Photographing for Equality


Kristyn Miller is a 24 year old photographer from Austin (she claims the East Side as home). Kristyn reached out to L Style G Style with some photographs that she took after DOMA was overturned.

How did you get into photography?
I got a point and shoot camera in high school and carried it  everywhere I went, I took pictures of everything. I knew it became more than just a hobby when I started visualizing scenes for photo shoots. I wanted to be able to collaborate with other artists and be a part of big productions.

What inspires you on a daily basis?
The people I surround myself with and the music that I listen to inspires me everyday. Also, perfect weather and perfect light for a perfect portrait.

Photo courtesy of Kristyn Miller

Photo courtesy of Kristyn Miller

Will you describe your project a bit?
My project is a portrayal of equality and human rights overcoming hatred and discrimination. My subjects represent that message and were influenced by a Christian art piece of St. Michael, the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan.

How has your sexuality influenced the work that you do? Or, has it at all?
I honestly don’t know if my sexuality has influenced my work, so I’m not going to say no. I know that I have pride in my sexuality and for this particular project I got together with my best prideful gay friends and we created images to express our vision of the future for the LGBT community.

How do you see this project reading to LGBT people? To straight people?
I hope this project makes anyone who is supportive of the LGBT community feel prideful and hopeful. Anyone who discriminates, I hope they can see the hatred grown from their judgment.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Do you want to be a photographer forever, or do you have different plans?
I hope to continue on with my photography for the rest of my life. I can’t see myself not taking pictures. I hope my profession brings me new places where I’ll meet new people and create new experiences.