About

 Photo: Manny Marquez   

Photo: Manny Marquez

 

A brief history: I was an award-winning Denver-based photojournalist before moving home to the Chicago area. There, I bought my first camera, went freelance and worked hard to take my craft to new levels, shooting a wide variety of corporate, marketing, commercial and documentary projects, as well as dozens of fast-moving entertainment shows on HGTV, Food Network and many others.  Now a Cleveland-based cinematographer/lighting cameraman, I distill decades of incredibly diverse, real-world experience into every project I touch. I've done countless shoots about people, places and things. My work has taken me around the world, and along that journey, I've interacted with thousands of people from every walk of life...ordinary and extraordinary. 

I'm a blue-collar cinematographer that is capable of producing world-class work. My market niche is producing a solid look, done more quickly and almost always under less-than-ideal conditions. My clients appreciate how I can help manage a shoot, work with minimal light and find good shots when they're hard to find. I enjoy the challenge of making even the most the mundane things look just a little more interesting.  My work tends to feel less slick, a little more organic. Documentary-style is my default, but I can give you many different looks. I also have extensive experience doing handheld (for hours) on entertainment shows, shooting documercials, sales and marketing, healthcare, science, nonprofits, corporate/industrial and even some commercial and tabletop work.

How I work: Commit and be decisive. Talk less, listen more. Work with both eyes open. Notice the details. Take advantage of existing light whenever possible. Anticipate the little moments and always expect the unexpected. Keep track of the schedule and don't get hung up on getting that perfect shot. Techniques I do automatically: Frame and counter-frame, sequence, establishing shots, cutaways, drifts and transitions. I always listen for interesting natural sound.  

Bottom Line: From multi-million dollar global projects to micro-budget non-profits, I do it all. I can honestly say I'm doing the best work of my career right now. You'll find I'm creative, efficient and easy to work with. I tend to think like a good producer and always shoot for the cut. Whether you have a quick gig across town, a multi-day national shoot or need me to meet you on the other side of the planet, I'll show up with the right gear, skills and attitude that will help make our shoot a success.