When Rebecca was 10, she wrote a story about the day in the life of a penny. Said tale scooped her the first prize at a county fair and from then on she knew she wanted to tell stories. The only problem was she never found the words to express her vision quite as eloquently ever again. Luckily Rebecca picked up her mothers 70’s Minolta 35mm, aged 15 and began honing her craft, orchestrating the scenes in front of her and capturing them. There’s a playfulness to her imagery: musicians Pete and The Pirates surrounded by origami sailboats, or singer Paloma Faith caught balancing books on her head in a wood paneled library. Such is Rebecca’s desire to create an arresting image, on one shoot she found herself crammed into a photo booth with the singer Alessi’s Ark and a horse called Maya. It’s Rebecca’s ability to tell a visual tale which has meant that she’s been sought after not only to shoot campaigns for the likes of Mischa Barton, Nica Handbags and Tippy K shoes, but to art direct them as well. Natural portraiture is also Rebecca’s forte — preserving an intimacy and stillness in her subjects. Her shots have been featured in publications including the Telegraph, The Independent, The Sunday Times Style, Mojo, Nylon, ID and The Stool Pigeon, as well as working with record labels such as XL, Sony, EMI, Virgin, Island, Rough Trade, 4AD and Warp. Rebecca was born in Northern California, eventually moving to San Francisco to study photography at the Academy of Art University. After graduating with a BA, she moved to London where she lives and works today.
- Out There MagazineRebecca Miller shot this men’s fashion feature, inspired by the music of Nick Drake, for Out There Magazine’s AW 2014 issue. The shoot features items by Hentsch Man, Blood Brother and Pepe Jeans. Rebecca also shot video footage while at the labyrinth-like location in Somerset, which was edited by Shawn Soh into this short film, A Day Gone By. Full credits: Creative Direction: Martin Perry @ Out There Styling: David Hawkins @ Frank Grooming: Cassie Steward Model: James Phillips @ Storm Film Editing: Shawn Soh Sound Design: Stefan Iyapah
- Jack Savoretti for BMGRebecca Miller was reunited with Jack Savoretti, the anglo-italian (born in London, grew up in Italy) singer songwriter, for a shoot for his record label BMG Chrysalis. Jack is touring at the moment promoting ‘Written In Scars’, his impressive new album and his first to be released by a major label, with whom he signed earlier this year. “A lot of the songs were written with Sam Dixon, who is Adele’s musical director and Sia’s main co-writer”, says Savoretti. “I also wrote with Matt Benbrook who has worked with Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg and Faithless and finally, of course, with my guitarist Pedro Vito and Seb Sternberg (Pedro’s production partner). I drew inspiration from them all. “The heartbeat of the album is rhythm. It’s all about groove, drums and bass. The sound was key – it came before the songs or the subject matter. I completely changed the way I’d previously written, abandoning structure for a looser, loopier, almost circular approach.“ What Savoretti didn’t spot until ‘Written In Scars’ was underway was the influence of music from his family past. “Most of my musical influences come from my parents,” says Savoretti, “My mum was into The Eagles, Crosby Stills & Nash and Motown. My dad played mostly Italian music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In the past I suppressed that as an influence but, for the first time, on these songs, it appeared.’ What Savoretti calls the Euroclash of his past emerges in the album’s rich, warm textures and brooding atmospherics, as well as in the Spanish-style guitar that opens both the title track, a rousing revolution anthem, and future single ‘Home’. It’s there in the melancholy piano and soulful phrasing of ‘Back To Me’ and in the darkness that envelops ‘The Hunger’, a song through which bass beats like a pulse.
- Amanda Pasquali, Ellie Lines and Rebecca MillerRebecca Miller and designer/stylist Ellie Lines came together in London to shoot this completely gorgeous story with the beautiful and elegant Amanda Pasquali. See below for full credits. Styling: Ellie Lines Make up: Lica Fensome Hair: Dayaruci Model: Amanda Pasquali from Wilhelmina Retouching: Studio Invisible Backdrops: Hapaca Studios
- KindnessRebecca Miller recently shot British musician Kindness, images that we think will be popping up everywhere after his new album, Otherness, was released on the 13th of October. The album is his second self produced record, and features good friends and fellow musicians Blood Orange, Robyn, Kelela, Tawiah, and Ghanaian rapper M.anifest. Drowned In Sound said “everything is played to perfection throughout the album, the vocal performances uniformly excellent, the mix about as professional and clear as it gets, the gentle jazz feel perfectly and faithfully recreated”.
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