Laurel’s Fellow Creatives
Pam Saxon, Saxon Creative
Located in Nashville, Pam helps to bring small business “brand shame” to an end. Her big-picture goal is to help business owners feel confident about their messaging, brand identities and websites, so they can get more leads and make more money. As an award-winning designer, Pam has helped countless individuals and small businesses with their personal and corporate visual identities, corporate identity packages and collateral, WordPress websites, books and ebooks, point of purchase design, packaging design, and more.
“I’ve been a brand identity designer and strategist for almost 20 years and a web designer for over 15. I’ve also been a small business owner for over 30 years. I understand business and I focus on communication and value first — and the pretty stuff second. If your website is ‘pretty’ but isn’t doing its job by bringing in the sales, then it’s a failure. I partner with my clients so that their websites become business assets instead of just another expense.”
John Gussman, Doubleclick Productions
John became interested in photography as a means to share the natural beauty he observed in his travels. After earning a degree in photography, he began working full time in 1973 as a staff photographer for a newspaper in the San Francisco area. Moving to Washington State in 1979 to be closer to wilderness, he began to photograph this new natural playground.
In 1982 John began his own business, Doubleclick Productions, and found he had a natural talent for photographing architecture and location work. After over three decades, John has come full circle in his career and now focuses his attention on capturing landscapes, people and adventure, wildlife, and the outdoor lifestyle with both a still camera and with video. Working locally and abroad, he does many projects to help tell the stories of non-profit and environmental groups and the importance of speaking out for the planet.
Ellen Emmerich, Emmerich Design
Based in New York City, Ellen creates outstanding visual concepts and marketing support for her clients in financial, publishing, legal and health-related services. Her degree from Rhode Island School of Design followed by art direction for NY ad agencies and corporations led to the founding of her own firm in 1998. Ellen specializes in strategy-driven campaigns for web media featuring search engine marketing (SEM). Ellen enjoys collaborating with other committed creatives on both coasts.