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, 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.

Rather than take on a full-time job at a larger production company 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 traveled the world, and settled in Knoxville.

On average, I spent 1-2 weeks out of every month traveling for my job. 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 I began to realize my desire to start a video production company of my own to meet a growing need for brand-story video in my local area. So in January of 2015, I took the leap and launched Sherwood Media, named for Sherwood Drive in Westmoreland, where my grandmother had once lived and where most of my own family story originate.

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I married the love of my life, Mr. Jonathan Trentham, a few short months later, and we celebrated the birth of our first child a year after that. I am thankful that my business has been able to serve both my clients as well as a healthy lifestyle for me and my family.

If you're wondering how I spend time 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 a little about me, 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