Thursday, October 10, 2013

Utah Valley University

The Lord has really been blessing me lately. I received a message awhile back from an old coworker, who now works for a university in Utah in their business school. She was wondering if I was still designing and if I would be interested in being their freelancer for the business school, since the university marketing department didn't have much time for the other schools within the university.

Of course I was ecstatic! I loved working with her back at our old stomping grounds and the thought of partnering together again was too much to say no to. :) So we've been working these last few weeks on some new materials and overall designs for the business school. It's been a real pleasure and so far everyone has been very easy to please (Patti says it's because of the way her and I communicate and I do agree with her).

Here are a few of the many pieces we've worked on lately:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reagan - 6 Months

This little lady is just darling! I can hardly stand her sweet little smiles and giggles and grins. It took her awhile to 'warm up' during our photo shoot...she kept looking at us like 'what in the world is going on?' But we did manage to get some great pictures of her!
I love it when I am asked back to take pictures of the stages of someone's life, especially children. They grow and change so much and it's so very important to catch those memories. We took her newborn photos back in March and her mama called me to schedule Reagan's 6 month session. I can't believe it's been 6 months since this little one was born!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Water District Piping Map

I received a request to clean up an engineer map that showed the different well pumps, sizes of pipe, and roads within a water district. The original map had so many pencil marks and updates and cross-outs and was getting a bit beat up from the years of abuse.

So they had the map scanned for me and I created a new map in Illustrator with clean lines, detailed locations of the well pumps and such, and clear street names for the engineers, operators and fire marshals to be able to locate what they need to in the district.

Most designers would say it is boring work, but I actually enjoy this type of stuff. It's a good break from the 'creative side' of the brain and gives me time to work on fine tuning my simple skills and keyboard shortcuts.

Friday, August 2, 2013

1st Birthday Invitation

A dear friend of mine came to me with an invitation idea for her sweet little boy who is about to turn ONE! I can't believe how fast these kiddos are growing! Time just needs to stop! ;)

She just needed help getting her thoughts into a file that she could send out to get printed, so of course I offered my services. I didn't mean for her to pay me anything for it... it didn't take all that long and goodness, what are friends for?! But the amazing girl knows my heart and sent me a giftcard for Starbucks. Ahhh. Yum!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

RMS - AAPG Logo Design

I've recently been working with a committee member for an event to be held next summer here in Denver. They were in need of a brand for the event itself and I was so excited that they contacted me to create it! I love the variety of projects that come my helps keeps my skills and creativity in a constant rotation, but doesn't allow me to get too focused into one particular area or style of design.

Here was her starting point for the logo - - "We are in need of a logo for our annual Rocky Mountain Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists meeting to take place in Denver next summer.  Our theme is Cracking the Source, which refers to the current trend in our industry of targeting and understanding source rocks, which generate the oil and gas we produce."

So off I went to researching and brainstorming and creating some starting proofs. These pieces are always fun to design as it needs to fit the career involved, but also convey the atmosphere of the event itself. Cat wanted some mountains to pull in the location of the meeting and some cracking action to fit their theme, but gave me free reign on pretty much everything else. Along the way, we decided on the basic design, colors, and shape of the overall logo artwork. Then we moved toward fine-tuning the design itself so that it would be completely print-ready for however they needed to reproduce it on their materials. I knew upfront that they wanted to imprint the logo onto bags and to create a large banner, so took those in mind when coming up with the design. These things are always good to know from the beginning. :)

Here are the final pieces:

Thanks Cat for letting me work with ya'll on this!

Friday, April 26, 2013

CCBC Shopping Bags

I was asked last minute to put together the artwork for a shopping bag that is going to be handed out to festival attendees. It was a simple feat - the church logo and information was all that needed to be pulled and added to the vector file for the printer. The rush came from the printer realizing that they could get the job done in a quick time frame, but they needed the file that next morning. So I took a few minutes to compile the info and email off the file to the Associate Pastor at CCBC so that he could get it to the printer and get the details worked out for the printing. This is basically what it will look like (give or take the final placement of the artwork which was decided by the printer in this case):

Thursday, April 18, 2013

CCBC Business Directory

I've been doing quite a bit of work lately for Calvary Community Baptist Church. Part of that comes with them having their website redesigned (through an official web designer). :) But they've included me in a bunch of the communication and decisions along the way.

Not sure if this piece will be included on the website, or if it's just for print to the members of the church. I was asked to help design a cover for this year's business directory. Being that designing this type of thing is actually my type of business, I said yes. :) I'm happy to help where I can. And, I love the work!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lorene's 1st Birthday Shoot

Last weekend was Lorene's 1st Birthday party! I can't believe these little kiddos are already a year! My little Munchie was the first one born out of all these kids and it was hard to believe it when her 1st birthday came around. But now all the babies that were born around the same time are all turning one! My goodness, how the time flies!

I was blessed to be able to take a few fun pictures of Lorene's cupcake smash. Her mama wanted to see how she would react to the cupcake - with all that chocolate and icing - before the big party the next day. So we set up a space and watched as she explored this new thing in front of her.

What a precious little thing!

It took a little coaxing to get her to dig in. But overall, I think it was a big success!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ava Turns One!

It has been a blessing to see this little baby girl grow up into such a beautiful little lady... and she's only a year old! Crazy how fast the time flies though. I remember when her and Lorene (photos coming soon of her cupcake smash) were born... same hospital, hours apart. But she has got to be one of the happiest, most content babies I've had the chance of knowing.

Ava's mama wanted some pictures of the big party and asked me to help take some so that she could entertain and not have to worry about getting pictures herself. I mean, who wouldn't love to enjoy the party you put so much time into creating?! That's where I come in! :) I love capturing the memories, details, and the faces of the event.

As you can see, quite a few people showed up to help celebrate this special occasion. And I think I'm safe to say that they all had a great time!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Materials - CCBC

We were on a quick turnaround for the Easter Weekend materials this year again, but we had a direction from the pastors on what look they wanted. It's so wonderful when a client knows what they want instead of just saying "come up with something great". :)

Trust me. It happens quite a bit!

But there's nothing wrong with that either. It makes a little bit of work and asking questions of them to narrow the design options a tad, but I like the freedom that it allows me in doing my work.

This is what we came up with for this year: