How It Works

All of our services require an intimate understanding of you - your unique vision, needs, and voice. What are your values? Who is your audience? What needs to be communicated and why? What kind of language and tone is appropriate?

When working together, it is imperative that we get to know each other. The bond that we create becomes the basis of all future collaboration - trust, understanding and mutual respect are paramount. When we connect in a meaningful way, our collective power multiplies exponentially.

Your needs drive the conversation. Are you looking for one-time head shots for your restaurant's website? Do you need descriptive copy written for your brand new organic coffee line? Maybe you have a complicated idea that needs to be presented in a fun, intelligent Power Point slideshow - or you need a completely new website created from the ground up.

Our level of interaction is determined by you.

Our objective is to understand who you are and what story needs to be told to whom. Every image tells a story. Every word combination serves to express something specific. Every emotion evoked connects people to you.


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Leigh Marino, Founder

Encourage Thought is a culmination of the things that excite me.

I have been a visual artist for as long as I can remember. When I was 14 years old I realized that if I wanted to be able to feel the good feelings in life, I also needed to allow myself to feel the uncomfortable ones, so I turned to film and television to help me connect with my emotions. One of my greatest passions in life is to share that experience with others - through creative storytelling. 

I believe in authenticity and truth. I am innocent and optimistic. I believe that life reveals the most brilliant stories imaginable, if we only pay attention. I am always looking for new ways to be a better person.

I am interested in progressive, socially conscious ideas that serve a greater purpose. I am very creative and love to brainstorm, organize, and execute ideas into form. I focus mainly on visual storytelling.

A talent I wish I had but don’t: singing/songwriting

Things I love: hot tubs, sunshine, hammocks, fires, sushi, yoga, dancing, painting

Current heroes: Lena Dunham, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Liz Gilbert

Education: BFA in Film/TV from NYU, completed the Cinematography program at The LA Film School, studied Cross-Cultural Dialogue at the International People’s College in Denmark

Other: I am a Co-Chair of Sustainable Frenchtown (the Green Team in Frenchtown, NJ), and the Chair of the Hunterdon County Creative Team.