What a whirlwind.
I spent a couple years writing the book, about six months shooting for it, my gracious designer labored hard (no pun intended, but she did have a baby ;) for several months, we prepped for crowd funding for a month, and then...
...in less than 48 hours...
Friday afternoon, my head was spinning. I said "thank you" in as many venues as I could find, and then we took some family time over the weekend. All the while, I was thinking in the back of my head...
We still have through the end of MARCH to crowd fund! The urgency has passed--because we met our goal, I'll definitely get my funding. But the sky is still the limit-- we can raise as much as we want, y'all!
I'm not allowed to change the goal amount, officially, on the page, but I have a feeling y'all can roll with the punches. So let's change the goal unofficially.
One: I truly believe in the two-fold message of this book. First, it is entirely possible for you to take the kind of photos you want to take. Secondly, family. comes. first. Period. So let's pick up the camera and work on your skillz, but only if we're going to be honest about our families and never at the expense of our families. In a culture of anxiety-inducing headlines that make us fear that we are SCREWING UP AT ALL TIMES IN ALL WAYS, this is a book that says, hey. You're good. Let's hang out and practice together, and get better in the ways we want, and forget about anything that is not a personal priority.
Two: I'm doing my part to take care of my family. We've sacrificed our time and resources to put this book together, so I don't want to sell us short now. The more books (and the other perks too, of course!) I can get into your hands, the greater our sigh of relief can be when we pay our preschool tuition or book plane tickets to visit far-away family. I'm not trying to cast a guilt trip by any means--we don't do debt and won't make any commitments we can't follow through on. I just want to be honest about where your investment will end up. If you see us take a trip to Vegas (whiiiiiich you probably won't, haha!), it absolutely will have nothing to do with this campaign. Cast Iron Families is about working hard and loving hard, and I'd never cheat any of us by spending this money on something frivilous.
So, let's do this!! We have the rest of the month to hit $4.5k, and I think we can do it. I do not think I can do it on my own--I need my community. So rise up, if you please. Thank you.