A New Home Studio + A Lot of Inspiration

When I was growing up my sister and I shared a big bedroom in our Northwest Indiana house with our parents, which included lots of her telling me ghost stories in our bunk beds to get me to leave her alone (you know the drill). But once my sister got to be about 13 she obviously needed a space of her own away from her dorky little sister - so somehow I ended up with the bigger bedroom we'd lived in and she moved down the hall to the smaller playroom that was half the size. Anyone who's an older sibling knows that they usually end up with the short end of the stick, and I definitely got the better side out of this arrangement. It also worked out great because I ended up with a lot of room to play with my camera in my own little sanctuary and helped me grow into being a photographer without feeling awkward and like I had to go somewhere else in public or by my family to be creative.

Then I went to college and did the whole unpleasant-roommate-with-no-personal-boundaries-or-cleanliness and had significantly less room to photograph at home, or even to be creative in the space that I was living. Freshman year I lived in the dorm, sophomore year I lived in a small apartment in Humboldt Park, and then Junior and Senior  year I got a slightly larger and cuter place in Bucktown where I had a bit more space (but still no desk even because my room was so small).  But now, ya girl's graduated! And Nick and I just got a huge lovely place where we each have our own entire room dedicated to our crafts - something that I've dreamed of since I moved out of Indiana and am SO excited and proud to say I've finally accomplished!

I'm really loving having all of my gowns for clients in a closet that I can get to (cause my clothes aren't also in it...), and I'm in the beginning stages of decorating the walls with portraits, inspirational quotes, dried flowers from Nick, and knick knacks from memories that I've accumulated over the years. If you've got a creative space you thrive in, I'd love to see it! Share it on Instagram and tag me, or email it to info@katharinehannah.com. :) 

Folio box with matted prints for portrait clients in Chicago
Adrianna Papell gown in Chicago photo studio
Photographer in Chicago decorating her studio walls
Archival Heirloom Box with matted portraits for Chicago couple
Close up of Arianna Papell's gown in Chicago studio
Chicago photography studio dress that women can borrow and wear for their session
Chicago portrait photographer's dress for clients to wear in shoots
Framed prints in Chicago photo studio on the north side
Black lace dress for clients in Chicago photography studio
French glass doors in Chicago photo studio with black lace dress

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Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.