We had the good fortune of connecting with Jayden Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jayden, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I would like my legacy to be one in which portrays a humble and appreciative spirit. A legacy of giving back to others who have not been so fortunate – being a good role model, a good listener, approachable and understandable. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of many. Someone who helped people, the environment, and the communities in which I lived and worked. I want to be remembered as someone who encouraged people and connected with all kinds of people. Using my voice and my story to challenge and motivate others is also how I would like to be remembered.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a portrait photographer. I specialize in weddings, life events and individual portraits. During and after a career in government, I decided to make my hobby of photography a full-time career. It was not an easy decision. The learning curve was steep. However, I was able to start my own photography business and work as a manager of multiple studios for a national photography company in Dallas. Later, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where I continue my photography business while working as a lead photographer/videographer for three national wedding photography companies. I learned to be compassionate and understanding when dealing with clients. Also, I learned to listen to their needs and provide a vision to meet their expectations. This is what sets me apart from others in the field. Yes, I provide the creativity clients are seeking. But I also make them feel as though we have been friends forever. Making people comfortable is very important. My brand is about creativity mixed with class and comfort.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were to visit me in the Phoenix area we would visit the following places over a week (we may visit some places multiple times): 1. Westgate Entertainment Center in Glendale, AZ – We would have drinks at Bar Louie and State 40 and maybe throw some axes at Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing. 2. JoBot Coffee Bar – This is near downtown Phoenix in the Roosevelt Arts District. have to have a Chai or cocktail. 3. Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q in Tempe at Tempe Marketplace. 4. Lux Central – Coffee, Cinnamon Rolls and great Mac & Cheese. 5. Old Town Scottsdale – have to pick up gifts and people watch. 6. Downtown Phoenix – walking around downtown Phoenix is amazing. 7. Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale – shopping and hanging out!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate/give a shoutout to Tanisha Caldwell. Tanisha is indeed a creative artist. She is an aspiring writer and a fabulous street photographer. Tanisha is a poet – she has received praise for her spoken word poetry. She has a gentle spirit and a kind heart. She continues to encourage, challenge, motivate and support me in my photography and life. Tanisha provides me with the love I need to continue to pursue success and overcome fears.