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Emily Mitchell

Everyday Films
Owner, Cinematographer, Editor
Spartanburg, SC
Although I love shooting stills, I am best known for pioneering lifestyle family films, and have been making films for 6 years. I love the magic of motion and music, together with the subtle nuances of movement and expression. Combined with beautiful light and the sound of laughter, films steal my heart. It's the closest thing to a memory you can create.

I teach a DSLR Video Storytelling workshop specifically designed for photographers who are comfortable in manual mode! You can find it on my website; the next course runs in late fall 2015.

I also love photography with a purpose. I started I'm About to Pitch a Fit, a photographer's collaborative documenting various stages of our kids' epic meltdowns! The objective is, in summer 2016, to publish 100 images, together with stories, in a hilarious and heartwarming book, with net proceeds to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.

I have a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. I'm married to my college sweetheart, who now teaches biology at Wofford (we met in a genetics lab at Furman). Our family is adventurous, and we love to travel all over the world. We lived in Arizona for 8 years and Maine for 2, and just moved to SC.

I started out as a landscape photographer in 2001, shooting on slide film. I once nearly fell into a canyon when sudden 50 mph winds blew me and my tripod over! I made my first video as a middle school gifted ed teacher trying to raise money for my classroom. So when I crushed my camera rock climbing, it left me open to find a new camera. While I was trying to figure out which one that might be, I felt really frustrated not being able to capture my new baby's face the way it really looked with the wide angle lens of my iPhone. I was frustrated that every picture in low light was blurry from motion. Well, why not record the motion? So I switched the phone to video and never looked back. I invested in a new camera, applied what I learned from making classroom videos, and the rest is history.

Meanwhile, I'm addicted to chocolate and chasing the myth of 5 uninterrupted minutes! I'd love to meet other photographers, especially lifestyle and documentary photographers, who are interested in learning the magic of film.