10 minutes with Miller Mobley

Interviews with Photographers March 7, 2011 9:32 am

Your work has always been fantastic and its only getting better. You were shooting professionally while you were still in college! How did you start getting the shoots and how does it feel being able to focus on your career now that you’re out of school?

Thanks so much Kate! That means a lot – I think it’s important as a photographer for your work to always be evolving – As long as that’s the case, I’ll be happy! I started shooting seriously my freshman year of college and the more I shot the more I wanted to show people. From the beginning I’ve always been just as much in love with the business of photography as the medium itself. I printed a book and started emailing and calling people all over Alabama. Luckily, there’s a strong advertising community and some very loyal magazines so I got to shoot a lot of different assignments. At the end of my junior year I was so immersed with photography and was getting quite a bit of work. I did not have a chance to make it to class that often… At one point I think I had a failing grade in my photography class. I decided school wasn’t for me, so I dropped out and have been pursuing photography full time… That was 2 years ago.

Miller Mobley

Miller Mobley

Did you always want to be a photographer?

In some form photography has always been a part of my life since I was young, but I honestly dreamed of being a cinematographer/director. It was not until my freshman year of college when I had to pick a major. There was not a film major, so I decided the next best thing would be photography. I fell in love with it and never looked back!

Miller Mobley

Miller Mobley

You recently moved to New York from Alabama.. I think everyone should live here at some point and I’m happy you moved because now we can hang out, but I have to ask – do you have any concerns about moving from a place that is a bit lacking in great photographers to one that is bursting at the seams with them? How do you like being here?

Ever since I got into photography I’ve wanted to move to New York. I’m so glad my wife and I were able to make the move… there wasn’t much that was going to stop me. As far as any concerns I really don’t have any. I’m not oblivious though, I know that it’s going to take a ton of hard work, but that’s what I’m here for. I left a lot of what I had built in Alabama to pursue my dreams, even though it was “risky”. My dream is to become one of the best portrait photographers and I honestly feel like New York is the place for me to make that happen. I love that quote, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.”

Miller Mobley

Miller Mobley

How can an editor be most helpful when working on a shoot with you?

I think communication is probably the most important aspect when working with an editor. When an editor makes me feel comfortable and shows confidence in me, it makes me want to work my ass off for them.

Miller Mobley

Miller Mobley

Do you have a dream assignment (person or place)?

YES! At the moment it would have to be a portrait of Kanye West… I can’t help but love his passion!

(see more of Millers work, here)

3 Comments

  • Great interview!

  • Final Bath

    Miller’s in NYC now? The last I heard he had moved to Birmingham.

    Frankly, I’m glad. He’s the worst type of photographer – rich kid (his pa owns a chain of clothing stores down here) and all he did was undercut every other photographer in town (I heard he did free work) which we all know undervalues those of us trying to make a living. Glad he’s living off his family in NYC now.

    I never was much impressed with his photos, either. Simple three point lighting with way too much photoshop curves.

    But if NYC is embracing his lazy work, all the better. I hope he stays there!

  • Miller,
    Great work in Garden and Gun. Fantastic. I’m going to bet the farm right now… you WILL be a great portrait photographer. You’re definitely growing and I personally can’t wait to see what you shoot next.

    Good luck in the big city.

    from one Bama boy to another…

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