About Me


Chad Zellmer is a Director of Photography based in Denver, CO. He is an amazing storyteller. His travels have taken him to 40 countries and all 50 states over the last decade filming for dozens of clients.  His works have won him 7 Emmy’s including Photographer of the Year, 2 Edward R. Murrow awards, A National Telly award, a National Headliner Award and dozens of local and regional awards. He is trained in all aspects of Hi-Definition and 4K Production.  
Chad got his bachelor of arts in Media Production with and emphasis in audio. He then moved directly into the world of large scale audio production working with dozens of acts across the US. In 2000 he took a job as a news cameraman at the local ABC affiliate in Springfield, MO. KSPR-TV.  It was at KSPR that he knew he had found his passion behind the camera.  After nearly a decade climbing up the news ladder in multiple markets and interviewing 4 Presidents, dozens of celebrities and dignitaries, chasing ambulances and shooting high school football, he knew it was time for a change.  In 2008 he took a job with Highnoon Entertainment in Denver, CO., a large scale producer of reality content. His work with Highnoon took his skill set to a whole different level and also took him all over the world.  After 6 years at Highnoon, Chad entered the freelance world.  For the last 3 years, he has owned and operated CZ Productions LLC. as an independent contractor. 
 Over the last 15 years Chad has filmed for dozens of clients across a broad spectrum of subject matters. Clients include: ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, Travel, HGTV, Food Network, History Channel, DIY, TRU, Animal Planet, Miracle Grow, Home Depot, Lilly Pharmaceuticals,  and many more..  From documentaries and news to reality and corporate, he has done a little bit of it all.  He has worked with dozens of hosts and talent in the most demanding situations possible and always comes back with the shot.  He is a perfectionist.  He brings a unique eye and incredible sense of drive to every shoot and no project is too big or small.  He is trained on nearly every High Definition Camera on the market and connected with literally hundreds of working professionals, from Audio Techs to Producers. He has worked all over the world and knows the ins and outs of working in dozens of foreign countries.  He has recently added drone and gyro work to his long array of skills.  
 Chad is also an amazing video editor, producer and has worked for various clients in a editing capacity. He believes in order to be a good cameraman, you must also be a good editor.  He is also an avid still photographer and has had his work featured in various galleries, magazines, billboard campaigns, and news spreads.  Although he has taken pictures of nearly every subject matter, he is particularly fond of concert photography and has captured images of some of the largest acts in the recording industry including, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, Dumpstaphunk, Mike Gordon, Dr. John,  The Neville Brothers, The Avett Brothers,  Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jewel, Rob Thomas, Warren Haynes, The Goo Goo Dolls, Leftover Salmon, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Keller Williams, Robert Randolph, and dozens of others.


Our services are catered to each specific client with years of experience I am passionate about bringing the best to your project.

Director of Photography

Director of Photography for hundreds of shows and over a dozen networks.  Trained in all aspects of Hi Definition Television Production. Operator of DJI Phantom 2 with Hero GoPro 4

What we offer
  • Professional
  • Efficient
  • Artistic
  • Experienced


Over 20 years experience in all Photographic endeavors. From below sea level to above the tree line, I’ve photographed it all.

What we offer
  • Experienced
  • Keen Eye
  • Quick
  • Professional


With over a dozen years in the business I have worked with the best of the best.  No matter how big or small, I can put you in touch with the best. Just ask.

What we offer
  • Experienced
  • Strategic
  • Cost effective
  • Wide Ranging

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What people think

  • Chad Zellmer shoots with a genius eye, but his talents reach beyond the optics of photography. Chad shoots with his ears and heart trained to the humanity before him and his lens. He looks for more than the shot. Chad finds THE moment, captures it, and captivates audience with how he edits it into the broader narrative. Chad and I worked many a story together, with the understanding that I, as the writer, create a narrative UNDER the images. When television and film are done truly well, the words never override the images. Great photographers shoot and edit with daring. The daring to trust that the moment will come. To trust the power of silence, and never underestimate the strength of most modest piece of sound. Chad is a caring photojournalist who understands great storytelling massages the eye, but lives in the heart. He is so very rare in his talent for letting a story find its way there. I recommend him with every ounce of my reputation, and I do so with gratitude!!

    Michael Cogdill-Principal at HeartStrong Media
  • I have known Chad for many years, traveled to many places with him, and can attest to his ability to perform in the toughest location conditions. Chad has a creative eye and a tireless work ethic, and is a master multi- tasker. He’s also really great to hang out with, love his sense of humor and music picks. The one thing I have not talked about is his camera work and photography, well, seeing is believing. Check it out, it’s amazing.
    I highly recommend without reservation, Chad Zellmer, Director of Photography.

    Chris Barbieri/Location Sound Mixer-Cristo Production Services Inc.
  • As an editor, it’s always a relief to have all the shots you need; when those shots are beautifully composed and have a voice of their own it’s an absolute joy to cut. Chad has consistently delivered great coverage, with an inspiring visual take on a wide variety of subjects. He has a great eye, and isn’t afraid to take creative risks. What’s more, he’ll collaborate with you *before* shoots, then bring back something better than you’d envisioned. When Chad is behind the camera/DP, I know the project is gonna look good.

    Dustin Hutchison-Editor-Highnoon Entertainment
  • I’ve spent the last two years working with Chad on multiple shows for the Travel Channel and can say without hesitation that he is one of the hardest working camera guys that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He cares about the quality of his work, and he’s constantly looking for ways that he can improve a show not only visually but also creatively. He is a Producer’s dream to have in the field. I constantly received notes back from the network applauding the photography on an episode that he shot. You can ask Chad how to get a specific shot or angle that some would say is impossible and he’ll come up with five different ideas on how to get it..

    Sean Hauser-Senior Producer/Writer-Highnoon Entertainment


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