A Photographer’s Workspace

A Photographer’s Workspace

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There’s nothing more I love than a good heart. A heart that teeters on brink of bursting out of someone’s chest and smothering you with good, ‘ol fashion love. And Katelyn James? She is the owner of such a heart. Not only is Katelyn a great photographer, she’s one of the most caring, giving, and kind people…and she dedicated to making the photo industry better. You might recognize her because I was lucky enough to photograph her Virginia Wedding on 10.10.10, but has since grown her business in amazing ways.

I’m honored to have her guest blog today and offer great insight into how to create a beneficial workspace…and, now…here’s Katelyn…

I realized several years ago that PHOTOGRAPHY could not be my only outlet for creative expression since it had become my career. I needed something else. So I started decorating… A LOT. I think I’ve re-hung the frames in our living room at least 5 times and when it’s Christmas time, LOOK OUT WORLD! I get a little carried away! However, over the last several years, I’ve learned how to become ORGANIZED and decorate on a BUDGET. I’ve also realized that creative individuals who own a small business need to have an inspirational work environment! It’s a MUST!

I started my business right before my junior year of college and so my office was at the end of my bed….. NOT ideal. That 9×12 foot room never felt so SMALL! Talk about a TIGHT SQUEEZE! I actually had to pick between displaying my JEWELRY BOX or my iMAC! There wasn’t room for both! However, despite the lack of space, I was able to create a workspace that was totally functional and inspirational. After graduating college, moving home before my wedding and then eventually moving into our first home, I have realized that there are several key components to having an organized office, no matter the size of the space!! Whether you have a fancy studio office or are working out of the corner of your bedroom, here are some tips to help make that space not only ORGANIZED, but inspirational as well!

1. Keep the desk CLEAN! This will make such a difference! Seriously, if I leave a Diet Mountain Dew can, a stack of file folders, and lens caps strewn all over my desk at the end of the workday, guess how I feel when I re-enter my workspace in the morning…. OVERWHELMED! If I started every workday automatically feeling unorganized, I would never get anything accomplished! So how did I fix this?… Well, at the end of every day, even if my work isn’t done, I CLEAR the desk. I have a secret drawer that exists solely for “desk clearing”. Anything that I’m still working on or isn’t ready to be filed away, I put in that drawer at the end of the day. This allows me to come into my office in the morning and start FRESH. My motto is: Easy on the eyes = easy on the mind. Having a clean desk creates an atmosphere without distractions and stress.

** Quick Tip: If you have a SMALL SPACE, try decorating with MIRRORS around your desk! No, I don’t like to stare at myself all day…. but instead of feeling like I’m stuck in a corner, the mirrors give an optical illusion that my office is bigger than reality! I used this trick when I was in college and my computer was resting on top of my SOCK DRAWER! Just one mirror beside my chair made the room double in size! **

2. Show your Systems! I learned very early on in my business that I needed a work-flow. Things just were not getting done and I didn’t know why. I had a work-flow planned out in my head but it wasn’t until a year ago that I actually started DISPLAYING my plan of attack! I highly recommend showing your systems. Having my work-flow, client production chart, and album guide all in clear view during the workday saves me SO much time! I like to call this a “Production Wall”. It’s the wall that keeps me sane and on track. It’s positioned behind my desk so that I’m not constantly staring at all I have to accomplish, but it’s there when I need it! I’m a firm believer that in order for things to STAY organized, they have to be EASILY ACCESSIBLE. This production wall has made a HUGE difference in my business and it’s very easy to replicate! All I did was make a few charts in Photoshop that display my different work-flows, I had those files printed and then displayed them in frames from Target. I write on the glass with a dry erase marker and it’s very easy to maintain! It’s the same idea as a White Board, only classier!! 🙂

** Quick Tip: My charts are broken into three categories: Client Production (Takes me from the initial booking through album ordering), then I have “In the Works”
(which helps me through the work-flow for current shoots) and my last chart is an album guide! **

3. Brand your space! We spend so much TIME and EFFORT on the branding of our businesses. The colors, the look, the feel…. we want our brand to exude US! …. and I think our work spaces should mirror our brand as well. There are no limits when it comes to branding and decorating your office space. Now I don’t want to get all “Martha Stewart” on ya but it can be as simple as finding a cute teal mug to hold my pens or as extravagant as hanging a vintage chandelier from my ceiling! My advice would be to start checking out the clearance aisles at Target, Pier One, World Market or Anthropology for little goodies that could make your office more “YOU”! After adding a ceramic vase, vintage clock, or elegant lamp, it may make a huge difference in your work environment! Studies have shown that the lighting, temperature and atmosphere of a work environment directly affect our work habits and creativity! (I use that little nugget of information whenever I have to convince Michael to let me get a new lamp!!!)

When we first got married, I didn’t have a large budget (really ANY budget) for decorating my office. I would find amazing pieces from Restoration Hardware that I wanted to order and my husband would just raise his eyebrows as if to say “You want to spend WHAT on that chair?!!”. There was NO way that was going to happen. So I had to get creative!! I wanted to have a work area that looked like my brand had come to LIFE! So I took the layout of my Showit site and recreated it with a wall of thrift store frames. These frames cost no more that $10 and that settee is a budget friendly piece from Target! Can you believe it?!

** A quick tip! : One VERY easy way to start branding your workspace is to simply FRAME your LOGO. Just print a 5×7 of your logo and find a funky frame! Wa-la!
You’ve started to create a space that will inspire! And lastly…. I think Jasmine would agree that having a fluffy office buddy is always a good idea too!:) **

So whether your space consists of a desk on wheels (I’ve had several of those!) or an office with a view, there are several ways to make your work environment a place that INSPIRES YOU. Making a few little changes can dramatically change your attitude towards your work space and if you’re like me, we spend WAY too much time in our offices to not love what they look like!! So here’s to clean desks, a fresh start and an organized business!!!

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  1. Janelle Chung -

    I love Katelyn’s space!!! I am a follower of her blog and she is so inspriational to many! This girl is just awesome!!!

      3.14.12 - 2:10 pm

  2. Dana Laymon -

    I absolutely love this! i love workspace inspiration and you have definitely done a great job! Thanks for sharing!

      3.14.12 - 2:19 pm

  3. Malinda Warder -

    Love your space as well as all of the workflow ideas! BRILLIANT & effective. Thanks for sharing!

      3.14.12 - 2:19 pm

  4. Rachel Tatem -

    What an awesome workspace, you definitely have a great eye for decor! I love your framed white boards, my husband thinks I’m crazy for liking having something to touch instead of just a spread sheet.

      3.14.12 - 2:26 pm

  5. Tara -

    I just love her decorating skills! WOW! Can she come do that for me? 🙂

      3.14.12 - 2:29 pm

  6. Emilia Jane -

    Aww I love this! And you’ve totally inspired me to get even more organized on paper instead of just online!

      3.14.12 - 2:38 pm

  7. Jade -

    Love love love… Two of my most admired Photographers 🙂 whenever I need inspiration, you are both who I turn too 🙂

      3.14.12 - 2:43 pm

  8. Natalie -

    As one of Katelyn’s brides AND a wedding photographer – I am blown away by her branding and passion for everything she does! She has been an incredible inspiration to me and I honestly can’t wait for her to be a part of my very own wedding day!

      3.14.12 - 2:44 pm

  9. molly stillman -

    YAY! this is so awesome!!! congratulations, katelyn!! and i just love your workspace so much – but i’ve probably told you that a bazillion times. 😛 haha

      3.14.12 - 2:45 pm

  10. Katie Nesbitt -

    Great tips, Katelyn!! I can’t wait to learn more on FRIDAY!!!! BTW, I’m definitely going to get my logo framed!

      3.14.12 - 2:46 pm

  11. Deborah Zoe -

    This makes me so happy! First I get to hug Jasmine in Boston now Katelyn you’re on her blog! What a week! So incredibly proud of you! You’re such an inspiration:)!

      3.14.12 - 2:48 pm

  12. Leigh-Ellen -

    Can I live in your office?? I’m particularly in love with your work flow presentation. So much better than a white board.

      3.14.12 - 2:48 pm

  13. Alicia -

    This post was so inspiring Katelyn, thank you! I love your production flow charts-brilliant! Your office is beautiful. Here’s to one day getting off the rolling desk and into a beautiful setting like yours! 🙂

      3.14.12 - 2:51 pm

  14. Ashley Daniell -

    I’ve always LOVED your space Katelyn! It’s clean, refreshing, and beautiful! Just like your work!

      3.14.12 - 2:51 pm

  15. Beth Daane -

    True that! Beautiful heart, beautiful soul! 🙂 Katelyn, you certainly do have a gift for mad decorating! Your space is stunning!

      3.14.12 - 2:51 pm

  16. Christy -

    What a beautiful space, Katelyn! Love the colors, the design…so clean and timeless. You and Jasmine are my absolute favorite photographers – I was SO excited to see you on her blog! Love you both. Thanks for the inspiration!! xo

      3.14.12 - 2:52 pm

  17. BreezeStyling -

    BEAUTIFUL!!! What a great post!

      3.14.12 - 2:52 pm

  18. Stephanie Dunn -

    Isn’t she just the best?! So proud KK:) Your work space wouldn’t be complete without an adorably cute puppy like Bokeh!

      3.14.12 - 2:54 pm

  19. Jennylynn -

    um. basically, this is AWESOME!!! I <3 all aspects and have heart this time and time again without putting it into practice! Absolutely stunning workspace Katelyn!

      3.14.12 - 2:56 pm

  20. Kimberly Murray -

    Katelyn, I LOVE your office space! You’ve got such a clean and chic style! These are great tips. "Easy on the eyes, easy on the mind." I need to memorize that. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed with a cluttered workspace. And let’s say I am frequently overwhelmed. LOL. Can’t wait to implement some of your tips to make my space more "me." Thanks!

      3.14.12 - 2:58 pm

  21. Caitlin Gerres -

    Great post, Katelyn! My husband and I share a desk right now and it’s definitely not a pretty space. It’s actually the messiest and ugliest room in our house. Maybe I’ll make that my little project for the next couple of months.

      3.14.12 - 2:59 pm

  22. Karena Dixon -

    You’re right about that! Katelyn is a ray of sunshine on the net. She’s very generous, too. I read her blog daily. …and seriously, have you ever seen a cuter photog’s desk? Everyone should have a Bokeh adorning their workspace. 🙂

      3.14.12 - 3:06 pm

  23. Katelyn James -

    So honored… thank you! thank you! 🙂 xoxoxoxo

      3.14.12 - 3:06 pm

  24. Jennifer Krieg -

    Katelyn!! Such awesomeness to see you on Jasmine’s blog! I woke up this morning and frantically started clearing off my desk & telling myself I desperately need a better system. Open up my computer & Woooo Lah! Here you are blogging on the very subject and my desperation of managing my workspace at home. Never fails… and this is why I ADORE ya 😉

      3.14.12 - 3:08 pm

  25. Michelle Edgerton -

    Thank you Katelyn (and J* for featuring her)! I really needed this right now because I am relaunching my brand and need to create a beautiful and comfortable client meeting/office space

      3.14.12 - 3:10 pm

  26. Tx Doc -

    Fantastic advice for anyone, photographers and not. Thank you Katelyn and thank you Jasmine!

      3.14.12 - 3:10 pm

  27. Krista A. Jones -

    Kaitlyn this post is filled with so many amazing tips! I love your production wall and the charts that can easily be reused and added to from year to year ! It’s so nice to have that information out on the wall instead of hidden in a document on the computer!

      3.14.12 - 3:11 pm

  28. Dana Mackay -

    What an amazing and inspiring post. Thanks so much for covering this topic. I’m in the works of converting a small space and this speaks volumes!

      3.14.12 - 3:11 pm

  29. Michele Shore -

    Great post Katelyn! Thank you for all of the great tips! Your office is so pretty and your dog is absolutely adorable!! 🙂

      3.14.12 - 3:14 pm

  30. rachel -

    This post makes we want to go home and re-organize, re-do, and re-design my office 🙂 but wait I have to get married first so the wedding budget can go to the office budget 🙂 love the ideas!

      3.14.12 - 3:19 pm

  31. sharon elizabeth -

    GREAT POST!!!! YAY KATELYN!! =)

      3.14.12 - 3:19 pm

  32. Sophie -

    Always so wonderful to see where the magic happens. We’re moving to a new studio space next month, and I can’t wait to decorate. Love the idea of empty frames from a thrift store. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

      3.14.12 - 3:26 pm

  33. George Koroneos -

    Fantastic blog post Katelyn. Would you be willing to share your Production Wall templates? I’ve been looking for a workflow white board solution, but hate the idea of writing on an unlined white board. This is a fabulous concept.

      3.14.12 - 3:26 pm

  34. Pam -

    LOVE the white desk and looking out into the room – this is how I want to change my desk to be!

      3.14.12 - 3:28 pm

  35. Mariano -

    So true; when you enter a neat, clean, organized workspace your whole mindset is focused on work and productivity. Thanks for the post.

      3.14.12 - 3:28 pm

  36. Darren -

    Thank you – Those are great tips.

    I’m the process of re-creating my workspace, so will be sure to incorporate some of them.

      3.14.12 - 3:30 pm

  37. Lelia Marie -

    Thank you Katelyn! That was a beautiful and helpful post. My office has never been in it’s own room due to my tiny apartments but I’m moving in a month and will have a tiny little office and I can’t wait to use everything you mentioned to make it a place I want to work. What beautiful ideas!

      3.14.12 - 3:30 pm

  38. Life with Kaishon -

    Great tips. Her workspace is gorgeous!

      3.14.12 - 3:30 pm

  39. Kate -

    That dog is SO CUTE! I want him/her!

      3.14.12 - 3:31 pm

  40. Jeni Brower -

    This could not have come at a more perfect time. I’ve scheduled this very thing over the next month & needed direction. Thank you Jasmine & Katelyn. I hope to have the chance to meet you again, Katelyn. It seems I missed my opportunity to talk with you in DC… 🙁
    The word Overwhelmed catches my eye hear. It’s where I’ve been for too long. Organization is greatly needed for my business to grow. I’ll be using this as my starting point for direction in how to get it done & KEEP up with it! I love that you included so many photos for reference – beautiful! The cutie pie dog is the best…little foot hanging off the edge – head tilted – precious!

      3.14.12 - 3:34 pm

  41. kat -

    great read!!
    i’ve been dealing with this lately, since my office is just a little nook in the corner loft of our aframe. i’ve been stumped trying to make it my own!
    i would LOVE more info on your charts?! (since im artsie, not biz minded…) could you elaborate on them? FaBuLoUs idea!

      3.14.12 - 3:34 pm

  42. Kristen -

    Oooh this is awesome! Love your space Katelyn! Would love to see more close ups of your charts, they look fantastic – picture frames are such a great idea 🙂

      3.14.12 - 3:38 pm

  43. Alexis -

    Aww, Katelyn sounds like a sweetheart! I’m happy you two are working together! 🙂 Beautiful pictures– makes me look at the color teal in a whole new light ;).

      3.14.12 - 3:38 pm

  44. Nik -

    The dry-erase charts in frames are a GREAT idea! Definitely gotta steal that one!

      3.14.12 - 3:38 pm

  45. Laurie Chapman -

    Beautiful space and I love your work flow tracking system. Very helpful!

      3.14.12 - 3:38 pm

  46. Jill Powers -

    Great choice for a quest blogger Jasmine and you’re right, she is one of the sweetest people EVER! And Katelyn, I love you and I’m so proud of you! I don’t know whose cuter, you or Bokeh! 🙂 xoxo

      3.14.12 - 3:39 pm

  47. Anne Kelley -

    This is wonderful!!! Thanks Katelyn for sharing!!!

      3.14.12 - 3:41 pm

  48. AnnetteW -

    What an inspirational post! I am the queen of clutter. Seriously! And I hate that about myself. I try to be organized but it always ends up falling short of my expectations. I think you have provided some great tips here and I will read this post again!! Cheers!!

      3.14.12 - 3:42 pm

  49. Melissa -

    This space is inspiring thank you for the ideas 🙂

      3.14.12 - 3:43 pm

  50. Janelle Morcombe -

    Inspirational, Katelyn! As soon as I read, ‘Keep it Clean’, I darted my eyes left and right… and realized I have a few things to put away! Thanks for sharing!!!

      3.14.12 - 3:44 pm

  51. Lana -

    Sorry, but posting that adorable dog at the end distracted me from all I learned above it! I want him!

      3.14.12 - 3:48 pm

  52. Sarah -

    Love, love, LOVE the photoframe as a white board. And framing your logo – I can feel my corner of our games room becoming more like an office already – and I don’t need to buy a thing!

      3.14.12 - 3:52 pm

  53. Lacey -

    This is such a fabulous space and I love the idea of a production wall!

      3.14.12 - 3:54 pm

  54. Hayley Brafford -

    OMG! Is that a REAL dog??? What a precious pup!

    Back to business stuff, (forgive me if someone already asked this) but where are those custom dry erase boards from? I want some for myself!

      3.14.12 - 4:04 pm

  55. Shelley Hohe -

    How exciting to read about Katelyn James {i love her} on Jasmine Stars {i love her too} blog! I love your style, color and office. I have a shared office/homeschool room that I am in the process of gathering items so I can start decorating. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

      3.14.12 - 4:04 pm

  56. Sara Eastman -

    This is very inspiring. The only space I have to turn into my own is a small bedroom with a king size bed and crowded desk. This has me prepared to overhall that space…right after my guests leave.

      3.14.12 - 4:04 pm

  57. Kelly Hosch Photography -

    I want the workflow chart…. and her dog! 🙂

      3.14.12 - 4:06 pm

  58. Amos Moses -

    Wow! Thanks for the inspiration and tips! I would really like to see your fabulously organized charts in more detail. Maybe Jasmine would let you post again on just those. Would love to know how you use the album guide. What great ideas!! Thank you, Katelyn and Jasmine!

      3.14.12 - 4:07 pm

  59. marissa nicole -

    These are fantastic ideas. I particularly love the idea of printing & framing.

      3.14.12 - 4:18 pm

  60. Mrs. Jeffrey -

    Love, love, love your workspace! Gotta love we share the same initials as well!

      3.14.12 - 4:20 pm

  61. Nancy Mitchell -

    Katelyn you seriously are a ROCK STAR! I adore your heart and passion for your business. Keep up the great work girl! GOD surely has blessed you today and continues to bless you. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

      3.14.12 - 4:33 pm

  62. Kevin James -

    I need to clear my desk.

      3.14.12 - 4:33 pm

  63. Kate -

    I’m OBSESSED with this office! That chair is to die for. Love it!

      3.14.12 - 4:34 pm

  64. Caroline R -

    Yayyy go Katelyn!! So awesome!!!!

      3.14.12 - 4:42 pm

  65. Sarah McKenzie -

    Great post! And adorable puppy! I have the same one but chocolate!

      3.14.12 - 4:42 pm

  66. Amy -

    Fab post Katelyn – thanks so much. I love your workspace, it’s very inspiring, I can see why you love it. I definitely want to incorporate your ideas into my workspace, you’ve made me want to get organising straight away!

      3.14.12 - 4:47 pm

  67. Mandy Henry -

    What a beautiful space! And, these are my colors too!! Thanks for showing your system for displaying your workflow. Definitely going to use that idea.

      3.14.12 - 5:08 pm

  68. Julie Hurley -

    I wasn’t sure that dog was real – he looks like the most perfect stuffed animal I’ve ever seen! And I LOVE the idea of framing your logo! I’ll be doing that today! Thanks Katelyn and Jasmine!

      3.14.12 - 5:09 pm

  69. Nikki McKenzie -

    Thank you for sharing! So helpful and what a beautiful work space!!

    http://www.esspressojoy.blogspot.com

      3.14.12 - 5:16 pm

  70. Gertrude -

    I’m officially inspired to kick up my work space…which is pretty much just me making the tiny space i have in my room work…but that corner is going to get organized & dedicated to my work! these are great tips!

      3.14.12 - 5:18 pm

  71. idie -

    Great tips! I am on a mission to get my office space organized and need all the help/ inspiration I can get!

      3.14.12 - 5:23 pm

  72. Allison -

    Yay Katelyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      3.14.12 - 5:25 pm

  73. Malorie -

    this couldn’t have come at a better time.

      3.14.12 - 5:36 pm

  74. Julie -

    Love this. Beautiful space! Makes me want to go thrift store/antique shopping for things!

      3.14.12 - 5:42 pm

  75. Mikaela -

    This is amazing and just what I needed to see and to read! Talk about motivating. Thank you Katelyn & Jasmine!! PS Katelyn – thank you for saying hi and introducing yourself at WPPI, fellow J* bride 🙂 xo

      3.14.12 - 5:54 pm

  76. Gina -

    Fantastic post. I wrote notes and everything! Thank you 😀

      3.14.12 - 6:00 pm

  77. Carrie K -

    THANK YOU for the inspiration. I’ll be clearing/cleaning this weekend. Just what I needed for spring. 🙂

      3.14.12 - 6:11 pm

  78. Keren -

    SO beautiful!! I want a gorgeous office space!!

      3.14.12 - 6:18 pm

  79. Allyson Garrison -

    Thank you Katelyn for an AMAZING blog post and Jasmine for inviting Katelyn to guest post for you! Such awesome suggestions! I have been feeling so overwhelmed and discouraged lately, and my lack of organization is part of the problem! I live for organization in my life so why not take steps to apply that to my business?! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

      3.14.12 - 6:23 pm

  80. ashley barnett -

    Katelyn! How freaking awesome is this?! 🙂 Love it, and Bokeh!

      3.14.12 - 6:39 pm

  81. Justine Cirullo -

    i absolutely LOVE this! so many great tips and tricks and its so encouraging to know it can be done on a budget:)

      3.14.12 - 6:41 pm

  82. Carmaleta Ann -

    Extremely helpful and super cute!!

      3.14.12 - 6:45 pm

  83. Michael -

    Of course Bokeh had to make an appearance. Can you come clean my desk at the office!

      3.14.12 - 6:47 pm

  84. Monika Greenaway -

    Awesome! Thank you so much! I am moving into a new place soon with an extra bedroom so this is PERFECT for our fresh start! I appreciate this information.

      3.14.12 - 7:09 pm

  85. Cindy McLawhorn -

    ove it! Saw this office somewhere else and ooo’d and aahhh’d over the beauty and size

      3.14.12 - 7:30 pm

  86. LEOLAK -

    Katelyn is awesome! Thanks for the ideas! Love that picture of Bokeh!!!

      3.14.12 - 7:33 pm

  87. Sharon -

    I have that same desk chair in hot pink!!! 🙂 Yay for fabulous j* brides!!! 🙂

      3.14.12 - 7:41 pm

  88. Emily James -

    YAYAY!! KK your office is beautiful! you have such an eye for design and decorating! And Mr. Bokeh is as cute as ever!! 😉

      3.14.12 - 7:44 pm

  89. caroline -

    That’s crazy! Not only do I have that settee with different fabric but I’m just about to decorate my office and I picked that same paint color (it matches my logo as well) needless to say this post was UBER helpful. THANKS!

      3.14.12 - 7:45 pm

  90. Valerie -

    Whoop! Whoop! Go Katelyn!

      3.14.12 - 7:55 pm

  91. Meghan Capozzi Rowe -

    Love the client charts! Where/how did you get those made?

      3.14.12 - 8:15 pm

  92. Meghan Capozzi -

    I Love the progress charts. Where did you get them made?

      3.14.12 - 8:23 pm

  93. Jackie Lamas -

    such a beautiful space!!! love all the white! and that couch! love it and all great advice. i’m going to frame some workflow and hang it up asap!

      3.14.12 - 8:49 pm

  94. Jen M -

    Beautiful work space!!

      3.14.12 - 9:02 pm

  95. Katie -

    LOVE this! Thanks for the organization and decoration inspiration, Katelyn!

      3.14.12 - 9:06 pm

  96. jessica vidmar photography -

    Oh my gosh…is that dog real?! He/She is way too cute! Thanks for the awesome tips. I can’t wait to implement the classier pseudo whiteboards. great stuff!!

      3.14.12 - 9:32 pm

  97. Lukasz -

    Great job as always. Greetings 🙂

      3.14.12 - 9:36 pm

  98. jamie -

    The post was perfect timing as I am in the process of redesigning my office space. I first need to start with tip #1 a clear desk! Thanks Katelyn for sharing!

      3.14.12 - 9:54 pm

  99. Alicia Candelora -

    LOVE THIS! I recently made a whole wall of organized charts after I read Katelyn’s blog post on her own blog about it. And who doens’t love another reason to decorate?

      3.14.12 - 10:30 pm

  100. Meredith Sledge -

    Great post Katelyn!!! I always wondered how you did your organization/workflow boards!!

      3.14.12 - 10:32 pm

  101. Emily Hudspeth -

    Fabulous! I want you to come create my workspace!

      3.14.12 - 10:44 pm

  102. Anastasia -

    I have been admiring your office for a while now Katelyn! Love the light and pastel colours, and your consistency in everything! Great tip on "production wall" and keeping it behind your desk so you don’t get too overwhelmed looking at it all the time. And thanks J* for hosting Katelyn on your most amazing blog! xxx

      3.15.12 - 12:44 am

  103. Micaela -

    I needed this. Thank you!! xx

      3.15.12 - 12:58 am

  104. Patty -

    I just love this space and your tips! I especially love the color of your walls! Do you mind telling me what the paint color is? Please forgive me if you already said it but I couldn’t find it. Thanks so much!

      3.15.12 - 1:00 am

  105. Brenda James -

    Yay Katelyn!!!! It’s great seeing you on J*’s blog. Unlike your father, my desk is cleared every day before going home. But that’s not news to you! And to think that Michael laughed at my many "lists" while the two of you were growing up!!! Jasmine, thank you for featuring Katelyn (and Bokeh). She is honored . . . and Bokeh, well, I think he is famous!

      3.15.12 - 1:15 am

  106. Tina Leu -

    Very Nice Katelyn!! Can I clone your office?? It’s so nice and bright!!! If I weren’t renting and lease wasn’t up soon I would totally invest and get it dabbed up with color galore. Love it!

      3.15.12 - 3:41 am

  107. Sara -

    This was great!! I must know two things! Where did you get the beautiful white corner desk and what kind of dog is that adorable dog?

      3.15.12 - 3:47 am

  108. Amelia Rhea -

    wow… I can only dream that one day I will have an office space that I can work with. "Brand Your Space" love it!

      3.15.12 - 8:25 am

  109. Indra Gunawan -

    I noticed you use wireless keyboard and mouse with your mac. Have you ever had any problem with Photoshop where the keyboard and mouse just stop responding in the middle of working? Weird.

      3.15.12 - 8:37 am

  110. Antony Turner -

    My office is in the corner of the room and near a pile of clean washing! I can’t work in my "office" if its a mess (usually my 2 kids creating it). Loving the idea of the spreadsheet behind the glass, think I’m in need of some change. Great post!

      3.15.12 - 8:52 am

  111. Jade Clift -

    I love this post !! I have been putting off cleaning and sorting through my desk and office space for a very LONG time !
    This finally gave me the inspiration to have a day off work and get it done ! I have spent the whole day organising/cleaning and hanging frames and have nearly finished ! So thank you 🙂 x

      3.15.12 - 10:25 am

  112. Paige Ewing -

    Great advice! I love your colors…totally my style and seems so peaceful. I wish I could do that to my ‘office’…but I share it with my 2 year old’s playroom:( Unfortunately…it’s chaotic ALL THE TIME!

      3.15.12 - 3:36 pm

  113. Christy -

    I’m LOVING that you have your workflow printed out on white boards! Did you just print & laminate your workflow & then frame it – or what Katelyn? LOVE IT!

      3.15.12 - 3:41 pm

  114. Jennifer Medeiros -

    Wow! This literally looks like a home decorating magazine editorial! Thanks so much for sharing!!! xoxo

      3.15.12 - 4:08 pm

  115. Debbie -

    Great post! Wonder if I could talk my hubby & 2 sons into painting the dining room aqua? Love your girly office. Gonna make me some of those faux white boards for sure.

      3.15.12 - 10:10 pm

  116. Jessica K. Sullivan -

    Wow! I would love to do this with our office. I really want a cute puppy too! Your space looks great!

      3.15.12 - 10:53 pm

  117. mike -

    Solid advice, J. We’ve got some work to do here.

      3.16.12 - 1:23 am

  118. jutta -

    Wow! Actually this is so perfect and beautiful. I would love to get some work to here.

      3.16.12 - 7:07 am

  119. Yarra Valley Wedding Photographer -

    I’m loving your clear desk policy – I MUST enforce it upon my workspace this year!

      3.16.12 - 9:31 am

  120. J -

    oh bokeh!!! you made this post awesomer than everrrrr… *dies of cuteness* but i love the idea of branding the office/workspace as well. at my corporate workplace (where i am right now, shh), i have millions of stuffed toys because it is my personal mark of me. but i hope that when i have the space for a home office, i can fill it with the colours and things i feel contribute to the branding of my photography… thanks for this post!

      3.16.12 - 1:41 pm

  121. sarah -

    love the workflow chart idea!! seriously, seriously love it!

      3.16.12 - 5:54 pm

  122. Greg -

    I don’t see any form of data backup equipment in these images. What kind of data storage unit or units do you use? Also could you do a post on your work flow from step one to step finished?

      3.17.12 - 10:56 am

  123. Erin Blackwell -

    This is beautiful. Can you tell us what color paint the walls are? =)

      3.17.12 - 3:39 pm

  124. Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} -

    I’ve always loved your office, Katelyn! I actually remember pinning it forever ago, before I became obsessed with your work and blog 🙂 You inspired me to gut and reorganize my office yesterday! It needed it. Thank you! xoxo

      3.17.12 - 5:22 pm

  125. Emma Barker -

    I love this! So jealous! 🙂

      3.18.12 - 6:33 pm

  126. Katelyn James -

    @greg there are Drobo systems under the desk. Both have 8 3tb Bays. The workflow charts have my personal workflow listed. I made a chart in PS of everything I do in post processing so this chart would be different for everyone. It’s very basic but super helpful!

      3.19.12 - 3:08 am

  127. Joni -

    LOVE! boy do I need to get around to doing these things…. my ‘office space’ is not doing well at this time. Thanks for the inspiration!

      3.19.12 - 6:41 am

  128. Cassandra Aruba Photographer -

    Very interesting view on the business. Making a lot of sense! Thanks for sharing this very personal information!

      3.19.12 - 2:18 pm

  129. Luiza Hajdu -

    Wow Love your space and I am dreaming to have one just for myself. For while I am sharing the basement with my husband (his side overwhelmed me -IT guy can you imagine? )besides I gave a tiny space for my daughter organize her toys, as she is 9 years old now, is getting in order.
    I loved your inspirations. I will check some "quality good deals" plus mirrors, also I already have some. Besides I love your chart idea definitely I will go for it!
    Happiness

      3.19.12 - 5:04 pm

  130. Marianne Nicoletti -

    I love your office space. I am dying to renovate and include some awesomeness in mine!

      3.19.12 - 9:19 pm

  131. paris -

    What fantastic advice. My workspace is seriously cluttered and now I will for sure be re-organizing and putting my logo in a frame and scattering mirrors all around!!! 🙂

      3.19.12 - 11:38 pm

  132. Marlo Laney -

    Wonderful advice. I’m excited about re-organizing my space. I love the ideal on framing my logo and the workflow chart. Thanks for sharing :o)

      3.20.12 - 1:03 pm

  133. Rhema sturgeon -

    I love this TOO much!!!! I am gonna go out tomorrow and make this happen!

      3.21.12 - 6:42 am

  134. Jess Parker -

    Oh my goodness thankyou! I’m currently looking at a messy desk and totally uninspirational setup! I compromised with my boyfriend on colours as we share an office but now I’m gonna change things up a bit on my half of the room!!

      3.21.12 - 12:34 pm

  135. Sarah -

    You have no idea how much this blog post excites me! We are in the process of buying our house at the moment (now nicknamed the ‘country retreat’) and I have the third bedroom pegged as my new office for my photography business so I’m just going to pinterest all these photos for inspiration on how to decorate my office! Weee!

      3.22.12 - 1:06 am

  136. Amanda -

    THIS WAS SOOOO HELPFUL! Not to mention I now want a little furry companion :(. Thank you again for sharing! <3

      3.29.12 - 1:52 am

  137. Lindsay D -

    This has been fantastically helpful, thank you so much for this article. I’ve become disorganized and overwhelmed with my workflow lately and these pictures have really inspired me to improve things. It’s just a shame my office is the size of a shoebox!

      5.21.12 - 6:06 pm

  138. Molly -

    Your work space is beautiful Katelyn and your dog is so adorably perfect that he doesn’t look real.

      6.30.12 - 6:17 pm

  139. laura -

    What color paint is this? And where did you get the chair and desk? Thanks!

      7.25.12 - 4:08 am

  140. Christie -

    Love this work space! So inspiring! Do you remember where you found this desk? Have been looking for something exactly like this!

      2.15.13 - 1:50 pm

  141. Deanna H. -

    I just want to say, even this post is a little older, I love it! I love your style, I love your office space… I’m still working on mine, I love your little dog… I have a white one… and I love your whole blog and your photography! I am from the Bay Area too… your work inspires me… and you have made me laugh in quite a few of your posts. Just had to comment, instead of just "stalking" ha! 🙂

      2.19.14 - 7:40 pm

  142. Deanna H. -

    Ooops… I read too fast.. I love your blog and images Jasmine and Katelyn, I love your office space… so so pretty! 🙂

      2.19.14 - 8:24 pm

  143. Millgrove Photography -

    Some very interesting thoughts there, absolutely love your workspace by the way. Now to get down to work instead of browsing the blog! 🙂

      1.27.15 - 8:55 pm

  144. Audra -

    Where did you buy that desk I love it!

      9.16.15 - 7:09 pm

  145. Gloria -

    Love your work space!! Where did you find the chair and desk?

      11.29.15 - 4:34 am

  146. OC Family Photographer -

    Love the work environment. Not just because it’s creative, but because it’s so freakin’ organized! Haha. Also, I like the physical to-do boards. I can use online workflows, but I like having something physical to check off even more. Thanks for sharing!

      1.11.16 - 4:31 pm

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