Michael found his interest in photography while attending high school in the Chicago area. He gravitated more towards advertising, a choice that will influence him for the rest of his life; opening doors to explore the country and learn the ins and outs of the photography industry. Not only has he focused on mastering the craftsmanship of the art of photography, but working closely with Creative Directors and Producers has also piqued his interest in directing.
He is thorough in his work, ensuring each project is executed to the client’s needs and highest standards.
Internationally-recognized photographer Ellie Pritts has been blowing away expectations since she was 14 years old, when her work was featured at Columbia College’s Museum of Contemporary Photography. Ellie is best known for her prismatic landscapes and portraits that capture a subject’s raw essence. Her compelling and imaginative work has captured the attention of esteemed publications worldwide. She is also the founder of the world’s first collaborative photography app, Hippo. She currently resides in L.A., where she’s an Art Director working on Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” Campaign.
Amy’s love of color, shape, space and texture always informs the way she sees a picture. She is meticulous in design and embraces the principle that less is more in terms of composing her shots. However, she truly enjoys playing with light to bring an additional layer of beauty to everything she shoots.
Amy is a pleasure to work with. Her light-hearted and slightly mischievous nature often comes through for an unexpected take on familiar subjects. She sees each project as an opportunity to push her self even further in solving new challenges.
Mostly, she feels very lucky to work alongside many talented collaborators and embraces the creative process of working amongst a group.
Sheldon Candis, a Baltimore native, is a writer-director and graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis has been directing since 2002. He has written, produced, and directed short films, television series, and documentaries across entertainment mediums. His directorial debut feature film LUV premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Candis calls his audiences to take action on current issues. He teamed up with Grammy nominated artist J. Cole for the short film Crooked Smile, which challenges America’s current war on drugs. He also directed Who Will Survive America, a short documentary that chronicles America’s “love affair” with gun ownership.
Sheldon Candis’ success as a documentarian has allowed him to reach a large audience, as well as experiment with the newer digital medium, virtual reality. He strives to educate his audience about issues and call them to take action.
For Jared, it’s all about the storytelling. Whether he’s cutting a :30 promo for “The Dr. Oz Show,” a :60 spot for Bally’s gym, or an 8 minute segment on Lorenzo Lamas for “Oprah’s Where Are They Now,” pacing is king and he’s an expert on how to pace the video to fit the story you’re trying to tell. He knows that music selection, motion graphics, and audio effects are all key to how your story will come across to your audience and he incorporates each of those elements at the top-most level.
Collaboration is huge with Jared. Anyone can take a script and cut a video word for word to the script. But much more often than not, the creative process doesn’t work like that. Being free to run with his creative ideas is fundamentally important and imperative to his style. He can be a button pusher if necessary but that’s not why you’re hiring him. You’re hiring him because he’s an expert editor, capable of telling your story in the best possible way.
Michael Maes is a premier food and beverage director and photographer with clients spanning the globe. His stunning imagery helps brand and market many companies, including McDonald’s, Kraft, SAB, Miller and Kellogg’s, to name a few.
Michael’s love of food, travel, and culture influence his ability to identify the appeal of every subject. With over 15 years’ experience with creative problem solving, he relishes the unique challenges in every shoot and enjoys going above and beyond for his clients.
Michael considers himself lucky to be employed doing something he loves, while also constantly meeting new people and experiencing new things.