Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Miller.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I was 10, I bought my first camera. It was a big, plastic, 35mm point and shoot. It just called to me, like photography in general – through every bump in the road, I just keep coming back.
Even after realizing photojournalism wasn’t for me, or when my college didn’t have the photography program, I thought they did. Even when I realized I didn’t have the resources to make my portrait business profitable, or when I burned out after a corporate gig and just packed everything in a closet. I still found myself reaching for my camera. I still took pictures of flowers and animals, just for me.
Please tell us about your art.
When I was 14 and decided I wanted to be a professional photographer, my friends asked “like for National Geographic?!” I said, “I’m not sure I want to wade through a jungle covered in bugs to photograph some random bird.” And then I remembered zoos and realized how much I enjoyed photographing random birds without the risk of being eaten alive.
But I also enjoy photographing people – candids, not posed. When photographing people in their element, a camera is basically a time machine. It lets you freeze a moment in time so you can go back and inspect the details of our lives. I want to help capture those moments for others.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Do what you can with what you have. But the most important thing is to start. This was my biggest struggle. I wanted everything to be set up perfectly before doing anything. I needed the right equipment and software, the right plan executed in the right order, the right time and stability to feel safe making the leap. But that never happened. So I just picked a step and started. And kept going.
My husband and I are both starting business ventures at the same time – with a 16-month-old baby. We’ve had to make some sacrifices (moving in with family, for example), but I know it will be worth it. That this is the right thing to do for our family’s future. It’s been a hard seven months, but we’ve come so far because we started. We kept taking those slow, tiny steps. Kept working bit by bit toward what we want.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I recently launched Neon Desert Photography and started sharing my work on Instagram and Facebook. The business is still gaining steam, and soon prints will be available.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neondesertphoto/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/neondesertphoto