About us.

We are a team of 6 talented, like-minded, mid-Americans. We’ve worked in 23 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and one Canadian province, but more importantly, we’ve helped small businesses grow, non-profits to raise thousands of dollars for their cause, and national brands land global contracts.

We believe the most effective work is the fruit of strategic collaboration between teams who are a great fit for each other. There are no freelancers or “hired guns” here. Our team is 100% committed to amplifying inspiring lives, lifting our collective gaze, and connecting people through the power of story.

Josh Hester, Principal & Executive Producer, Storyteller Studios

Josh Hester

Principal & Executive Producer

Josh is a Regional Emmy®-winning video producer with 20+ years of experience creating compelling corporate films, television commercials, and online marketing video for companies and causes. He holds a BA in Film & Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois.

Lydia Stuemke, Production Manager, Storyteller Studios

Lydia Stuemke

Production Manager

Lydia first joined the Storyteller team in the fall of 2018 and today serves clients as Production Manager. An accomplished filmmaker herself, she is here to coach our clients throughout the production process with ease. She has three dogs— Wuppy, Jack, and Potato that she loves as much as her three children (and husband). Lydia doesn’t do coffee, but can’t survive the day without her fruity purple drink from that one joint with the green cups.

Kevin Christensen, Producer, Storyteller Studios

Kevin Christensen

Producer | Director

Kevin is a Regional Emmy®-winning video producer from Fullerton, California with over 15 years of experience creating documentary films, travel and tourism videos, and corporate videos. Before joining Storyteller in 2020, he produced nature, history, and tourism videos for our nation’s National Parks. Kevin came of age on the island nation of Papua New Guinea, so please forgive him if he doesn’t quite get your 90’s pop culture references.

Chris Costello, Video Producer, Storyteller Studios

Chris Costello

Producer | Director

Chris is a Regional Emmy®-winning video producer. His production experience includes corporate film, television commercials, online marketing video, and a number of independent projects and films (ask him about Rally). He holds a BA in Visual Communication from the University of Illinois. Chris joined Storyteller in 2015.

Payton McCabe, Video Producer, Storyteller Studios

Payton McCabe

Producer | Director

Payton is a graduate of The Los Angeles Film School where she earned a BS in Digital Filmmaking (with honors). Her work has earned two Silver Telly Awards, one Gold Telly Award, one Gold Communicator Award, one Regional Emmy® nomination, and one Regional Emmy® Award since joining Storyteller in 2019. Payton loves hiking, dancing, music, and taking care of her bearded dragon, Remi. Yes, she is a Mother of Dragons™.

Josh Hester, Principal & Executive Producer, Storyteller Studios

Eli Ommen

Cinematographer | Editor | Visual FX

Eli is a graduate of Webster University in St. Louis where he earned a BA in Film, Television, and Video Production (with honors). When he was eleven, Eli found his grandfather’s Canon AE-1 film camera and started taking photographs. 10 years later, he made waves with his visual effects heavy short film, Planet IX. Oh, and he’s also an Eagle Scout. Eli joined Storyteller in June of 2022.