Brakkenwood Studios is a budding family business based in St. Cloud, MN. Our modest staff consists of a professional photojournalist and a graphic designer. Our rural upbringing has bestowed both of us with a solid work ethic, strong family values, and an emphasis on integrity. We understand the importance of providing a quality product, and strive to satisfy our customers’ needs and desires through our individual and combined talents.
We specialize in creating individualized business identities that will help to define you or your business through the simple, yet stunning, use of imagery. Let Brakkenwood Studios develop YOUR ideas and bring them to life. Watch them take root, and bloom into a unique, memorable statement that will be
sure to leave a lasting impression with
Logos, business cards, letterheads, collateral materials, trade show graphics, and other print designs all fall within this category. We are just as pleased to work with an individual on a small, personal project, as we are with a larger company that has more in-depth needs.
Brakkenwood Studios is in the business of helping YOUR business grow! Through our designs and photography, we can create advertising and marketing campaigns that will enhance and reflect your current or new identity. Building an identity, and focusing on brand recognition, will ensure that your company will be remembered and noticed!
Professional and specifically tailored designs will be created to achieve your advertising goals. They will be designed for your target audience to ensure the most effective results. We provide marketing support via printed media, online advertising, and through trade show development and support.
In addition to our print designs, we can also take your identity and marketing plans to the web in order to provide more interactivity. Brakkenwood Studios
will create a website that
will complement the structure and look of your business, as well as your marketing goals.
Not only will we design your site to suit your individual needs, but we can also provide content management and assist in social media development and marketing.
Brakkenwood Studios can not only offer your company product photos and commercial images, we also provide family, wedding, pet, and individual portraiture. Our objective is to showcase the “everyday” in new and creative ways. We aim to capture our clients at their best, and feature their interests in a way that will define their lifestyle and preserve their memories for generations to come. Brakkenwood Studios wants to help our clients’ memories grow one photograph at a time.
An investment in us is one that will last for generations. A legacy that can be shared with those you love. We have developed a wide range of sessions and print packages that can accommodate any need.
This is merely a sampling of our design and photographic work that has been completed for our clients. If you wish to view more of our designs, please visit our graphic designer’s personal portfolio at sdbrakke.com.
Business Card Design – ANTG
Website – MLWP
Logo – UFT
Logo – Flowers on the Millroad
Website – UFT
Business Card Design – Joy Axe
Shirt Design – MLWP
Commercial Shoot – Protene®
BioChar Commercial Shoot – Protene®
Granule Fertilizer Commercial Shoot – Protene®
Protene® Web Design
Protene® Aeration Advertisment and Tech Sheet
Protene® Tech Sheet Liquid Products
Protene® Tech Sheet Granule Products
Logo Design – CPP
Logo Design – Wilson Group Companies
Pet Photo Shoot
Pet Photo Shoot
Website – LCT
Print Design – LCT Line Sheet
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Dave has accepted a position at the St. Cloud Times! He has been working for Lifetouch Photography since we moved back to Minnesota. I’ve still been working with Protene and ANTG through Wilson Group Companies, as well as with the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers. This fall, I accepted a contract with Arizona Sports Turf. For them, I have been designing and editing their email newsletters, with the possibility of branching out into their website and at some point, flysheets and techsheets. The last couple of months have gone quickly, with Dave working long hours while I have been conducting research for ANTG’s newest endeavor which will take an enormous amount of time, information gathering, communication and collaboration. I have also been preparing a few Protene materials for the Golf Industry Trade Show in San Diego.
We will be moving this next week, as we are closing tomorrow. This is an exciting time for us! It will be our first home that has not been a rental. In addition to working on these projects, looking for a house, and now attempting to pack up our essentials that we’ve had unpacked, I will be in Virginia again from the 11 through the 14th for business. I also have an opportunity for a new client, whom I will be meeting while I’m in Virginia for my WGC business.
Money is tight, and will be even more so with the purchase of a home, so I’ve not been able to do much advertising. However, I have designed a back window view-through, and once the weather warms, I intend to get it installed on my car. Perhaps I’ll even be able to afford a few advertisements in the paper. We’ll see!
This week, I traveled to Virginia to meet with Wilson Group Companies. We are working on pushing one of their product lines into the retail market (they currently operate as commercial for landscape, sports turf, and golf course). The meetings consisted of an initial business plan, design, and structuring ideas as we work to focus on the target audience, decide on their main driving force behind the product, packaging, and delivery method. This is a very exciting process not only for them, but for myself. It will be a highly interactive online business front with a specific focus, and the packaging and design must be reflective of their purpose. I’ll be working closely with Jim Thomas of Key Web out of Chesterfield, Virginia to implement the design ideas and branding identity within the website.
We are hoping to have the initial planning stages completed at the end of this month, and begin pushing the process into motion as the Fall season progresses. I can’t wait to start working on the initial design mock-ups!
While I was out there, we also discussed more designs for technical sheets, a brochure redesign, and label format conversions so that they can edit their labels on-site. It has been a busy week! We’ve also gotten our new business cards with the new logo and design format, and we are both very excited about them. They look fantastic! We had them printed through moo.com. I urge you to check out their site, they do wonderful work.
Sarah and I have been busy working on several projects since getting re-established in St. Paul. Most of my time has been spent trying to figure out how to make Brakkenwood more profitable. To that end I sought opportunities to work for other established photographers in the Twin Cities. However, during my search I found an opening at Lifetouch Church Directories for a photogrpaher/sales associate. I didn’t know much about Lifetouch before I found the position and after a phone interview with my potential boss I learned a job with LCD would be a good chance to polish those skills I would need as an independent photographer. Long story short, I got the job and this week will start shadowing a field crew on-assignment.
As mentioned in a previous post, Sarah and I upgraded to Adobe CS 6 and added Lightroom 4 to the bundle. After the install I found a workshop for Lightroom at the Mpls Photo Center. The two-day class was shorter than I would have liked, but our instructor went over most of the awesome features Lightroom has to offer. If anything the program will help me organize my images. Lightroom allows me to easily modify metadata on multiple pictures at once making it easier to search files my keyword. In addition nearly all of the ‘retouch’ functions needed to clean-up photographs are included in Lighroom so I’ll rarely have to use Photoshop again!
Sarah has been hard at work developing some products for Protene. She’s also put the finishing touches on a new website for the MN Lamb and Wool Producers Association. There have been a number of distractions though. Since we’re living so close to our parent’s homes we have travelled to visit them several times over the past few weeks. I’ve been scouting each of their properties for some landscape picture potential, but have yet to have inspiration strike. Once I get some good photos I’ll include them in the blog.