Who Am I?

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Hello! I’m Sara and I have many interests in life, but above all, I love to design, write and take beautiful photographs.

I’m really taken by web design, but I won’t dis­crim­i­nate against dif­fer­ent projects like logos and busi­ness cards. I have pro­duced info-graph­ics, Flash ani­ma­tions and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy pub­lished in The Gainesville Sun. My roots are in writ­ing, and I have a bachelor’s in jour­nal­ism accom­pa­nied by a minor in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion from The Uni­ver­sity of Florida.

Don’t be fooled by my lengthy cus­tomer ser­vice expe­ri­ence. I have a strong pas­sion for the arts, learn­ing new skills and cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful things. Like I said – I’ve spent a lot of my life in cus­tomer ser­vice, but the best parts of my life have been spent design­ing web­sites, news­pa­per lay­outs, pho­tog­ra­phy and video, mag­a­zi­nes, info-graph­ics and of course writ­ing.

I love design, and I inspire to be a full-time multi-media artist spe­cial­iz­ing in web design, but I also plan on writ­ing and becom­ing a health and fit­ness advi­sor. My cur­rent projects include this web­site (it’s almost done), Aard­vark Yard­work busi­ness web­site and a kick­ball tour­na­ment high­light video.

This portfolio is a compilation of my interests throughout life, but if you want a quicker version, here’s my RESUME.



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But also,

Peo­ple remem­ber me most for my smile, sense of adven­ture and ner­vous habits (lets be hon­est – we all have them). I also have three dogs – a car­olina dog, a pitt/catahoula mix and chi­huahua mix, all of which are my food-binge part­ners.

I’m a #gymjunkie as well. I love lift­ing weights and push­ing my lim­its to cre­ate new per­sonal records and hope­fully to inspire oth­ers. I aspire to com­pete in a bikini physique com­pe­ti­tion in the future, but I’m con­sid­er­ing hir­ing a coach to help guide me. I’m the first to jump on any 5ks, mud runs or any­thing I haven’t tried before.

I was born from mother nature – the need to be out­side is an intri­cate part of me, so much so, my boyfriend and I bought kayaks, have hiked on the Appalachian Trail (video to come), hiked Pay­nes Prairie and hope to be sign­ing up for the Sav­age Race in the spring. We also own a 1993 Jeep Wran­gler that we’ve been fix­ing as things break, all the while enjoy­ing off-road­ing in the Florida ter­rain (when it’s not bro­ken of course).

I’m an active per­son, seek­ing new expe­ri­ences whether large or small. I love trav­el­ing, relax­ing some­where trop­i­cal, swim­ming in a Florida spring or sim­ply doing noth­ing at all. 

Design

I’ve had the oppor­tu­nity to put together dif­fer­ent styles of designs, whether for the web or not. I have enjoyed and learned a lot from each one of them. In this col­lec­tion you’ll see styles that range from a blu ray cover to a web­site design. I hope they inspire you as much as they please me. Please click on the image when you open up the design item you choose to look at. This is espe­cially impor­tant with the web­sites, because you can expe­ri­ence them as if they’re active web­sites.

Noche de Gala

This is a web design I cre­ated dur­ing my intern­ship at 352 Inc., for­merly 352 Media Group. This assign­ment I cre­ated around an ann…

Full Partner’s Farm

This is a web­site design of a busi­ness, in this case an eques­trian train­ing busi­ness. In real­ity, Full Partner’s was a horse­back r…

The Har­bor­ing Den

This is a web­site design I cre­ated dur­ing my intern­ship at 352 Inc., for­merly 352 Media Group. The instruc­tions of the assign­ment …

Rebel Artist Cover

The Rebel Artist mag­a­zine is not a real mag­a­zine in print, but it’s a mag­a­zine that I cre­ated and made a sam­ple cover page to illu…

Anorexia Mag­a­zine Spread

This project was to see how cre­ative I am in the place­ment of text and pho­tos within a lim­ited three page mag­a­zine spread. The ima…

Blu Ray Cover

This project was very dif­fer­ent than any­thing I have designed before. It’s a blu ray cover, and the story I designed it for is a s…

Enter­tain­ment News­pa­per

This page was designed in an Advanced Design course at The Uni­ver­sity of Florida. I was instructed to illus­trate gen­eral design an…

Print

I’ve writ­ten for The Gainesville Sun, The Busi­ness Report and INSite Mag­a­zine. Writ­ing is my first pas­sion. I used to spend hours in front of a com­puter screen writ­ing, giv­ing me the momen­tum to pur­sue a career in the news­room; how­ever, I came to enjoy mag­a­zine writ­ing and design a lot more.

Even so, I feel that I’m a pretty good writer, and I’d like to show you some of my best pieces below.

The Smoking Ban 

This arti­cle out­li­nes the reac­tions of peo­ple to the ban on smok­ing at city bus sta­tions in 2009. It was writ­ten for The Gainesville Sun. 

Boys on the Side 

Boys on the Side is an all-female pool team that trav­els and plays in our pool league. These women were so much fun to inter­view.

Building a Brand 

Writ­ten for The Busi­ness Report, this arti­cle out­li­nes tips to help build and design your brand. 

Eclipse” Review

Writ­ten for INsite Mag­a­zine, this review high­lights the replace­ment of one of the actresses dur­ing a detri­men­tal point in the Twi­light Saga. 

Taking the Plunge 

UF stu­dents enroll in a vol­un­teer con­fer­ence to help sev­eral local orga­ni­za­tions all in just one Sat­ur­day.

Prairie Memorial

Friends and fam­ily come together in memo­rial of Dominick Mar­tino, a prairie enthu­si­ast. He cap­tured the prairie’s wildlife and led tours to peo­ple vis­it­ing.

Bree Tanner Review

This is a book review of “The Short Sec­ond Life of Bree Tan­ner,” a spin-off of Stephe­nie Meyer’s Twi­light series. 

Family Feud

Gainesville fam­ily com­petes on Fam­ily Feud. This was writ­ten for The Gainesville Sun. 

Photography

My grand­fa­ther handed me my first REAL cam­era for a class at Santa Fe College’s “Col­lege for Kids” sum­mer pro­gram. It was an old-fash­ioned film Minolta cam­era that I still have now. It’s unfor­tu­nately a casu­alty of humid­ity, but I plan on bring­ing it back to life. 

Photography’s always drawn me in as another art form I could use to show the world though my eyes, or lens in this instance. I still take pho­tos, but i just bought a GoPro Hero SIl­ver, and let me tell you — it doesn’t dis­ap­point. Video projects from that baby will be up soon, so sit and stay a while. 


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