+ Meet your videographer
Ellen's love of filmmaking runs deep.
Ellen has had a camera in her hand since she was at least eight years old. Growing up in the age of early YouTube and DVD behind-the-scenes featurettes set her interest in filmmaking in motion. She wrote scripts, created shot lists, drew up storyboards, and enlisted her many cousins to act in her short films and talk shows.
Many a music video was produced in her parent's backyard and uploaded to YouTube, garnering some real editing experience and resulting in a community of internet friends (some with whom she is still connected with!)
When it came to deciding what to study in college, Ellen could not picture herself choosing anything else. While she learned a lot of beneficial skills and made valuable connections during her time in film school, her eye for composition and instinct for empathetic storytelling has remained the same. The value she places on human connection is evident in her current work.
Ellen graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor of arts in digital cinema and a concentration in cinema production. She has broad experience in documentary storytelling, wedding videography, commercial video for small businesses and nonprofits, and all kinds of photography.
Her approach is investigative, stripped back and somewhat unpolished. While still producing quality, professional work, Ellen is able to make your project feel like a home video.
Above all, Ellen believes in showcasing stories that bring people together.
Here we have a little Ellen asking her dad if she can hold the video camera (a frequent occurrence) at a family event in the early 2000s, followed by a lesson on how to record.
Featured Wedding Film:
Sydney + Jared
Something really neat about creating for people is forming connections that last. I filmed Sydney's sister's wedding a few years back. I had a blast reconnecting with the family and capturing the same kind of fun that I remember so dearly during her sister's wedding day. It's an honor to be a part of a family story like that!
Featured Lifestyle Film:
Connor Bryce Weber
It’s hard to put into words how much I loved creating this special little film. I had been wanting to film a birth for years and when she reached out I was ecstatic! Kristin and Joel could not have been more sweet and accommodating. What an incredibly special thing to be a part of. Something I will remember for the rest of my life.
Featured Commercial Film:
Momentum is an annual three-day festival organized by the Toledo Arts Commission. It brings free arts and cultural experiences to downtown Toledo. I was tasked with creating a recap of moments from the weekend. 'Twas a blast!
CAPTURING HOW EACH MOMENT FEELS
+ Client Love
"Ellen is something special! And one of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring her! If you are not sure about getting a videographer for your wedding - DO IT! And do it with Ellen! She spent the entire day capturing all of our moments perfectly, and without us even noticing she was there. She even turned around a sneak peek video less than 24 hours after which was AMAZING to say the least! I highly, highly recommend Ellen for your wedding day, or any videographer needs you may have. She is THE BEST!"
MEGAN + RANDY