Today we’d like to introduce you to Mik Milman.
Mik, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am an LA native and studied photography locally at UCLA. After graduating I did a lot of traveling teaching English and doing nonprofit work. Afterwards, I returned to LA and began shooting professionally.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been an easy road. I started my business in 2008 during the great recession. I had just moved back to Los Angeles from Peru where I had been teaching English. I was broke and had no gear. I started shooting professionally with just a simple camera and a couple of lenses. Things weren’t easy, but with a dedication to my craft and clients I was able to organically build a strong business.
So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mik Milman Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in capturing images that convey something authentic whether portraits or event photography. I am traditional in the sense that I focus on subject matter, composition and lighting in my images. I never use filters and apply minimal editing to my work. In short: my photographs look like photographs.
There are so many voices these days online telling you how to run a business with rules to follow. What I am most proud of is that I have always gone my own way and did my own thing. I break all sorts of “rules,” like putting my own art work on my website and not taking my bio too seriously.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
That’s a great question. There will always be trends in photography and in my opinion, for the most part, they will be terrible in hindsight. Think 80’s glamour portraits and wedding dresses with shoulder pads. So if you are doing whatever is trendy now, in 10 years they will be the modern-day equivalent of that. So I have always avoided the trends and focused on what matters: creating timeless photographs that convey something genuine. No matter what type of work I am shooting I look to capture something authentic.
As for big shifts, the industry will always be evolving. I have seen a tremendous change in the last decade. The internet and social media has made it much easier for an independent photographer to get themselves out there and there is a wealth of information available for them to learn. But with so much access to what other people are doing every one’s work is starting to look the same. Because of this I never look at other photographers for inspiration, preferring for it to come from within or other sources.
- Website: www.mikmilman.com
- Phone: 8182751645
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: mikandbrix
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mik-Milman-251201606208/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/mik-milman-photography-brentwood-3