*Disclaimer: The image depicting the Rockies is not mine but from a free wallpaper. It is used for illustrative purposes only.
My name is Julian Elliott and I am a freelance stock photographer providing images to various agencies.
Since 2010, I have been photographing here in France and in my native country of England. However, the world of stock photography is not an easy one. The competition is great and the industry seems hell-bent on lowering prices. In the end, us photographers are getting less and less to thrive on.
Why the Canadian Rockies? Why try to fund an expedition there with the net results of a self-published book?
The Canadian Rockies are a photographers dream and it's certainly a dream of this photographer to get there in order to capture the beauty that it holds. However, trying to raise enough funds to actually do it seems to be mission impossible. It seems as soon as money comes in from any sales during a given month that it goes back out again on trying to live, taxes, building up my business and ultimately trying to get my work further recognised.
One of the main factors for me as a freelance travel photographer is the need to continually inject new and varied material into my portfolio of images. And that means having to try and expand where I go. Of course, the problem that this entails is that this inevitably involves costs. And it is these costs which I need help in raising.
The idea of asking other people to help fund my journey and eventual book is not something I have done lightly. Personally, I prefer to do things myself but there are times when you just have to reach out to people in order to achieve your goals in life.
I work hard for what I do and it seems at times that I get very little back from the profession I love.
By helping to fund me on my journey, hopefully I can give something back to you through the work that I do.
As a photographer, one of the things that I am deeply passionate about is photographing the landscape that surrounds us. I love the beauty that Mother Nature has given us and as mentioned earlier, the Canadian Rockies is one of those places where all the elements have aligned to create one of the most magical places on the planet.
The campaign aims to raise the money required to get me to the Rockies during 17 days. Covering the period from mid-September, the full colours of autumn would be abound and thus providing a backdrop of spectacular beauty that will be captured and transformed into a book.
What I Need & What You Get
I need 5700€ to pay for the cost of airfare; care hire; self-catering and accomodation (helps reduce the cost); fuel and the cost of entry to the National Parks of Banff; Jasper and Yoho. The net result of time in the Canadian Rockies will be a book that can be bought through the internet. Each person who donates will be credited with a "thank you" in the book and starting from the second tier of perks can either have a discount on the finish product or in the case of the two highest perks, a free copy of the finished book.
The journey itself will take place in mid to late September 2014. I am starting the funding now as it is an area whereby the sooner it is booked, the better and cheaper the costs will be.
The perks I am offering will hopefully entice people to add to the pool of money required as they are personal to me.
The smallest perk starts out as a simple thank you both in an email and in the finalized book, moving onto personalized print/ s from my image portfolio (you'll find some of my work at the world class Getty Images) along with graded discounts on the book. Right through to me helping you improve your photography skills during a one to one photography lesson in the stunningly beautiful city of Paris coupled with a free copy of the finalized book.
If the goal isn't reached, the funds will be placed in an account and when I have managed to reach the goal then the trip and book will go ahead. Hopefully though that is not a scenario that will happen and enough people will fund the project to its full conclusion.
I believe the work that I do as a photographer is of the highest quality. My images have been published worldwide but I just still don't feel that I am making the impact required.
The current returns for a relative newcomer to the world of stock photography at times makes you think you're physically working for nothing. Everybody has hope and dreams in what they do in their daily life and although I feel I am reaching some of them, others feel a million miles away from my reach.
By helping to fund my vision of a high quality book on the Canadian Rockies during the fall of September 2014 then you help me attain one of my biggest dreams.
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PS Although not from the Rockies, this is the work that I do in the field of photography. Please remember that all images are copyright of Julian Elliott and may not be reproduced without my express permission.