“I couldn’t spend more than half my life somewhere without loving every inch of my space – it’s very simple.”- Johanna Love, Director of Photography at Stampington & Company
There’s no better place to search for inspiration than within oneself, which is why we’re so excited to feature the inside of our very own Director of Photography, Johanna Love’s office.
From rain boots and tiny tea cups, to vintage books and colorful fabric swatches, Johanna surrounds herself with some of the most unexpected yet interesting snippets of inspiration to help draw out her own creative muse in the work place.
Inside Johanna’s Office:
- Rainboots for Inspiration: Johanna reveals, “I grab inspirations from everywhere I can, from crafting books to my sons’ rain boots.” She recommends surrounding yourself with things you love by bringing a bit of home into your workspace. You don’t have to leave your shoes at the door if they hold sentimental value.
- Carry on with Creativity: Johanna also collects antique luggage to prop for vintage-style artwork. These pieces add an element of old-fashioned whimsy to her office.
- Floral Appeal: A pot of flowers can give you a lift when combating a stressful work week. They add color, life and a beautiful fragrance. Johanna opts for artificial to add a touch of beauty she can reuse as background props.
- Texture: White walls can drown out your colorful ideas. Johanna keeps a stack of distressed wooden boards ranging in shades from dark-light to use in backdrops for photos. Repurposed wood boards can also be used to add texture to dull, lifeless walls in any work space.
A “Type” of Prop: As the Director of Photography, it comes to no surprise that Johanna’s workspace can pile up with a plethora of props. A vintage thrifted typewriter serves as a the perfect platform for showcasing artwork for Somerset Life. Bring your own props from home to creatively display sentimental photographs, stage a certain scene, or infuse a vintage feel into your office space.
Words of Wisdom: “Some are collector’s items, others are more common, but these books all have interesting worn covers and beautiful text pages inside,” says Johanna. If she’s not using these for a photo shoot, books are always inspiring to open and read during a break.
Many fellow employees (like me!) have fallen in love with the artful ambiance Johanna has cultivated. Within moments of stepping into her office space, the stresses of work seem to melt away and are replaced by a wonderful eclectic energy.
What interesting or inspiring materials do you surround yourself with at work? Comment below to help fellow creatives find their muse and reduce stress!
Favorite Food: Watermelon
Random Fact: She experiences déjà vu on a regular basis.
Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
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