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Meet Caitlin Ruby Miller of Ruby Images

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlin Ruby Miller.

Caitlin Ruby, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I established Ruby Images as a vessel for my creativity. The images I create are always intended to show a uniqueness and beauty to each subject. I have so thoroughly enjoyed the truly diverse set of clients I have photographed. I believe that all women are beautiful in their own way, and I am using my photography to show that fact to the entire world. The most joy I get out of photography is when I send the clients their final photos and they react telling me how beautiful I made them feel. Manifesting confidence is a beautiful thing.

Since I was very young, I have always been a fashionista. I have followed major designers and fashion photography for years. I would say that my signature style is creating fashion landscapes, and by that I mean a gorgeous woman in amazing clothing coalescing with her environment. The portraits that I take almost always have a sense of drama and draw the viewer in.

I have an undergraduate degree in opera from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I came to Chicago to pursue opera. I ended up picking up a camera, and here I am today. I also finished my first novel recently and am currently studying psychology. My first major client was J’nai Bridges, who is an incredibly talented mezzo-soprano that sings all over the globe. Since then I have been photographing opera singers, burlesque dancers, couples, musicians, actors, and models.

I recently finished my first editorial shoot, which was quite exciting. I look forward to diving head first into fashion. I truly believe in the essence of each of my subjects. I have always been able to look at someone and instinctively know what looks best on their body, whether it is color, silhouette, fabric, style, jewelry, hair, makeup, etc.

I am known to be a hard worker and perfectionist, so I am never afraid to go above and beyond with clients, whether that is taking extra time to plan a shoot or pushing the limits the day off with forward-thinking photography. I am humbled by the process of growing as a photographic artist, and I feel as though with every shoot I grow.

Experience wise, I have shot the following types of people: opera singers, actors, burlesque dancers, dancers, activists, models, couples, and children. My first wedding is coming up in the spring of 2018. I am available for the following types of photography shoots: headshots, website photos, promotional photography, engagement photos, couple photos, weddings, children photography, family photography, fashion photography, model portfolio building, senior portraits, boudoir, corporate headshots, and boudoir photographs. In other words, I can do mostly everything!

Thank you so much for featuring me!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I picked up a camera about two years ago. At first, I was just having a blast creating weird photos that I hadn’t seen around, such as putting my roommate in a bathtub and smearing mascara all over her face. My business has blossomed from shooting a couple friends once in a while to consistently working every week with a diverse clientele.

I am nearly self-taught. I had a quick photography intensive with a seasoned photographer, Eric Ferguson, from the town I grew up in (Spring Green, WI). He was very helpful and patient with me. Other than bits and pieces of advice, I have completely taught myself from the ground up. I sometimes have impostor syndrome, but because of my experience in music, I know that I must follow my gut and create what my heart is leading me to. I also remind myself to be strong and fearless as a woman, because now that is more important than ever.

I was terrified when I had to find a studio space in Chicago. There are many wonderful places, but they were much too expensive for me at the time. I currently share a gorgeous space near the Morse Red line stop with the incredible artist and painter Louise LeBourgeois. I call her my auntie Louise because she has been such a support for me, introducing me more to the visual arts community in Chicago. Since then I have loved working in the studio space. It has greatly expanded my capacity as an artist because I am able to shoot in any season!

Please tell us about Ruby Images.
What sets me apart is my work with opera singers. I have hit a bit of a niche market, but I am also constantly expanding. I currently work with any type of performer you can imagine and models. I would say that I specialize in working with a diverse clientele of women. I would say my aesthetic is edgy, forward-thinking, modern, sexy, creative and confident. I strive to create images that I don’t see anywhere else. I am able to take a vision that a client brings to me and help it come to fruition.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have perhaps gotten my undergraduate degree in photography, but I like how my experience in music has played into my photography career. I think things have worked out well for me, and that my career is blossoming organically.

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