Daniel Mitchell was born in Arkansas but spent the first decade of his life in the Rocky Mountain foothills. He then spent the remainder of his childhood exploring the Ouachita Mountains. Mitchell began his journey in photography and filmmaking as a freshman in high school where he met his co-director, Trent Sugg. Together, Mitchell and Sugg founded Blk Elk Media, a creative video production company focused on storytelling in the outdoor space. Mitchell is the co-director of Well Worn Life with Dani Reyes-Acosta (Mountainfilm 2023).