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Indy wedding photographer shares experience after getting COVID-19

Rich Miller asks others "please wear a mask"
Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 17:28:08-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis wedding photographer who got COVID-19 wants to share his story in the hopes of helping others.

Rich Miller has been a professional photographer since 1983 and has shot countless weddings.

"October was one of the busiest months of my professional life,” Miller said. “I shot 8 weddings in October. The last wedding that I shot was October 24th."

Miller started feeling weird on Election Day, and lost his sense of smell.

He tested positive for COVID-19 two days later, but Miller isn’t sure where he got it.

"I did vote at the City-County building on Saturday the 31st and shot a few outdoor family sessions at Holliday Park, but really I'm backtracking and trying to figure out where I could have gotten it,” Miller said. “I just can't figure it out."

Health officials have said large gatherings like weddings are big spreaders of the virus.

In Marion County, weddings and other seasonal gatherings are limited to 25% capacity unless they get a plan approved by the health department.

"I was cautious,” Miller said. “Whenever I was at a reception where others were not wearing masks, I always had mine on and tried to keep social distance but sometimes it's just unavoidable."

Miller is now negative for the virus, but still doesn’t have his sense of smell back.

“It’s such a strange sensation,” Miller said.

He is nervous about going back to work and is asking everyone to do their part.

"Wear the mask, please wear a mask,” said Miller. “It's not hard to do."