We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It comes down to belief in myself and having the confidence, patience, and faith to keep going. When I start doubting whether I can keep going forward, I always circle back to my why. Why did I start this business? As long I have that reason and purpose, I will persevere. It takes patience and faith to see the course and not give up. Over the years, I have continued to invest in and challenge myself because I believe in myself and have the patience to see my long-term goals come to life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I provide images and creative content for many wonderful clients, including international food and beverage brands. My clients have a fantastic plant-based food or beverage product they want to draw attention to online through impactful content.
I consult with clients on ways we can creatively tell the story of their product through images. From there, I get in the kitchen, test recipes and concepts, and create digital content for them.
What sets me apart is my creative vision and style. I was excited to see my recipe and photos recently in InPickleball magazine, and I have won several Foodelia food photography awards. In addition, my work has been featured by Feed Feed, Finding Vegan, and Peerspace.
I was very excited to learn that one of my images had been shortlisted in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020. I am most proud of my successful business since there has been much to learn about photography, running a business, and a blog.
I needed a creative outlet while I had a stressful full-time job working in healthcare. I developed an interest in food photography after taking an online cooking course which required me to share my progress with photos.
So, I started sharing my food photos on social media, leading me to start my blog and business after a brand contacted me to create content for them. As a business owner and entrepreneur, I wear many hats, and it is not always easy!
I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world and could not imagine doing anything else. Working with clients who trust me and value the hard work I put into my creative work is incredibly rewarding!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d start with a trip up Mt. Lemmon; it is one of my favorite places to return to nature. We’d pack a lunch or get takeout and go up there for a hike.
For the rest of the week, I’d suggest going to Sabino Canyon, Ramsey Canyon, Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, or the Tucson Museum of Art. It depends on their interests and what they want to do. If they are interested in aircraft, they must see the Pima Air and Space Museum.
It would be cool to go to Kitt Peak National Observatory at night. Stargazing has always fascinated me. Also, Tohono Chul Park would be lovely and a nice place to have lunch. The Mission at San Xavier del Bac is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona and is worth a visit.
Speaking of food, we love going to Charro Vida and Beaut Burger for lunch. For dinner, Falora on Broadway for their kale salad and wood-baked Napoli pizzas. For takeout, we love Tanias 33 on Grande; they have delicious Mexican food with various vegan options.
If my best friend were willing to venture outside Tucson, I’d suggest staying in a cabin at Oak Creek Canyon and going hiking and seeing the sights in Sedona and Flagstaff or visiting Bisbee or Tubac.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shout out to my husband, Brian Miller, for his support and encouragement to keep going. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him! I’d like to shout out to Joanie Simon and Shelly Waldman, who have been business mentors; I am thankful for their support and encouragement to keep going and for generously sharing their knowledge about business and photography.
Also, a shout out to my family and friends for their support. Thank you all for believing in me, cheering me on, and encouraging me to follow my dreams!
Photo of Emily Miller: Ana Frias