We had the good fortune of connecting with miranda tillinghast and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi miranda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting my own business was by chance, I loved photography all through highschool and after college i went on to be a flight attendant. From not taking too many photos in college, I grew a love for it again from travel and exploration. I adventured through life with a camera and through 43 countries (and counting)! I created goals for myself, like make money off my passion, visit 100 countries, and experience the true culture everywhere I go. From these goals it motivated me to do more and see more. I could spend an entire day emailing companies just to reach exactly where i feel good about manifesting that it’s going to happen and poof magically weeks or months from me behind the computer i’m in my dream destination, shooting for clients who believe in me and trust me with free creative range. I have gone from shooting solely brands such as Show Me Your Mumu, Thursdays, ALO Yoga, Speaqua, and more… to shooting family portraits, elopements, senior photos, and more… to Luxury resorts, high end restaurants, experiences around the globe and now i feel so confidently in myself that i can do it all i do! It gives me so much happiness to see my art on brands websites, socials and it makes me even more excited when they reach out to not only take their photographs for their lifestyle and ads but also manage their social media and help them grow their purpose and brand across the globe. I feel that your own business grows when you feel believed in and inspired to be more for the people who see all your potential!
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 love what I do, I know the market of photographers, creators and influencers is saturated, but I truly believe we are all different and bring our own twist to it. We are always influenced by people, even when walking the streets of LOHI, whether its the decor in a restaurant, the outfit of the girl that walked into the bar, or the influencer who you just scrolled by telling you to visit Hawaii. I love what I do because I love connecting with people and brands, showcasing true product use. I always tell the “models” i use to just use the product, or just hike, or climb that mountain and i’m going to photograph you as you do it. I don’t like posing, i want it to be real and i think that is when I am personally the most influenced, when i see products or places actually frequented. And i rarely use “models”, i love using everyday people who actually go and buy the product from the website! I want it to be attainable, i want it to be real, i want real emotions and expressions.
On top of that, from my website, www.mirandatillinghast.com, you can obviously tell my passion for Travel is a BIG ONE. I am so inspired by the culture in each place I visit, i love photographing the people, the food, the architecture. And i’m starting to realize how much culture i can photograph right where i live in USA. So i moved to Colorado to hope to really take my career to another level. A wanderlust in her home. Showing the passion where you live. seeing the excursions of life only 30 min down the street.
I’ve learned to go with the flow, be free, experience, say yes, hop on the back of the scooter, trust in the people you meet and it will always work out, you may think “Oh i could never leave home that long” “i could never become a photographer full time” “i could never make a living that way” “would if it doesn’t work out” “would if i run out of money” …. WOULD IF YOU DON’T, WOULD IF YOU DO IT. Believe in yourself, believe you can and don’t put limits on your dreams, everything you are leaving to fill a dream will always still be there but you never want to look back and not see that you made it or you tried for what you believe in!
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.
I would probably start them off with an epic hike up in the Boulder area and then go stop at Stem Ciders with the pup and sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and snowtopped mountains in view. Head over to Barrys for a killer workout then stop at Tavernetta for some yummy Italian food and wander about the cute bars for drinks around Lohi. I’m new to the area, so I’d probably have to ask YOU GUYS to DM me or reach out and show me this beautiful city and all its made of!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Every brand that believed in me from the beginning. When i had no following on social media, and was new at being a lifestyle model and photographer. Those brands who kept sending me their brand new gear or letting me stay at their resort to create content, i learned through each and every YES someone gave me. I continue to grow through each YES and feel inspired when people believe in all i can do.
Other: Tiktok : @mirandatillinghast