We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Mills and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, what inspires you?
I call inspiring images “phone droppers.” These are images that have something magical that I see them while scrolling and drop my phone. Sometimes it is the light or some technique or reflection that catches a moment. These images force me to retrace the steps because I have to know, how did they do that?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started taking pictures at 12. My dad gave me his camera while out hiking. I was hooked. I studied it in high school in the late 90s as digital started to become popular. It was a lot different back then. Photographers were kind of loners and an older generation dominated. You would go to a darkroom and there would be five older white men smoking cigarettes. It was intimidating to connect. Social media has been a blessing for the entire photography community because it has allowed creators to share work and connect. The community has gotten younger, more diverse, and the future is so much brighter. I discovered Instagram a few years ago and it pushed me to get better at photography, but also allowed me to connect with others. I invested in workshops and in the community and it paid me back with a rewarding career change. I spent several years as a teacher before moving down to southern California in 2019 to work in marketing at a small camera accessory company. I get to work with many talented photographers and videographers while also getting to shoot more.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would first contact pilot @rickaveryphotography and arrange an evening flight over Los Angeles and/or the coast. There are so many things to see and do in Los Angeles and this would be a great way to take it all in!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The @world.shooters were really my entry back into digital photography after scampering around with film through high school and college. One of the members happened to be in Portland and I showed him around town. That led to other meetups and the community that helped bring me in. The photography community is now so much more about community than it ever has been.