Hello. We're Graves Creative.


Jess Graves

Founder and Creative Director

I'm a journalist-turned-Creative Director. I lead Graves Creative, a multi-disciplinary creative studio.

At Graves Creative, we tell stories through photo, video, words, web, and graphics — for magazines, brands, and around physical places.

We build and manage streamlined teams of elite creative talent around brands.

We want to help clients solve creative and marketing challenges around social media, web and graphic design, content production, high-level brand strategy, and placemaking.

My background as a writer informs everything we do. From my 2008 start as a lifestyle blogger, my work went on to be published in Vogue, Eater, AFAR, Food & Wine, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Domino, Complex, and Southern Living, among others.

I continue to contribute to many of the same publications, and also publish a Substack newsletter called The Love List.

Over the years, my work as a storyteller helped me hone a broader skillset, innovating first as the Creative Director of Shops Around Lenox, and then as the Director of Marketing for the city’s iconic Ponce City Market development.

I opened our studio in 2018.

Email me at [email protected].
You can follow me on Instagram @jessnellgraves.


Caroline Fontenot

Production Manager

Caroline brings 15 years of professional photography and production experience to Graves Creative, including almost ten years of creative partnership with Jess. Her empathy-first approach and passion for telling honest stories has lent her lens to publications like Town & Country, Eater, Robb Report and Southern Living. When she’s not producing shoots and wrangling talent for Graves Creative, she’s wrangling her two daughters — or sipping a Negroni with her husband, Mark.

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Natalie Gramling

Junior Art Director

Natalie works as a graphic and creative designer. She is passionate about intentional, impactful design. Originally from the sunny state of Florida, she enjoys spending time with her miniature dachshund, Alfred, and late-afternoon walks around the park.

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Canine Co-Pilots


Birdie Graves
Director of Security


Jed Fontenot
House DJ


Alfred Gramling
Director of Morale