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Meet Our Team

Janae Miller

Brand Manager
Email: marketing@lumopro.com

 

 
  • 1. How long have you been with LumoPro?
    I started with LumoPro in October, 2013.
  • 2. What is your favorite part about working at LumoPro?
    I can’t pick just one, so I have narrowed down to two. I absolutely love our customers. They are creative, funny, inventive and extremely talented. I also love our brand and what it stands for. Being able to make customer service and experience my top priorities is truly refreshing.
  • 3. What got you into photography? How long have you been taking photos?
    I’ve always enjoyed taking photos to document life events. But I really got into photography when a coworker encouraged me to purchase a DSLR in 2009. Ever since, I’ve been obsessively learning everything I can about photography and lighting.
  • 4. What is your favorite photography subject?
    My favorite subject is people. I have a cooperative (at the moment) niece and nephew, who are very entertaining subjects. Making portraits holds the most interest for me right now, and I enjoy shooting all kinds of people and learning their stories.
  • 5. What kind of lighting gear do you use most often?
    99% of the time, I am shooting with one or two manual speedlights. I’m always amazed at the huge variety of setups I can get out of a couple speedlights and a few different modifiers.
  • 6. What is your favorite LumoPro product?
    This is a tough one. I want to say the LP180, since that is a dead sexy flash. But I think I’m going to go with LumoPro softboxes. The great thing about all of the softboxes is zipper up the back. It seems like such a simple thing, but that zipper makes the difference between a 60 second setup and a five minute setup time. And also, the difference between me looking like a competent photographer and looking like a crazed psychopath fighting with invisible demons softbox rods. My personal fav is the 36x48” for its versatility.
  • 7. What advice do you have for photographers venturing into lighting?
    As with any other part of photography, EXPERIMENT! If you’re shooting digital (and with rechargeable batteries), there’s virtually no cost to experimenting with your lighting. It’s the best way to learn and get really comfortable with your equipment. Also, watch this super simple video and do the exercise. It seems cheesy, but understanding how light affects a subject is a really important part of learning lighting.  
  • 8. Other than photography, what are your hobbies?
    I enjoy traveling with my husband and our road warrior dog and reading in my spare time. I’m also an active member of BWA (Binge-Watchers Anonymous). And every four years, I become an avid, fanatical follower of curling.
  • 9. If you could spend one day with any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?
    I have to say, I’m a huge fan of Sara Lando. Her work is beautiful, unique, intriguing and utterly memorable. I would love to spend a day trying to figure out how her mind works.
  • 10. What was your favorite book as a kid?
    The first books I remember earning the coveted place as my “favorite” were anything by Eric Carle. I love (yes, present tense) his imperfect and colorful illustrations.
  • 11. If given the chance, would you rather photograph the Olympics (specify Winter or Summer), the X-Games, a polo match with the entire royal family or a professional beer pong tournament?
    As much as I would love to see the Queen kick some tail at polo, I would choose the Winter Olympics. Capturing the ups and downs of the highest level of curling would be amazing. Also, they have to leave the skeleton sleds unguarded at some point right?
  • 12. What are your three desert island movies?
    This question is a true challenge. Let’s see. Atonement, which is not only one of the best book-to-film adaptions ever, but also has a simply outstanding soundtrack. Up in 3D, because it is such a sweet story and has great visuals. And… Season Four of The Office. I know it’s not a movie, but I’m on a desert island – who’s going to argue!
  • 13. If you had to choose one piece of lighting gear to have during a zombie apocalypse, what would it be and why?
    Background Stand Kit. There is almost no end to the utility you could get out of this piece of gear. The stands and crossbar pieces could be used individually for zombie slaying. The carry case could haul other gear when not in use for the kit. And when assembled, the kit could serve as tent support, clothesline, room divider, booby trap – the list goes on.
  • 14. With which Disney princess do you most closely identify?
    Merida (of Brave). She values doing things her own way and has three crazy younger brothers. Most importantly, she’s a ginger.
  • 15. In your opinion, if only photographers were able to run for president, who would you nominate and/or vote for?
    I’m going to have to choose Gregory Heisler. His brilliant mind and people skills would serve our country well. #Heisler4Prez!

Matthew Lee Dyer

Product Specialist
Email: support@lumopro.com

 

 
  • 1. How long have you been with LumoPro?
    I started with LumoPro in December of 2016.
  • 2. What is your favorite part about working at LumoPro?
    It goes without saying that we have some of the best lighting equipment you can buy; it's also nice that it’s all so affordable. But, what makes LumoPro so great, are people that use our products. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not impressed by the inventiveness and skill of the people that use LumoPro gear. It always inspires me to try new things in my own photography.
  • 3. What got you into photography? How long have you been taking photos?
    When I was 9 years old at summer camp I had the opportunity to learn B&W photography and how to develop in the darkroom. I loved it so much that when I got back home I found my father’s old Pentax ME-Super 35mm camera and haven’t stopped taking pictures since that summer almost 30 years ago. I still have that old Pentax and still love to shoot with it.
  • 4. What is your favorite photography subject?
    Though I’ve worked in Portrait and Wedding photography for a very long time, the type of photography that inspires me the most is not people. It’s the places I go. I like to explore new places and take pictures of what I find. It’s the combination of the adventure and capturing it in the moment that I like the best.
  • 5. What kind of lighting gear do you use most often?
    That depends on where I am and what I’m shooting. But I am never without at least one speedlight with a stand and umbrella. Because you never know what situation you might get into.
  • 6. What is your favorite LumoPro product?
    Hands down the LP180R. I love the built-in receiver for the Phottix Odin. It's consistent, built like a tank, looks amazing and has never let me down. But as nice as the LP180R is, it’s only made better by the LP605M. The ease of carrying and those amazing monopod feet make it the perfect companion for setting up your flash anywhere and everywhere.
  • 7. What advice do you have for photographers venturing into lighting?
    Don’t be afraid and don’t give up. Have the courage to fail with your lighting and continue to learn. Ultimately, it will make you a better photographer, and your photos will thank you for your hard work. 
  • 8. Other than photography, what are your hobbies?
    I have an amazing wife and two children, and I’m always happiest when we are doing things together. I am remodeling our 120-year-old house room by room. It’s a trying and, at many times a painful process, but I love learning new things and seeing the results of the hard work. Lastly, I also love to run, swim and bike. It’s not the hobbies that are the problem, it’s finding enough time for all of them.
  • 9. If you could spend one day with any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?
    I’m not very specific. I would just love to tag along with almost any National Geographic photographer on assignment in some far-off exotic place.
  • 10. What was your favorite book as a kid?
    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. These are the first books that really captured my imagination and developed a love of reading in me. I still come back to them almost every year and re-read them.
  • 11. If given the chance, would you rather photograph the Olympics (specify Winter or Summer), the X-Games, a polo match with the entire royal family or a professional beer pong tournament?
    The Summer Olympics would be the experience of a lifetime. The only problem is that there would have to be five of me to shoot all of the events I’d want to photograph.
  • 12. What are your three desert island movies?
    Hot Fuzz – always funny, always enjoyable, and would satisfy my craving for action, comedy, friendship and Cornetto.
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is hands down one of the best written, acted and directed movies of all time. It would have to come with me.
    Howl's Moving Castle is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt stories I can think of. I always watch it on a rainy day.
  • 13. If you had to choose one piece of lighting gear to have during a zombie apocalypse, what would it be and why?
    I think theUniversal Beauty Dish would be a great addition to my zombie apocalypse kit. It could be used as a shield, a weapon, a sled, a campfire wok, a megaphone, a musical instrument, and if you painted a star on it, it would resemble Captain America's shield.
  • 14. With which Disney princess do you most closely identify?
    I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Rapunzel from Tangled. Not only is that movie one of the most underrated Disney movies of all time, but Rapunzel is weird and funny and smart and artistic and basically rescues herself. I also like that she proposes to Flynn at the end of the movie. She’s the kind of princess I’d want my daughter to be when she grows up.
  • 15. In your opinion, if only photographers were able to run for president, who would you nominate and/or vote for?
    I would vote for Pete Souza since he’s already the White House Chief Photographer, I imagine he has the experience of being in and around the office enough to fill the position nicely. Also, I bet he would like to take a break from shooting America’s First Family.