Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope By Charmaine Marinkovich

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About Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

Project 2018-03-05 11:05:59 +1300

Beautifully scarred will be a beautiful coffee table book that is filled with amazing stories & beautiful photographs of strong, beautiful, inspiring and warm-hearted women of New Zealand. They are women who have been through some form of trauma, domestic violence, illnesses, accidents, tough childhoods and more but are now living a life filled with happiness and love for all that's around them, but more importantly, love for themselves.

They are women, who one day, made a decision to not be a victim of that time, that rocky road that life can sometimes bring. They decided to not let that time hold them hostage in their own life and realised there was so much more goodness in life for them. 

I believe, their stories will help heal others who are going through a similar situation and one that will give them hope that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

So far I have approx. 40 women who have shared their stories with me and would love to be included in 'Beautifully Scarred' in the hope their story inspires and gives hope to others who may be experiencing a similar situation.

So if you believe this personal project of mine could make a difference, I would love you to jump on board and make a pledge to help bring this book to life. Also if you could share this campaign with everyone you know, I would be so grateful.


The People Behind Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

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My career as a photographer started nearly 20 years ago. After photographing weddings for about 14 years I decided to turn my hand to portrait photography where everyone can be celebrated any time of the year and own beautiful portraits with their parents, siblings, children, partner or best friend. 

After overcoming many of my own life challenges and self-worth, as well as hearing the many stories shared by my clients and the community, I realised we all has a story.  I decided to reach out to find more women who have overcome their challenges in life and were willing to share their story to help those who are going through similar situaltions. This is how the idea of 'Beautifully Scarred' was born.

I am a daughter, a sister, a mum of four and a woman who wants to experience the best life being who ever I wish to be and empower others to do the same.


    Thank you Newshub

    04:25PM Tue 24/04/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    I had an amazing opportunity to be interview by Wilhelmina Shrimpton from Newshub last week. Sharing a bit about my own story, having Tracy Manu share your journey and talking about Beautifully Scarred.

    It was my first time on TV, so a little nervous to say the least, but what a great way to share the message and spread the word.

    We are getting so close to the deadline, my heart is racing :) I still have just as much excitement in me as I did when I first put it out there.

    If you missed the Newshub interview, here is the link to watch


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    More rewards for you pledgers

    07:59PM Thu 19/04/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    I want to make sure that all of you who have made a pledge already get the chance for some extra goodies and with the support from some amazing local businesses I'm able to do so.

    For tonight only, head over to my facebook page
    Find the post 'Flowers by Tami - GIVEAWAY
    Comment PLEDGE

    And you'll be into win a beautiful bouquet of flowers valued at $70 including delivery within the Tauranga, Mount, Papamoa region.



    You can check out more gorgeous flowers by Tami on her website

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    What will the funds cover

    04:57PM Tue 10/04/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Hey everyone, hope you're all having a great Tuesday afternoon.

    I just wanted to put together an update that includes the costings towards producing the Beautifully Scarred book, as I understand it is a significant target amount that I am working towards. So here is a little break down for you.

    Publising Company Costs - $65,600
    Project & Print Management & Liaison
    Cover Design 
    Page internal Design 
    Picture handling fee 
    Page Layout
    Correction after first proof 
    Final Read
    First Print Run - 3000 Copies ( $37,383.00 )

    Copy Edit - $6,500.00

    Image Editor - $1,200

    Travel Expenses - $1,500

    Reward costs only - $5,000

    Pledge Me fees - $5,200


    I have also been working a lot behind the scenes, reaching out to media locally and nationally, with a few who love the idea of my book and want to help me spread the word.  The first article was with one of my favourite magazines - Mindfood, who shared it with their online audience.  You can check it out here.


    I will keep you updated on what else is coming up.

    Char x

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    How to make a Pledge

    03:50PM Thu 05/04/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    I've received a number of messages from people wanting to donate towards my book, however are unsure how to complete their pledge.  So I decided to put together a little video to help you out.

    All donations made must be done via the pledge me page, so that pledge me knows that I am reaching my target.
    So sorry I'm unable to receive cash donations to my personal account.

    Also all funds pledge will not be decucted from your credit card or via bank deposit until the 30th April and only if I reach my target.

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    Want to be able to take good photos of your kids at home? Now you can.

    10:22PM Wed 04/04/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Want to be able to take good photos of your kids at home?
    Do you own a nice camera and unsure how it all works?

    Well now you can learn at your own pace, with my pre-recorded videos that will take you step by step through 
    'How to photograph your kids at home' which I've made available as one of the rewards here on my Pledge Me campaign.

    Over the years I've had so many messages & emails with people saying they'd love to learn how to photograph their kids at home.

    Many have said, "My kids just won't sit still for a good photo",
    Or "My photos always come out all dark or too light"....

    As a mum of four, I totally understand, it can be tricky to get your kids to listen to you at the best of time, let a lone when you have a camera in hand.

    Just 26 Days left to reach the Pledge Me target.
    So so thankful to everyone who has already pledge and raised $4,690 so far.


    Here are a few photos of my own kids at home...You too can learn to take photos just like these of your own kids and capture their childhood.

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    Ladies Night Out

    09:16AM Tue 03/04/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    I love getting together for a girls night out, so thought it would be a great chance before to get all our girlfriends together before we all start to hibernate for the winter months that lie ahead of us.

    A night of bubbles, delicious platters, mini-makeovers, singing and story telling. And at the same time, raising funds towards my book 'Beautifully Scarred'

    Held at my cousins amazing cafe Wild One Wholefoods Eatery
    7 Prince Ave, Mt Manganui
    Thursday, 12th April
    5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Caroline Martelli of MCollections-MSkin will be there to give you all mini-makeovers.

    Plus I have a special guest - Porina who will be singing for you throughout the evening.
    Porina is also one of the amazing ladies who will be featuring in my book 'Beautifully Scarred' so she will be sharing a little of her story and you will see for yourself just how far she has come.

    Ticket price: $15.00
    You can purchase your ticket by:
    1) Messaging me on Facebook
    2) Email me at [email protected]

    All ticket funds will go towards my pledge me campaign 'Beautifully Scarred' to help reach my target which ends on the 30th April 2018.

    If you're in or around Tauranga, I'd love to see you.


    Charmaine xx

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    My story and why 'Beautifully Scarred' means a lot to me...

    10:38PM Sun 25/03/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Tonight I shared a little bit about my past and where I'm at today to give you an insight as to why I believe it's important to get this book out there.


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    Branding Session Sample Gallery

    05:45PM Thu 15/03/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Branding Session Sample Gallery


    Charmaine loves working with other creative business owners to help put their best face forward and up level the look and feel of their business brand. Included in the Branding Session reward package is: 

    * Planning session (in-person or via skype)
    * Style guide & videos to help prepare your outfits
    * Hair + Make up application
    * 3 Hour photoshoot
    * Approx. 30 High Res digital files that you can use throughout your marketing online and in print
    * A signed copy of the 'Beautifully Scarred' book.
    * Inclusion of your name in the acknowledgement section of book
    * An invitation to attend the book launch party.

    Sessions are available in Tauranga and surrounding areas such as Rotorua, Whakatane, Hamilton, Taupo, Auckland.
    We will work together to find a good time to schedule this over the next 12 months.

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    Business Profile Samples

    04:45PM Thu 15/03/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Business Profile

    Business Profiles portraits are available in Tauranga & Auckland - see dates below.

    Ready to be the face of your business? Or just in need of some fresh new ones.  Charmaine will direct & photograph you in a 30 min photoshoot and you will receive 5 x High Res digital files of your choice. 

    Hair & make up application is available at an additional cost of $120 - this payment will be required on the day of your photoshoot.

    Tauranga Dates - Thursday, 24th May & Thursday, 31st May 2018
    Auckland Dates - Thursday, 7th June 2018

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    Greeting Cards Sample

    04:21PM Thu 15/03/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Greeting Card


    These greeting cards include a range of different creative images photographed by Charmaine, which incorportate two of her favourite things - flowers and photographing women.  There are 10 x cards per pack (white envelope included)

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    Award Winning Print - signed + matted

    04:13PM Thu 15/03/18 on Beautifully Scarred - A book of hope

    Award Winning Print by Charmaine Marinkovich

    Printed as a 6"x 6" image on lustre photographic paper. Signed + Matted to a finished size of H: 398mm x W: 335mm all ready to frame and display in your home.  Image was photographed by Charmaine back in 2002 and won a Bronze award at the NZIPP annual awards.  This is a limited edition with only 100 copies available.

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