In a world of increasing noise, we’re busy building loud and clear branded experiences for passion-based clients.

Our Focus

While we’re eager to take on a wide variety of new challenges, the following specialties are why you’ll choose us. Our clients typically need one or a variety of these services and either have a strong existing brand or are looking to build one.

Build Imagery

Architectural & Interiors Photography

We'll collaborate closely with you to understand the architectural and interior space, determining the angles and lighting conditions that best showcase the unique craftsmanship of the project. Through the use of specialized photo equipment, lighting techniques, and expert post-production skills, we'll capture your work in a way that clearly communicates its creative value while maintaining a natural aesthetic.

Adventure & Lifestyle Photography

Our expertise goes beyond capturing stunning outdoor moments. We've collaborated with large resorts, helping them build their visual library by creating proprietary images that truly showcase the excitement and allure of their destinations. We've built custom adventure trips around products, and documented stills alongside mountain bike film projects. With a diverse range of skills and a passion for outdoor pursuits, we're looking to capture commercial and editorial images showcasing the beauty of skiing, backcountry travel, mountain biking, climbing, and much more. Whatever adventure you have in mind, we're up for the challenge!

Product Integration Photography

We understand the importance of showcasing products in real-life. Our product integration photography services go beyond white backdrops; Integrating your products seamlessly into designed lifestyle based environments. Whether it's for advertising campaigns, catalogs, or e-commerce platforms, we can carefully select and style appropriate locations to highlight your products' features and benefits.

Video Production

We specialize in captivating video production that tells your story in a visually compelling way. Our talented team of videographers and editors work closely with you to understand your vision and create high-quality videos that engage and inspire your audience. From concept development to post-production, we handle every aspect of the video production process, ensuring a professional and polished final product that leaves a lasting impression.

Drive Experience


A great brand not only connects emotionally with the customer, but acts as a clear and easy-to-follow north star for the the continued growth of the brand. Our branding services encompass everything from brand strategy and visual identity development to logo design and brand guidelines. We delve deep into your brand's essence to create a distinctive and cohesive identity that is built with purpose and reason; not just a pretty logo.

Website Design & Development

For many businesses websites are the primary way that customers interact with the brand. Achieving a perfect brand execution while building a user friendly website is a challenge we have spent years dialing in. Our skilled team of designers and developers excel at responsive design, intuitive interfaces, and meaningful engagement that are grounded in intentional brand and business goals.


Charles has a unique illustration style that is playful, engaging, and has been utilized on everything from Snowboard graphics for Rome SDS, to packaging for body wipes. We also have relationships with a variety of independent illustrators, allowing us to cover a wide range of styles and media types. Whether it's for branding, marketing materials, or editorial purposes, our illustrations evoke emotion and enhance storytelling, making a lasting impression on your target audience.

Packaging & Product Design

Charles Stemen Studio has a proven track record of collaborating with various companies, including ski and snowboard brands, to design exceptional products such as boards and outerwear. Additionally, we have successfully undertaken packaging design projects ranging from body wipes to supplements. With a keen understanding of design principles and a focus on achieving your brand's visual and economic goals, we create products and packaging that leaves a lasting impression.

Creative Direction

Having one creative source to learn the brand and filter all creative work through significantly improves the process for both the client and freelancers (Not the mention, most importantly, the finished product!). Charles brings a strategic vision and artistic expertise to ensure cohesive and impactful storytelling across various mediums. From conceptualization to execution, we work closely with you to define your brand's aesthetic, messaging, and overall creative direction, resulting in visually stunning experiences backed by business goals. If we build a creative team for a project, you can be certain the work of all those involved will be guided by, and pass the approval of Charles.


One of the goals with many creative brand updates (directly or not) is to hone in on the brand voice and ensure we are connecting emotionally with our customers. Just as having a consistent and strong visual identity is important, having an equally strong and consistent voice is a key part of branding. Whether you're in need of building a brand voice, or have a strong one in place, we're here to creatively execute on that.


Our Process.

Connecting reality to your imagination is a process of asking the right questions. From there, your brand strengths, goals, and pain-points all guide our imagery and design towards crafting a clear brand experience. Check out how we’ve accomplished this for a few of our clients:


Studio vs Freelancer vs Agency? What do I choose? How do your freelance teams work?

Hey, Charles here! As a freelancer, I've enjoyed the flexibility of working with a diverse range of brands and people I love. However, there are limitations to working as an individual freelancer. One person can only specialize in so much and handle a limited workload. Plus, there's no denying the power of teamwork!

Hiring an agency may seem like the go-to option for many businesses, but there's an alternative that offers the best of both worlds. Welcome to Charles Stemen Studio, where I lead a team of specialized freelancers tailored specifically for your brand. While I still handle a significant portion of the work, there are times when I assemble a team of talented creatives to meet the specific needs of your project.

By custom-building teams of individuals on a case-by-case basis, we ensure that each team member is fully invested in your project and motivated to contribute their best. This approach eliminates the management headaches and invoicing struggles that often come with coordinating multiple freelancers. With Charles Stemen Studio, you'll always work directly with me, but we have the flexibility to grow alongside your business.

Our internal focus is on fostering a positive and collaborative environment for freelancers, which translates into exceptional results for our clients. We believe that happy freelancers lead to happy clients.

So, if you're wondering whether to choose a studio, freelancer, or agency, our studio offers the perfect blend of expertise, flexibility, and personal attention. Let us help you achieve your creative and business goals with a team of dedicated professionals who are genuinely passionate about your success.

What are your rates?

Because each project and brand is unique, we offer customized rates based on a thorough understanding of your specific requirements. Factors such as workload, complexity, team size, equipment, and any necessary travel are carefully considered when scoping out rates.

Our aim is to ensure that the value of the project matches its cost from the outset, so we typically provide project-based rates. By tailoring our rates to the specific needs of your project, we can provide transparent pricing that aligns with the value and quality of our work. This approach allows us to deliver exceptional results while accommodating a range of budgets.

Do you travel for work?

We believe that our work speaks louder than our location. With Charles is located in Bozeman, Montana, a network of talented freelance partners across the country and even abroad, we have the flexibility to support clients wherever they may be. We genuinely enjoy the opportunity to travel and immerse ourselves in new and inspiring environments.

Who owns the rights to any work produced?

The ownership of work produced is dependent on the client's specific needs and the services provided. Copyright ownership standards can vary across different industries, such as photography, brand design, and illustration. At Charles Stemen Studio, we prioritize setting our clients up for success and ensuring clarity around copyright and ownership.

Typically, this means that brands retain ownership of their branded items, while obtaining licenses to use any photographic and illustrative assets created by our team. We adhere to industry standards for copyright ownership to protect both our creatives and clients' interests. During the onboarding process, we can go into the details of your specific requirements and provide a comprehensive understanding of the ownership rights related to your project. Our goal is to maintain transparency and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the rights associated with the work we produce. Feel free to discuss your specific needs with us, and we will work closely with you to address any questions or concerns regarding ownership.

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