Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight the super talented Diana Miller from Diana Miller Photography. Not only has Diana been taking beautiful photographs in the greater Sacramento area for years, she also been sharing her knowledge by offering very popular photography classes and writing informational articles! Way to go, Diana!
Diana Miller Photography
Tell us a little about your company? Diana’s passion for photography began as a child in after receiving her first camera at age 10. By the time her first roll of BW film was developed, she had already decided she would become a photographer. After studying photography in high school and accepted to the Art Institute in Pittsburgh, fate brought her into a medical career.
Initially working as an EMT/Firefighter, Diana went on to become a registered nurse (R.N.). After moving to CA and working night shifts in the NICU, Diana took day classes at Sacramento City College studying photography, as well as practicing her technique with friends. She finally opened her doors for business in 1993 and became a full-time photographer. Now in her 18th year of business, Diana is in high demand for her portraiture, weddings and political event photography.
What sets you apart from your competition? Being an R.N. for 14 years taught me before each job to make a plan, then have a back up plan, be flexible, go with the flow and be fast on your feet when nothing is going according to plan! I am very comfortable working with people and putting them at ease in front of the camera. Two comments I hear a lot from brides is that I brought out so much emotion in their pictures, and that they didn’t even remember us taking most of the photos! We are experienced and know what we are doing. We want to get the pictures you want quickly and get you to your guests so you can enjoy the most special day of your life.
Diana is the past president of the Professional Photographers in Sacramento Valley and was also named “Wedding photographer of the Year”. She has written many articles and teaches classes on photography and was featured in Rangefinder Magazine.
Where do you find inspiration? Watching the light and how people interact. I love watching people, watching how the ambient light changes the mood and location of where we are, and being inspired by both.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? To treat everyone the way I would like to be treated, to give them the best possible service and experience with their wedding photography.
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? Yes, dianamiller.com/blog
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Silver Sake and Miso. Two brothers own them so it’s a tie!
What’s your favorite local charity? Women’s Empowerment. I do volunteer photography for them several times a year.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Hang out in midtown, visit the Crocker, go bike riding.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? Salt and vinegar chips.
What are you most grateful for in life? My family.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? The photography! I got married very young and didn’t put much thought into my photographer. He was very difficult to work with and hardly got any good photos of our wedding. I still regret it after 26 years of marriage!
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? The food is eaten, the cake is gone, the flowers are dead, the dress is packed away. What memories do you have from one of the most important days of your life? What do you have to pass on to your children and grandchildren?
Photos courtesy of Diana Miller Photography.
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