Today we’d like to introduce you to Mollye Miller.
Hi Mollye, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always loved photography. I learned darkroom photography in high school and fell in love. I studied photography and literature and creative writing in college. I studied abroad in Prague in 2004 with a darkroom photography focus. After college, though, I turned more to writing and took photos on the side. It wasn’t until 2018 that I started doing more of it. My mother in law saw some photos I’d taken and developed in Prague. She used to be a photo editor for a newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. She told me, “wow, you have a talent. You need to do more of this. There is something here.” And I took it to heart. I knew my heart was still in it. I started taking photos for families and charging a little bit of money. Then I said, ok, I need to do this full time. I started my business in 2019 and have been going strong and stronger since, pandemic and all.
Alright, 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 had a huge learning curve when I first started my photo business, Mollye Miller Photography. I didn’t know anything, and I mean ANYthing, about how to run a business. What to charge, how to communicate efficiently with clients, how to market myself. While I’m still learning (and always will be) I’ve come far. The pandemic slowed things for me and everyone. However, I still took photos and focused more on personal projects. I took part in a local gallery show (virtual) for pandemic portraits, and I started a version of a Front Porch Project that was more emotive and candid in style. My Instagram account has grown a lot and I’ve met (virtually) incredible photographers from around the world, from a street photographer in Tokyo to an award-winning family photographers in San Francisco to other incredible family and portrait artists in my hometown of Baltimore.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a documentary-style family, portrait and street photographer. I am known for seeing emotions in people and capturing them. I specialize in black and white photos that cut out the “noise” and focus on the emotions, tones, light and shadow of an image to communicate feeling. I am most proud of my 1 for 1 Family Photography offer. When a family purchases a photo session at my regular rate, I provide a free session for a lower-income family. Clients love this because it means they are getting to help another family, through me, to get a beautiful photo session. I am still gathering families for this project. I want to have a long waitlist that I can go through and take care of each family by providing a quality profession emotive family photoshoot. I think what sets me apart from other photographers is that I am concentrating more on emotions that a whole story. I like to connect with the people I photograph to build trust, and then I like to let them go and document them as they are. That first trust-building is very important to me. I always have a fun time with my clients which I think helps people remember me. They remember the positivity and joy they felt and that brings me joy too.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Just find a photographer in your area you like, or really wherever in the world, and absolutely tell them you love their work and that you want to learn from them. People love being loved and artists generally enjoy helping other artists find their way, especially when starting out. I did this with a local photographer and also one who lives in New York City. I just say, “can I take you out for a coffee or a wine and just ask you a bunch of questions?” And I’ve only gotten positive replies. It’s pretty beautiful actually. (Just to add, I would be absolutely smitten if someone said they loved my work and wanted guidance.)
- 500 1 for 1 Family Session
- 650 Branding & Portrait Photoshoot
- 400 Maternity
- 300 Graduate Portrait mini session
- Special Events start at 500
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.mollyemiller.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollyemillerphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollyemillerphotography
- Other: https://vimeo.com/498480856