I’m so excited to share another exciting Spaces features with you! This week’s workspace features designer and photographer, Jennifer Chong. Jennifer’s blog and portfolio, is chalk full of beautifully curated images and tons of images of her own. A lot of her photography consists of really amazing food photography. She makes everything she takes photos of look so so delicious! And I’m in love with her home/space. Just check it out yourself!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
Hi! I am a graphic designer and photographer living in Long Beach, CA. I spend most of my days designing for big corporate events but lately I have also been photographing yummy things to eat! I also started my blog in 2008 as a creative outlet as a place for me to share some tidbits into my life and things that inspire me.
Describe your creative journey.
I’ve always loved being creative and hands on. I originally wanted to be a pastry chef (well actually just design and decorate cakes all day long). I even took a summer course at a culinary school but I quickly realized that in order to decorate cakes I also had to do lots of other things that I wasn’t interested in at the time. Photography was also a big passion of mine but I was afraid that I was entering a tough market that i didn’t quite know how to navigate. I ultimately chose to pursue graphic design as a more practical degree where I would still be able to utilize my photography skills. Thinking back on it – I stumbled upon design but it was something I became immensely passionate about.
However my love for food and photography have always been on my mind. This year I’ve been in a big transitional period for myself. I am moving away from spending the majority of my days designing to pursuing more food photography projects. I hope that one day I will be able to travel the world and document tasty eats for all to see.
Share a little bit about your space.
I live in a small one bedroom apartment with only so much space, so I knew when I moved in that my ‘living room’ would really need to function as a studio where I didn’t feel confined to a tiny desk. As I continue to spend more time working from home the space will likely evolve based on my creative needs – but I love how its turned out so far.
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
Definitely the light. The way the light shines into this room during the day is so beautiful. It keeps me going and makes me feel like I’m even working outside sometimes.
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Natural light! I hate feeling as though I am sitting in a basement or under a bunch of fluorescent lighting – some natural light always makes me feel a lot happier and inspired.
Thanks so much Jennifer!