Chasing clients can be one of the trickiest + touchiest situations within the freelancing game. Just like with any typical contract, both parties are supposed to perform and communicate to the best of their abilities … but unfortunately, there are many instances where things get grey. For example, maybe your client goes silent for weeks on end without notice. Or maybe you’re having trouble collecting overdue payments. In situations like these ( and many more ), the common thread is simply a lack of communication. For whatever reason, one half of the party isn’t informing the other of what’s going on, which can be frustrating beyond belief. We’ve all been there! So what do you do?? Personally, I’ve found that the best plan of action is to be both patient + persistent. And above all, understanding + fair. Not only to yourself, but your client as well.
There’s two sides to every story here. You, the freelancer, are trying to run a successful business. You have schedules, deadlines, and things that need to happen in order to move forward. But both parties, however, also have a life. One that doesn’t stop for anything. And truthfully, there’s no telling what sort of road blocks, project related or not, will place themselves right within your timeline. That’s what makes things so difficult! Maybe your client had a sudden health scare in their family. Or maybe they had an unexpected expense come out of nowhere. You never know! As freelancers, our first reaction to silence is typically project related + negative. Things like “I haven’t heard from them for WEEKS! They must really hate what I’ve done and not want to move forward” cross our mind. But nine times out of ten, that’s just not the case. So instead of creating scenarios within your head, try getting to the bottom of it instead.
I wanted to share our wedding website with you all a long time ago ( it was the one thing I finished quickly! ), but didn’t feel comfortable publishing all of our personalized details on the blog. But that was then and this is now. Since the big day is over ( I still can’t believe it ) — I thought today would be the perfect time to share our finished website!! We relied heavily on this thing, as it collected RSVPs and went over a lot of important information for our guests. While this sort of thing is typically done via intricate stationery suites, I decided to keep things simple. Kinda weird for a graphic designer who drools over print pieces on the daily, ehh? At least our save the dates + general invites gave me my fix!
This was a fun personal website for me to design + develop, which isn’t always the case. Designing for yourself can be a challenging ride, often filled with endless revisions and self-doubt … but this particular project only took me a solid two hours to complete! CRAZY. In the end, it’s a short + sweet one page website that relies heavily on organization and tiny little details. I kinda wish it served more of a long lasting purpose, ya know?? But for now, I’m just happy to finally share! Feel free to click around on the live website right here. And a big thank you to all of you for your kind words of support + encouragement as Michael and I enter into this new journey of being MARRIED. It’s been wonderful. :)
life as of late has gone a little something like this
ONE Have any of you ever taken that love languages quiz? Michael and I both took it before getting married and scored “quality time” as our top language – - which totally makes sense. We’re at our best when we’re out seeing the world together, even if it’s just by taking a 30 minute drive south to go hiking. So this weekend, we finally filled our time with adventures ( including family time tubing down the Cannon River + exploring Red Wing!! ). Prior to getting married, our weekends were full of planning + prepping, so it was nice to let loose and have some uninterrupted time together.
TWO As a part of our weekend adventures, we came up with the spontaneous idea to take our little pup Walter hiking for the first time. We hopped in the car, drove an hour south, and found ourselves at Frontenac State Park. Walter did a three mile hike with us like a champ. He navigated down steep slopes, took a break at the beach finding sticks, and beat us back up the to the top. It was the cutest. :)
THREE Over the past year or so, I’ve quickly + quietly become obsessed with the city of St. Paul, MN. I know many of you who are out of state have heard about Minneapolis, but St. Paul is actually our capitol – - the other half of the “Twin Cities.” Michael & I have spent many weekends exploring around that area and are hoping to move back sometime in the next year or so. Because let’s get real : I need to be closer to my brunch of choice, The Buttered Tin. Every time we visit, I pick up a treat to go. This time ( a week ago ) it was an almond cupcake. #YES
I’ve been easing myself back into work this week – - and it’s been therapeutic to work through a few new moodboards, this one included, as we move forward with a handful of brand strategies. There’s something about this one, though, that makes my designer eyes truly happy. It’s the perfect storm of modern femininity. For this particular photographer, we don’t want to put her in any one corner ( too starkly modern, or too whimsical ), so balance becomes key. By utilizing classic type ( on the thin side ) with a more dainty palette, we’ll be able to walk that line. PLUS, I just think there’s something about these colors that’s drawing me in on a more personal level. They feel calm. I’m digging that. Can’t wait to share a few more process shots we have in the works! This one will be fun.
This past weekend was absolutely perfect. Everything went by so fast … it almost felt like a dream. But all I know is that our hearts are absolutely full and we can’t wait to start the rest of our journey together. I promise I’ll share more soon, but for now, we’re easing ourselves back into normality since our honeymoon isn’t until later this month. Thank you for all of your support and kind words on my last post. I want to HUG YOU ALL!! Seriously. More photos can be found on instagram … ♥