Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Milla Reese, Owner of TheMilla, located in Tifton, GA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

TheMilla is my brand and name. My customers are clients who are searching for more candid photos from a unique perspective.

Tell us about yourself

I’m a very creative, driven artist, more so than a photographer. I started taking photos by doing music. I’m one that likes to have my hands on every aspect of my craft. I needed visuals/photos for my music at the time and ended up diving deep into the world of photography, which ended up taking over my time and attention. From then on, I have been researching my craft and developing into the artist that I feel best fits my aesthetic.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment would have to be uprooting with my wife and moving to Las Vegas. The reason that’s such a big accomplishment to me is because we left everything that we knew and had with a steady clientele to find myself and fly on our own. With no family there and being able to start from scratch and create a client base across the country was a huge accomplishment for us, and it shows you who you truly are. Now we have relocated back to South Georgia, and we have a new perspective and respect for one another as well as the business aspect of what we do.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

The hardest thing at times as a business owner can be as simple as “being yourself.” As that is often what brings people to you. People will choose you simply for who YOU are. On the flip side, being who you are can oftentimes be that niche that pushes people away in a field such as photography. You can’t please everyone by being yourself, and that is with everything, so the struggle is in the balance sometimes. We all like to please all of our clients, and sometimes we have to shrink ourselves to do so. It’s finding that balance for me that’s a struggle at times with being a true artist.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find out who you are and what you stand for.
  2. Learn as much as possible about what it takes, and be sure that the business side of things won’t be something that hinders you from staying your creative self.
  3. Just have fun! Business is a very serious thing but don’t allow it to stop you from your “Why.”

Where can people find you and your business?


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