About Us

First of all, Ron Chapple Studios is way more than Ron! With talented people on our in-house teams and throughout our freelance network, the studio consistently produces high-end creative images and video. Our client list includes Disney, National Geographic, PBS/Nature, NBC, Discovery Channel, BBC, CBC, Red Bull, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, NASA, SpaceX, and History Channel. Working on location is our life… 300+ days a year. Managing logistics, travel schedules, customs officers, desert heat, helicopters, and snow drifts are all in a day’s work.

On location for National Geographic in the North Carolina mountains and the Cineflex V14HD.

Ron Chapple Studios started in the world of fashion, advertising and annual report photography. In the early 1990s, Ron dedicated the studio to creating stock image content for FPG International which is now part of Getty Images. In 2001, the studio created Thinkstock, a internationally distributed royalty-free image collection. Thinkstock was acquired by Jupiterimages in 2004 and subsequently was absorbed by Getty Images a few years later. Ron Chapple Studios now handles a variety of projects from images to aerial video, and from geo-coded panoramas to Blu-ray disc production.


Ron Chapple and Aerial Filmworks teamed with the The Center for Land Use Interpretation to create a multimedia exhibit that is now in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Susan Dempster color-graded, edited and added the original music score.

North Carolina Studio


Our ultra-modern 2,700 square foot shooting space, digital studio, and HD editing suites are in a renovated 50s style retro building in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Our video edit, stock footage, GIS, and financial teams are based here.

California Hangar

Our 3,900 square foot hangar is just 3 miles from LAX, and the closest airport to downtown Los Angeles.

Our Team

Ron Chapple CEO/Founder
Rebecca Giblin CFO
Sara Woodmansee Geo-Information Systems
Phil Carter Aerial Systems Manager
Susan Dempster Senior Video Editor
Nicole Schoepflin Video Editor / Color Grading
Kristina Carlet Stock Footage Research
Joshua Chapple Aerial Scientific Operations
Linda Swyt Accounting Manager
Ellen Moore Accounting Assistant