Friday, August 20, 2010

Artist Profile: Emily Jenkins Followill

Interior design by Courtney Giles

Today we are delighted to be featuring the photography of Atlanta native and photographer/artist Emily Jenkins Followill. Emily's work has been featured in Southern Accents, Veranda, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living and many other special interest magazines. This summer her photography was featured on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Special Interest publication.

Above, Interior design by Huff-Dewberry

The kitchen above was on the Cathedral Tour of Homes in January 2010. William Litchfield, Architect

Emily's love of photography began in high school when she took a photography class. While still in high school she entered in a few local photography contests. (In fact, she even photographed my first cousins while they were all in high school together, and I think that photograph won an award.)

After attending Sewanee (The University of the South) where she majored in Fine Arts, studying photography and drawing, Emily studied at the South Eastern Center for the Arts from 1992-94. Then she went to photography school for a year and half where she learned about portrait and architectural photography. Emily was a photographic assistant during this time, which she said was a great learning experience. Next, Emily ventured into the world of the photography studio, where she was a manager for 6 years. There she honed her skills in digital photography.

Above, Interior design by Amy D. Morris

Emily is now a freelance photographer and focuses mainly on gardens and interiors. Her fascination with interior photography came from her grandfather, who had a love for antiques and spent time traveling the South searching for Southern Early American furniture. Emily loves hearing her clients' stories about their houses when she photographs, and she tries to capture the essence and soul of the rooms with her images.

Above, Interior Design by Carter Kay

Above -Stan Dixon, Architect

From her website:
"From contemporary to traditional, every room tells a story about its owners: how we work, play, relax, renew, or cook. Every photo should convey the vision behind its creation."

Below is a fun image from a Veranda photo shoot featuring oversized gloves covered in fabrics that the magazine was showcasing. Emily says:

My camera was on the roof of a studio downtown, shooting down through a large opening in the ceiling. We secured it and triggered it with an infrared remote from the floor of the studio. The camera was about 20 feet up in the air. When the photos ran in the magazine, you couldn't tell how large the gloves were because there was nothing to give them a sense of scale. Knowing this would be the case, we put our team in the snow and took a photo with scale once we were finished with the real shots! It was fun to lie down in the "snow" in August!

Above and below, Stan Dixon, Architect

Above, Spitzmiller Norris Architects

Above, William Litchfield Architect

Please visit Emily's website for more information and to see additional beautiful images.

All images reproduced with Emily Followill's permission.


  1. Off to check her out....have a lovely weekend.

  2. Emily is wonderfully talented, and a great example of the value in profession photography.

  3. Thanks so much to Helen and Jane Douglas for all the kind words! I'm so lucky to do something I love. They obviously love what they do, too! They have a wonderful eye for design and make following their blog fresh and fun with their unique posts!

  4. She is so incredibly talented. Has an unbelievable eye.
    Hmm...wonder if she wants mid 30s intern. :)
    And on a side note, the Stan Dixon home is one of my favorites in the city. I used to enjoy passing it by on my way to and from work..