UVU’s head photographer August Miller is always behind the camera and usually has another one over his shoulder, but his own life is photo-worthy. He has photographed Super Bowls, NBA finals and the Olympics for major magazines, as well as taken portraits of people he admires — “and some that I didn’t,” he says. “My cameras are my passports to places, experiences and interactions with people that money can’t buy,” he says. August has prioritized education for his three daughters, and he also started a scholarship at UVU through the Women’s Success Center. “Education is the great equalizer,” he says. Perfectly captured.

Rickety Ride “I grew up extremely poor in a large family where getting an education wasn’t a priority either economically or ideologically. Through the help of mentors and hard work, I completed a college degree.”

Merry-Go-Round Moment “My memory book is large. If I have to pick, I would love to relive the birth of my three daughters and the family trip we took to Paris. It was one of my life’s bucket list moments, as was a trip to Israel a few years ago.” 

On Stilts “I look up to my unselfish wife, Becky, for serving others before herself. Secondly, Barak Obama for overcoming so much and showing grace and composure no matter how he was treated. Third, Mitt Romney for showing character and conviction when it would have been easier not to.”

Sweet Suggestion “I tell my children all the time, ‘Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride.’”

Gem of the Utah Valley Jamboree “Sundance is awesome and I also love eating a hamburger at Chubby’s Cafe in American Fork.”

Kettle Korn Quirk “I’m too detail oriented. I have a hard time going to sleep at night because my mind is always going and this annoys my wife, who is a morning person.”

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