We had the good fortune of connecting with Miah Bofill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miah, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is the practice of offering a gentle kindness and grace to myself and my inner creative. Understanding that my best creativity and work come from the most vulnerable and core parts of me, when those parts are nurtured and cared for, success and growth in business will naturally overflow from there. I choose not to put growing or booking or doing more as the forefront and motivation of my business, but instead and again, putting the nourishment and health of the deep parts of me as the motivation. I have found great success in this area because no matter if I’m booking a record number of sessions, or if it is the opposite, I am proud of my work and my growth as an artist so far. It is much easier to leave behind the “have-to-do” mentality. As creatives, it is so vital that we protect that gentle creator in us, because when pressured and forced to do or be something just for the sake of a “job”, we will lose the very essence of why we do what we do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a photographer and creative is so much more to me than just taking pictures and earning an income. I fell in love with it because I fell in love with humans and the unique energy and beauty in us all. I love watching how two people in love dance around each other in intimacy, or the tenderness of a mother and her child, or the joy and power of individuals celebrating who they are. I believe that sets me apart, because I see each soul and I see the magic there. I think that growing any business is never completely easy. But I have found the highs and lows of it to be so much more bearable and worth it because I get to work with so many wonderful and different people. I’ve learned to be gentle with my own self as I grow and to remember that no one is perfect or wildly successful right away. I’ve learned to embrace the journey of growing and changing that comes as an artist and to allow that to be some of the fuel behind my motivation. I’ve learned that comparison really does kill, and you will save so much time and heartache when you can celebrate the work of others around you as equally as your own. I’ve learned that my best work comes when my heart and soul are whole and healthy. I want the world to know that everything I am and offer comes from the most real and most tender place in my heart. That I don’t just say these things to sound good or different, but I really mean them. I want people to know that they are so beautiful and that they are worth being celebrated through the art of photographs and experience.
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.
My favorite thing in the world, and a huge part of why Colorado is my heart’s home, is the outdoors and the endless acres of wilderness and beauty to explore. That would be a huge part of what we do with our week! I’d take them up to a mountain town or two – Breckenridge being my favorite. While we’re there, we’d hop over to Lake Dillon for a day of paddle boarding, chats on the dock and soaking up the warm sunshine and crisp air. We’d go hiking and exploring (always with a hammock on board for when we find that perfect spot to hang it and chill for the day). My sweet little city of Colorado Springs has grown a great deal over the last few years in culture and unique places to hangout. I’d take my friends to the downtown area and hit a few favorites spots: Fat Sully’s, for the yummiest pizza and a raspberry beer. Cork and Cask for classy cocktails and a large soft pretzel dipped in a creamy, warm beer cheese. Coati Uprise for sweet community, live music and a large variety of cozy corners and delicious things to eat and drink! I spend most mornings at a local coffee shop, Building Three, doing work on my computer or reading or chatting with other locals in the area. Of course we’d swing through there at least once! I’d put together a group of my close and quality friends to sit around a campfire with music playing and the stars above to talk deep things and laugh for hours. The whole goal is quality time with good people and refreshment for the body and soul.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could never label just one person or thing to that question, because there have been many who deserve such recognition. First are my parents, who nurtured my free spirit and created a safe place to explore myself and my interests, emotions and passions, etc… I think because I was so supported from a young age, it gave me a deeply embedded belief that I was capable of doing anything and not only that, but that the dreams in my heart were significant and so deserving of respect and pursuit. That has been a strong foundation as I’ve grown into myself and in starting and running a business, because I believe that I can! Others are people like my big sister who was my idol growing up – who let me use her camera and taught me what she knew. Or my best friend, Bethany, who knows me so well and who fights for and supports my dreams, even when I doubt them myself. Other friends and family members always celebrate my work or success, at every stage, and have through the years. Photographers like India Earl, Kaley Kocinski, or Oghalé, who have inspired me greatly and continue to do so. The people who believe in my abilities and my worth not only as a working photographer, but also simply as a human.
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