JAKE MILLER, LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello there!

I started Friends First Photo in 2013 because I didn't like the impersonal feel of the big chain studios I used to work for. I figured if I took the time to get to know my couples the friendship and trust would show up in the photos we make together, and the experience for everyone would be way more satisfying.

It's not easy running a small business. Five years into the adventure I think I've learned more about humility and perserverance than I ever thought possible. Who I am as a photographer depends on who I am as a human being.

I love a beautiful composition and exquisite light but the soul of a photo is emotion and that's what I like to focus on. We are at our best when we speak and act from the heart. Opening up to friendship, trust and ultimately love is our main job in this life.

Some odds and ends about me that might resonate:

I'm a geek and a romantic at heart. The best quote I've ever heard about why we love is by Carl Sagan. I'd love to share it with you if you're interested.

I'd love to photograph a Burningman wedding. I cry often. I'm a dog nut and his name is Louie. I'm a martial artist and my teammates call me 'Old Man Jiu Jitsu.' My mom Judy was the first artist in our family and she's in every great photo I make.

If I could give you anything to take home from our time together it would be the deep knowing that you are beautiful and lovable and worthy.