With a newly emptied nest at our house and a rapidly growing business, Catherine had a huge need for more office space. The transformation from old kids' bedroom to office was pretty impressive if we do say so ourselves! Read more...

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Catherine recently had the chance to present to the advanced photo class at the College of DuPage. They were creating their first photo books and looking for guidance on what goes into a good layout. Curious to see what they covered? Here are some of her tips...

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Catherine and I were speakers at the 16th Annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference. I spoke on a panel about portfolios and Catherine spoke about social media marketing. Together we sat on a panel about the pros and cons of freelancing. Over the two days we mingled, did some portfolio reviews, met a number of talented students, and had some great conversations with our fellow presenters. By far the presentation that was the most

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Very often while we are photographing a project, people will ask us “Where can we see these pictures?” And more times than not, we honestly have no idea! Sometimes there is a very specific plan in place, but usually we only know the photos will be used for marketing and promotional purposes.

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model in grass wearing sunglasses and bright pink lipstick

So I dumped a box of cornstarch in a kiddie pool a few weeks ago... Ideas are funny things. Sometimes people will see an image we took and ask us "how did you think of that?" This shoot started with a pair of sunglasses. When I saw those glorious turquoise frames staring at me from a little antique shop shelf in Chicago, I decided they were coming with me. Then I had to figure out

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business card design example

A few months ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) as a mentor graphic designer. This program takes students through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year.

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hint: the story is about the papyrus typeface

When I was walking in downtown Lake Forest IL the other day, I saw this sign and had to walk over to the business to figure out what they sold. Just glancing at the sign, you might think North Woods Candy and Pinecone Emporium. Or Cutsey Girly Things Sold Here. You would, however, be wrong. They are an audio and video store. Now, I'm sure they sell lovely audio and video products, but they make the perfect example

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