Blogs in Aerial Photography Category
This aerial shoot was something different!
I was commissioned for an aerial photo shoot for an empty lot. The owner is going to be planning a house for the property, and wanted the lot plans overlaid on the photos for 3rd party reference.
A fun day working with CharlotteUAV on an aerial mapping project for Newport News Shipbuilding.
We laughed, we cried.. Things worked, other things didnt. Things broke and had to be fixed..
All in all an interesting day.
A new Aerial Photo and Video Project in Chesapeake to follow the construction of a pop-up warehouse space just off of Military Highway
A fun Chesapeake flight to show off the corn maze design at Bergeys Barnyard on Mount Pleasant Road. I also took time to look at the animals..
Cool aerial shoot at a working Cotton Gin in Windsor, VA. For the first time in weeks there have been a few days where I was able to fly.
Its been a busy week with several commercial and residential real estate shoots. These are from a shoot for Rose and Womble of a beautiful house near Sandbridge in Virginia Beach. I took the standard shots, and also a few Terry shots while I was there :)
A new aerial construction project begins.
Its a small world, as the new site is within about 1/2 a mile from 3 other past aerial locations I have flown.
Across the road is the Amazon Warehouse I flew for many months, behind Amazon is the location for the EcoMister shoot in 2021, and right behind the new site is another Amazon fullfillment warehouse that I shot in 2020
The Port 58 construction in Suffolk is almost at an end. As luck would have it, I have a new client in that area, which fits perfectly into the gap.
An aerial shoot in Suffolk to showcase commercial lots for sale. I flew each lot and then added boundary lines to show the approximate placement and size.
A Suffolk aerial shoot for a new Olive Oil warehouse having it’s grand opening in a few weeks. A photo will be chosen and printed and framed, and presented to the company by the City of Suffolk Department of Economic Development.
The Suffolk Port 58 residential construction project is progressing very well. Having aerial photographs documenting the process helps a construction company keep track.
Because I also shoot from the same positions, heights and angles each time, a timeline or slideshow can be produced at the end of the process.
The first aerial photo and video construction shoot for the new Hardy Elementary School building project in Smithfield, VA.
The new building is being built next to the old, and when completed, the original building will be demolished.
A freezing day for an aerial shoot for ongoing Port 58 apartment complex construction in Suffolk, Virginia.
A fun few days in Cambridge, Maryland doing aerial and ground photo / video shoots for the Grand National Waterfowl Association’s annual hunt. A fun time was had by all, and everyone enjoyed the Eastern Shore, MD hospitality.
An interesting Carrolton aerial shoot for a lot of land for sale. I also overlaid the lot plan for easier viewing
A sad final aerial shoot for the new Amazon Warehouse in Suffolk. Its been fun watching it develop over the last year or so.
The final aerial shoot for the Currituck Public safety building. I have watched this grow from just dirt, it’s been an interesting project. Its always sad when a construction project comes to an end
A beautiful day for a Chesapeake real estate aerial photo shoot. Things were a little bit tight with all the trees, but I still managed to get some useful shots
A Beautiful but cloudy day for a Suffolk waterfront property shoot. This house has been almost completely renovated over the last 18 months
A sunny suffolk shoot for the company that makes the EcoMister system. These help with waste water evaporation by misting the water into the air.
An interesting aerial photo shoot in Windsor, VA. These were for a Solar energy company. I got photos of their previous work, and then photos of the house next door. Those will be used for a sales presentation to the houses new owner.
An aerial mapping project in Smithfield VA. A cloudy day, but that is best for mapping projects as it lowers the contrast.
A new Suffolk aerial construction project has begun. This project will cover the construction of a new set of apartment buildings, and runs until 2023
A fun aerial shoot in suffolk for a new Amazon warehouse. The shoot involved photos, videos and some aerial mapping.
An interesting Chesapeake aerial shoot for some farmland for sale. It was a beautiful day. I added some boundary lines to the photos for clarity.
A Virginia Beach aerial photo shoot for a man who wanted aerial shots for landscaping preview purposes. using these photos, he can plan out where things will be, including a new shed, and see how they will look from different angles.
An interesting aerial shoot in Newport News. This one was for a company that installs the bollards on docks and piers, and wanted some photos and video to show off the project.
A joint operation with photographer John Wadsworth, taking photos of a wonderful couple on the boardwalk at their Suffolk house.
The Currituck Public Safety Building is now framed out, and the first floor floor is almost in place.
A cool aerial shoot for the Dollar Tree apartment complex at Summit Pointe. It's a beautiful building, and people are already moving in.
The Armada Hoffler tower at 27th St. Virginia Beach just poured it’s top floor concrete. Its amazing how fast it has grown!
An ongoing shoot to cover the renovation of a beautiful old property in Suffolk VA. I will be revisiting regularly to follow the remodeling process.
An early morning shoot for the now completed Marina Villas property. The shoot also involved some post-production editing and modification for advertising purposes.
An interesting Virginia Beach aerial shoot to show two freshly paved intersections on 19th St. I will be going back when all of them have been completed
The Marina Villas Construction project in Norfolk has now come to an end. I will miss seeing it every few weeks.
Wow, the Virginia Beach oceanfront construction that started only a few months ago is already up to the 5th floor! I look forward to seeing how much it has grown every 2 weeks.
An interesting project for the Coast Guard base in Portsmouth, VA. In this case, because it is military restricted airspace, I had to launch from the docks, and could not fly into the airspace at all.
My ongoing construction project in Norfolk is getting closer to wrap up. At this point, there are only a few things to be done. Its been really interesting watching this building grow.
Spring is here, and with it will come many people trying to sell their homes. This is traditionally the time that the market is deluged with new listings.
When potential buyers and realtors are looking over the MLS properties, aerial shots of houses can tell much more about the area around the home.
Air Aspects photos of an old Virginia tide mill were used for an interesting article in the House and Home magazine. It's great seeing my work in print again. No matter how many times I see them, it never gets old.
A beautiful sunny day for a rental house shoot just north of Cape Charles. This was an interesting shoot because the owner is applying to be a wedding/event location, and needed a visual representation of where things would be in relation to neighbors.
Construction is starting on the Currituck Public Safety Building. This will be a fun ongoing project, taking regular photos of progress.
A visit to Cambridge Maryland to video the 2019 Warriors Rest Waterfowl Hunt.
It was a great time, but SO cold thanks to a Canadian arctic blast. The video was produced from over 12 hrs of footage from 6 cameras, and is for their YouTube channel, and also for their website.
A sunny day construction aerial shoot for Armada Hoffler, who have 2 projects under construction on 27th St., Virginia Beach.
This project involved a few more hoops to jump through; I had to apply for a special 2 year waiver from the FAA, and have to stay in contact with the tower at nearby Oceana Naval Air Station.
Accidents do happen, and if you're flying illegally, you can expect a knock at the door.
A California man ignored the FAA's drone regulations whilst vacationing in Las Vegas. Not only was he flying in restricted airspace without permission, but he lost control of his drone, drifting away and landing next to an active runway at Las Vegas' main airport.
Now he is facing nearly $20,000 in fines from the federal government.
An aerial shoot of a new oyster barge owned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. These photos were for the Foundation magazine, with more photos and video coming soon from the barge christening.
Sunny aerial shoot at the Top Rack Marina on the ICW in Chesapeake, VA. I shot video and photos for use in their web sites and advertising.
Following the reconstruction of the old Surf Rider restaurant at Vinings Landing Marine Center in Norfolk.
Another interesting Chesapeake Aerial Shoot for a presentation video. A company is offering parking lot maintenance and handyman services, and wanted video to highlight the things they do. It was a fun flight, but I had a lot of people stopping to check out both the drone and me.
This was an interesting project. A property developer has begun clearing trees for an upcoming project in Chesapeake.
Because there is already an established neighborhood next to the development, before they began, the local civic league had asked for a 100ft buffer of trees.
The developers went ahead and have torn down trees right up to some homes property lines, and the civic league asked me to take photos and videos for any upcoming action they may take.
A gorgeous sunny day for a shoot at The MARQ in Virginia Beach. This was an aerial and ground shoot to capture the property's beautiful features.
Our ongoing construction aerial photography project at Marina Villas on Shore Drive, Norfolk is going well. Over the last 2 weeks the roof (well, half of it) has really started taking shape.
Fun commercial shoot in North Carolina. This was an aerial and ground photo shoot of a 7-11 in Barco. Beautiful day, managed to get the shoot in between storm bands..
Because aerial photography is such a relatively new field, clients and homeowners often aren't sure how to prepare a property for an aerial shoot.
Here are 10 things you can do to guarantee the best possible aerial imaging of a property.
Poplar Grove Mill and House is a historic tide mill and home located near Williams, Mathews County, Virginia. The tide mill is a two-story frame structure built after the American Civil War with a gable roof built on a narrow mole which separates a small lagoon or mill pond from the bay.
The Shopper advertising magazine in Chesapeake is publishing a story on Jones CPAs, in Virginia Beach. I was hired to take photos of their team, office and show the proximity to Virginia Beach Town Center.
About a year ago, I wrote a column about the number of people I have come across since I have been flying who were admittedly flying for clients without an FAA license or liability insurance.
Many people see the drone as a means to get rich quick. They buy a drone and say they're an aerial photographer. However, once they buy the drone, they find out that there are requirements for registration, FAA testing, and licensing.
Out in the Asheville / Brevard area of North Carolina for photo / video shoots. Took some photos of this beautiful area during the down time.
Really fun shoot for the City of Norfolk Economic Development Department at the empty former Nordstrom Department Store in Norfolk's MacArthur Center. Got interior and exterior footage, and even flew around indoors, which was awesome.
A beautiful sail to Horn Harbor Marina in Mathews, VA to shoot aerial and ground photos for the marinas new owners. Beautiful weather, and we stopped on the way back to get some photos of a Chesapeake Bay icon, New Point Comfort Lighthouse.
The Marina Villas project is coming along very nicely, the 2nd floor is really taking shape, and now there are 130ft tall cranes to add to the fun :)
A very breezy day for an already challenging Chesapeake aerial shoot of a yard closed in by trees. At least there was a nice soft pool to catch the drone if it fell.
A sunny Memorial Weekend for aerial and ground photos around the Oyster Farm Marina at Kings Creek.
The place was really busy and there were even fireworks.
A sunny aerial photography shoot at the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways visitor center, Chesapeake, VA
Beautiful day for another aerial shoot in Chesapeake. This was a property with an additional lot beside it. Really nice house.
Aerial photo shoot of a beautiful waterfront property in Chesapeake, VA. Playing catch-up after several days of rain.. Have to fit in 8 shoots before it returns at the weekend.
Beautiful sunny day for an aerial photography shoot in Portsmouth. Two apartment complexes with some excellent views of the Elizabeth River.
A beautiful day for the first shoot in an ongoing construction series for 'Marina Villas' on Shore Drive, Norfolk.
This shoot was challenging because it was less than a mile from Norfolk International Airport.
I had to apply for permissions in advance using the LAANC system, which took a couple of days to sort out. Even with approval, my height was limited to 150ft..
A big shout out to Mrs. Miller, a very kind lady who helped me out when the system didn't seem to want to cooperate.
A beautiful but chilly day taking commercial photos for Volkert Transportation and Engineering services. This shoot was to demonstrate work that had been done, with the goal of presenting to future potential customers.
A great fun weekend filming at 'Warriors Rest', an 80 acre property in Cambridge MD run by retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley and his wife, Diane. Their charity offers hunting retreats for wounded warriors, veterans and their families. The resulting 3-part video was placed on their membership website https://videos.extremesealexperience.com
WARNING - LANGUAGE (NSFW)
It's that time of the 2 years again. Hard to believe how fast the last 2 years has gone, and all of the cool projects I've been involved in. Here's looking forward to the next 2 years!
An aerial photo and video shoot in Suffolk, VA for a cotton farmer who has recently picked his cotton and has it sitting in modules ready for pickup.
A great day shooting at Warriors Rest, a charity property where wounded warriors can go to relax and hunt. The owners, Don and Diane Shipley are an amazing and dedicated couple, and the 80 acre property is fully stocked for the visitors.
A super fun day on the Lafayette River in Norfolk, VA. working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Covering the planting of oysters onto an artificial reef in the river. Great time was had by all, and a really good turnout of boats.
A fun and challenging day shooting at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. The biggest issue was that inside the small metal hangar there was no GPS at all.. So I had to revert to the olden days (LOL 5 years ago) and fly-by-wire in and around the aircraft without a safety net!
It was great fun, and a very interesting place to visit.
Fourth Commercial Real Estate shoot this week. This one was more complicated, as it was pretty much right outside Oceana Naval Air Station.
There were jets on touch-and-go training flying really low literally overhead every minute or so, which meant communication with the Air Traffic Control was essential. I had to bring the drone down every time the jets were near, and take the shots quickly between passes.
Third of four commercial real estate aerial photography shoots. This one for a retirement community in Hampton, VA.
2nd of 4 commercial real estate aerial shoots this week.
This one was for a neat brewpub, distillery and restaurant in Hampton, VA
First in a set of 4 commercial real estate shoots. This one in Newport News for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math school
A neat shoot with GPC Joint Venture. We were driving around looking for the best camera positions to view the new bridge replacement on I64 in Chesapeake as the construction progresses.
A fun air and ground shoot at the Calvert Cliffs State Park, in Maryland.
It was very overcast, but that added to the ambiance..
Took a trip to Maryland for a Father's Day party and also a head shot photo shoot for Baleigh Doyle, a beautiful, intelligent young lady who is running for Miss Montana 2018.
Aerial shoot for a HUGE and beautiful property in Chesapeake. Once again surrounded by trees, so was playing duck and dodge through the shoot, and my obstacle sensors were yelling at me :)
With all that I was able to get some nice angles.
So many trees! My drone was close enough to kiss them throughout the photo shoot, but it controlled its urges :)
Quick flight and ground shoot at Southall Landings Marina in Hampton.
A beautiful place with excellent access to the Chesapeake Bay.
It looked like the sunset was going to be pretty, so I grabbed the trusty Mavic Air and drove to the office to get a few shots around the water tower.
Another sunny day.
Too good to waste, so took the Mavic Pro to the Great Bridge bridge in Chesapeake.
An interesting aerial shoot for an accident scene a couple of days ago.
A driver got a ticket, and wants aerial shots to help explain what happened to the judge when going to court.
Making the most of I think the first sunny weekend this year :) Drove over to Portsmouth for some street shooting. Also took the Mavic Pro up despite it being freezing and extremely windy.
Had a great day out. Despite it being freezing cold and very windy, it was great to see the sun again!
A very sunny, and windy photo shoot at the Jordan Bridge in south Norfolk. Also testing the newest drone, which handled 30 mph gusts really well..
A cool Engagement shoot at the Oak Grove Lake Park, in Chesapeake, VA. Despite there being millions of people around, we managed to still pull off some great shots from the air and the ground!
Congratulations Ryan and Sarah
Travelled up to Maryland to shoot these 2 quaint homes for a client. It rained for 3 days straight!!
Finally the rain lifted for a few hours, and we were able to get some aerial and ground shots.
Super secret shoot for a husbands birthday. This couple had spent 4 years working to create the house of their dreams. The final aerial shot was quite heavily edited, with grass replaced, many items removed, and the horse added in (he/she has come out for a later photo.) This was printed and framed, and presented to the husband for his birthday.
Original photo, leading to the final photo.
Another beautiful day for an aerial shoot. Not a cloud in the sky.
A little breezy, but the drone handled it like a champ.
A gorgeous day in Chesapeake. Just the right amount of clouds in the sky, although just a few hours from rain storms!
Spent a few days videoing and editing a short promo for a beautiful in-progress development on the Intracoastal Waterway at Chesapeake, VA. I wanted to use less conventional, 'fun' music to sum up the tagline 'Come home to your happy place'
A beautiful sunny day getting aerial photos for the Oyster Farm Marina at King Creek, Cape Charles. Although it was a little windy, the photos came out really well and summed up the marina and surrounding property.
Fun evening shoot to capture fireworks at the Chesapeake Jubilee. Fireworks look really impressive from the air.
A very cute Norfolk waterfront property, with a HUGE walkway out to the boathouse..
I don't think the boat conveys :)
THAT'S what I'm talking about!!
This was a beautiful real estate shoot in Chesapeake. The property is awesome, with a fire pit, pool and picturesque pond in the background. I want to move :)
Pretty day for an aerial real estate shoot of a waterfront property on Albacore Key in Virginia Beach.
There were an awful lot of trees on the property (trees are an aerial photographer's nightmare), but I still managed to weave my way through them to get some cool shots.
Very pretty day taking aerial photos of a waterfront property in Virginia Beach that's just coming onto the market
Fun day of aerial photography and filming at Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake :) For once the sun cooperated!
Great day shooting for a For Sale By Owner property in Chesapeake, VA. Even though the trees were a bit bare, I think I captured the feel of the property.
Inside video and aerial video were then used to make the video.
Awesome time shooting aerial video and photos for the Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Spa, in Bermuda. Several shoots encompassing not only the resort, but also several locations around Bermuda, and some other businesses like a sunset cruise catamaran.
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Tuesday November 29th 2022
Virginia Beach Aerial Oceanfront Roadway Shoot
Thursday November 17th 2022
Interesting aerial shoot of empty lot in Smithfield
Tuesday November 08th 2022
Suffolk Aerial Communications Towers Photos
Friday October 28th 2022
Aerial Mapping in Newport News
Thursday October 20th 2022
Interior and Aerial real estate photo shoot
Monday October 10th 2022
Aerial real estate shoot for large property
Friday September 30th 2022
Interior Real Estate shoot in Virginia Beach
Tuesday September 20th 2022
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