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At 99designs, we cherish relationships and are proud to have a platform that connects designers and clients, even past a contest win. We regularly hear from designers who have built their business’ foundation solely from the clients they’ve met through our site, and these stories are what we love to honor and share.

When 99designer Caryn Garabette created the winning photography logo for Katie Norris Portrait Arts in October 2010, she had no idea what type of client relationship lay ahead.

Even countries apart, CarynG stayed in contact with contest holder, Katie Norris who needed additional design services for her photography company.

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“Caryn had created a logo that was beautiful, clean and elegant. She learned my style during the logo process, so it’s a relief to know that I can contact her and get what we hope for done so efficiently.”

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Brochure design for Katie Norris Portrait Arts

After talking to both CarynG and Katie, it’s clear their client-designer relationship has blossomed into much more than a brochure design and welcome packet. Since their encounter on 99designs, not only have they become “facebook official” friends but have become good friends that chat quite regularly.

So naturally, Katie turned to CarynG for more design help when Katie followed her passion and founded giving-based company, fotolanthropy in 2011. Designing for a good cause was something CarynG was happy to be apart of. As CarynG stated, what’s there not to love about “creative people using their creative talents for a good cause.”

Based out of Dallas, Texas, fotolanthropy captures and shares true stories through professional photography and film. The stories are of families and individuals who have faced difficult challenges, like terminal disease or a child born with a disability. As Katie puts it, “by telling their story through the creative excellence of photography and film we are able to honor them, as well as inspire others…”

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Card designs for fotolanthropy

And inspiring they do. Photographers and filmmakers from all over, give their services for FREE by interviewing the families and spending a fun hour taking portraits, as well as shooting an accompanied short film.

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Sticker designs for fotolanthropy

For more information and background, check out their site. We would have never heard about this awesome cause had CarynG not followed the cardinal rule of 99designs — providing a great design service and building a lasting relationship.

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