Besides the address, what else is needed from clients for an aerial shoot?
Before the assignment can proceed, we discuss in detail the goals of the assignment. During this time we also use Google Earth or Maps to locate the property. Things look quite different from the air so Google gives us a preview of your site. In urban areas, this is critical. One brick building looks like all the others at 500 feet and traveling at warp-speed!
Can the client fly with you on the shoot?
Currently most aerial photo sessions are executed using a Robinson 22 helicopter. This is just slightly larger than the whirly-bird ride that used to be in front of some department stores for kids to ride on. When using this R22, only the pilot and photographer can fit.
If you'd like to come along, we also use a Robinson 44 that can fit up to 4 people. There is a weight limit so 3 people is usually the safest load. The R44 costs between 25% and 30% more but everyone gets a ride.
Please note: We remove the doors from the aircraft before we fly. If you object to wind in your face, you're not going to like the accommodations in the rear of the R44.
Do you use special equipment for aerial photographs?
We use image stabilizing lenses and professional Nikon 36mp cameras.
How much does an aerial photograph cost?
Prices depend upon which aircraft we use, how long we fly and how many photos have to be processed as finished images. We can quote you a price once we know the assignment and your goals.