meet your designer
Grace Studio started in 2003 as a tiny photography venture after the dot.com bust (the first one), wherein I lost my job & fled to Europe. I’d been taking photos since teen years but had set it aside when audio work & high tech came calling, & it took me a bit to slow down, see beauty again. It felt a bit like coming home. But experiencing both sides of work (art & business) also made me crave projects that had that combination: business & the creative.
When I take on a project, I delve into my client’s business to understand what their challenges are & what they need from design to make their business better, their brand stronger. It’s one of my favorite parts of the work I get to do – getting to know you.
I still enjoy shooting – vineyards, farms, film stills, people & product – & I work it into my projects whenever possible. A visual is worth a thousand first impressions & I’m happy to work with you to get that impression just right.
Off the grid, I enjoy shooting stills for indie films, traveling whenever possible & playing in water in any form: snow, river, lake, ocean.
Street cred: I earned my degree in Telecommunications Management from Marylhurst University & hold certificates in Digital Marketing Strategy and Interactive Media Production from Portland State University.
For any Grace Studio service, I offer a complimentary 30 minute interview, to answer your questions & determine if we are a good fit for your project. Fill in the form below & we can set a time for a call.
what’s so special about Grace Studio?
When I fell in love with design again, I opted to work with clients I respect & admire, & with whom I could invest my energies . . . in short, a good relationship. Ten years on, I work mostly with wineries, farms, carefully selected non-profits, and epicures, & because my focus is toward these sectors, I invest a lot in learning what challenges they face, what their rhythms are, what they need for good branding & a solid web presence.
When you hire Grace Studio, you’re getting a company that knows your business & understands what is important to make a design, image or website design that truly speaks the brand you want to communicate to your marketplace.
who will work with me?
Grace Studio is headed up by me, Tari Donohue, & while I perform all the services listed on this site, I collaborate with others for things like video production, app development, & specialized software functionality. I will be your point person during our work together. If you have a Project Manager, I would be happy to collaborate!
do you work with companies other than farms, wineries & food?
Of course! I carefully select businesses I can support with creativity & strong collaboration. While most of the work I do centers around artisan businesses, if you’re committed to a solid brand effort & a strong sense of partnership, let’s talk.
do you ‘do’ social media?
In a word, no. I can help you decide what social media tools to use & get you set up to schedule your content, but I firmly believe the day-to-day voice in social media should come from those that work in your business every day, so I don’t do postings. Social media is so transparent, it’s easy to spot a fake voice.
why do you emphasize branding so much?
Because without a good solid brand, businesses fail. A brand is not just a logo – it’s a philosophy, a voice & vibe – it’s what makes people remember you in a market that has hundreds of competitors. I conduct day-long branding workshops that walk you through all branding elements (we do worksheets & everything) to give you a solid foundation on which to market your business. Workshops are conducted for your team alone, because branding is pretty personal stuff.
After branding, I work with you to ensure your marketing materials & the look & feel of your materials carry that emphasis forward so it’s consistent across all media. Contact me to learn more.
are you expensive?
Are you ready to be effective in the marketplace? The cost of services is crafted around the needs of your business.
The websites I design are complete packages: beautiful design, mobile-responsive, optimized for search, optimized for accessibility, & optimized for you to update with ease. You can decide the initial cost & add other enhancements according to your budget, or add them in phases.
Identity Design, Graphic Design, & Photography are investments you can use over & over in various materials. Because I put my 10 years of experience & talent to work for you, I have your best brand in mind.
See the Working with Grace pages for details on each of these.