Confession: I was totally that girl who collected magazines and holed herself in her room making collages during high school. I have books and books filled with good things I cut and tore up then glued onto unassuming pages. Doesn’t everyone?
I just recovered these photos from a collage workshop I was privileged to attend last year at the beautifully curated shop just behind our old LA home in Highland Park, Platform. It was hosted by the talented artist Caris Reid, (her work is so refreshing, I particularly like “Bride” from her website). The night was a wonderful excuse to drink wine and cut some things up with a group of ladies. Throwback to my early years – minus the whole wine and group thing.
Voila! My final product.
Here’s to all those collage-ers out there!
Tall grass turns brown on golden hills, beneath cloudless autumn skies, the green of pine trees, and sunlight frosting it all. Color palettes of rust, wheat, emerald, and pale blue. Photo taken on a pretty autumn walk at the Santa Fe Ski basin, before the snows started to come for winter.
Working with the lovely Heidi Cost (also of the Heidi Cost Photography, Vista del Mar Resort, and La Buena Vida Restaurant websites, which we have had the pleasure of designing, too) is always so much fun! For her family’s adorable adobe rental casita in historic downtown Santa Fe, we were able to go Santa Fe-crazy creating a new WordPress website design, branding, and graphic embellishments with a Southwestern turquoise and rust color scheme, Western-inspired fonts, and geometric Native American graphic accents to reflect the look of the wall hangings, decorations, and charm of the casita itself. We also used a photograph we took of a local agave plant for the site’s background wallpaper to finish off the Santa Fe feel.
Features include: a sidebar widget offering prominent access to guest reviews and instant booking reservations on every page; a custom booking form and calendar of available dates; details on amenities and local attractions; a gallery showcasing each room; family history of the property; directions and embedded Google map to help guests find their way.
As you can imagine, Heidi is really well-versed now in updating her various WordPress website designs that we have created for her. The Chavez House site offers her that same simple updating capability, and Heidi can add photos, check booking requests, keep her reservations calendar up to date, and keep all the details about the casita and local Santa Fe tips current.
Next time you’re in Santa Fe, a stay at this cozy home in an awesome location will be sure to make your trip even more special!
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-Kristin + Jackie
It takes a lot of vulnerability and self-motivation to publish your own creative work online, so we feel especially grateful when artists and creatives come to us as they are ready to take that very exciting step. Heidi Cost, co-owner of the beautiful Vista del Mar condos and hotels and the La Buena Vida restaurant and bar in Akumal, Mexico—we had the pleasure of creating the logo and website design for both—is also a very talented photographer. She was ready to showcase her photographs and create an identity that matched her personality and portfolio.
Having the opportunity to work with Heidi on several projects, Kristin and I already had a pretty good grasp on Heidi’s aesthetics. Heidi was attracted to incorporating hand-drawn elements into her logo and the mood of the site. We agreed! Pairing hand-drawn or painted components into a digital site creates an intimacy and humanity that matches perfectly with such a personal project as a photography portfolio.
Using watercolor and ink, we tried several shapes and patterns for Heidi’s new logo. Ultimately, we decided on using the square, which we found mimicked the photograph tiles for the gallery nicely. The handwritten script has a loose, free feeling, much like the flow Heidi’s easygoing, traveling persona. Water blues and neutral tans and grays showcase, but don’t compete with, her beautiful photos on the site, and create a composed space where the viewer can feel as if the photographs are framed by the photographer’s own personality. The hand-drawn leaf garland offers a border and repetition, as well as a nod toward nature, which is a huge focus of Heidi’s works.
This site was built as a custom solution in the flexible Virb.com platform, a fantastic fit for artists and photographers which allows them to add new work on their own with ease. We like the simplicity and clean interface of using Virb for portfolio projects like this one.
Heidi’s business cards were printed on thick white, woven cardstock and cut to a 2″ square. Congratulations on sharing your beautiful work with the world, Heidi! We look forward to viewing more of your adventures to come.
Visit this site online >> www.heidicostphotography.com
Jackie & Kristin
Blue winter sunsets: shades of navy, indigo, lavender, yellow, and peach, silhouetting darkened junipers and cottony clouds.