Drone Girl Photography

To the Skies

We're the Drone Girls

Drone Girl will take you places you can’t go. Add this powerful video tool to your film, advertising campaign, television commercial, corporate video or real estate portfolio.

Drone Girl is a FAA registered and licensed aerial photography company based in Chicago, but available to work anywhere there is open air.

Meet the Drone Girls

Carmaine Means

Carmaine Means is an multi-Emmy award winning television news photojournalist at CBS 2 News in Chicago. She was trained at Columbia College Chicago in television production and directing and started her career in Rockford, IL, at WTVO, ABC 17 in August of 2002. She quickly moved on to work at WVTV, WB 18 in Milwaukee, WI, in May of 2003 and six months later she accepted a position at Tribune owned, CLTV/WGN 9 that brought her back home to Chicago. In 2005, she started working at ABC 7 News and joined CBS 2 News in 2014. Carmaine's Emmy award nominations and wins are for "190 N", "Windy City Live”, “Chicago-ing" with Bill Campbell and "At the Movies".

Some of her career highlights include being a judge for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), "Photojournalist of the Year" in 2015; becoming the first FAA licensed female drone operator for CBS 2 News Chicago; judge world wide broadcast news photojournalism work for the White House National Press Association in conjunction with National Geographic in February of 2015.


Photo Credit: TheKringGroup. Drone Girl Photography was a sponsor of the 2016 Midwest Emmy Awards and debuted a promotional video of Chicago from the skies!

Mika Stambaugh

Mika Stambaugh is an Emmy award winning journalist and dynamic entrepreneur known for her creative strategies in executing media and communication campaigns. Throughout her career, she’s been recognized for her creativity, hustle and leadership, including winning an Emmy in 2008 as a Field Producer at CBS 2 News Chicago. That same year she moonlighted to follow her dream at age 26 to open her own small business, deftly balancing her responsibilities in the newsroom and as an entrepreneur.

Her business savvy and deep understanding of the news business landed her the role of spokesperson for the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection in 2014. At City Hall, Mika spearheaded the communication strategy for several high profile policies such as: house sharing ordinance (AirBnB); rideshare entering the Chicago marketplace (Uber and Lyft); Chicago’s minimum wage increase; amended tobacco and liquor laws; and more than 60 consumer protection campaigns. Her ability to secure media and saturate the market earned the department roughly $5M in media coverage.

Mika combines her newsroom experience and execution of communication strategies for front line public policy issues to help our clients build winning earned media, marketing and advertising campaigns. Clients will benefit from her expertise in producing large scale events after leadership in driving the growth of Mayor Emanuel’s small business expos. She used her network to secure high-profile keynote speakers and brands to exponentially increase both attendance and revenue for these expos, including Bill Rancic, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Bill Kurtis and Laura Schwartz, among others.

Her high energy, positive attitude and passion for this work have helped her lead winning teams, and she carries that passion into her civic engagement as well where she serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and on several host committees to raise funds and awareness that benefit the sick and less fortunate in Chicago. Mika calls Bronzeville home with her French Mastiff, Chapo.

Drone Girls in the Media

On the December 13, 2016 Opening Bell, Steve Grzanich welcomes in Carmaine Means of Drone Girl Photography to give us her insight into the increasingly popular world of Drone Photography. She explains how the industry is booming and the importance of honing your craft. Listen to the whole segment here.

Contact Drone Girl Photography

For general inquiries: Gigs@dronegirlphotography.com

For public relations, marketing and communications: Mika@dronegirlphotography.com