This is my mom getting kissed by a killer whale back in 1986. For those of you who’ve seen Blackfish, you know that this was a pretty ballsy move. Don’t worry, she lived to tell the tale and this photo is documentation of that crazy time my mom got picked out of the audience at Marine Land for a crazy stunt. This little Polaroid made me think about kids these days and what will happen to their memories? What if we’re documenting everything our children do on Facebook and Instagram and then all of a sudden it’s not a thing anymore? (remember MySpace?) That whale smooch happened over 3 decades ago and I’m able to hold it in my hand and look at it. I wonder if Marine Land had offered a “digital file” and my mom had purchased it, would it ever have even been printed? Would we still have access to it? Heck, it could be trapped forever on some crazy floppy disc. My point is this: yes, social media is fun, and getting digital files from a photographer seems like the best deal, but where will all those digital files be in 10, 20, 30 years? Will you have printed them? Will you still have access to them? Or will social media trends change, and hard drives die, and you’re left with nothing. I know it sounds like I’m being a Debbie Downer, but this little Polaroid really got me thinking! Nothing can truly replace the feeling of holding a real photograph in your hand. Especially one from over 30 years ago. Especially if it’s your mom…getting kissed by a killer whale. Just sayin’.

This is my mom getting kissed by a killer whale back in 1986. For those of you who’ve seen Blackfish, you know that this was a pretty ballsy move. Don’t worry, she lived to tell the tale and this photo is documentation of that crazy time my mom got picked out of the audience at Marine Land for a crazy stunt. This little Polaroid made me think about kids these days and what will happen to their memories? What if we’re documenting everything our children do on Facebook and Instagram and then all of a sudden it’s not a thing anymore? (remember MySpace?) That whale smooch happened over 3 decades ago and I’m able to hold it in my hand and look at it. I wonder if Marine Land had offered a “digital file” and my mom had purchased it, would it ever have even been printed? Would we still have access to it? Heck, it could be trapped forever on some crazy floppy disc. My point is this: yes, social media is fun, and getting digital files from a photographer seems like the best deal, but where will all those digital files be in 10, 20, 30 years? Will you have printed them? Will you still have access to them? Or will social media trends change, and hard drives die, and you’re left with nothing. I know it sounds like I’m being a Debbie Downer, but this little Polaroid really got me thinking! Nothing can truly replace the feeling of holding a real photograph in your hand. Especially one from over 30 years ago. Especially if it’s your mom…getting kissed by a killer whale. Just sayin’.


Chromeo, Ponyboy, and Wales vs. Whales


Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Andy. He just turned 11 at 11:55pm on Wednesday. Eleven years old and he’s already met his favorite band….TWICE. Chromeo. He met one of the two members when he was 8. Andy informs me that the guy he met goes by “P-Thug.” Andy let’s me know, “At first [he] thought ‘P-Thug’ was funny, because ‘Thug’ and ‘Pee’.” After the giggles subside, he tells me it really stands for “Patrick” or “Ponyman.” Now I’m confused again, but I proceed with the interview, “So you met P-Thug when you were 8, then what?” Andy replies, “Then when I was ten, hey that rhymes!” and totally interrupts himself. His mom, Beth (art teacher, crafter, artist, and all around cool mom) helps him get his thoughts back on track. 

I learn that last year he had to write a report in music class. The obvious choice for Andy was Chromeo. When they went to see the band later that year they showed the two members of the band the report. They were flattered and gave Andy a “guest of the band” sticker, let him sit in the VIP section, and in Beth’s words, “dance [his] little booty off ‘til midnight.” Apparently Andy has some pretty rad dance moves. He recalls, “people were looking at me and like ‘Go Andy! Go Andy! It’s your birthday, but not really! It’s in August! But it’s today, right now!” He laughs and then immediately admits, “They didn’t really chant, but they were like, ‘yay….that guy!’” When we talk more about the guest of the band sticker, Andy says with a deadpan look on his face, “So I guess there was a third member. I gotta go catch my limo to meet my paparazzi fans!” We all laugh and then Andy asks, “Ok, can we get serious now?”

Geez. Ok. Let’s get serious. Beth recommends we talk about his plans for the future. I ask him what he wants to be when he grows up and he replies, “A Wawa hoagie maker, ‘cause I love Wawa hoagies and I love building.” He then asks me to guess what he’s been building these days. I’m totally stumped so he gives me a clue. “Wales” he says. I’m thinking “Whales,” so I say with enthusiasm, “Ooooh! I love Whales! Especially Killer Whales!” Uh. No. Turns out he’s talking about Wales. The country. Oops! I finally get out of him that he’s into building with Dr. Who Legos, hence the clue “Wales.” I admit that I’ve heard of the show, but never seen it. (so now I guess I need to add that to the list with Mako Mermaids) The Dr. Who discussion turns into an Angry Birds discussion. I get some great pointers and very detailed descriptions of each bird. During the course of the conversation I reveal, yet again, how out of touch I am. We chat about his birthday plans and funny internet videos of people playing video games. Who knew those even existed? To wrap it up I just ask, “What’s the best thing about being Andy?” He thinks for a few minutes, jokes around a bit, and then answers, “The best thing about being Andy is that I have a high pitched voice so I can copy anyone.” Beth asks, “You do good imitations? Is that what you’re saying?” Andy looks at her and replies, “You do good imitations? Is that what you’re saying?” 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Andy for ya. 
Chromeo, Ponyboy, and Wales vs. Whales
Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Andy. He just turned 11 at 11:55pm on Wednesday. Eleven years old and he’s already met his favorite band….TWICE. Chromeo. He met one of the two members when he was 8. Andy informs me that the guy he met goes by “P-Thug.” Andy let’s me know, “At first [he] thought ‘P-Thug’ was funny, because ‘Thug’ and ‘Pee’.” After the giggles subside, he tells me it really stands for “Patrick” or “Ponyman.” Now I’m confused again, but I proceed with the interview, “So you met P-Thug when you were 8, then what?” Andy replies, “Then when I was ten, hey that rhymes!” and totally interrupts himself. His mom, Beth (art teacher, crafter, artist, and all around cool mom) helps him get his thoughts back on track. 
I learn that last year he had to write a report in music class. The obvious choice for Andy was Chromeo. When they went to see the band later that year they showed the two members of the band the report. They were flattered and gave Andy a “guest of the band” sticker, let him sit in the VIP section, and in Beth’s words, “dance [his] little booty off ‘til midnight.” Apparently Andy has some pretty rad dance moves. He recalls, “people were looking at me and like ‘Go Andy! Go Andy! It’s your birthday, but not really! It’s in August! But it’s today, right now!” He laughs and then immediately admits, “They didn’t really chant, but they were like, ‘yay….that guy!’” When we talk more about the guest of the band sticker, Andy says with a deadpan look on his face, “So I guess there was a third member. I gotta go catch my limo to meet my paparazzi fans!” We all laugh and then Andy asks, “Ok, can we get serious now?”
Geez. Ok. Let’s get serious. Beth recommends we talk about his plans for the future. I ask him what he wants to be when he grows up and he replies, “A Wawa hoagie maker, ‘cause I love Wawa hoagies and I love building.” He then asks me to guess what he’s been building these days. I’m totally stumped so he gives me a clue. “Wales” he says. I’m thinking “Whales,” so I say with enthusiasm, “Ooooh! I love Whales! Especially Killer Whales!” Uh. No. Turns out he’s talking about Wales. The country. Oops! I finally get out of him that he’s into building with Dr. Who Legos, hence the clue “Wales.” I admit that I’ve heard of the show, but never seen it. (so now I guess I need to add that to the list with Mako Mermaids) The Dr. Who discussion turns into an Angry Birds discussion. I get some great pointers and very detailed descriptions of each bird. During the course of the conversation I reveal, yet again, how out of touch I am. We chat about his birthday plans and funny internet videos of people playing video games. Who knew those even existed? To wrap it up I just ask, “What’s the best thing about being Andy?” He thinks for a few minutes, jokes around a bit, and then answers, “The best thing about being Andy is that I have a high pitched voice so I can copy anyone.” Beth asks, “You do good imitations? Is that what you’re saying?” Andy looks at her and replies, “You do good imitations? Is that what you’re saying?” 
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Andy for ya. 
Hey y’all! I am in the process of getting a studio space! (more to come on that when it’s official) BUT…I want to do some super cool photo shoots! Just go to www.wilddesignphotography.com and click on “model search” and then answer a few questions about your kiddo and their interests. I’ll come to you for a pre-session consultation (basically a brainstorming sesh) so we can come up with an awesome idea for a photo shoot that will really show off your kid’s personality. Then I’ll walk you through the process like any other client and you can purchase what you like! What are you waiting for? Go fill out the form! xo

Hey y’all! I am in the process of getting a studio space! (more to come on that when it’s official) BUT…I want to do some super cool photo shoots! Just go to www.wilddesignphotography.com and click on “model search” and then answer a few questions about your kiddo and their interests. I’ll come to you for a pre-session consultation (basically a brainstorming sesh) so we can come up with an awesome idea for a photo shoot that will really show off your kid’s personality. Then I’ll walk you through the process like any other client and you can purchase what you like! What are you waiting for? Go fill out the form! xo


Mermaids, Shark Fins, and the Great Debate: Pool vs. Beach

I got to hang out with a super cool kid last weekend.  Her name is Tess! She was in town visiting her Aunt Bonnie and I got the low down on what summertime fun in the sun is all about for this lil’ lady.
She loves going to the Outer Banks with her family. Twelve family members and one dog to be exact. I’m told that next year she gets to add a friend to that list. On their last visit they discovered a sand bar and that was super cool, although Tess explained that with the sand bar you can go out really far but it’s still not deep, which is when she discovered a shark’s fin close to where they were swimming! Don’t worry, she screamed and ran away. When I refer to it as a “near death experience,” she laughs it off. She’s one tough cookie. Perhaps her love of all things marine goes back to her love of mermaids. She’s really into the shows H20 and Mako Mermaids. I’m not hip to the mermaid scene of 2014, so I throw out the only semi-recent mermaid movie I’ve hear of, Aquamarine. Tess replies, “It’s ok.” (clearly I need to check out the other two shows if I want to impress anyone with my mermaid knowledge) We briefly discuss her opinion on crab legs, and when I ask what she thinks is the best thing about them, her response is quick and easy, “Everything.” Smart kid. 
We talk about what she does for fun at the beach when she’s not swimming with the sharks, and she drops a bomb on me, “I don’t really like sand. I like a pool, but then… I like the ocean water better, I just don’t like the sand.” It’s quite a conundrum. But Tess has an easy fix for anyone in the same predicament: ocean front beach house WITH a pool. That’s what her family rented, and she said it was awesome. As a matter of fact, Tess isn’t the only one who’s sold on that set up, “My pop, he liked it so much that he already rented it for another week next year.” Looks like Tess can count on some family fun in the sun next summer. Maybe next year Aunt Bonnie can make it to the beach too! 

Mermaids, Shark Fins, and the Great Debate: Pool vs. Beach

I got to hang out with a super cool kid last weekend.  Her name is Tess! She was in town visiting her Aunt Bonnie and I got the low down on what summertime fun in the sun is all about for this lil’ lady.

She loves going to the Outer Banks with her family. Twelve family members and one dog to be exact. I’m told that next year she gets to add a friend to that list. On their last visit they discovered a sand bar and that was super cool, although Tess explained that with the sand bar you can go out really far but it’s still not deep, which is when she discovered a shark’s fin close to where they were swimming! Don’t worry, she screamed and ran away. When I refer to it as a “near death experience,” she laughs it off. She’s one tough cookie. Perhaps her love of all things marine goes back to her love of mermaids. She’s really into the shows H20 and Mako Mermaids. I’m not hip to the mermaid scene of 2014, so I throw out the only semi-recent mermaid movie I’ve hear of, Aquamarine. Tess replies, “It’s ok.” (clearly I need to check out the other two shows if I want to impress anyone with my mermaid knowledge) We briefly discuss her opinion on crab legs, and when I ask what she thinks is the best thing about them, her response is quick and easy, “Everything.” Smart kid. 

We talk about what she does for fun at the beach when she’s not swimming with the sharks, and she drops a bomb on me, “I don’t really like sand. I like a pool, but then… I like the ocean water better, I just don’t like the sand.” It’s quite a conundrum. But Tess has an easy fix for anyone in the same predicament: ocean front beach house WITH a pool. That’s what her family rented, and she said it was awesome. As a matter of fact, Tess isn’t the only one who’s sold on that set up, “My pop, he liked it so much that he already rented it for another week next year.” Looks like Tess can count on some family fun in the sun next summer. Maybe next year Aunt Bonnie can make it to the beach too! 

Hi There.  It’s me, Deanna Miller. I’ve decided to embark on an epic journey with nothing but my camera by my side and some serious chutzpah! I’m opening my own photography studio. Introducing….Wild Design Photography! When I graduated from VCU my plan was to be a photographer, legit. My back up plan was to teach art. Well, I was offered a teaching job straight out of school in the same town I grew up in.  As a matter of fact, my former principal turned into my new boss. In my interview she even said, “I remember when you had purple hair!” Ugh. I decided I would just teach for a few years to pay the bills, wittle down my credit card debt, and work on my photography on the side, then gradually make the switch over to bonafide photographer. That was back in 2004. Life just happened, and when you have a steady paycheck (and summers off) it’s easy to just settle in and get comfy. But that was ten years ago. An entire decade. Dang. It’s time for me to get out of my comfort zone and stop doing my back up plan as my actual plan. So here goes nothing. This year I’ll still be teaching full time, but the goal is to be a full time, legit, bonafide photographer by the end of this school year. I get giddy just thinking about it! I’m unbelievably stoked and ready to get started!
I can’t wait to brainstorm with kids and parents about their photo shoots.  I can’t wait to design creative shoots that highlight their unique personalities. I can’t wait to show kids how loved and valued they are by documenting their beautiful personalities and showing them how amazing they are.
Let’s get awesome. 
xo

Hi There.  It’s me, Deanna Miller. I’ve decided to embark on an epic journey with nothing but my camera by my side and some serious chutzpah! I’m opening my own photography studio. Introducing….Wild Design Photography! When I graduated from VCU my plan was to be a photographer, legit. My back up plan was to teach art. Well, I was offered a teaching job straight out of school in the same town I grew up in.  As a matter of fact, my former principal turned into my new boss. In my interview she even said, “I remember when you had purple hair!” Ugh. I decided I would just teach for a few years to pay the bills, wittle down my credit card debt, and work on my photography on the side, then gradually make the switch over to bonafide photographer. That was back in 2004. Life just happened, and when you have a steady paycheck (and summers off) it’s easy to just settle in and get comfy. But that was ten years ago. An entire decade. Dang. It’s time for me to get out of my comfort zone and stop doing my back up plan as my actual plan. So here goes nothing. This year I’ll still be teaching full time, but the goal is to be a full time, legit, bonafide photographer by the end of this school year. I get giddy just thinking about it! I’m unbelievably stoked and ready to get started!

I can’t wait to brainstorm with kids and parents about their photo shoots.  I can’t wait to design creative shoots that highlight their unique personalities. I can’t wait to show kids how loved and valued they are by documenting their beautiful personalities and showing them how amazing they are.

Let’s get awesome. 

xo