I enjoyed every second of this project. Seriously, every single second. Jessie Martin is an incredible photographer who decided to start her own small business and conquer the world with her amazing photography! Working with her was so easy and everything flowed so well. Jessie found me through a guest post I had written about a story from my past and I was so glad we could connect in that way! She wanted a professional logo that would stand apart from other photographers and have the ability to be a subtle watermark on her images. So we started to work on this right away, going through several different styles.
We both loved the simplistic feel to this logo. We wanted to keep the same feel when it came to her website as well. Jessie loved the sidebar look so I created her a site with a left sidebar so all of her content was on the right. A large full screen slider displays all her featured images that she wants to show off to anyone visiting her website (and with her, there are a lot of fantastic images to show off). You should definitely go check this website out for yourself, though!
Her photography blew me away. When she started setting up her albums so I could easily make her portfolio area I started looking through the images and my eyes kept growing. I wish I lived closer so I could have some business photography done by Jessie! She takes incredible portraits but I can see her going far in this business and expanding her services even more.
I could go on and on about how great she was to work with but here is a few happy words coming from Jessie herself:
Haley, I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful website you’ve made for me. Working with you has been an absolute joy! I’ve had so much fun over the last few weeks. Your work on the website itself is amazing – it is exactly what I was hoping for. My inspiration board was a mess & you somehow waded through it to create the perfect website. I’m so impressed by your originality & creativity. The site is easy to use & navigate & the layout is great – it looks so professional. It hasn’t even gone live yet and I’ve gotten SO many compliments from other photographers who are collaborating with me. I came to you with very little other than hopes of starting a photography business. I feel like you’ve taken on my dream with me. You have been so encouraging. The website is amazing and better than I hoped, but the best part has been working with you. You are such a servant to your clients. You work so hard! You were so quick to get back with me throughout the entire process & you did everything to the highest standard. I attended a business conference that encouraged business owners to treat their clients so well that it would cause their clients to want to advertise for them. I wasn’t exactly sure what that would look like, but after working with you, I know exactly the kind of business owner I want to be. A brand isn’t just a logo, and you are absolutely killing it. You’re a perfect example of what a business owner/entrepreneur should be & I have learned so much from you! You sincerely care about your clients. You put them first and strive to do your absolute best. Throughout this process of working with you I not only found a talented designer, but a friend.
I couldn’t help but share this e-mail with everyone! We obviously had a fantastic time with this project and getting to work together. I invested so much time in Jessie’s website and brand that I feel like I left a little bit of my heart in it. But isn’t that what we do as designers? We spend hours creating a brand out of thin air, putting our soul in our work, and then watch our clients take this brand and mix their super fun personality with it. It’s a fun career and I love meeting people like Jessie Martin and cannot wait to see where she goes!