Welcome to make a difference photography

I have two passions: photography and community service.

I believe that making a difference is an everyday pursuit.

To make a difference today, you can:

  • Purchase images from this website.  "mad" money from these purchases will be donated to the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter.
  • Hire make a difference photography to shoot your next event and designate a non-profit of your choice to receive "mad" money. Guests from your event will be able to view and purchase images within 24 hours of the event.

What is "mad" money? It's "make a difference" money. $5 from every gallery print and $1 from every charity print/calendar/card sold is donated to charity.

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Behind the Camera

My earliest recollection of snapping a picture is with a Brownie camera at Yosemite after visiting the Ansel Adams Gallery.  Along the journey there have been patient teachers, mentors and inspirations.

It all started with Mr. Days at Los Angeles Baptist High School.  There I learned composition and the photography trinity: shutter speed, aperture and film speed.  Growing up, I watched a family friend carry a camera everywhere he went.  Today, I’m the proud owner of his slide collection and always have a camera with me.  I’ve had the privilege to learn from Eliot Cohen, Joe McNally, Bonnie Lhotka and Karen Messick.  I’ve also received valuable input from Eliot’s monthly photo group.  Each has helped to shape the photographer and artist I am today.

Images on this website have appeared in: Philanthropy Today, mulitple Metro DC regional newspapers and magazines, WJLA and WUSA news programs.

The focus of this website is my Liberty series of found American flags and personal displays of patriotism along with images from charity events supporting child abuse awareness, education and prevention.   Since 2000, I have shot just over 135 charity events, all free of charge.

Currently I’m dabbling in a combination of digital art and alternative image surfaces.  Something I like to call “Artography.”  Each piece ends up being a unique work of art.  I’ve been working with metal sheets, aluminum foil, plastered wood panels and other alternative surfaces.  You can find those items for sale on my etsy site.  Search for "makeadifferencephoto".

My photography journey has ebbed and flowed throughout my life, but I’m happy with my progress and I’m looking forward to the rest of the journey.

...jan miller

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