We had the good fortune of connecting with Edward Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edward, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Inspiration for a photo comes in many forms. If it’s a senior portrait, for example, I’ll draw inspiration from the graduate’s own interests & try to incorporate that into the shoot. For landscape and night photos I’m inspired by light. If I can, I create visual interest with available light (such as passing cars’ headlamps) and use that to draw attention to an interesting point in the subject.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Recently, a client said to me the images I share are beautiful and deserve to be seen by all. At that moment I realized this was always my purpose for taking a photo, even back when all I had was a little Nokia flip phone that took horrible grainy photos. I’m an active person and spend a lot of time outside- but the places I go aren’t usually very accessible to others. I got in the habit of sharing the things I’d see with friends and family and as these things go – I progressed. I’m still very much on my journey, as there are no limits to creative pursuits and I have much to learn.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a guest is in town (and it’s not the middle of summer) I would definitely take them hiking in the superstitions and in Sedona. We’d visit Flagstaff and the cliff dwellings of Montezuma’s castle. Back in society we would tour old Scottsdale and Downtown Phoenix for good eats and bar hopping. As my friends are probably into photography, we’d probably try to capture a galaxy or two in our clear dark skies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wish to thank my parents and my grandparents for blessing me with the tools which enable this sort of expression.