About The Photographer, Mitch Miller

There is a significant update for this “about me (really us)” page.  My wife, Kathy, and I moved to Joshua Tree, California, in April 2017.  Hence I look forward to many photogenic adventures in the high California desert.

I am a southern California native, raised on camping in Yosemite National Park and the northern California coast redwoods. I first began shooting a camera at the age of 16 with a Polaroid Big Swinger. In 1981 I began shooting a film SLR camera and now photograph with a high resolution, full-frame, Nikon D800E.

Art, camping and hiking run in our family. My grandmother created lamp shades. My mother, Mavis, painted and wrote. My father, Jack, planned some wonderful family vacations which always included hiking. My brother, Charles, earned a living as a photographer, painter, woodworker and builder.  I received a first place ribbon in the color animal print category at the Orange County Fair, and another in 2012 in black and white landscape. I’ve also been published in Backpacker magazine.

My travels have taken me to the summits of over 100 Sierra Nevada mountains, the low and high deserts of California and the red rock canyons, rims and buttes of the Colorado plateau, and elsewhere. It is the Sierra Nevada, Pacific and Desert Southwest of the United States where I am most inspired. Many of the images were shot during arduous, multi-day backpacking trips.

Please enjoy my work and passion by starting at the Fine Earth Photography list of galleries.