Katie Cooper, Owner, Lemon Life  Freelance graphic design, art direction and photography.

Katie Cooper, Owner, Lemon Life

Freelance graphic design, art direction and photography.


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I like to make things look pretty. 

I have always joked that's what my job description is but it's so much more than that! I love to create, to learn, to be a part of something that can change things for the better. And if I can make it look good too – well that's an added bonus!

I went to art school.

  • BFA – emphasis in graphic design & photography

  • Arkansas State University, 2005

  • Lorenzo d'Medici Academy, Florence, Italy – studied art history & photography. An amazing study-abroad trip that changed my life!

I worked at a fashion corporation.

  • 2005-2009

I started work at Dillard’s Inc. right out of college in the Visual Merchandising department as a Graphic Artist and was later promoted as the Fashion Photography Coordinator, giving me a strong base for art direction, photography production, fashion and teamwork. 

 I went back to art school.

  • Drury University, 2009 – MFA program: studio art & theory

In 2009 I decided to revisit my fine art background and joined the graduate degree program at Drury University focusing on studio art & theory. A professor encouraged me to create a self portrait every day of the semester. That art study taught me several life lessons.  

I was an Art Director at a magazine.

I studied at Drury for only one semester, though, because I took the opportunity to take the position as Art Director for Inviting Arkansas magazine in Little Rock, AR. That job was one of the greatest gifts of my life. I worked for a small business with big ideas. We focused on highlighting nonprofit organizations, social events and fashion throughout central Arkansas. I really came into myself as an art director there and accomplished things beyond my expectations. I had lots of big responsibilities but it was all very rewarding.

I started a business: Lemon Life.

In addition to my publication work, I decided to start a business in 2013 – Lemon Life – where I began creating & selling merchandise for the Big Dam Bridge Foundation.

I moved to Florida. Lemon Life grew.

In 2015, life brought me to Pensacola, FL. My husband & I bravely decided to uproot our lives in Little Rock to try something new. Lemon Life gave me the platform to now work freelance full time. During this time, I have serviced over 60 clients both in Little Rock, AR and Pensacola, FL and continue to grow. What a joy!

I am a hard working, smart, positive, passionate, persevering and creative person who likes working with people. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about any upcoming projects or needs you may see as a good fit for us.

Here’s to creativity! – Katie