25 BABEFEST 3: HOT & COLD Print Edition
This is what you want! The full-colour, high-quality magazine that includes over 150 pages of the very best photographs from our time in Iceland and Hawaii. We've been taking photos together for seven years and I admit, we're not too shabby at it.
£40 Hot & Cold Mystery Print Pack
I wasn't lying when I said photos always look better printed. It's why you probably need to choose this reward to get ten random 4x6 prints of our Iceland AND Hawaii adventures.
£50 Access to the BABEFEST 3 Video Dropbox
While we're in Hawaii, we'll be shooting videos and uploading them to this folder. The only way to get access is by choosing this reward level. "Videos of what?" I hear you say. "Whatever we want," you hear me say. Maybe a hyperlapse of one of our shoots. Maybe a video of us eating mozzarella sticks for breakfast. Maybe a video of us swimming with sea turtles. (Oh! I hope there's a video of us swimming with sea turtles!) Maybe us getting into the jeep every day and putting Telegraph Avenue on every. single. time.
£100 Personalised Dance Video
Is this a choreographed interpretive dance? Is this a striptease? Is this a tap dance? Wouldn't you like to know. I offer this on every single crowdfunding project I do and no one ever chooses it. COME ON, PEOPLE. We have mooooooves. We have excellent taste in music. And now we have a gimbal for taking videos too, so you know you're gonna see some smoooooth moves. Because, the gimbal...makes everything, smooth. Never mind. The point is dancing is one of our most favourite things to do and you should definitely choose this reward level. It will be worth it.
There’s a lot of people in the world who make a lot of money taking pictures of beautiful babes. Often these babes remain nameless and have no choice over the images taken, how they’re displayed, and how they’re distributed to a public and who that public is. These babes have a singular value to the people who shoot them. The photographers might say things like, “Oh, she was such a sweetheart. So great to work with,” but she still is only a first name and a bust-waist-hip size.
We just think it’s a cool idea for babes to be the ones to take the images, decide how they’re displayed, how they’re distributed to a public, and who that public gets to be and we like for this entire process to be a collaborative one.
So twice already, we get together a bunch of babes to model and shoot each other. Some are professional models or photographers, who do this as their day jobs, but some work at telecommunication companies, or as teachers, or as waitresses and they just love this – making art with their bodies and making that art say what they want it to.
But BABEFEST is also more than just a bunch of photoshoots back to back. It’s a day shooting and then a late night sharing stories about what it means to be a woman in this business, in this world. It’s lunchtime laughs about the worst and the best sex we’ve ever had, or the way we don’t ever want to have sex and that’s okay too. It’s exploring new places with new friends and sharing experiences that make us stronger, together. It’s encouraging self-love in a way that even if we only met an hour ago, we’re now naked and shooting and we understand the agency, vulnerability, and strength involved in such an act.
It’s *click* But why do you feel you have to hide what you do from your parents? *click* I know exactly how you feel. *click* Is there any way you could combine the things you’re passionate about? *click* How can I help? *click* You are such a genius! *click* That’s my favourite Drake song too! *click* Oh my god. I am so sorry that happened to you. *click* Fuck the patriarchy. *click* You are amazing.
When it’s all over, we’ve created a new network of support and encouragement that we can rely on to bounce ideas off of, to help with new projects, to give advice about art and life, to go on road trips with, to exist and encourage each other to be and do and accept Better.
What BABEFEST the magazine is, is just a visual representation of the days and nights of fun we had creating together – with and for each other. And then we choose our favourite shots, put it all together, and we show it to you. All of the images are chosen and approved by everyone, the covers are voted on, and the magazine is shared and talked about as it progresses. We self-publish it. We promote it. And then we do it all again with new babes, in new cities, and with new experiences.
Because yeah, we are sweethearts and we are great to work with, but we are so much more. We deserve the opportunity to be valued for more than one facet of our beings. We want to embrace all our different bust-waist-hip sizes. We want to show you how we look from our own gaze. And we encourage you to create your own BABEFEST, out in the woods or in hotel rooms – make space for the celebration of everything that makes you first name MOTHER FUCKING last name.
Seven years ago Faye Daniels met Katie West in a hotel room in Toronto. They got naked, took photos, and then afterwards decided to get to know each other. They realised they had much more in common than a love of self-portraiture and photography. They're both the same age and both born in September. They both use self-portraiture as a form of therapy. They both have a brother four years younger. They both worked at Kelsey's in their youth. They both love 2000s RnB. They both drink way too much Diet Coke. They both have amazing women in their lives named Kaye, and before they met, had never heard of anyone else with that name before. They both live for pizza. They're both interested in exploring honesty, femininity, strength, and vulnerability through their photos. They both love photo adventures with no maps and the open road. And they both have no problem ordering mozzarella sticks for breakfast.
Since then Faye and Katie have traveled together to Upstate New York, Columbus, Montreal, Iceland, and countless other road trips to shoot each other and other babes. For this latest adventure to Hawaii, you can expect gorgeous scenery, a lot of car signing to Childish Gambino, nudity in all the most appropriate and inappropriate places, and spectacular photos of a couple of babes who've spent nearly a decade getting very good at shooting and modeling with one another.
The funding for this project will go to printing and shipping the magazine. Ten percent of whatever amount is raised will go to Kickstarter and credit card fees. Anything over those costs will go towards funding Hawaii travel costs including airfare and accommodation.
Video Info: Song: Dj Quads - Copa (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music promoted by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/YMWNzgn2MtE
Risks and challenges
Our flights and hotels in Hawaii are already booked. The shots from Iceland are already taken and (almost) finished being edited. The money from this Kickstarter is for the printing and shipping of the magazine. As we've already made this magazine twice before, and as I, Katie West, run a publishing company, I'm very confident that the only potential problems will be the ones out of our control (delays with printers, etc.). I've also run a successful Kickstarter before and am very communicative and transparent about what's happening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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