My name is Matthew Kulisch
, and I'm a young thirty-something fresh from Grad School and living in Portland, OR. I've been fascinated by photography and the male body since I was a wee lad; but I've been serious, as a burgeoning professional, for about five years now. The more I've shot, the more interested I become in doing this right.
If you're artistically-inclined at all, you know that photography isn't cheap--even for you hobbyists out there. As a burgeoning professional, or maybe "semi-pro" is the better term, to do what I want requires cameras, lenses, and related equipment that I just don't have and can't afford alone.
I have a great camera body--a Canon 5d Mark II that I had to scrape by to afford. (It took me two years to save for it, on sale!) And I've done a lot of good work with what I already have.
But the gap between what I have and what I can afford is beginning to widen. To be a true portrait and form photographer, I need portrait and form photography gear and the "reach" to get my work out there. This means (A) lenses of the right focal length, (B) a flash, (C) memory cards and batteries, and (D) natural light accessories like filters and reflectors. And, of course, the money necessary (E) to travel--to go places, or to bring a model to me--and (F) to develop a proper website.
My goal is to raise enough money to get the lenses, gear, and accessories to support my growing experience and desired reach. The equipment alone is about $7,200. That's a lot to ask from people, I know. So I want to make this as fun as possible for anyone who wishes to contribute.
The Reward Levels are specifically tailored to invite my biggest supporters to get involved in the creative process... Get a Print
: If you simply want a print of your choice, contribute $250; you can select a model you like, or a specific photograph, and I'll send you an 8x10 of whatever you choose! I'll sign it, of course...and get the model to sign it, if he's nearby.Plan a Shoot
: if you want to plan your very own shoot for me, you can contribute at the $700 level. Maybe you have a specific idea for one of my existing models. Maybe you want me to work with somebody new and/or far away, and this will help with airfare. In either case, you help me plan this shoot from concept to conclusion--and get exclusive digital prints at the end result. Plan a Duo
: perhaps there are two models you really want to see together, then you can contribute at the $1000 level. Like the option above, you help me plan the shoot--helping me select models, or an exotic location, or help create the concept. We'll bring two special models together to carry out your plan, from concept to conclusion. And, like the option above, you'll get exclusive digital prints when we're finished up.
Keep in mind that not every model will be available, or willing, to do every idea. So if you choose to donate at the "Plan a Shoot" or "Plan a Duo" level, please be considerate and have 2nd choices.
Beyond the gear, any additional contributions above the goal can help me afford travel expenses, wardrobe/prop accessories for specific concepts, or even to pay my models--which for many of them is a real blessing.
You'll want to get familiar, of course, before you contribute, so here are a couple links to my work so far--here
on Flickr, or here
on Tumblr. And if you have an idea for a shoot, but cannot afford those "big bucks" donations, share anyway at my portfolios or on Facebook.
As an artist, my main interest is in collaboration. Some of my favorite shoots, and the very best models I've had the pleasure of working with, were highly-collaborative people. To come up with a concept, then hammer out the details with a chosen model, and see that idea come to fruition in reality as a result of shared work--it is one of the most rewarding experiences I know!
Thank you for your contributions!