I learned about Artistry Studios while listening to an episode of the Schoolin Life podcast. Owner Ashlee Nicole was a guest who shared her story and discussed jumping into creativity with the hosts. I was so intrigued by what she shared––and loved the work she’d done for Schoolin Life––thatI started getting my money together so that I could work with her too. It was one of my best decisions of 2019.
To be honest, I was scared to work with her because I could not articulate what I wanted for Black Girl Buying. I was also scared to entrust what I had birthed and built to anyone, but I took the leap.
The process was incredibly smooth. I filled out a form with some basic information about my brand and what I thought I needed. Ashlee walked me through how she could help and sent an extremely detailed proposal. Of the seven-plus services Artistry Studios offers, I selected the Elevated Brand Package which included a logo suite and three collateral designs––I chose Instagram feed templates, Instagram story templates, and a website/newsletter header. There was another questionnaire that covered the specifics of what I wanted and needed in a logo. I made my first payment and Ashlee got to work. Again, I was nervous because I had given very little in terms of what I envisioned.
From the very first proof, I knew that I had made the right decision to work with Ashlee. My first thought was “Wow” followed by a super cheeky grin that no emoji could really capture. It wasn’t perfect yet, but her design was so far beyond what I could have imagined that it got me thinking that I needed to immediately start saving to hire Ashlee to do a complete overhaul of my site as soon as possible. (I’m still saving for that.) Ashlee was patient with me and my “I’m not sure, it’s just not right” responses. And when the time came, she gave me the tough love I needed to not only recognize that my apprehension was just fear but to push through that fear to approve the design.
From start to finish, the whole process took about 8 weeks––mostly because I dragged my feet for a bit. Ashlee was a dream to work with—even when I wasn’t (I got on my own nerves not knowing what I wanted)—and I can’t wait to work with her again. If you need help with your branding, Artistry Studios is for sure where you want to go.