Emerald Coast Cosplay Cam Upgrade

$360 of $700 goal

Raised by 13 people in 5 months
Michael Smith  CRESTVIEW, FL

ABOUT ME and WHAT I DO:

My name is Michael, and I'm a photographer. I have enjoyed the art of photography since around 2008.

Since the start, I've shot and edited my own photos. Everything I learned, was learned online through other websites or tutorials. I would just sit on a computer and spend hours on Youtube searching for tips and tutorials on photography and editing techniques. I managed to buy my very first DSLR using my tax return from 2010, which was a Sony Alpha 330.

However, even though my old Sony camera still works as I take very good care of my electronic items, it is really beginning to show it's age.

In 2011, I started a photography business called Emerald Coast Cosplay, and I became interested and focused on Cosplay Photography. Since then, I travel around my local area and to as many sci-fi and anime conventions as I can go to in order to capture great shots of cosplayers and costumers. Maybe I shot with YOU at some point!

All of my travel expenses over the years has come out of my own pocket. Fuel, hotel stays, convention tickets, etc.

All of my shooting I've done at these conventions or locally around my area, I've done for FREE all these years. I've been offered money on many occasions for taking time out of my schedule to work with people, which I normally decline since I'm not into photography for profit, but for the creation of ART!

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR:

I have been looking for a camera that is both compact and powerful. I'm not getting any younger, so something lightweight would be a plus, as well. I had the opportunity to demo a Sony Alpha 6000 series camera at a local Best Buy store, and I fell in love with it!


WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE:

I don't want you to feel obligated to donate, whether or not I have worked with you in the past. A few friends of mine actually suggested creating a GoFundMe for this, as it could help speed up the process of getting a camera upgrade, and I could get out there and begin using it at a convention soon! But, you should donate only if you like my work, and if you like what I do, and if you'd like to see me get a better camera and create better memories of your cosplays.

WHAT THE COST COVERS:

The goal, if reached, covers all expenses including taxes of the latest Sony Alpha 6000 series 2-lens bundle package. Any amount raised past the goal will be used toward additional accessories such as external flashes, extra batteries, memory cards, and possible additional lenses.

THANK YOU:

Thank you for taking time to read this. If you have donated or are going to donate, I thank you, and I hope to see you soon so I can thank you in person. If you can't donate or if you don't want to donate, you can still help by spreading the word and sharing this GoFundMe page with others in the community.

PERKS! (New, as of 12/13/2016, valid until 12/25/2016)

Cosplayer perks!
Are you a cosplayer? Good. Do you live in Northwest Florida or extreme Southern Alabama? Even better! Then this perk is for YOU!

If you donate $5, then I will give you a 30-minute photo shoot once I get my new camera, and as long as you are within a reasonable driving range from me (within 100 miles of Crestview, FL).

This is also a cumulitive perk! Which means:

If you donate $5, you get a 30-minute photo shoot.
If you donate $10, you get a 60-minute photo shoot.
If you donate $15, you get a 90-minute photo shoot! And so on!

If you donated prior to 12/13/2016, you get an EXTRA 30 minutes of shoot time FREE! Just for taking initiative and donating early!

You do not have to use all your time at once. For example, if you donate(d) $40, you have four hours of photo shoot time built up with me. Not everyone can shoot for four straight hours in one day. So, time can be split up if desired (two hours one day and two hours another day, for example).

Once I receive the new camera, I will begin making appointments with each eligible cosplayer who donated until all perks are fulfilled.

Eligible cosplayers have the option to get the "Non-Cosplay Perk" instead of this one if they desire.

Non-cosplay perks! Oh? You don't cosplay? Or you live too far away to utilize the cosplayer perks? Aw, that's a shame. You get nothing.

Just kidding! You get something!

For every $5 you donate(d), I'll send you an 8x10 print from among our current stock.

If you donate(d) $5, you get one 8x10 print.
If you donate(d) $10, you get two 8x10 prints.
If you donate(d) $15, you get three 8x10 prints.
And so on!

If you donated prior to 12/13/2016, you will get an EXTRA 8x10 print from among our stock FREE! Just for taking initiative and donating early!

All prints will be selected at random from our current stock of prints.

This perk system ends on December 25th, 2016 or when the goal is reached, whichever comes first! So, you have until then to take advantage of these perks!

Due to demand by a small amount of people, I've been asked to keep this campaign open until AFTER the holidays, since some may be able to contribute after the dust from the holidays settle.




UPDATE (11/11/2016)
Thank you and shout-out video.




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Update 1
Posted by Michael Smith
4 months ago
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GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!

There has been a price-drop for the Sony Alpha 6000 bundle package, so that means several things!

1.) I'm able to lower the goal amount.
2.) We are now even closer to reaching the goal.
3.) We may be able to get this new camera sooner!

The new average price of the Sony Alpha 6000 bundle package is now around $749.99. So, as a result, I have lowered the new goal to $750.

However, it is unknown if this is a permanent price-drop, or a temporary price-drop just for the holidays.
Just in case this is a "temporary price-drop", I now need your help more than ever to reach the goal quickly!

Minimum donations are always welcome!
If you are a cosplayer I've shot with in the past, or if you are just a fan who loves my work, by all means, drop a few bucks if you can!

If you are a close friend or family member who hasn't already donated, and are wondering what to get me for Christmas, drop some money in this campaign instead! Christmas shopping for Michael is DONE! (lol)
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$360 of $700 goal

Raised by 13 people in 5 months
Created October 24, 2016
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Theresa Roberts
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Heather Frulla
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Looks like I have you for 10 hours... Bwahaha!!!

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Bill Upex
4 months ago
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Merry Chritmas

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Tate Shea
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Bridgett Hyatt
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I got you fam

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