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Designers and Bloggers Converge in Atlanta in Style

What happens when some of the country’s most influential designers meet up with the hottest design bloggers? Creative sparks fly, inspiration flows and friendships are newly formed and reignited. We had the pleasure of capturing all of this first-hand from behind the camera at the fifth annual Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. This was our second year on the scene and it provided as vibrant a feast for the eyes as last year’s event.

Bjork Studio was the incredibly cool site for the Sunbrella and Traditional Home kick off party. Guests experienced vignettes designed by Brian Patrick Flynn, Alex Gaston and Drew McGukin showcasing Sunbrella fabrics in a variety of looks.

The event was catered by Proof of the Pudding, which is known for specializing in fresh, local, farm-to-fork fare. They served up a ‘stylish minis’ bite bar that was a big hit.

We were also thrilled to cover a fabulous VIP-only event sponsored by Ethan Allen at the chic KR SteakBar. The conversation was lively, the cocktails were flowing and guests raved about the meal!

It’s always fulfilling when we work on an annual event like the Design Blogger conference and we’re asked to return for the following year. Thank you, Sara Rossi, for inviting us to support Meredith Corporation on this again!

2014 in Review: Photo Highlights

As photographers we’re consumed by every event and wrapped up in every moment we have the good fortune of documenting for our clients. Closing the calendar on a year is a rare opportunity to take a moment to look back and relive all of the wonderful events we’ve shot and the fascinating people we’ve connected with along the way. Please join us in a review of 2014 the AEP way — in pictures, of course.

We are grateful for the incredible variety of experiences this year afforded us. We dined for a difference in support of Families First, watched special needs kids light up at the circus, and admired tired cyclists who pushed on to finish the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride. Our hearts were warmed by the community-building efforts of corporate leaders like Cox Enterprises and by the good work of CHOA.

We saw people hard at work, celebrating the fruits of their dedication as well as the friendships and camaraderie that formed in the process. And we were thrilled to help celebrate and honor some of the hardest workers in our community–the public servants and military personnel who fearlessly protect us.

Our encounters with the design community, including Vern Yip, the Traditional Home team and a host of talented design bloggers, were a feast for our eyes and camera lenses.

This wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the sheer fun and excitement of photographing talented musicians like Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker. On more than a few occasions we had stars in our eyes–but managed not to miss the great shots.

Thank you to all of our clients for helping make 2014 a successful year for Atlanta Event Photography. And if you haven’t yet worked with us, we’d welcome the opportunity to help you capture the most meaningful moments at your organization’s events in the coming year. I’m looking forward to exploring all that 2015 has in store with our amazing, talented team–Lyndsey Wright, Jason Hales, Sara Edelstein, Brandon Andrews, Kevin Liles and Brandon Perry. Happy New Year!

Blogging, Design and Cocktails

Atlanta was fortunate to host the fourth annual Design Bloggers Conference, held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead from March 2-4. The AEP team was even luckier to cover both the Cocktail Kickoff Party and the Conference After Party! Both the talented Sara Speert and I got to take part in the photo action.

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The opener was sponsored by Sunbrella and Traditional Home at the “Fishbowl” at Atlantic Station Lofts. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and an Oscars theme while exploring how designer Alex Gaston used Sunbrella to create a modern and chic space at the loft. Alex is the star of Perspective Atlanta, a reality web series produced by Sunbrella, and Director of Design for Mark Cunningham Inc. in New York City.

The fabulous food sustained the guests through a lively scavenger hunt in the loft. Most attendees also joined the quest to win a “Sunbrella Oscars” gift bag.

On Monday the mixing and mingling moved to Alpharetta for the official conference after party at the newly redesigned Ethan Allen Design Center. Guests took a private tour of the showroom and enjoyed hors doeuvres catered by A Divine Event.

Dave Moore, Ethan Allen’s DVP and chief brand officer, spoke to the group. Traditional Home editor in chief Ann Maine mingled as well.

Ethan Allen highlighted their current focus on furniture as fashion and eclectic accents with bold displays mixing colors and styles. I hadn’t been to the showroom in a long time, and one thing immediately became clear: This is not your grandmother’s Ethan Allen!

Thanks to Meredith Corporation and Design Bloggers for including us. Next year’s conference will bring these new media moguls back to Buckhead, so we hope to be there to capture another vibrant event.