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 firstname.lastname@example.org. :)