Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Rosenblatt.
Emma, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey began as a dancer at a really small performing arts high school in the valley. It was a school where you worked on your craft for half the day, then took academic classes the other half. Being accepted to the dance academy was such an accomplishment as a 14-year-old aspiring ballerina.
Halfway through the first semester, I landed a jump I was working on the wrong way and cracked my shin. There was a moment where I sat on the floor, tears streaming down my face, where I knew this might be it for me. My body’s cry for a change. It took about eight months of recovery/rehab and tons of doctors appointments to sort it out. I joined a chronic pain facility at UCLA who prescribed Iyengar Yoga to me. By then I was 16 and yoga was such a foreign concept.
Accepting that dance had to be put aside, I joined the Media Academy at my school, specifically focusing on photography and photoshop. Little did I know this was my true calling. I fell in love. Two years later, I graduated with a passion for photography like no other. I took a gap year to pursue jobs that had been offered to me and see where I could go with it. During that time as an “adult,” I realized that the body won’t always have a lightening speed metabolism and I was seeking an outlet. My friend brought me to Corepower Yoga to try it out. Yes, I may have almost fainted in that first hot yoga class, but little did I know I would be at the studio that would lead me through my first 200 hr training. Fast forward 1.5 years in Santa Barbara (studying more photography) and struggling with depression — yoga was my savior. It was the one hour everyday that I SO looked forward to.
When I got back to LA, I realized how much healing and happiness yoga brought me and I realized that I could be the vessel through which others could experience that same fulfillment. So I signed up for my training and the rest is history. I am now a 300 Hr certified yoga instructor teaching all around LA, at studios and private homes/ events. Yoga and Photography have been a blessing to me. They intertwine seamlessly. Both creating a flexible schedule for each other and both helping others heal, feel strong and confident.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think anything in life, if you are super passionate about it, will be a smooth road. That is just how it works. Life will always throw roadblocks and obstacles for you to navigate. I think it is the universe’s way of weeding out people who need to re-center & clarify their focus.
For me personally, the roadblocks have been falling into the hamster wheel of being a regular yoga instructor. LA is full of them! Which don’t get me wrong, there could be worse things than a bunch of healers. But I wanted something more. I wanted to provide healing for all ages and mobilities. I also struggled with confidence. Thinking “why would anyone want to sit in a room and listen to what I have to say?” Funny enough there are also loads of photographers in LA. Actually anyone who owns an iPhone nowadays is a photographer. Which definitely makes my job a bit harder. In that sense, I really had to perfect my craft and nail down exactly what it is that I shoot. Something I still to this day am working on.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about A Rose in Bloom – what should we know?
I provide two mediums. I am a yoga instructor as well as a photographer. In my yoga practice – I lean towards what the client is working towards. Being a mover and having an understanding of the body from dance and now yoga, I find I can create a sequence that best fits each person.
In my photography, I specialize in people. I love finding that connection with my clients and helping make them feel strong and confident. Most commonly, I photograph portraits, events and help create content for social media. As a whole, I am most proud of how in tune I am. With my own awareness, I am able to be fully present for my clients and help them get where they want to be. Having my body and photo knowledge, I am able to blend the 2 and combine both worlds. For example, when I have the opportunity to photograph movement – I have a slight advantage because I can foresee what the body might do-whether it be prepping for a jump or finding the edge of a yoga pose.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being open and receptive has helped me through EVERYTHING. Knowing that in each phase of whatever I am doing – that I am right where I am supposed to be. Once that relationship with the Universe is cultivated things usually work out how they are supposed to.
- Website: Emmarosenblattphotography.com
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- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emma_rosenblatt/?hl=en
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