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I love to see people’s creative work spaces. Have you ever picked up a copy of “Where Women Create” published by Stampington & Company’s Somerset Studio? It is fascinating and inspiring. My physical surroundings have always been crucial for my creativity, focus and ability to get things done. My parents used to accuse me of procrastinating when I insisted on cleaning and organizing my whole room before I could do my homework. Not much has changed all these years later. Jay’s office is in a constant state of disarray (at least from my perspective) but that doesn’t seem to bother him a bit. That’s not my story. Anyhoo… as I was reading “Where Women Create” today, I wondered if people might be curious about MY creative work space. So, here are a few images of the Recherché Photography studio- the place where I work, email, edit, upload, download, backup, burn DVDs, blog, shoot, do viewing sessions for my clients, pay bills, balance the books for Jay’s business and my own, do wedding consultations, chat with clients and the photographers I mentor, etc, etc, etc.
This is the bay window where I create all my backlit overexposed gritty portraits. Tricky lighting, probably not ever exposed right, but I love the effect when I get it “right” – meaning the way I like it. I’ve given up on trying or wishing I knew what I was doing like a “real” photographer. I just shoot the way I shoot and hope my clients are as happy as I am with the images.
Here’s a little “behind the scenes” shot of one of my desk drawers. I’m still so old-fashioned and love paper. I order these lined Post-it pads in bulk. On the left is shimmery card stock letter-pressed by the prolifically creative Alli Bozeman.
Jay Mountjoy with the IO Group has Recherché all rigged up with an impressively powerful computer with a mirrored-raided backup system. But I still keep DVDs of all my files. Just in case, you know. No more negatives though!
I print labels for all my backup DVDs. I just feels cleaner and more cohesive.
This is one of the zillions of pieces that came from my good friend, Rebecca’s store, Good Use. She closed her store with baby #2 but still does loads of refinishing! In this gorgeous little wardrobe are all the Recherché sample Finished Albums and drawers full of photo equipment. In case you haven’t been over, here is the entrance to our home and to my studio. It’s a far cry from what it looked like before we renovated!
And a bit of the backyard. I am in heaven now that I can spend time gardening and shooting all my spring/summer/fall studio portraits in my garden studio!
Wishing your space was a little more organized and/or inspiring? Two suggestions: Jennifer Hofmann’s Inspired Home Office Spa Days- one of my favorite things EVER. And I do consulting for de-cluttering, organization and beautifying! Let me know if you want a little creative support!
I felt like I needed a softer chair with a big round back for my baby portrait sessions. My assortment vintage wood chairs are adorable, but I wanted something softer. A quick search on Craigslist, a drive to an apartment in Boulder, a problem-solving moment of finessing it into the front seat of my Audi sedan employing the use of a few bungee cords and voila! Ellyana was my first little guinea pig. I let her discover the chair on her own and snapped away for the few minutes she cozied up. Jay said these are gratuitously cute. I agree.
As a professional photographer for over twelve years I combine art, authenticity and a passion for life’s most romantic moments in all of my work with dreamy destination weddings, newborn babies, family portraits and my fine art botanicals. Ideally each one of my final images will have the essence of a gorgeous vintage print found curled up in a grandmother’s attic – a timeless treasure.
If not at work, I am most likely in my garden, on a trail with my cattle dogs (Finn & India), in the kitchen creating new recipes, yoga class, or traveling the world with my hunky husband, Jay. Obsessions include but are not limited to: dying my hair, organizing, flea markets, photographing flowers, making mix CDs and drooling in Anthropologie. I’ve been exceptionally blessed to travel all over the world and always LOVE to come home to my native town of Boulder, CO. (Yes, I was born here! Lucky me!)
I work out of my darling home studio in old-town Louisville, Colorado. We took three years to renovate the house from top to bottom and re-landscape every inch. Now I have my dream space complete with Pottery Barn desk (perhaps the only thing piece of furniture I own that is brand new), bay window for my signature grainy backlit images, sky lights, gardens, big wall-mounted flatscreen for viewing session slideshows and all my vintage furniture, props and backdrops. I love working from home. People ask me if I have hard time setting boundaries with my office so close. My response is that my business is part of my heart and world and I like to keep everything I love very close. I love to putter in the garden in between shoots, to work in my pjs, to make green juice for my clients that are feeling tired and overwhelmed, to take naps whenever I can squeeze them in and to take mid-day jaunts on the open-space trails with my dogs. I have gypsy in my blood so I’m not sure how long we’ll stay, but for now I’m pretty perfectly happy. Please come for a visit. I would love to share a cup of tea and hear some of your story.