Ascend Studios is a Sydney-based multimedia creative company that specialises in Filmmaking, Photography, Content Creation, Branding and Social Media Management. 

Purpose : to tell purpose-driven stories that deliver breakthrough, innovation and ascent to businesses, charities and individuals.

Motto : to move upward



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Zac Alviz
Founder and Director

Zac is a filmmaker, photographer, art director, DOP, social media manager and creative mentor with over 8 years experience. He has helped numerous clients who grew their businesses through creative online content marketing, and mentored hundreds of professionals and creative enthusiasts.

He loves spontaneous travels and adventures as well as to serve in the creative team in his church. His hobbies are: reading motivational books, watching movies and playing guitar. His favourite movies are: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Coach Carter, Ocean's Eleven and Marvel Movies.

Coffee : Flat white with one sugar

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Kyle Jenkins

Kyle is a highly creative person specialising in aerial photography and cinematography. He is also the founder and CEO of a multimillion dollar accounting company based in Sydney. He was nominated as ‘Photographer of the Year’ by Panasonic in year 2018.

He loves to travel, spend time with his wife and 2 beautiful daughters. He is an avid motor racing fan and enjoys his annual trip to Melbourne for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. His favourite movies are: The Dark Knight Rises, Gladiator and Titanic. Yep, he love the epic ones! He's also a huge fan of Game of Thrones!

Coffee : Latte with one sugar


Mel Newman
Chief Financial Officer

Mel is our CFO specialising in accounting and taxation services to small and medium enterprises. She has over 6 years of experience and her favourite thing about her career is seeing her clients grow.

In her free time she loves to travel, relax with family and friends, and play model for her photographer boyfriend. While Mel may be our most serious team member she is always up for some carpool karaoke! Her favourite movies at the moment are Crazy Rich Asians, Grease and The Greatest Showman. Yep, she’s a musical type of person.

Coffee : Skim cappuccino

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Matt Dos Santos

Matheus “Matt” is a sports, portraits and events photographer, editor, mentor and teacher. He’s been in love with the art of capturing moments for over 7 years and has brought joy to many people through fun and creative photography projects.

He loves to travel, go on road trips and spontaneous photoshoots as well as going to church and leading worship. His hobbies are: singing, music producing and watching movies and TV shows. His favourite movies are: Inception, Shutter Island and The Shack.

Coffee: Flat white with one sugar


Jen Newman

Jen has been taking pictures for as long as she can remember, long before she took the dive into professional photography. Her love has always been for people, hence her passion for portrait, family and wedding photography! She thrives on capturing the real and honest "in between" moments, and sees it a true privilege to be trusted by her subjects. Truly, to unveil the beauty of each human soul is an honour. She also is a firm believer that photo shoots can and should be some of the most fun experiences you can have, and loves to bring others along for the ride, mentoring and training up other photography enthusiasts. 

Canadian-born, and living in Sydney, Jen can regularly be found somewhere outdoors, or at Hillsong Church in Waterloo, investing into the creative and broader community there.

Her favourite movies include "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" (try saying it 5 times fast!) and basically any of the new live action Disney remakes.

Coffee: Flat white (Aussies do it best!)

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Eric Beltran

Eric is a passionate photographer and traveler. He is a keen observer of nature and form. He is always on the lookout for the perfect picture that captures the essence of a moment, the personality of a place. Focusing on architectural, landscape and travel photography, he thoroughly enjoys his adventures travelling, taking shots, and making the world feel a little bit smaller with every destination. His favourite country in the world is Japan. Making regular visits for work, leisure and of course to eat.

He is currently learning Japanese, hopefully, this helps him with his goal of visiting every city in Japan.
His favourite movies are The BangBang Club, Spirited Away and The Dark Knight.

Coffee : Espresso

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Dann Garcia
Video Editor

Dann “the post man” is the video editor in our team. He loves sharing his visions and adventures through his compositions. He loves to tell stories in the way he knows best, making videos.

He loves spontaneous travels, experience new things and watching movies. His favourite movies are: Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Avengers Endgame

Coffee: Long black with one sugar


Lanz Valeriano
Graphic Designer

Lanz is a graphic and industrial design specialist. He has a diverse experience with various fields of design from 2D to 3D, including brand identity, product innovation & point of purchase (P.O.P).

He loves to travel, learn new things and spend time with his family. His hobbies are: watching movies and reading creative blogs. His favourite series/movie are Game of Thrones and Schindler’s List.

Coffee: Mocha with one sugar


Blessie Pilapil
Brand Marketing Associate

Blessie is a passionate digital brand marketing guru, coffee lover and car enthusiast. She is highly result-focused when it comes to social media. Her enthusiasm, drive and serving others nature has resulted in successful marketing campaigns over the last few years. Blessie is also the founder of Sydney & LA based social media agency.

She is also a professional singer and song writer. You can catch her performing live each year on Channel 7’s Carols in the Domain with vocal group Jubilation Singers, and behind the guitar singing and song writing. She is extremely adventurous too! Her favourite movies are: Transformers, The Intouchables and Bourne Legacy. 

Coffee : 3/4 full soy latte