PARTICIPATE IN THE GGOTW PROJECT
If you have ended up on this page, it is an honor that you consider participating in our Fine Art project! Thank you for your interest!
We are sure that you have some questions about what is required, or how it will even work...
WHY DO WE NEED PARTICIPANTS?
We do not actually require participants for this project, because we will always have different colored Maine Coons since we are breeders. Also, this is a small side project that we work on when we are not traveling for our bigger projects.
However! Without your support, this project wouldn't be able to grow - and definitely not at this speed.
In addition to that, it would be great to travel across the United States and photograph Maine Coons that aren't ours and actually mean something more to the people that purchase our prints. We could travel with ours, but it wouldn't be such an engaging project in this way. It's also a way for us, as photographers, to thank you for being so involved in the best way we know how.
WHAT IS THE FEE FOR SUCH A PHOTOSHOOTING?
To be completely honest, it would cost about $2,500 a day to just rent our Leica camera, lenses, lights, and support equipment used for this project.
The actual photoshoot fee would be much more, if you consider the time and work involved by a team of professionals to finalize one single picture.
However, we will not ask any of this - because that is not the purpose here.
What we will ask is simply to share the travel cost, which would be determined and split between Maine Coon owners and breeders that are on the "list" as a trip is planned.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
To be able to achieve a successful photoshoot like this, there are many factors that must be considered:
You have to have a purebred & registered Maine Coon. There will need to be proof of ownership as well as your cat’s pedigree. Nothing wrong with mixes or strays, but the GGOTW project is specifically about Maine Coons.
Your Maine Coon needs to have had it's vaccinations and be generally healthy, so there's no risk of illness and contamination to our or other's cats via any vector we carry with us.
Your Maine Coon needs to be socialized and not overly scared of environmental sounds. We will not force any cat to be photographed against it's will.
Your Maine Coon needs to be used to a leash. They usually acclimate to it very quickly if you haven't tried it before, but the day of a photoshoot is not the time to try. We will not photograph a cat without certain safety measurements, for both your sake and the cat's.
Your Maine Coon needs to be groomed properly; at least combed - but not shaved, or have a lion cut. Not to be biased, but we are trying to present the Maine Coon in the wild.
We reserve the right to end a photoshoot, or not use the photograph in our project, if we feel that your cat dislikes it, or if the picture is not powerful enough for the series. In that case, we will refund any travel fee.
As photographers, by default we own the rights any picture we create. However, you have the right to sign a Model Release for commercial use and we will provide one for you.
You have to be on time at the specific location chosen, within reason of course. Weather conditions are one of the most important factors in these photos, as is keeping to an overall schedule.
You have to be patient. This is not a 5 minute photo session, and we don't want it to look like one. It can take up to 2 hours on-site.
WHEN DO WE START?
This is an idea for the year of 2020. If everything falls into place, maybe we could even start in 2019?
As we all know, life happens after we make plans, so anything can be postponed or even not happen at all.
It is simply a heartfelt idea that will enable meeting one another and create more content for this project.