Today we’d like to introduce you to Jody L. Miller.
Jody, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in photographing horses came about in Thermal, CA. while living on a small boarding ranch facility called Las Mananitas Arabians. My best friend from high school was the horse trainer there. I have many fond memories of living and interactive with the horses on a daily basis.
Since I was just out of high school and still a bit awkward with my life and direction, I found solace by being among the herd. I have always thought horses had a great healing effect and an insight into our souls. They are big and magical and gentle animals.
I am a self-taught photographer and enjoyed it as a hobby. Once the horse owners started seeing my photography – they lined up to encourage me to photograph their horses! I started selling my photographs and a new career was born.
As time went on and I moved on – life took many twists and turns and careers. I spent most of my early adulthood managing a chain of photo labs in San Deigo. That career transitioned to computer repair. However, I always knew in my heart that being around horses was my “zen” place to be.
After moving to Arizona – I started to pursue the Horse Art business again- but this time in a more artistic way.
I was prompted by a few other artists to offer my work in a gallery setting!
It’s been a blast ever since then! I have developed more and more as a photographer. I have been able to increase the reach of my artwork through several Arizona Art galleries and through my website and social media.
But the best part is still when I’m out in the field spending time with horses and the next best part is when people find a deep connection with my work and are so satisfied with the Horse art they choose for their home.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My obstacles have been mostly the tape that plays through my head about having a “real job” or “do you really make any money at that”. Comments asked mostly by an older generation that may not have the sense that you can do what you love and the money will follow. Unfortunately, those words can haunt a person “struggling” to pursue their dream.
In the past, fear sometimes got the better of me and I would turn my back on the horse photography and focus on a 9-5 regular job.
Now, I’ve given up on the struggle – I love what I do and I am sure art buyers and horse lovers will love what I create and find a way to discover my Horse Art and then purchase it for their home.
Times continue to change and technology and the web has allowed me to reach art buyers all over the world. I would not mind a gallery representation in the Scottsdale or Cave Creek area – if you are reading this. 🙂
It seems like it’s smooth sailing now.
Please tell us about Jody L. Miller Equine Fine Art Photography.
I specialize in just photographing horses. I find that is where my heart is – so I focus there.
I am proud of my accomplishments, my persistence, and my dedication.
I market my business by creating horse art that reaches out from the wall and touches the viewer’s heart. I want people to be moved by my artwork I want them to feel freedom – strength – healing – encouragement, and delight when they look at my horse art.
Those are the same things I feel when I am with a horse and when I am home creating the artwork.
My art collectors often share how much joy they have when they hang my horse art in their home.
Some collectors are so empowered by the artwork and it motivates them every day!
I offer my art for sale on my website as well as several galleries around Arizona.
Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery in Prescott
Sedona Artist Market in Sedona
Hart of AZ in Cottonwood
Dragonfly Handcrafted in Cottonwood.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Oh my gosh – maybe not have walked away from it as many times, but you never know.
I love how it’s turning out. I met my partner and biggest fan through my artwork, so I think it turned out just fine!
The lessons are all part of the growing.
- Website: http://jodylmiller.com/
- Phone: 928-533-1951
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jodylmillerhorsephotos/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JodyLMillerPhotography
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/equinephotog