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John Cain’s New Studio is Designed to Make You Feel at Ease

The photographer's West Lover's Lane spot feels familiar and très magnifique.
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John Cain’s New Studio is Designed to Make You Feel at Ease

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A little piece of France now resides on West Lovers Lane. Say “bonjour” to John Cain Photography’s new studio, inspired by an unforgettable trip through Provence and designed to feel like home.

“We outgrew our old location, and as much as I love Knox-Henderson, I wanted to purchase a permanent home for John Cain Photography,” John Cain Sargent says. “Location was everything, and West Lovers Lane has become the perfect fit.”

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John Phifer Marrs’s former space was transformed with the help of Melissa Lacy Welker, the Atlanta-based designer behind Melissa Lacy, Inc. and family friend of Sargent and his wife, Brittany. Welker traveled with the Sargents to the south of France for a wedding where, unbeknownst to them, the vision of Sargent’s studio would begin.

“It wasn’t until we all returned from our dear friend’s wedding in Avignon that we really began the scheming and dreaming,” Welker says. “It was meant to be, that trip.”

In the beginning, Sargent wanted the focus of his studio’s design to be on functionality and how to best accommodate and inspire the client. Welker brought Sargent’s vision to fruition by establishing a consistent flow from room to room, each rooted in French motifs and an established color scheme.



“I want [the client] to feel at ease,” Sargent says. “I wanted our office to feel familiar and special.”

From the white panel-walled “Meeting Room,” garnished with florals and French accents, to the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc-inspired trelliage that adorns the walls of the Parisian-themed “Viewing Room,” Sargent and Welker accomplished an aesthetically-focused space that harmonizes with Sargent’s distinctive wedding photography.

Now, the completed space is more than just an aesthetic reminder of a beautiful trip, but a reminder to Sargent of the teamwork behind it: “I feel deep gratitude, because in so many ways this was not possible to do alone.”

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