Sharon Suh recently left her corporate job as a photo editor to pursue her passion for photography. Here she shares her freshly minted home office.
How long have you worked from home? And where is home? My new home is in West Hollywood. I have been bi-coastal for the last two years between Cobble Hill in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. I started my own business as kid’s photographer in 2009, and it has been going well after the Daily Candy story that came out recently. Check out my website! When I bought the new place I was just coming out of an emotional breakup and finding this space was the answer. I found a reason to FOCUS and find myself again, and I realized I had a very small budget. But that turned out to be a great challenge. It was an interesting change, from being in a corporate art department environment as a photo editor at various magazines in New York, (Vanity Fair, Glamour, InStyle, GQ,Travel and Leisure and Bon Appetit) to working from home full-time as a kids photographer. Freelance is a beautiful thing but since you are home so much, you have to really love the space you are in! And I do love it. Nate Berkus recently called me to feature my space on his show for a piece on designing a small space on a budget which aires on November 10.
Describe your style? Simple and with a slap of striking. I am drawn toward fashion, photography, interior design and food that are these two things. In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. I think Henry Wadsworth Longfellow might have written that but the sassy girl in me needs a smack of subtle visual drama.
How would you define your aesthetic? Graphic and simple. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
How do you keep your office organized? Being a photographer, I find that the best computer for photographers and designers is the Mac Book Pro or the 27 inch iMac. I have the Mac Book Pro and it’s fantastic. My next purchase will be the iMac when I can afford it. I DISLIKE clutter so I only have on my desk what I need.
When you were setting up your home office what did you keep in mind? LESS IS MORE. GREEN. I am trying to go paperless and liked the idea of buying second hand or recyled products so that it could be the ultimate green office. COLOR. Color of the room or walls are very important. Color will stimulate productivity and if you are feeling blocked or lethargic, then paint the wall a vibrant color or wallpaper. If you don’t like it, you can always go back.
What is a desk accessory you can’t do without? My vision boards inspired by Nate Berkus, my Mac computer and a great chair.
What would you change about your own workspace? I got my desk at a garage sale for $20. I was in a rush putting my office together so I know that I will be finding another one soon that is either made of recyled materials or at a vintage store or garage sale.
What do you most love about your space? The striking color, and the art work all around me. I have my three vision boards that keep me focused. One vision board has photos of my feet. It’s a series of places all over the world that I have travelled too. Next the most recent thank you cards I have received. I am a big fan of being thankful for everything you have, and not keep thinking of all the things that I don’t.
What inspires you? Artists inspire me. A few artists that have inspired me are graphic designers Fabian Baron and Robert Festino, editor LIz Tilberis, designer CoCo Chanel, photographers Richard Avedon, Peggy Sirota, Terry Richardson and Bruce Weber, painters Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly and Cy Twombly and the list can go on and on and on.