Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Daron joined the film industry in 1990, working his way up the ranks assisting Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond on The Ghost and the Darkness, and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey.
In 2001 he immigrated to the U.S. and joined the International Cinematographers Guild. Today, his critical eye and passionate sensibilities make him a well-sought-after feature film and commercial cinematographer who moves seamlessly between commercials and features.
As you will see below from his credits, Daron built his career on film-set trenches,
shooting TV commercials for some of the most creative clients like Google, YouTube, Subaru, Toyota, Puma, Walmart, Royal Caribbean, Puppy Bowl, American Airlines, the Muppets and many more.
Daron offers his many clients his lifetime of real people — colorful experiences and stories that have taken him across the globe.
In addition to his easygoing on-set approach, he has been told that his Los Angeles-based South African accent keeps clients happy on conference calls.
He thrives in a collaborative, creative and energetic environment where no two work days are exactly the same.
Anyone who has worked with him knows he doesn’t just get out of bed, he jumps out of bed. For Daron filmmaking is more than just a job; it’s his passion.
His short film Ripple Effect won him recognition for Best Cinematography at the International Cinematographers Guild’s Emerging Cinematographer Awards.
Although a confident trailblazer when it comes to crafting varied looks for multiple directors, he is a traditionalist
at heart. He has a penchant for stylized imagery, classical composition and gorgeously natural lighting. But don’t be surprised to see his work peppered with intentional imperfections, organic textures, haphazard sunlit flairs and snatched, well-found handheld moments. Cinematic magic is about catching those un-recreatable “lighting in a bottle” moments, those happy accidents.
Quick to embrace new technologies, Daron has extensive experience on the latest digital cameras. He relies heavily on in-camera techniques to achieve the most nuanced yet appropriate visual style. He is an expert on Anamorphic lens bokeh characteristics, and is particularly fond of weaving extreme slow motion, motion control, aerial, underwater and time-lapse cinematography into his work.
Some of his work is described as European flair, others as distinctly Americano style—either way, the contradiction makes him smile.
“I don’t want my work categorized. It’s not about a particular style; it’s about the ability to transcend the expected, continually helping clients find the most compelling visual language to help each unique story to stand out.”
When he is not working he spends time with his wife and 3 kids, and plays squash with the last few friends he has who haven’t had ACL surgery yet!
Daron receives best cinematography award at the International Cinematographer’s Guild, from Academy Award winning Cinematographer, Wally Pfister, ASC.