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

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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

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.

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.)

IN THE STUDIO WITH COURTNEY TAYLOR BURNESS

A couple of my favorite images from my shoot a couple weeks back with actress Courtney Taylor Burness. Makeup by Stephanie Lopez.

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.

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.