Matthew W. Kennelly is creating Photo Documentaries
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Above is a short video of a few of my recent stories. Enjoy!

First off... Patreon. "What is it?" you ask. Put simply: It is the best way for artists to earn ongoing revenue directly from their supporters. Here's a quick video explaining what it is and how it helps! 

Here's the quick version of what I have to say:
  • I want to create photo documentaries.
  • Documentary work doesn't pay. If it does, it isn't much and it takes as much time as a full time job. 
  • How can you help? Subscribe to my work at any rate you want! This goes towards paying the bills and allowing me to spend the majority of my time with my subjects and compiling interviews, photos, and facts into a story.
  • What's the desired outcome of my work? Books, prints, and most importantly... providing awareness to other's experiences.
  • I believe in this and I need your help to make it happen! 

Here's the longer version of what I have to say:
Have you ever had the whispering of a new direction begin inside of you; telling you to take the leap and not knowing how it will work out? With four years of convincing, I listened to the voice and took the leap into the unknown. Well, not entirely unknown. I knew all I wanted to do was tell stories.

For the past four years, I focused my attention on weddings and basic portrait work, but it wasn’t enough. I mean, I made a living, but I starved myself of authenticity and grit. I needed to tell stories that were being actively unheard. Beautiful, passionate, unique stories full of joy and pain and all things making us human. So, I quit weddings. I sold most of my gear and simplified. I had about 3 months of money to get me by as I tried to sort my life out while falling off the cliff I leapt from. I believe with my whole heart I will spend my life telling other’s stories. It’s just who I am. I love it.

This is where I need your help! What I do (documentary photography) doesn’t sell very well. It never has nor will it ever. But I believe its value to our world is great. One’s story can save another’s life. If anything, it can say, “You’re not alone.” In order for me to tell stories, I need to be able to live. To live, I need money. Not much, but enough to cover bills and eat. I’ve already made some big sacrifices in order to tell stories and they won’t stop soon. There isn’t much I own that could stand between me and a story I believe in. If you would consider signing up for a monthly subscription of my work, this would help me continue to do what I’m suppose to do! I get it… sometimes supporting an artist feels distant and unproductive. Like, “Do they actually need my support?” With this contribution, you can have confidence that any amount you choose to give has a great impact not only on me, the artist, but the subject who’s story will be told. 

Mr. Rogers is said to have carried a note from a social worker saying, “Frankly, there isn't anyone you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story.” I believe this with my whole heart. Help me tell the stories that deserve to be heard. I can’t do it alone. Thank you so much for your support - be it financial, a word of encouragement, or continuing to follow my work!

With Hope,
Matthew W. Kennelly

Tiers
Level 8
$5 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 7
$10 or more per month
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 6
$15 or more per month
  • 4x6 print of photo of your choice
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 5
$25 or more per month
  • One time set of 4x6 prints
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 4
$50 or more per month
  • Signed 11x14" of your choice
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Let's grab a coffee/drink on me! I want to shake your hand.
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 3
$75 or more per month
  • Signed 11x14" print of your choice 
  • One time set of 4x6 prints
  • Free 1/2 hour photo session
  • Access to updated digital gallery of files for print
  • Let's grab a coffee/drink on me! I want to hug you.
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 2
$100 or more per month
  • A signed 11x14" print of your choice
  • Monthly set of 4x6 prints
  • Free 1 hour photo session
  • Access to updated digital gallery of files for print
  • Dinner's on me for you and plus one
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content


Level 1
$120 or more per month
  • A signed & framed 11x14" print of your choice 
  • Monthly 4x6 prints 
  • Access to updated digital gallery of files for print
  • Free photo session (up to 4 hours)
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Oh, and dinner's on me for you and a plus one!
Goals
5% complete
This is a long shot, I know! But I am going to dream for the public to see. Reaching $1,500 would allow me to completely dedicate myself to my subjects and their stories. Let's do this!
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Above is a short video of a few of my recent stories. Enjoy!

First off... Patreon. "What is it?" you ask. Put simply: It is the best way for artists to earn ongoing revenue directly from their supporters. Here's a quick video explaining what it is and how it helps! 

Here's the quick version of what I have to say:
  • I want to create photo documentaries.
  • Documentary work doesn't pay. If it does, it isn't much and it takes as much time as a full time job. 
  • How can you help? Subscribe to my work at any rate you want! This goes towards paying the bills and allowing me to spend the majority of my time with my subjects and compiling interviews, photos, and facts into a story.
  • What's the desired outcome of my work? Books, prints, and most importantly... providing awareness to other's experiences.
  • I believe in this and I need your help to make it happen! 

Here's the longer version of what I have to say:
Have you ever had the whispering of a new direction begin inside of you; telling you to take the leap and not knowing how it will work out? With four years of convincing, I listened to the voice and took the leap into the unknown. Well, not entirely unknown. I knew all I wanted to do was tell stories.

For the past four years, I focused my attention on weddings and basic portrait work, but it wasn’t enough. I mean, I made a living, but I starved myself of authenticity and grit. I needed to tell stories that were being actively unheard. Beautiful, passionate, unique stories full of joy and pain and all things making us human. So, I quit weddings. I sold most of my gear and simplified. I had about 3 months of money to get me by as I tried to sort my life out while falling off the cliff I leapt from. I believe with my whole heart I will spend my life telling other’s stories. It’s just who I am. I love it.

This is where I need your help! What I do (documentary photography) doesn’t sell very well. It never has nor will it ever. But I believe its value to our world is great. One’s story can save another’s life. If anything, it can say, “You’re not alone.” In order for me to tell stories, I need to be able to live. To live, I need money. Not much, but enough to cover bills and eat. I’ve already made some big sacrifices in order to tell stories and they won’t stop soon. There isn’t much I own that could stand between me and a story I believe in. If you would consider signing up for a monthly subscription of my work, this would help me continue to do what I’m suppose to do! I get it… sometimes supporting an artist feels distant and unproductive. Like, “Do they actually need my support?” With this contribution, you can have confidence that any amount you choose to give has a great impact not only on me, the artist, but the subject who’s story will be told. 

Mr. Rogers is said to have carried a note from a social worker saying, “Frankly, there isn't anyone you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story.” I believe this with my whole heart. Help me tell the stories that deserve to be heard. I can’t do it alone. Thank you so much for your support - be it financial, a word of encouragement, or continuing to follow my work!

With Hope,
Matthew W. Kennelly

Recent posts by Matthew W. Kennelly

Tiers
Level 8
$5 or more per month
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 7
$10 or more per month
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 6
$15 or more per month
  • 4x6 print of photo of your choice
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 5
$25 or more per month
  • One time set of 4x6 prints
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 4
$50 or more per month
  • Signed 11x14" of your choice
  • Print size file of photo of your choice
  • Let's grab a coffee/drink on me! I want to shake your hand.
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 3
$75 or more per month
  • Signed 11x14" print of your choice 
  • One time set of 4x6 prints
  • Free 1/2 hour photo session
  • Access to updated digital gallery of files for print
  • Let's grab a coffee/drink on me! I want to hug you.
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Level 2
$100 or more per month
  • A signed 11x14" print of your choice
  • Monthly set of 4x6 prints
  • Free 1 hour photo session
  • Access to updated digital gallery of files for print
  • Dinner's on me for you and plus one
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content


Level 1
$120 or more per month
  • A signed & framed 11x14" print of your choice 
  • Monthly 4x6 prints 
  • Access to updated digital gallery of files for print
  • Free photo session (up to 4 hours)
  • Access to exclusive Patreon content
Oh, and dinner's on me for you and a plus one!