For our 2nd ShootProof User Feature, we’re excited to shine the spotlight on Allie Miller of Allie Miller Photography located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina!
How would you describe your style?
I would like to say that I classify my style as a sweet blend of lifestyle with journalistic tendencies in my family and wedding photography. But, I believe my studio and portraiture work follow that technical edge and it inspires me by being able to incorporate the ‘rules’, as well as my composite techniques in most of my work.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been actively photographing since the age of 16, but have been photographing as a business almost 2 years.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Growing up in Miami, I enjoyed many of the amazing flavors and cultural delights of the area which allowed me to study structural art and the gorgeousness of South Florida at an early age. While living in many areas of the United States, it has also afforded me the opportunity to explore amazing landscapes and beauty. I have been an ‘active shooter’ since age 16 when I was in High School.
My parents decided that for college, a photography or art design degree was not something that would lead to a ‘serious’ career. I attended college and ended with several degrees that allowed me to serve publicly, and make a difference in people’s lives. But, 18 months ago I walked away from all that stability in a healthcare career to pursue my forever passion in photography. I manage my own business, offer amazing services to my clients, educate others and travel for work as well.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
Since I stole my daddy’s Kodak Instamatic 104 camera at the age of 8 and hid it. That was ‘IT’ for me.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
My NIKON 50mm F/1.8
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in everyday life: All that surrounds me, my community, relationships that everyone holds with life and loved ones, humanity & light sources. My inspiration can be found and is not limited to that innocent and pure nature in a child’s smile or the moment bride and groom walk away from the room after their ceremony is over. Inspiration is all around us.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Never be afraid to make mistakes, for they allow you grow stronger while succeeding at your goals.”
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
In 5 years… I’d like to have an office/studio away from home [that is something many dream of] But most importantly, I want to continue to offer my clients with the best images, solutions and products in the market as well as the most superb service possible, by creating incredible relationships with my vendors. In 5 years, I would love to see my business and name soar into a brand that is recognized with growth for those who want to explore and want to take their photography to a next level. I want to inspire and would love to see my skills serve a purpose. I want to change lives!