this is my story.

  Photo by  Saray Taylor-Roman .

Growing up, I dreamed of becoming a big-time Hollywood movie producer. I wrote scripts based on my favorite stories, learned about the different roles on set, and educated my friends so that I could have a crew. 

But in college, that dream shifted.

I spent a summer in LA crewing a few different films and getting an inside look at the industry. I saw people pouring all their time, money and energy into short films without any guarantee that it would pay off. It was an isolated and harsh environment. I knew that wasn’t the life for me. I wanted my stories to bring people together, both in the final product and the creative process

I GRADUATED FROM college with a new vision.

To complete my college degree in Media Communication from Asbury University, I took film production, public relations, business and journalism classes. For larger class projects, I was shooting on multi-thousand dollar cameras used for broadcast, but in my own time, I used my new-at-the-time $1,500 Canon 7D.

I was amazed at how good the video looked straight out of camera that didn't require a crew of 20+ people to run a shoot.

I saw the industry changing.

With the lower cost of gear and software taking shape in the early 2010's, video was finally accessible to smaller businesses and organizations, and I found myself eager to meet that need.

After college, God led me at 22-years-old to be part of a small team that was changing the world by creating and facilitating programming for the U.S. Department of State's Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative. For this initiative, the entire media department was me.

Over three years and with a minimal budget, we radically transformed the media presence of a government-funded program from a stuffy website with a few cell phone photos to a a brand-new website with a rich media library that featured highlight videos, professional photography, blog posts, interactive .pdf program materials, and compelling social media accounts. 

I spent an average of 1-2 weeks every month traveling out of town. I had the opportunity to film in over 20 of the U.S's largest cities, as well as in Iraq, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Every time I was behind the camera, my storytelling skills grew. I filmed hundreds of hours of interviews, produced nearly 50 short films, and delivered thousands of photographs.

Soon my desire grew to start a video production company to meet a growing need for affordable business-to-business video in my local area.

I took the leap and started sherwood media.

In January of 2015, Sherwood Media was born. A few days later, God gave me the tagline:

"a frame captures a moment, but a story captures a legacy."

And that's exactly what I have sought to do for my clients - tell their story in a way that not only shares where they have come from, but that also casts vision for their future.

For the last three years, I've worked with clients in a variety of industries, from corporate organizations to startups.

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In June of 2015, I married my love, Mr. Jonathan Trentham, who has been an incredible support and partner in life and in business. In June 2016, I gave birth to my daughter Cora, who has been a joy and source of inspiration as I have continued to run Sherwood Media.

Outside of work, you're likely to find me at home with my family, at Harvest Church with my church family, or exploring new food and coffee in my hometown of Knoxville, TN.

Now that you know me and my story, I want to hear about you!


Adept, capable, and competent beyond her years. A few descriptors that come to mind when thinking of Elisa.

She was tasteful when portraying female athletes in action and respectful of individual participant’s preferences for photo posting. Further, this caution carried over to her work on the social media platforms for the initiative. Due in large part to Elisa’s work with CSPS, the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr sites experienced growth and success.

And, I was always impressed by how easily she carried what was a very heavy bag of equipment!
— Trina Bolton, U.S. Department of State