Empowering Creatives to Thrive
We believe that you can live off your art. You can make what you want to make and be successful. Your time is worth something. How is that possible? Because we’re going to back you up. We want to give you more time to own your life to thrive as an artist and a creative. Part of that means setting yourself up as the best possible reflection of your work by telling your story with the right imagery for your art.
Incredible art can be made and enrich the community when we properly value our time and creativity. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that artists aren’t seriously working on their art because they aren’t able to sustain their life with it. We’re artists, too, so naturally we want to do whatever we can to help our kindred spirits shine. It’s our mission to present your work in a professional way so you can be successful with your art and make more of it. More art will make this world more vibrant and diverse. Long story short, good shit happens when artists support artists.
Just like you wouldn’t spend time and energy doing your own taxes or another activity for which you’re ill prepared and don’t enjoy, you wouldn’t spend time agonizing over telling your story if that isn’t where you excel. Why focus your energy on trying to write about yourself, take your own photos, do your own design work, or insert other draining task you don’t want to do here when you can turn to someone to do it for you? Luckily for you, that’s why we’re here. It’s our job to create a compelling story for you. That means you get to choose where you spend your creative time instead of being forced to agonize over aspects of the process that prevent you from showcasing your work. Basically, we give a shit about other things that make your art a completed project so you can give a shit about your art.
Writer // Designer
I am enthusiastic about helping artists and creative business owners find success. I’ve found that writing artist statements, bios, grant proposals, and more can be unreasonably challenging to those that put all their energy into creative work. Plus, designing business cards or other print pieces can be overwhelming when graphics and layout are not their chosen medium. We can’t all be great at everything, right?
I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Fine Art, with a double concentration in Painting and Sculpture, and a BA in Psychology in 2006. I earned my Masters of Arts Management from the Heinz College in 2007. I then served for ten years as the Design & New Media Manager at Pittsburgh Glass Center, an organization dedicated to supporting glass artists.
Nathan J. Shaulis
I fell in love with photography the very first moment my father laid a manual film camera in my 12-year- old hands. I studied and practiced for years, learning every aspect of each successive tool by taking photos of anything and everything, finding a special kinship with nature.
As an artist, I love supporting other artists through photography. Artists of all media need clean, clear, and representative images for their work for a myriad of applications and I love meeting that need.
I am a member of Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Media Photographers and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. My work has been published in Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Whirl, and The Jewish Chronicle.
Porter + Jeanie
Porter is our Boston Terrier/Pug mix. He loves meeting new people, especially if they have treats! He only weighs 20 pounds but has the strength and energy of a dog many times his size. He is ever vigilant for activities to engage in, especially if it involves the destruction of new toys, investigating new smells in the kitchen, or wrestling with his little sister Jeanie.
He is always a well-behaved model when new equipment comes in that needs to be tested.
Jeanie is our Boston Terrier, nicknamed Teeny Weenie Jeanie Beanie because people are always asking if she’s full grown (she is!) We named the business before we adopted her, but she’s just as valuable a part of the team as her older brother. She weighs 14 pounds but is as sensitive and delicate as a dog half her size. When she’s not snuggling under a blanket, she’s battling her brother for toys, nibbling Sam’s nose, or avoiding the camera.
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