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

Hi Jaimie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I always felt like photography chose me but when I realized I could influence culture is when I really began to fall in love with it. Imagery is a powerful vehicle for change.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Pursuing any dream or vision has it challenges. The road to becoming a photographer was not easy…it still isn’t. But from a very young age I had a certainty of who I wanted to become. I just didn’t know how to get there. This journey has required me to accept the unknown and walk blindly most of times. The key is being bold and confident in what you want and where you’re going.

What drives me as an artist is to be a reflection of joy and freedom for black men and women throughout the world. This is the intention behind my work and what feeds my creativity.

I want to see black people free and joyful.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ll preface this by saying I’m not sure what business survived the pandemic but I’d start out with Ronan on Melrose. The have incredible pizza and the most delicious cocktails.

Then I’d take them down to the arts district to one of my favorite finds in 2019…In Sheep’s Clothing, a beautiful speakeasy that doubles as a listening bar where they play vinyl records and serve fantastic cocktails. They specialize in Japanese whiskey and Sake.

Next we’d drive up to Ojai, CA and spend a few days visiting hot springs and going on the few trial rides horseback.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My photography mentor Bazille. He was influential in my career. He’s incredible portrait photographer that taught me a lot about lighting and composition.

Website: www.jaimiemilner.com

Instagram: @jmilner

Image Credits
All credits belong to me

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