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Small town photographer travels through Europe documenting the landscape and fashion models, making a photo book chronicling the entire experience.
Mark Velasquez
Santa Maria, California
United States
2 Team Members

As a small town, self-taught photographer, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my work. Over the years, I have traveled across North and Central America documenting people, cultures, and history, collecting stories and life lessons along the way. But documentary photography is only one aspect of my work. Another, larger part is my work with models, portraying not just their beauty but also their personalities, working to convey the true essence of these women, presenting them as individuals and not just as pretty faces. Now I want to take all of the knowledge and skills I’ve accumulated and head to Europe. But to do that, I need your help.

With only my trusted friend Lola Agnosia coming along as a skilled and reliable assistant, the ultimate goal is not only to capture creative and beautiful images in some of the most magical locations in the world, but make a book offering a complete chronicle of our daily discoveries, hilarity, and setbacks that all trips of this kind involve. I've spent a lifetime studying European history and am clearly aware of the enormity of visiting and photographing these culturally rich areas. More importantly, after much work, back-scratching, and favor-calling, I have already arranged to work with several talented models in the areas we will be visiting.


Every contributor at every level of donation will have access to the online day-to-day diary of the trip. This sponsors-only blog will include photos and videos documenting everything, from our preparations and behind-the-scenes events to finished images and even pages from my personal journal. As perks for your support I am offering everything I can, including signed prints, personal handmade photo booklets, life drawings I have done of some of my favorite models, your own personal photo shoot, and so much more. Look closely for the perks you like best!





We can’t do this alone.

While we have been planning and saving our money for this trip for a long time, we are not there yet. However, we are not just asking for your support — we want to take you with us and we want you to be (and feel) involved. Not only are we offering some great and personal incentives, but we are hoping to keep an open discussion with our supporters throughout the entire trip. As we visit famous and historical landmarks and discover things no guide books could ever show, we hope to translate it for those of you who are unable to physically come with us. Do you have tips or a certain place along our path you think we should stop at? Tell us. We are more than open to suggestions and making your own personal desires come true. You will be able to ask questions, give advice, and comment on what we are doing via the sponsors-only blog. If you have ever wanted to explore Europe but have never had the freedom, you can do it with us!

Lola and I are both hard working, low-maintenance, and are used to roughing it and living simply, but we have many miles to cover. Most of the funding will go to actual travel costs as we move by plane, train, automobile, and occasionally boat across over 2500 miles of the European landscape, from London to Paris, Berlin to Prague, and finally to Rome. The closer we get to our final goal, the further we can travel and more places we can document. However, we are cutting costs in a variety of ways, from staying with friends along the way to blatant attempts at fasting, always limiting ourselves to only the bare essentials. The remaining funds will go into post-production of the book, including professional design, editing, and layout.




We realize times are tough. If you don’t think you can afford to financially help out, we completely understand, but there are other ways you can help: Please post this link on your Facebook and Twitter, as well as e-mail all your friends and family who you think might be interested in supporting us. Even the smallest donation will help us get closer to our goal.

Once again, your interest and involvement in this project is more appreciated than you could ever imagine. My photography started from nothing, from a dream in a small town where such dreams are rarely understood and often never realized. Thank you for taking the time to read all of this and get ready to come along with us for the journey of a lifetime!


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  • $5USD
    Sponsor-Only Blog

    Access to our sponsor only blog which will be updated often with candid photos and videos, itinerary, problems along the way, and an otherwise complete record of the expedition. (Every donation above five dollars ensures access to this blog also.)

    15 claimed
  • $25USD
    Postcard from Europe and Email

    A personalized postcard made from a photograph and sent from somewhere in Europe and a personal e-mail featuring several behind-the-scenes images from a European photo shoot.

    32 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    10 issues of NSFW Magazine

    Full PDFs of the first ten issues of my personal publication, NSFW Magazine. NSFW is a photo and art magazine that features a wide variety of articles covering topics often too taboo for the mainstream media, while also presenting lovely photos of models from around the country.

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    2 Signed Polaroids of a Model

    You can have a pair of signed Polaroids of model Miss Kacie Marie (Limit 12), Roarie Yum (Limit 12), or Rivi Madison (Limit 9) each signed by the specific model and Mark with a hand-written note of thanks. (Please specify which model you'd prefer: http://markvelasquez.tumblr.com/post/48097428276/send-mark-to-europe-i-have-started-a-campaign)

    11 out of 33 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    1-of-a-Kind Drawing plus...

    A one of a kind, 8.5"x11" graphite drawing of a nude model signed by both the model and myself. Before photography, drawing was my passion, and I've been told I'm pretty skilled at it. Also comes with one 8"x12" signed print of model Roarie Yum as Marie Antoinette with a hand-written note of thanks.

    6 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $75USD
    Signed 8"x12" print of Kacie

    One 8"x12" signed photo print of Miss Kacie Marie, signed by both Kacie and Mark with a hand-written note of thanks. (Please specify which image number you'd like. More info here: http://markvelasquez.tumblr.com/post/48076350851/send-mark-to-europe-i-have-started-a-campaign)

    5 out of 24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    A Hand-Made Book and More...

    A signed, 10-page hand-stitched book made from 4"x6" prints from past photo shoots. Also includes a personal e-mail featuring several behind-the-scenes images from a European photo shoot and one 8"x12" signed print of model Roarie Yum as Marie Antoinette with a hand-written note of thanks.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $125USD
    3 Prints of Any Image You Like

    Pick any three images of Mark's that you like online (You can search Google, or visit any of my Flickr, Tumblr, or Facebook profiles) and once the donation has come through you can send me an email with the attached images and I will send them as 8x12" signed prints with a hand-written note of thanks.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $200USD
    Digital Wanderlust and More...

    A digital PDF of the finished Wanderlust book, a signed 8"x12" print of model Roarie as Marie Antoinette, a personalized postcard made from a photograph and sent from somewhere in Europe, and a personal e-mail featuring several behind-the-scenes images from a European photo shoot.

    1 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $500USD
    Lighting Demo and More...

    A one hour private demonstration via Skype showing some of my personal photography and lighting techniques. This is an often requested and never-before-given opportunity to learn how I work. Also includes a signed 12"x18" Wanderlust poster featuring model Roarie Yum as Marie Antoinette and a digital PDF of the finished Wanderlust book.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Personal Shoot and More...

    A personal photo shoot of your choice and five professionally retouched images from that shoot along with a high-resolution disk of all the images taken. Also includes a signed 12"x18" Wanderlust poster featuring model Roarie Yum as Marie Antoinette and a digital PDF of the finished Wanderlust book. (Only for people located from San Francisco to San Diego, CA)

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $5,500USD
    My Personal Journal

    My personal journal from the entire Europe trip featuring daily entries, commentaries, plans, decorative drawings, and notes, all illustrated by Polaroids. A PRICELESS ARTIFACT that I am willing to sacrifice for this endeavor!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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