Aerial drone photography

Drones provide an additional angle to any shoot, whether photo or video. The laws are constantly changing and the rules are sometimes complex. I have the necessary certification, insurance and experience to conduct most aerial tasks.

I have undertaken drone flights for property sales, renewables companies, building projects, tourism sites, hotels, private individuals large events and personal projects, liaising with police and civilian and military Air Traffic Control where necessary.

Looking south-west over Forres, Moray
Kylesku Bridge, Sutherland

Nothing takes an image to another level more than drone photography. It beats planes and helicopters hands down as versatile and affordable way to get the right image, although, each of those do have benefits that drones don’t, just less likely to be of use for marketing your business and more likely to suit big-budget campaigns and films.

I see my drone as an additional camera, I use it when the need arises. I wont take an aerial shot if you don’t need one, or if a close-up is what you need. Drones do give an extra dimension, but I’m careful not to use it just because I have it..

When I did a circular route of the North Coast 500 and of course it was perfectly suited to that, but equally, when someone asked me to do a group shot of a board of directors in a beautiful location, the choice was a shot on the ground which took in the location while making the group of people front and centre, (well, slightly off centre for better composition!).

Operating this aerial camera gives more flexibility for my customers, who don’t have the added expense of hiring in an external drone operator. As a camera, it’s no more expensive than some of those I use on the ground, so you’ll find that if you hire me for aerial photography, it comes at a reasonable cost. However, there are safety implications, so permission may be required from neighbours and I carry out a risk assessment before every aerial job.

Not to mention that I live and work mostly INSIDE a Military Aerodrome Traffic Zone, which requires additional communication with Air Traffic Control when flying within its safety boundaries.

Qualified, insured, experienced

I studied and qualified for an RPQ (remote pilot qualification) in 2017, gained my PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) the same year and have flown drones commercially since then. In 2019, as the Civil Aviation Authority tightened up on rogue operators, all drone operators and pilots were required to get an Operator and Flyer ID, and in 2020, I passed the new A2 CofC qualification to meet the rules of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Drone laws are due to change again in 2023 when drones will be given new class identities which will present new rules such as how close they can be flown to people.

My credentials

  • Insurance: EC 785/2004 compliant (expires 29.12.2021)
  • Operator ID: GBR-OP-VLKZ8NQ6ZB5H (expires 06.01.2022)
  • Flyer ID: FLY-JR8YDZ (expires 06.01.2023)
  • A2 Certificate of Competency (expires 17.12.2025))
  • NQE Remote Pilot Qualification (2017)