CONTACT

Kestrel Communications
7547 Seabeck Holly Rd. NW
Seabeck, Washington 98380

Douglas Cramer, Director & Project Manager
(505) 603-3456
Douglas@KestrelCommunications.com

Rebecca Cramer, Business & Creative Director
(720) 346-2903
Rebecca@KestrelCommunications.com

The Cost of Working for Free

March 16, 2017 - Rebecca Cramer

A fellow artist once chided me for working for free as a makeup artist and production designer, believing that it devalued my work as an artist. In my mind, I believed it a good way to gain exposure as a new artist, network with others in the industry, and get practical experience. However, it is a slippery slope. It is far too easy to be taken for granted and fall into a place where one's work loses value because it was produced for free. I don't have the answers, on this topic. But it is good to read another's exposure of the issue. Jessica Hefland explores this in her article Why Are Designers Still Expected To Work For Free? in reference to Doubleday's recent announcement of an open competition for the design of the cover of Dan Brown's upcoming book. Undoubtedly this will stir up the hankering to submit for gratis. But should it? 

International Delegation Service in Lebanon

February 14, 2017 - Douglas Cramer

In the summer of 2014, I traveled to Lebanon as part of a delegation to an international gathering of the leadership of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, the largest global body of Arab Christians and their fellow believers, who for many years contracted with me to oversee their English language Internet work.

This opportunity allowed me exposure to a vast range of challenges and learning experiences, from performing at my peak after 30 hours of travel, to overcoming cultural and language barriers, to discovering how to fruitfully contribute to a diverse team working in an even more diverse setting as we spent time in Beirut, Byblos, Balamand, and the mountains near the Syrian border. Lebanon is a small multi-ethnic and multi-faith nation on the edge of a war zone, straining under refugees fleeing Syria, while simultaneously a vibrant modern society.

Lebanon Travel

 

Cover Girl!

January 10, 2017 - Rebecca Cramer

As a big fan of the Fox hit-series Sleepy Hollow, I was ecstatic to get the chance to chat it up with Lyndie Greenwood for the January issue of Jute Fashion Magazine.

Jute was founded by fashion photographer Lynzi Judish and hair and makeup artist Kadie Murphy in 2013.  The first issue of Jute launched in September of 2013 and has been constantly growing ever since. Jute magazine celebrates the individual fashionista. It’s about fashion at all levels and finding your own style by mixing and matching. We love everything from Gucci to Guess to Goodwill. It’s not about where the clothes come from, it’s how you wear them.

Lyndie Greenwood Jute Cover

 

Kestrel Communications Takes Flight in Colorado

January 1, 2017 - Kestrel Communications

Douglas and Rebecca Cramer, communications professionals with over 30 years of combined experience in media and publication forms both old and new, have unveiled the next stage of their business development with the opening of Kestrel Communications of Lakewood, Colorado.

Kestrel Communications (online at KestrelCommunications.com) offers effective and elegant communications solutions that can be quickly put into practice. They excel at projects using the acclaimed Drupal content management system for website construction, integrated with today's best tools and practices for building responsive websites and social media platforms.

Their core services include: Writing and Editing; Website Design; Social Media Design; Print Design; Production Design; Training; Strategic Planning; and Market Research and Analysis.

What is Kestrel Communications?

Kestrel Communications offers effective and elegant communications solutions that can be quickly put into practice. We excel at projects using the acclaimed Drupal content management system for website construction, integrated with today's best tools and practices for building responsive websites and social media platforms. Our core services include: Writing and Editing; Website Design; Social Media Design; Print Design; Production Design; Training; Strategic Planning; and Market Research and Analysis. Kestrel was launched in Lakewood, CO, in 2017 by Douglas and Rebecca Cramer, and its foundation is the collaboration uniting their wealth of complimentary abilities and experience.

Read more about Kestrel Communications and how we can aid your outreach to your audiences and communities.