I went to Westside Yoga's "Yoga in the Park," and guess what happened?

Hi everyone,

Things have been busy over here at "This Photographer's Life," and I've brought in someone to help me, which has been awesome!  Savannah Dean helps me find new blog content and manage the blog.  This week she went to Westside Yoga's free class at Piedmont Park, which they do every month.  It sounds like so much fun I think I'll join her for the next class!  Take a look for yourself.

Blayne


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I recently attended an event held by Westside Yoga and Park Tavern that combined two of my favorite ways to relax; yoga and a beer. When I first entered the venue I was floored, it was unbeknownst to me that this was being held in a wedding hall and wow was it gorgeous! Myself and about 50 others laid out our yoga mats and watched the sunset over the Atlanta skyline as we entered a guided flow for all levels. After literally following my bliss and letting all the stress from the previous few day melt away, I was greeted with an even better next step, free beer! Sitting by the fire pit in the downstairs patio drinking a Miller High Life (there were other options to choose from, but I'm a simple girl) with my friends was a fantastic way to end the evening. The event is being held every second Monday, so I can't wait to attend the second installment. 

Designer Spotlight - Christina Cole Designs a High Contrast Industrial Loft for an Avid Art Collector

I legit think Elle Decor is NAILING it right now.  It's just like ALLLLLL the black accents, and I'm obsessed.  Speaking of... my love for the all black accents got me a commission! I'm working with the AMAZING Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence to create a custom piece for her room in the Atlanta Magazine Home's Pinewood Forrest showhouse this summer.  I've followed Sherry for years since we started our blogs around the same time, and I've always loved her style.  I finally met up with her in person to discuss the colors for the piece (neutral- duh), and we're like design soul mates, which is awesome.  

Anyway, in looking for a home to feature today, I found Christina Cole's work on Elle Decor, and it stopped me in my tracks.  She designed this home for art collector Will Lansing, an industrial space with lots of black and white + art is LITERALLY as good as it gets IMO.  I really really love the contrast of the white oak floors against the dark walls.  Especially in the bedroom (painted Sherwin-Williams "Black Magic.")  These photos are taken by the wildly talented Alyssa Rosenheck, who is one of the very best in the the business right now.  You can find her work here and her instagram here.  She's such an inspiration, and if you're an avid follower, you may know her work for the Sean Anderson Post.  It's SO good.

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Sean Anderson's Love of the All Black Room - aka: how instagram changed my life.

Sean Anderson is an interior designer in Memphis who I discovered via Instagram.  My Instagram popular page knows me well enough to show me ALL the design with black walls... because, well duh.  Sean's home was featured in Elle Decor, and Instagram basically exploded.  His black walls and white washed floors were an instant hit.  I followed him immediately and commenced stalking his design in a way that I'm sure came off as, well... stalkerish.  As you guys who have followed this blog for a while know, I've had all black rooms in both my houses, and they've always been my favorite.  To be honest, I'm sitting here writing this in a completely black room surrounded by family antiques, crisp white bedding, and about 15 paintings stacked against the wall that need to be photographed and shipped (just keeping it real).  There are not that many people out there who have the guts to paint something completely black, so when I found Sean I knew he was my design soulmate, and I was convinced he'd someday know it as well... even if I had to leave a gushing comment on EVERY SINGLE POST - I was determined.

Eventually Sean and I became virtual friends, and I enjoyed watching his projects take shape.  He truly is such a talent, and being able to witness that felt like an honor. 

Around that time, I was in kind of a slump.  Trying to create my own path as an artist has been hard.  There's no map.  Nobody else's path can be my path.  I felt like I was just constantly casting nets and dragging them in empty.  It was frustrating and also made me feel like a hack... like, was my art really not going to work?  I remember during that period I would go to bed every night, and the last thing I would say in my head was, "I just need one well-respected person to believe in me, and I'll be ok."  It was my mantra.

One day I got an Instagram message from Sean asking me if he could buy a piece of my art for one of his projects.  I called Jimmy at work no less that 50 times.  Jimmy has a strict "no calling me at work" policy, so I'm sure he thought I was dying - whatever.  It was important.  I immediately made him look up Sean's work, and I wish I had recorded Jimmy's voice.  He said, "oh honey, I've never seen anyone who is a better fit for your work.  This is the thing you've been waiting for."  And he was right.  Working with Sean gave me confidence to believe in myself.  If he liked my work, and he was my idol, everything had to be ok, right? 

As soon as that happened, my career fell into place.  Within a week I got into Anne Irwin,  my pieces sold out at the Emerging Artist show, and I got the collaboration With Shayelyn Woodbery for the Atlanta Holiday House.  The collaboration with Sean was literally the first domino in a string of career milestones, and I will NEVER forget it. 

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