New Camera

         This is not me just my favorite picture from last year

      Hi, my name is Kelly Karnesky and I am a professional photographer. Since I began my career in 2007, I’ve been fortunate to shoot for a congressional campaign, take portraits of mayors, make movies, work with dozens of successful models, travel hundreds of miles to create art, shoot a few dozen weddings, and collect well over a couple of thousand souls through my lens.
                                               the man himself

I've done all of this while suffering from high anxiety and bipolar disorder. Being an independent artist, it took me a while to find a balance with my work flow and my personal life. The road has not been easy; to complicate it even more I've never really had a desire for money. It's something I don't put a lot of value in viscerally. However aware that the world we live in does not leave a lot of room for professional artists to share their talent without monetary compensation, enjoying the creative process without a greedy overtone is something I love and want to continue to do.
That all said, I find myself in need of a new camera and some extra gear. The money I raise from this gofundme will be used to acquire a new camera body, lens and hopefully lights as well. With my new company Apathetic Zebra, I have big plans to push my art in the direction I feel it needs to go. 2015 is brimming with opportunity; without proper gear I won’t be able to accomplish the quality of work I’m capable of.

Asking for this much money feels a little off, so I’ve added some incentives. If you know of anyone needing family pictures, headshots, modeling portfolio shots, or any other photo work, I’m your man. If you’re not in a position to help out, a simple media share to let people know would mean the world to me.

I'm doing something a little funny: I've added a perk – a $15 contribution will invite you to drink with me at my birthday party. Why is this a big deal? I've never been drunk, or even have had more than a sip of anything my whole life. I'm turning 30 and this year is the year I let that inhibition go.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and take a look at my work. I thank you for any support you can offer my cause!


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Kelly Karnesky 
Canton Township, MI
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