With nearly 20 years of storytelling experience, David Elkins is a highly creative and adept photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker. 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, David's clients cover a broad spectrum. He has credits on numerous documentary, network, narrative, commercial and corporate productions. In addition, David is an accomplished filmmaker having produced and directed several short documentaries and art films that have screened at festivals around the U.S. 

His keen sense of the moment, light and composition developed from years as a photojournalist and commercial photographer. David brings a thoughtful, cinematic and journalistic approach to every project enabling him to understand each client's needs and ensuring that the finished product meets the organization's vision and objectives while capturing the essence of each story in a compelling visual style. 

While in graduate school studying photojournalism and documentary film at the University of Texas at Austin, David transitioned from the still to the moving image and is equally at home working in both mediums. 



Mountain Workshops alumni 2000 

American Photography 17 (Chosen) 

Recipient - National Press Photographers Foundation Bob East Scholarship 2003 

Recipient - UT Austin, Moody College of Communication Career Development Grant 2005 

Winner - Best Student Film, Paso Robles Film Festival 2008 

Shortlisted - CIWEM Environmental Video of the Year 2013 

Preliminary Judge - Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2013 

Preliminary Judge - Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2016 

Preselection Judge - Wildscreen 2020 

Collaborator - Burn Cycle Project's Walk Into Wildfire multimedia exhibit 2021  

Numerous film festival 'Official Selections' 2005 - present 


David's IMDB page 

Top photo by Caven Kieth in Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. 

Bottom photo accidental selfie, near Hayfork, California.