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Read about Phoot Camp founder Laura Brunow Miner in this Go Mighty interview!
Go Mighty’s 31 Days of Inspiring Women, #12: Laura Brunow Miner
Meet Laura, an editor, designer, and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. She founded Pictory, an online publication that showcases the photo stories of people around the world. In 2009, Miner started Phoot Camp, a creative retreat and photography workshop, and in 2010 began Eat Retreat, a workshop for leaders in the food community. She was recently listed as one of the Hot 20 Under 40 by 7x7 Magazine, and one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company. You can view her amazing projects at work.lauraminer.com.
We’re constantly inspired by Laura’s work, and wanted to dig a bit deeper to see what inspires her many projects. Read her story and Life List below.
So, Laura, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a tall lady who loves making new friends, seeing beautiful photographs, collecting stories, and playing with colors and shapes and letters. I live in (and love) San Francisco but consider Texas and Kansas my home states.
How did you get where you are today?
Within six months of moving to San Francisco, I landed my dream gig: senior designer for photography magazine startup JPG. Two months later my boss was fired and everything was up in the air. Long story short, I ended up editor-in-chief within a year, and the company went under within two years. So what do you do after running a little startup magazine in your mid-twenties? I certainly wasn’t qualified to be editor-in-chief of a “real” magazine, and going back to design felt like a step back. Quite the career crisis.
I’m lucky, actually, that the economy was in the pits. I wasn’t distracted by amazing job offers (as magazines left and right went under and design gigs disappeared) and I had lots of super talented friends with free time who could help me out with a good idea. Hence the launch of Pictory, an online magazine of meaningful photo stories, and my proudest work to date.
I published Pictory twice a month for almost two years and received amazing praise and encouragement. Eventually, the process of trying to sell sponsorships wore me down, and those distracting job offers started to surface, in the form of fun freelance work. So I put Pictory on hiatus as I prepared to focus more on other aspects of my career and life: my freelance trajectory, my annual Phoot Camp event, and my growing family.
These days I’m the lucky mother to an adorable 3-month-old and just (today!) starting back to work. And figuring out what my personal and professional life looks like going forward.
Tell us a bit more about these ten goals from your life list. What’s the inspiration behind the goals you chose?
I chose a balance of personal and professional goals, and tried to make sure they reflected the values most important to me: family, friendship, health, community, gratitude, curiosity, beauty (in the world, not my own), creativity, and challenge.
Any advice for others on how to stay motivated/focused on achieving their goals?
I think talking to other people about your goals is a great way to tell the universe, “HEY, I’M READY!” Pictory became a reality because I’d told enough people at SXSW that I was thinking about it that I would have embarrassed not to follow through. Social accountability is powerful, especially when you have friends who want to help.
Follow Laura’s journey through completing her Life List here.
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(Photo courtesy of Laura Miner)
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