A Team of Journalists & Artists

ELM creates powerful videos that shift perceptions and build emotional connections.

Early Light Media is an ambitious team of journalists, educators, producers, artists, makers and doers who create powerful videos that shift perceptions and aspire to change the world.

We put social responsibility first, using video as a medium to capture our interconnectivity as humans in a way that is both beautiful and relatable.

Early Light Media did a wonderful job helping each associate to feel comfortable enough to open up. Internally and externally we received positive feedback.

Lauren Rodriguez, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Our Clients

While we were shooting they had ideas that really took our project to the next level ... it was just a blast working with them.

Andrew Langtry, Harvard Business School

Meet the Team

Darren Durlach

Darren Durlach

Director, Founder

Darren's tireless focus on refining footage into a beautiful and captivating narrative stems from more than a decade of meticulously crafting impactful videos. His unique skill of pulling raw stories out of natural conversation is what makes his work compelling. Darren believes that video is the most powerful medium for showing fascinating stories of ordinary people, driving human connection, and for constantly embarrassing his kids.

David Larson

David Larson

Director/Director of Photography, Founder

Dave is a disciplined photographer who uses client circumstances as a canvas for creative expression. With an affinity for open collaboration, Dave is a master at helping people step back from face value messaging to reveal their deeper, more heartfelt reasons for making a video. He can’t stop talking about new gear and tests out all the latest equipment he can get on his favorite go-to models, his daughters Rose and Ellie.

Jody Weldon

Jody Weldon

Director of Post Production, Partner

Jody is always observing—people he admires, work that moves him, the emotional reactions that come when he watches his final work with clients. A master of motion graphics, he lives for the creative intimacy that comes from working with a passionate team and engaged clients who care about what they are building. Watching his kids jump headfirst into new experiences is Jody’s biggest inspiration, keeping him challenged to stay fearless and tenacious.

Ashlene Larson

Ashlene Larson

Director of Marketing & Client Development

Ashlene is a PR and marketing expert with a decade of experience generating positive buzz for clients. A born problem-solver, she loves to brainstorm creative solutions and create diverse opportunities to reach audiences in a meaningful way. Whether developing an overall strategy or crafting a campaign, Ashlene looks at each project with a fresh set of eyes and finds new ways to entertain, inform and engage.

Jessica Schemick

Jessica Schemick

Controller

Jessica is not interested in your free form thinking—give her logic, patterns, numbers. She prefers spreadsheets to novels and loves seeing how the heart of a business is pulled together through data. Jessica is a fitness buff and supermom who geeks out over long-term budget forecasting and loves watching ELM evolve and grow over time.