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An art book collection of images and stories from the yearlong photography project about women and what inspires them.
185 backers pledged $10,538 to help bring this project to life.

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Three years ago I was searching for inspiration in my work when an insightful admissions counselor at a local art school said to me, “you know what your passion is, you’re just not honoring it”.  It was as if a bucket of cold water had just been poured over my head.  As we stared together at my portfolio, which was filled with images of women, everything became clear to me.  I am inspired by the strength and inner beauty of the women who I am privileged to know.  And this is what I want to incorporate into all of my work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker.  

Not long after that day I began a self-funded photography project that would become known as She Inspires 365.  For one entire year I photographed and interviewed a different woman every day.  I now have a body of work that consists of 365 portraits of “every day” women with inspiring stories. 

S. Renee Mitchell is a singer, spoken-word poet, actress, playwright, inspirational public speaker and  award-winning former newspaper journalist, twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In October 2008, Renee left her high-profile position at The Oregonian to reinvent herself as a creative healing griot, who nurtures hope, empowerment and motivation in the lives of women and young girls.

This project has been featured in local and national magazines and honored with a project grant from The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to cover the costs of a photography exhibit opening May 3rd at p:ear gallery in Portland, Oregon.  The next step is publishing a book and for that I need your generous contributions and support.  The funds we generate together will make the following things possible:

1. I will be able to hire a designer to format an inspiring photo book which will include almost 365 portraits and stories from women around the United States

2. I will be able to hire a talented editor to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s

3. I will be able to print 1,500 high quality copies of a limited edition photo book

Creating She Inspires 365 and watching it grow has been a life changing experience for me and I know the book will be much more than a book -- it will be an enduring legacy for women to cherish and give to each other as a gift that says "you inspire me".  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. 

"I decided to pursue a career in construction because buildings have an impact on everyone, everyday. Working for a construction company with a high commitment to sustainability, I have opportunities to be on cutting edge projects where new levels of green are identified, sought after and achieved."

- Caitlin Powell, Project Engineer for Skanska

“When I was 18 I was in a bad car accident and broke my neck.  My mom and I weren’t super close at the time but the moment I called she was on a plane and by my bed before I woke up.  The doctors that were working with me were giving me bleak options but she refused to accept them.  They wouldn’t allow us to get a second opinion but she advocated for me and found a doctor that had ideas for my care that were much more appealing.

I will always be grateful to my mother for all of the inspiration she provides me: how to be a wonderful mother, a successful business owner, and a person that never stops pursuing personal excellence.”

- Briana Borten, Founder of The Dragon Tree

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    You will receive a handwritten postcard featuring an image of one of the inspiring women from this project.

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    You will receive a limited edition 5x7 signed print from this project.

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    You will receive a signed copy of the book and the joy of true inspiration!

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    You will receive a signed copy of the book, with a personal inscription to you from Andrea, and you will be listed as a generous contributor in the final printing of the book.

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    You will receive a signed copy of the book, with a personal inscription to you from Andrea, you will be listed as a generous contributor in the book, and you will receive a limited edition 8x10 print suitable for framing.

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    You will receive a signed copy of the book, with a personal inscription to you from Andrea, you will be listed as a generous contributor in the book, and you will receive an invitation to visit Andrea in Portland, OR*, with your family or a loved one, for a portrait session. (Afterwards you will receive a disc with high resolution digital images of your portraits suitable for printing as you wish.)

    *Unfortunately travel expenses cannot be included.

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