About Mark Nelson

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I’m an experienced director of photography with an expertise in corporate videography (sales, marketing, infomercials and broadcast production). My home has always been San Diego, and I treasure its great climate and active lifestyle, but I’ve traveled across the country and world (from Iceland to Germany to Costa Rica and Australia). Perhaps that’s why I’ve shot a lot of action sports including a lot of mountain biking, car racing, and skiing as well as golf. I cut my teeth as a media specialist at Scripps Clinic 15 years ago and moved on to broaden my skills. I have continued to work on a lot of medical projects for medical device companies, pharmaceutical, biotech and high tech companies. I’ve also done a lot of health and lifestyle production including fitness videos and programming for the home improvement industry.

My dad was an engineer. He worked on the Atlas Booster and from an early age, I enjoyed figuring out how to solve technical problems. The longer I work as a director of photography in Southern California and beyond, the more sophisticated my approach to lighting. I really enjoy providing a focus on craftsmanship in all of the productions I work on and I have acquired a range of lighting gear that helps me execute well in a variety of lighting conditions. I do a lot of field production which requires me to solve problems quickly and hustle. But I also work on projects that require higher production values and a more measured pace as well.

My crews are nimble, and focused on creating attractive, stylish images that meet client goals. It’s also important for us to have good chemistry. I want customers to leave knowing that we have worked hard to fulfill their vision for each project. At the same time, we want to keep the experience on location pleasant and relaxed for all involved.

Versatility is one of my strengths. I feel just as comfortable as a technical director for a live national sales meeting as I do working with a field production crew as a director of photography for a corporate shoot or broadcast gig with a large crew. My experience comes through. No matter what hurdles we face, I hope all my customers enjoy the process and want to build a long-term relationship.

I enjoy challenges. Let me take a crack at your next project and make it look great!

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