Charlie Simokaitis received a BFA in photography from the University of Illinois, Champaign, an MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School and is a co-founder of Groundfire Pictures. His work has been exhibited in galleries both domestic and abroad. He has traveled six continents for his editorial, design and advertising clients.

A partial client list includes; 50,000feet, Abbott Labs, Accenture, Addison, Anti Records, Aon, Arc Worldwide, BBDO, BMW, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Burrell, Carrot Top Records, Chicago Reader, Citadel, Coates+Coates, Coca-Cola, CME Group, Crosby Associates, DDB, DRAFTFCB, Embassy of Nicaragua, Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Intel, J Walter Thompson, Joyce Foundation, Knob Creek, Kym Abrams Design, Leo Burnett, MasterCard, McDonalds, McCann Erickson, Momentum, Motorola, National Equity Fund, New York Times Magazine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Sara Lee, Sony, SRAM, Starbucks, Synergy Creative, University of Chicago, University Healthcare Systems, VSA Partners, Weber, Wellpoint, World Headquarters, Inc.

Videos by Groundfire Pictures were featured in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Communication Arts Photography Annual as well as broadcast on the World Channel in association with PBS and WGBH Boston.