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Art & Life with Emily Miller-Fitzgibbons

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Miller-Fitzgibbons.

Emily, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been heavily invested in the visual arts for nearly a decade. I am an aspiring cinematographer as well as a self-taught photographer and artist based in Anthem, Arizona.

Though I lived the first twelve years of my life in Illinois, I’ve always been a “country” girl at heart and have been loving every second of it…. Because I am a dyslexic, I found it very difficult to express myself through words when I was younger, so I turned to art and photography as an expressive outlet. It was a way I could “show” what I felt and thought, since I didn’t have the most “eloquent” way of verbalizing it. Though I still sometimes struggle with it, my dyslexia have not only taught me how to appreciate my view of the world, but it has also taught me what true hard work is – and to not be afraid of it. If anything, my dyslexia has taught me to embrace it all. When my family moved out to Arizona, it offered us a new start to a new life. In other words, Arizona was a promising place for us to pursue all of our dreams.

I first became interested in drawing when I was in the fourth grade. For the next four years, I would practice drawing horses for hours on end. Surely, if given the chance, I would have chosen to draw horses all day, every day. It wasn’t until eighth grade that I pushed myself to try something new and start practicing portraits. Since then, I have enjoyed drawing celebrities for my own enjoyment/practice and doing various commissioned pieces for people all over the country.

Photography, meanwhile, has allowed me to put how I view the world – which has always been different – in a tangible form. At times, my attention to detail has made family outings a very lengthy experience…. What might normally take 20 minutes could easily turn into an hour-long ordeal!! If I see a picture-worthy shot, you know I’m not leaving until I get it! My interest in photography has blossomed into a strong interest in cinematography, which I am pursuing as my major starting this Fall.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Though I enjoy making drawings and paintings for people on the side, I am mostly trying to gear my Millart4You business towards my photography and cinematography. I love being able to capture that one moment in time for someone. To me, catching that moment of happiness, joy, peace, or excitement, is the best feeling in the world. Through my photography, I want to help people see the beauty in the world around them. My goal is to make my client’s vision a reality, whether that vision be in photography or cinematography. That’s what makes me live for what I do.

I often photograph head-shots for business owners. I also record and edit videos and trailers for creators on YouTube, and for local businesses to advertise on their websites and other social media platforms.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think artists are always encouraged to change with their art to fit with the times. We have to evolve with events that confront us. Many extraordinary artists’ works have withstood the test of time because of the impactful stories they were able to tell through their artistic style. Emotional appeal in art can evoke some of the strongest responses from people and make a piece of art last for years to come. When a devastating event occurs that shakes the whole world (9/11 for example), some powerful and moving pieces emerge to the surface to be seen by the eyes of the world. Natural disasters and times of grief can bring some of the most moving art pieces to light. People can feel a sense of empathy and togetherness through art that you can’t find elsewhere. For example, photography captures the true, raw moments as they happen that emotions can often cloud in hindsight. Even so, that pressure to conform yet also create can sometimes be what gives us our inspiration and personal style.

As a photographer and future cinematographer, I personally try to capture the true feeling in any moment or event, whether that feeling is positive or negative. I think that’s my personal responsibility in my field of work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I make a conscious effort to post a lot of my work on Instagram (@emilymiller_millart4you). My photos mostly consist of shots taken with my manual Canon AE-1 camera, my iPhone, and my digital camera. The rawness of the manual camera adds a certain classic aesthetic to my portfolio, but not to a degree that it is overshadowed by the digitally captured photos. I occasionally post both new and old artwork on Instagram. It’s my most-used artistic outlet on social media. Word of mouth is frequently the best way to support my work and is greatly appreciated.

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Image Credit:
Photo of Emily Miller was taken by Pam Miller-Fitzgibbons
All other photos credited to Emily Miller.

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