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Meet Amy Millard of Amy Millard: Creative Studio in Lemon Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Millard.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story started in the darkroom of college in northwestern Pennsylvania. I recall the exact photo developing in the tray that really stunned me and I remember thinking “THIS! I need to do more of this!”. It was an image I took while visiting San Diego. I finished up my degree in photography (and graphic design) after many brutal critiques. I owe some of my success to those critiques because they pushed me to be a better artist. Even today, I continue to have the drive to always better my craft.

I packed up my bags after graduating and drove west. I guess some people would say I was chasing that California dream. At the time, I didn’t have a clear plan – no job, no friends or family and no place to stay. I arrived and found a room for rent and essential started my business off an air mattress and a $5 IKEA stool as a desk. Today, 13 years later, my business relationships are strong and I’m proud to say I’m no longer sleeping on that air mattress! In fact, I’m a proud homeowner which is no small feat in Southern California.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, but I believe that’s what makes you enjoy the sweeter moments. I’m blessed with many creative projects and clients that have come along my way over the years. Some of the challenges I think every good artist faces is hitting creative blocks, comparing your work to others and a constant need to be “doing”.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with AMY MILLARD: CREATIVE STUDIO – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My creative studio offers a mix of marketing (print and web) and photography services; with a strong lead in photography. In recent years, I’ve become more focused on event and portrait work. I believe each small business hinges on the face of the business. I consider myself a well-rounded, talented business professional with a good sense of humor. I want my clients to connect with me and most of all have fun in our collaboration whether that be a photography or design project. I like to consider myself an alternative to your “big agency” companies.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love most about San Diego is the great community of small business owners. I can’t thank the fellow entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way that have inspired and motivated me into bettering my business. The support system and collaborations among so many talented teams are at the top of its game here in San Diego.

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