Environmental Portraiture

Image courtesy of Ian Spainer

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“Photography isn’t just taking pictures, it’s about telling a story – and to tell a great story, you must understand the principles of light. That understanding is as important as the backdrop, setting, and the subjects themselves- great lighting makes for great stories.”

Join our hosts, Troy Miller and Steve Brazill, as they talk with Ian Spainer about images that exemplify this idea and how to capture photos that tell the story you want to share. Whether creating images in your backyard, traveling, or in a studio, creating images that tell a story should be the goal for all photographers. Part of that journey comes from developing a style—So they’ll explore how you can sort out developing your style and how light is your path towards better photography.



Meet our guest

Ian Spanier began taking photographs at six years old when his parents gave him his first point and shoot camera. After majoring in photography in college, Spanier worked in publishing as an editor, but making pictures never left him.

Ian’s first full book of published work, “Playboy, a Guide to Cigars” arrived in cigar shops November 2009 and the public version hit retail stores Spring 2010. The book is a collection of his photographs made in six countries spanning two and a half years. He is a Westcott “Top Pro,” and as well a brand ambassador for Nomatic, CamRanger, Hoodman USA, and more.


Ian’s Social Links:

Website | Instagram






Meet our hosts


Troy Miller

Troy Miller as a creative has chosen wedding photography as his full-time profession for over 25 years. Having earned his Masters of Photography from PPA, he’s received numerous awards throughout his career. Troy is also the creator of f64 Live, an annual photography event providing educations and experience for photographers of all levels. When he’s not planning f64 Live or photographing brides, he can be found in his shop creating art with other mediums such as welding, fabricating, ceramics, or just lighting things on fire.




Troy’s Social Links

Wedding Portfolio | Fine Art Portfolio | Youtube | Instagram



Steve Brazill

Steve Brazill is a Southern California based live music photographer, host of the Behind the Shot Podcast, emcee, voice actor, and on-air personality at 96.7 KCAL FM. He also does a series of live streamed image critique shows on the podcast with macro photographer Don Komarechka. As an educator, Steve does speaking engagements on live music photography, and classes for Princeton Photo Workshops.


Steve’s Social Links

Portfolio | Behind the Shot Podcast | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter



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