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Sponsor photographer Julian Cash to document our community with studio portraits of speakers and attendees at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo.
Julian Cash
Santa Clara, California
United States
2 Team Members

Studio portraits at the MySQL Conference

(Please join the Facebook event if you're going, whether you're funding or not!)

The MySQL and surrounding community and the conference itself have gone through many changes in the past few years. It's important to continue documenting the incredible and diverse MySQL community as it evolves. You’ve no doubt seen Julian Cash’s photographs of the community through the years; they’re so great that people love to use them for profile images on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else.

However, it takes a lot of hard work to produce these images! Your contribution will directly fund the creation of sensational “white background” studio portraits of speakers and attendees at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara on April 22nd to 25th in 2013. The community only gets together at this scale for these few days, once a year, so we have to make it count!

Check out some of Julian’s prior work:

Julian has self-funded most of the Open Source shoots that he's done, including all past MySQL conventions.

Why does this need funding?

A temporary “white background” studio will be set up at the Percona Live MySQL Conference (at a location to be announced). We plan to provide:

  • Full resolution images (with full image rights) to the people photographed.
  • A web gallery of all resulting images.
  • A video of the best images, put to music.
  • A Facebook gallery of the images.

Including preparation, shooting, picking images, polishing them, building various galleries, and other related work, it typically takes about 80 hours of effort for a shoot like this. In order to be as inclusive as possible, there is no direct cost to the people being photographed, so your funding is very important!

Thank you for being part of our wonderful community and helping to fund the glorious documentation of it!

And another way to help is to post or share the indiegogo campaign on facebook.

More about Julian Cash's photography

Since 2001, Julian Cash has been taking studio portraits at Open Source conventions such as MySQL, OSCON, and ApacheCon. Although this shoot is a “white background” one, Julian has also done “light painting” shoots at Open Source events.

In 2012, Julian formed a team of light painters who were on America's Got Talent, and received great feedback, such as:

  • "I've never seen anything like this. I loved it!" - Howard Stern
  • "This is what we look for" - Howie Mandel
  • "Spectacular" - Sharon Osbourne
  • "Amazing" - Nick Cannon

Julian has been taking photographs at Burning Man for many years, and is well known for his instant cult classic white background studio portrait book, The People of Burning Man.

How you can help

There's not much time, so we need to spread the word quickly. You can:

  • Help fund the project. Your funding is critical to ensuring the shoot can happen, to keeping it free and inclusive for the people photographed, and to make things happen smoothly.
  • Help spread the word. Tell other MySQL community members about this project. Share on Facebook, Twitter, your personal blogs, via email, and by word of mouth.
  • Come by at the conference and have your photograph taken. You're part of the community, too!
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Select a Perk
  • $15USD
    Show your support

    Your name gets listed as a support of the project.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $25USD
    Premium line-cutting shoot

    If there is a long line, you get the express lane. Your name gets eternally listed as a support of the project. You also get eternal love and thanks. :-)

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $100USD
    Burning Man Special

    You get a custom signed copy of Julian's Burning Man book. You also get a "Premium line cutting photo shoot". And you get your name listed large as a supporter of this project. You also get eternal love and thanks. :-)

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $250USD
    Gold sponsorship

    You (or your company) gets your name listed largely as a gold supporter. You may also get a logo or image shown if you wish. You also get a "premium line cutting photo shoot". If you're a company, this can be perfect for a group photo. You also get 2 custom signed copies of Julian's Burning Man book. You also get eternal love and thanks. :-)

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $250USD
    Magical Solomon Chang Special

    You get a poi powered light painting shoot with Julian at his house and a signed copy of the MySQL Community book of Julian's photos. For more see http://auroralightportraits.com/

    1 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    "Thanks to" YOU watermark

    Your sponsorship gets you a "Thanks to [Your name or company name]" watermarked in the corner of every image in the standard web gallery and Facebook gallery. You also get thanked in the final slideshow. You get a listed largely as the primary supporter of this project. You also get 5 of Julian's Burning Man books. You also get extra bonus eternal love and thanks. :-)

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $3,500USD
    You are a SAINT!

    This can work for a company or person. You get all kinds of stuff! You get an OMG shoot - http://OMGphotoShoot.com . 5 signed customized Burning Man books. Any photos you want at the convention. TONS of online thanks and promotion in various ways, including things mentioned above. And you get an undefined favor to be provided when it's most convenient for you.

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