Barry Elz - Photographer
Barry established prominent commercial photography studios in St. Louis, Chicago, Boston & New York City...where he has photographed primarily sports, lifestyle portraiture and fashion advertising for numerous national clientele such as Gatorade, Nike, Callaway Golf, Lands End, Filenes, Quaker, Motorola and McDonald's. His image work with supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Iman, Kathy Ireland and sports icons Michael Jordan, Calvin Johnson and Greg Norman led to the publishing of his hardcover Chicago Bulls portrait book which made the NY Times best seller list. His images have also appeared in publications such as Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Town and Country, Rolling Stone, Elle, NY Times, and many others.
Barry's carefully constructed compositions are created by applying his vast experience in studio set and location lighting, as well as an interpretive collaboration, in order to achieve the desired emotion and vision.
Additional Client list : Bank of America, Private Bank, Citibank, Grainger, Sears, JC Penney, Swiss Colony, Culligan Water, ABC Radio, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Procter & Gamble, Carhartt, American Lock, US Gypsum, Dayton Hudson, TJ Maxx, Wintersilks, May Company, Dillard's, Carson Pirie Scott, Illinois Lottery, Verizon, Kemper Life, Alberto Culver, California Closets, Dairy Association, Stanley Tools, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Anhueser Busch, Ralston Purina - collaborating with agencies such as Leo Burnett, Foote Cone & Belding, Evans Group, Cramer-Krasselt, Carmichael Lynch, Burrell Communications, Olgilvy & Mather, Lois USA, DDB Chicago, JWT.
A sampling of Barry's diverse and recognizable work follows in our photography link...
Carolyn Kazen-Elz - Stylist, Consultant
Carolyn was one of the foremost fashion print models in the country during her 20 + year career in Chicago and New York. Her interpretive fashion sense and natural beauty was recognized by many of the leading photographers in the world including Victor Skebneski in Chicago. She appeared repeatedly in prestigious national high fashion print publications such as Vogue, Town and Country, Glamour and numerous other publications working alongside other notable models Iman and Cindy Crawford.
Her extensive on set experience working together with husband Barry has contributed greatly to the style and finished appearance of their photographs.
Some of Carolyn's stunning images can be found in our photography link...
Derek Elz - Director, Videographer
Derek as a director, director of photography, writer, editor utilizes his talent and tenacity to create nimble projects that ring with startling visuals, teeming with authentic emotional spaces. He graduated from Webster University with a degree in film production, specializing in cinematography and script writing. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in film and television. During his years in Los Angeles he worked continuously on feature films, television, music videos and commercials. Honing his craft at Warner Brothers Studios, CBS, and on programs for the Discovery Channel, as well as many indie projects.
Since moving back to the Midwest to be with family he has thrived as a freelance film maker. Derek has directed or shot five indie feature films over the past eight years. In 2008 he won Best Cinematographer at the St. Louis Film Critics Association for the feature Mosquito Kingdom. His feature Dictator of Taste is a cutting edge documentary on European iron curtain artists who exist beyond the "margin of the margin of culture". The documentary aired repeatedly on Hungarian National Television and other European and world territories. Derek has created over a dozen shorts and documentaries with world class artists like Maya Lin, and Richard Serra. His feature Just Shy of Being is an intriguing docu-fiction which he wrote, directed and was director of photography. Derek also has worked for numerous local and national clients such as Google, Axe, ATT, Pepsi, BMW, Mini Cooper and Sprint. He recently collaborated with the NFL, directing a sports series starring Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. He was also the director of photography on a Children's television series and teaches film making at the university level.
As a director he is an emotional expressionist who is intent on running a set that is happy and creative. Among Derek's greatest talents is his keen visual style, one that is richly inventive and has the sensitivity of a painters eye. He considers himself simply a film craftsman with a great work ethic who operates with an intense zeal to make each frame better than the last.
Derek's demo reel can be viewed in the video link...