We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, why did you pursue a creative career?
Throughout my teenage years, the years when you start to think about what you may want to do in college or what you may want to pursue afterwards, I never mentioned or thought about doing your typical, 9-5. It was always something along the lines of owning my own salon or photography studio. After my first semester in college, I didn’t know what I was working towards. I was unhappy, stressed-out, and on the verge of a mental breakdown. Something was wrong. That’s when I sat down and seriously thought about my future. Although throughout the years, I’ve had jobs in offices, retail, and in call centers, all while pursuing my creative endeavors. Before taking my business full-time, I was employed full-time elsewhere. While it was still a creative position, when I got laid off and started looking for something else, it hit me – let’s finally take this full-time. There’s no better time for me than now.

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 believe what sets me apart from others not just the way I approach photography and my photography style, but who I am as a person. I am myself through and through, even when it comes to running my business on the back end of things like answering emails and phone calls, to showing up to a session ready to work with my amazing clients. I’m honestly so proud of how much I have grown over the years I’ve been a photographer – personally and in my craft – especially over the last year or so. I’ve become more confident in who I am and why I do what I do. I’m truly loving my work that I produce and experiencing my client’s excitement when they see their final images or designs. I’m excited for everything that’s to come as our business continues to grow. We’ve had the opportunity to work with incredible clients, and we can’t wait to work with more couples and businesses – capturing the most important time in their lives and branding businesses well with modern, yet unique designs, that will showcase their business’ vision in the best way possible. Getting to this place hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. Throughout all the other jobs I had over the years, while pursuing photography on the side, I would dream of the day where I could take my business full-time. And sometimes those dreams, although may get pushed to the side at times, will come back at you and maybe even come true when you least expect it. When times get tough and you don’t know if you’re going to make it, or if you don’t know if that dream will ever work out, always remember why you started. Remember why you want to do this. Remember your passion, your art, and your drive are apart of you and will help propel you forward into what’s next for you. Be your most genuine and true self and that will set you apart from everyone else. I can only hope that our brand, our story, resinates with others. That who we are, our style, our storytelling, will help others feel excited to take the photos they’ve been wanting to take, to create that brand or make that business brand come to life. That when others see Wolfden Collective, they’ll know that they are welcome to follow along and be apart of something great, something that can feel comforting – like home.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh my gosh – this is exciting! Okay so… Sunday – Brunch at Whiskey Cake Baybrook and a little shopping around the area. Monday – Breakfast and coffee at Tout Suite in Downtown Houston then probably head for a walk around Discovery Green taking pictures and catching up on life. Tuesday – The El Jalapeño taco truck on Edgebrook for some of the best tacos I’ve probably ever had. Drinks and board games back home once we’re finished eating or bringing the tacos home with us! Wednesday – Explore The Heights! Do some shopping at Manready Mercantile or Retropolis. Grab some lunch or dinner at Torchys Tacos. Thursday – Spend the day in Galveston soaking up the sun and enjoy a burger at The Spot and get ice cream on The Strand! Friday – Spend some time at MFAH and enjoy some late night coffee at Agora. Saturday – Take a drive out to Hockley and visit the Showboat Drive-In! That right there is the week of my dreams!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my incredible friend and mentor, Jessi Phinney. She took me under her wing as an intern and taught me more and more about photography, being a business owner, and on top of that, has been an incredible friend and confidant. Of course, I’ve always got to thank my incredible husband, Cory, for his endless amounts of encouragement and loving me through it all. Us joining forces this year and creating Wolfden Collective has been a dream come true. I love working alongside my husband!

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