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. It took me a bit to slow down, see beauty again. But it felt a bit like coming home.
Since that time, I’ve added branding, graphics & website design to the toolkit.
When I take on a project, I work hard to understand a client’s challenges & 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.
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 carefully selected artisans & non-profits, & I invest a lot in learning what challenges they face, what their work rhythms are, what they need for good branding & a solid web presence.
When you hire Grace Studio, you’re getting a company that understands what is important to make a design, image or website 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, drone photography, 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!
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.
do you work with companies besides 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 see if we’re a fit.
are you expensive?
Are you ready to be effective in the marketplace? The cost of services is crafted around the needs of your business. You can start small & build as you grow, but you must be invested in its outcome.
The websites I design are complete packages: beautiful design, mobile-responsive, optimized for search, optimized for accessibility, & optimized for you to update with ease.
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, your brand will be strong & unique.
See the Working with Grace pages for details on each of these.