Photo Journal

Studio updates, project announcements, and a glimpse behind the scenes of commercial and editorial photo shoots.

Interview with PDN Magazine

I’m honored to have been interviewed by PDN Magazine’s tech editor, Greg Scoblete, for this month’s issue available on newsstands nationwide. You can read the article here. After the interview, I did further research into Facebook’s history of data abuse and rights-grabbing practices and joined the million-plus world citizens that have deactivated their Facebook and Instagram accounts to stand up for human rights and artist rights. I’m still happily posting about my work and life on more artist-friendly, privacy-conscious social media platforms, though. Please make sure to follow me on Ello, VSCO, and Behance.

City Rain
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I had the chance to take advantage of the rare rainy weather a couple of weeks ago with Austin Carr (Mavrick Models) in Pasadena, Calif. Everyone has been complaining about the weather, but I love it. Rainclouds create perfectly diffused light — the entire city is currently a soft box!

A Woman in Kansas Who Reads Vogue
Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I’m trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.
— Irving Penn

Model: Ariel Thompson | Makeup by Stephanie Lopez

Joshua Tree
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Having spent several weeks alone in the Mojave Desert a little less than a year ago, exploring and wandering and becoming closer to that region of America than any other I’ve visited, I cannot understand the destruction that has taken place in Joshua Tree National Park over the last several weeks during the government shutdown here in the United States.

The idea that anyone would feel comfortable chopping down such rare and iconic trees to clear a path for their vehicles is unconscionable. The way humans sometimes behave when they believe no one will hold them accountable is beyond my grasp. For now, I am heartbroken for Joshua Tree — but I plan to return to the desert soon to document the aftermath of the darker realities of human nature and the beautiful resilience of the American desert. It has taught me so much about life itself.

Saatchi + The Mojave
Mojave No. 1 print for sale through Saatchi

I’m pleased to announce that open edition fine art prints from my series “The Mojave” are now available through Saatchi. They are available framed and unframed, and would make a delightful gift for the holidays or a wonderful addition to your personal photography collection at home or in the office. Proceeds from print sales will help me to continue the project and enable me to put together a proper book and a series of special limited edition prints later down the road.

Talking Art and Life with Voyage LA
Working as a photographer has definitely had its ups and downs — and I’m sure it will continue to have its ups and downs, as that’s the nature of the industry. My passion has never waned, though, and every day I choose to accept those challenges because I love what I do and I’m incredibly thankful for having the opportunity to make photographs for a living.
— "Art & Life with Erin Marie Miller" | Interview with Voyage LA Magazine, August 2018

I was recently interviewed by Voyage LA Magazine about my career as a photographer, my inspirations, struggles and victories, and life in general. You can read the full interview here.

Julian

A couple of months ago, I was commissioned by Los Angeles model/actor Julian Zambrano to photograph an important transformation — the first cutting of his long, beloved hair in years. We decided to celebrate the moment in an homage to Patrick Demarchelier’s beautiful photographs of Karlie Kloss’s famous haircut.

Los Angeles Skyline

I've been photographing a lot of living spaces lately -- and absolutely loving it! The last two weeks have taken me to sprawling mansions in Beverly Hills, historic Craftsman gems in Highland Park, and stunning lofts with skyline views in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

AVI ROSS GROUP

It's always a pleasure working with Avi Ross Group on their stunning home restoration projects. This beautiful historic Craftsman gem, tucked away in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, is finally finished and up for sale. Every property they sell comes with beautiful furniture that was hand-selected for the space so that you can move in to a perfectly restored home. You can check out their beautiful, hand-renovated properties on their website.

Somewhere Outside of Time
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As a commercial photographer in Los Angeles, the reality of a contemporary society dominated by social media and a culture of cool is prevalent in my work and life in the city. "The Mojave” is a new, ongoing personal photo series exploring and documenting the Mojave Desert -- a region that seems to exist outside of time, largely untouched by contemporary society, existing only on its own terms.

VOGUE ITALIA
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I'm currently in Joshua Tree, California, working on a new photo series. I stopped for coffee early this morning and was excited to learn that one of my images from my recent shoot with model Ariel Thompson is up on Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue. (Makeup by Stephanie Lopez.)