Chad J. Kotz is an Appalachian photographer from southwestern Virginia currently based out of Los Angeles, California.

From 2005 to 2016 Chad worked on the East Coast in documentary and television as a camera operator, editor, and whatever the independent film and video industry threw at him. His credits include feature-length documentaries, a nationally broadcast television show, a revival of a 1970s TV show in direct-distribution, commercials, and fiction shorts. In January 2016 he moved to Los Angeles and to focus photography. Since then he has been working on personal projects and as a unit stills photographer for motion pictures.