Miller Morris Photography – Miller Who?

Ryan Morris, Miller Morris Photography
Ryan Morris
Portrait Photographer
Miller Morris Photography

I love images. As a kid, television and the movies were my world. They took me on adventures and put me in worlds a boy from small town Ohio never got to see. Those moving images enveloped me and took me along on their ride. They still do.

As much as I love moving images, there was always something more magical about a still image to me. Wondering when the photograph was taken, why it was taken and what the story was behind it. That allowed my imagination to run wild.

I got my first camera, a Polaroid, for Christmas when I was eight years old. I remember starting to take pictures with it, trying to take interesting pictures. I was a little frustrated because back in the day I could only take so many pictures before I was out of film and I thought my pictures were boring.

So, as I’m running out of my first cartridge of film, I decided on a sneak attack. Our bathroom was at the end of a long hallway and my mom was in there putting on makeup. I got down on my belly and started crawling down the hall, trying to stay hidden in the shadows until I could get close enough to take her picture.

Finally, when I was close enough to her, I raised up and click, I snapped the picture. Now, like I said, it was a long hallway. I was eight. My mom knew I was sneaking up on her. When the photo came out of the camera and developed, I had the best photograph of my mom, leaning over the sink to put her makeup on, looking at me sideways and sticking her tongue out at me.

I still have that picture of my mom and it is my favorite photo of her. I captured the spirit of my mom perfectly in that image. How beautiful she is and how ornery she is. I love that I captured that moment and will have it always.

Capturing a single moment in time, knowing that moment will never happen again, is such a beautiful concept to me. That’s why I love photography.

Miller Morris Photography – Miller Who?