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Ty Milford

Photographer & Director

Los Angeles & Portland



Q: Who/What has been your best teacher in business?

A: I have had a few mentors along the way who were willing to share information about the business, but my best teacher has undoubtedly been time and experience - skin in the game.

Q: What is the last song you listened to?

A: I am pretty hooked on Lord Huron right now, so it was likely one or all of their albums.

Q: What is the one photograph you've taken that you want to be remembered by?

A: This is such a hard question. They say that the Golden Gate Bridge is just continually painted, over and over, one direction and then back the other due to the extremely salty environment. I like to think of my work in this same way - it is never done. So to choose one image and say this is my greatest would insinuate that the best is not yet to come. Let's check back in a few decades down the road and perhaps I can better answer this.

Q: What's the first thing you notice about people?

A: Without doubt their body language and what emotion it conveys.

Q: Who's the last person you talked to on the phone?

A: A producer I work with frequently about opportunities we are working on now.

Q: What are words you live by?

A: Argue for your limitations and they are yours to keep.

Q: What's your super secret power?

A: I don't know if it's truly secret or a power, but I like to get things done, to create inertia and ultimately to see the needle move and I bring this wholeheartedly to my work and to my life. I was put here to create. Static never feels great to me and so I am always looking to push, grow, evolve and move forward. I think that this is probably one of the reasons I love what I do - I am never satisfied and never rest on where I have been. It is all about what's next and coming up around the corner.

Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without, besides a camera :)

A: A lot of enthusiasm and energy. My work is all about building the emotion of the talent and so I have to really show up and engage on each shoot day. It is exhausting, yes, but it is one of the things that I really love about my job - I have to be part of the action.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: What is this thing you call free time? Well, in those fleeting moments where I do find it, I absolutely enjoy spending it with my family. I actually need to make more of an effort to create it more regularly.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Creatively, I am inspired by the challenge to always make better work than I have made before. Motivationally, I am inspired by my family and doing what I need to do to provide for them as best I can.

Q: Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind.

A: Yellow is the color you feel when you step from a shadow into the sun and the color of being touched by someone you love. It is the color of happiness as your heart rate rises and you feel the edges of your mouth curl up into a smile.

Q: In-N-Out or Shake Shack?

A: In-N-Out

Hydro Flask

This was an incredibly fun creative to work to achieve - show Hydro Flask taking an inspirational and fun road trip with 4 friends in the Utah desert over three days. Visit National Parks, go on hikes, camp, eat good food, listen to good jams, explore canyons, watch sunsets and sunrises, laugh (a lot) and have an amazing time. Who doesn't want to see that in a creative brief? In order to pull this off we put together an amazingly nimble and almost 'Swiss Army Knife' of a crew that had to be small and light. In the end there were only four of us - photographer, DP, producer and stylist. I love the concept of DO MORE WITH LESS and I think that this approach will be seeing a lot more request going forward.


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