Madeline Strum, creative


Madeline Vega long exposure self-portrait 2021

When I started my business so many years ago, I hoped to take my work from editorial design to being on the ground where the creativity starts. Following talented people as they create and share their goods with the world might be my favorite style of storytelling. I aim to be unobtrusive and candid, leaving room for people to be themselves. When I need to nail down 24 headshots in 24 minutes, though, I can get my subjects to quickly reflect back confidence and humor. Whether you are preparing to reveal a collection or trying an apple sauce sample, I’m looking for the potential of a greater narrative. What’s really happening here? What story does the brand want to tell?

collage of covers, Maxim Hot 100 advertorial, theater posters, sign at mall, headshot board

Madeline's photos for magazines and newsletters, cast photo for The Awake poster, LG signage to promote the tie-in between the new phone and fashion, headshot boards for her children's elementary school production of 101 Dalmatians.

Sometimes photography is not the solution, though, so I have illustrated for packaging, editorial, and advertising. The Maxim Party at Super Bowl XLVI was physically the largest my work has ever been used, but my cats and owners for B.F.F. and Cats in the Kitchen is the longest. I’m kind of amazed I can walk into PetCo and see something I drew years ago.

collage of magazine editorial spreads, cat food packaging, and party signage using Madeline's illustrations

Madeline's work has been used to illustrate editorial content and packaging design as well as theme a party, including costumes based on the invitation, the set for the red carpet, and an even bigger wall inside the party.

If you’re looking for help capturing brand integration, drop me a line!


  • Art Department Weekly
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Coke Zero
  • Dahl by Alison Kelly
  • Gotham
  • Hamptons
  • kef productions
  • Jim Beam
  • LG
  • Maxim
  • Men’s Journal

  • Patrón
  • Playboy
  • Philadelphia Style
  • Project Runway
  • Rolling Stone
  • Us Weekly
  • WERUVA pet foods:
    • B.F.F.
    • Cats in the Kitchen
    • Soulistic

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