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Photo studio updates and highlights of recent commissions, sneak previews of upcoming projects, and an intimate glance behind the scenes.

TIME OUT LOS ANGELES

Toward the end of last year, I was hired by Time Out Los Angeles to photograph the interior of La Boucherie, a French-inspired restaurant on the 71st floor of the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Here are a couple of my favorite images from the shoot.

The Rossi Hotel

Last week, I had the pleasure of being hired to photograph the newly renovated suites and grounds of The Rossi Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The hotel -- a boutique resort tucked away on a quiet street just a few blocks from the resort town's bustling downtown area -- was a gorgeous, relaxing paradise. Here are a few of my favorite images from my shoot.

LOOKING BACK ON 2017

This year was a big one, filled with lots of extreme ups and downs. Photography has always been my rock -- the one thing that keeps me going even in the midst of chaos. I was lucky to get to work with a variety of amazing, supportive, wonderful clients this year -- ranging from huge corporations like Mercedes-Benz of North America, to corporate restaurant chains like Rubio's Coastal Grill and Bibigo Fresh Korean Kitchen, to smaller independent brands like High Ruin, as well as wonderful nonprofits like the Orange County Small Business Development Center as they featured local businesses that are doing awesome things, like Inland Wharf Brewing Company.

I'm genuinely looking forward to 2018 -- wondering about the challenges and inspirations the new year will bring is always my favorite part about New Year's Eve. Here's to the passing of a year full of growth and amazing opportunities; and a toast to whatever wonderful things 2018 has in store.

I'm also sending out all the best to everyone reading this -- may the new year bring you all the challenges and opportunities you need to grow into the person you want to become, to live the life you've imagined. Here's to 2018, and exciting new chapters.

HIGH RUIN

At the end of summer, I was hired by High Ruin to photograph a lifestyle campaign for the launch of their new home decor line, inspired by the Victorian Old West. Their amazingly lovely and inspiring owner, Audrey Richter, rented a gorgeous house in Joshua Tree and we spent an afternoon in the desert creating magic with our absolutely beautiful model, Keziah. Here are a couple of my favorite shots from the day. I'll share more soon, because I can't even explain how excited I am to finally be able to share these images with the world.

SIMPLETHINGS

A few months ago, I was hired by Simplethings, a local independent restaurant chain. Here are a few of my favorite shots from my day spent photographing each of their three locations around Los Angeles.

MARK WALLACE FOR NYLON GUYS
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I've been working on archiving all of my published work from the last several years and came across this old photo I shot for Nylon Guys back in 2014. Mark Wallace is the founder and owner of Wallace Detroit Guitars, an amazing boutique guitar company that handcrafts their instruments from reclaimed wood from destroyed houses in Detroit. During out shoot, I got to tour the warehouse space where the reclaimed wood was kept prior to guitar production. It was an incredibly inspiring space deep in the heart of Detroit, and Mark was genuinely passionate about his city and his company. Their slogan, "The sound of the Motor City," says it all.

PRISCILLA FORD FOR LATINA MAGAZINE

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of photographing actress Priscilla Ford for her interview with Latina Magazine. You can read more about Priscilla's projects here.

MERCEDES-BENZ DRIVE CAMPAIGN

I was excited to learn that some of the lifestyle images I photographed for the renowned Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Technician Training program have gone live on their website. You can view more about the program and company at the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE website.

A Place To Call Home

I was recently hired by the Avi Ross Group to photograph interiors and portraits of Avalon Rossi, co-owner of the property management group, in her freshly completed project home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Everything in the beautiful two-story home has been lovingly restored and designed from scratch to match Avalon's vision of the perfect home. With the interior design portion of the project finished, the house is now on the market and available to view by appointment. The house is light, airy, and welcoming and was an absolute pleasure to photograph. You can visit their website, or follow them on Instagram @avirossgroup.

Bombay Beach

A couple months ago, one of my favorite models, Zara Alyse, asked if I would be interested in photographing her at the Salton Sea. I agreed immediately. A couple of weeks ago, we finally made the long journey to Bombay Beach -- an eerie, abandoned beach town just off the coast of the Salton Sea. We encountered swarms of mysterious insects pelting against the car windows, a vintage automobile graveyard that doubled as an abandoned drive-in movie theater, and rows of dilapidated houses inhabited by a few quiet wanderers who have come to call the forgotten resort town their home. In spite of its eerie atmosphere and disintegrating infrastructure, Bombay Beach has a strange charm to it that you don't find often. There hasn't been a day since we left that I haven't thought about the lost town or how badly I want to go back to visit.

Erin Marie Miller
VOGUE ITALIA's PhotoVogue
 Megan Mockensturm (W Talent / The iGroup) photographed by Erin Marie Miller - Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue April 2014.

Megan Mockensturm (W Talent / The iGroup) photographed by Erin Marie Miller - Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue April 2014.

In February 2014, I rented my first private studio -- a gorgeous daylight studio with cement floors and floor-to-ceiling windows across one wall in a massive industrial warehouse turned studio and exhibition space. I wanted to test out the new space as well as some different lighting techniques, and was excited to when talented model Megan Mockensturm agreed to be my guinea pig. The resulting image ended up being selected by Vogue Italia's editorial staff for PhotoVogue that April.

Lala Abaddon for Nylon Magazine

After a quick trip to Nashville last October, Nylon Magazine hired me to photograph one of the Red Bull House of Art's resident artists, Lala Abandon, for an upcoming article for their December 2016 print issue. I had worked with them about a year earlier on a portrait for a profile of a local guitar maker and was excited to work with their talented team again. The next day I was on my way to photograph Ms. Abaddon at the famed Detroit artist residence and gallery, where I spent a rainy fall afternoon with writer/editor Austen Tostone and the very talented Ms. Abaddon, touring her studio and documenting her creative process. Here's an outtake from our shoot, as well as a tear sheet from the spread.

Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Campaign
 Campaign photo by Erin Marie Miller of student mechanic in training for Mercedes-Benz DRIVE, 2017.

Campaign photo by Erin Marie Miller of student mechanic in training for Mercedes-Benz DRIVE, 2017.

One of my favorite images from my recent shoot for Mercedes-Benz DRIVE mechanic training program. For the campaign, I traveled to the luxury automobile company's Learning and Performance Center in Long Beach, California, where I documented two days of courses in their state-of-the-art training facility.