Category Archives: General

Drone Update Status

I wanted to let everyone know that it’s taken far longer than anyone had suspected but my new drone has finally shipped.  It should be here on Monday the 13th.  It’ll take me a week or so to learn how to fly it and best utilize it for real estate photos.  And it will take even more time for me to learn exactly what the FAA is looking for when making waiver requests.  Right now I see a need for two waivers:  one for the Tyndall AFB airspace which affects the southern part of Callaway, Parker, and Springfield areas.  And another waiver for operation over populated areas which will affect all of the beach and condo areas on Panama City Beach.  

I’m looking forward to tackling these issues in the coming days so I can be ready to provide the best aerial service to all of you.  Thanks for your patience.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Drone Service Coming Soon!

Because of all the requests and inquiries I’ve been receiving lately about drone aerial photos, I have decided to take the investment plunge and get a drone.  I have studied and passed the drone certification course from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and have found the drone I want to procure.  Unfortunately it is backordered for a couple of weeks so it will be a short while longer before I can get it in my hands and practice with it so I’ll be ready to use it.  I’m looking at setting pricing right now.  What would you be willing to pay for 3-4 drone images to help market your house? 

I Have Returned!

I have returned from my New Mexico trip to visit an old high school buddy.  I had a great time and might even throw a few images here for you to view a little later.  In the mean time, I’m ready for more houses and condos to photograph for you!  Let me know what you have and I’ll get them on the schedule ASAP.  

Not All Properties We Photograph Are “Showcase” Homes

Not every house we photograph is one of those you see on the front page of various real estate, vacation, travel, or architectural magazines.  Regardless, we still need to do our best to photograph those houses and present them in the best way possible for the prospective buyers.  They need to see the true condition of the property but they don’t necessarily need to see all of its “warts”.  No matter what we do in the photographing or editing process, we absolutely cannot remove anything unpleasant.  As most of you are aware, that is construed as mis-representing the property which is a big no-no.  We often have to strike a balance between making the property look “too good” versus showing reality in all of its “splendor”.   

310 Alexander Drive is one of those houses that are not magazine ready.  

Extended Absence

This short note is a heads up about a trip I’m planning.  I’ll be loading up my motorcycle and pull behind trailer soon for a trip to visit some friends in New Mexico.  I plan on doing a lot of photography on the way out there and back.  No interstates for me; I want to drive the back roads and visit a lot of the out of the way places on this trip.  I even hope to get some extended driving time on the infamous Route 66 when I can!  Right now I’m considering the last two weeks in April and possibly extending into the first week in May.  Keep that in mind when you’re planning your photographic needs.  Thanks for your understanding!

Hurricane Irma Update

As of this morning, the latest forecast track is bringing Irma up the west coast of Florida beginning as a Cat 5 storm.  It’s track has been drifting farther westward for a few days now.  If it gets out over the Gulf as it tracks northward along the coast, it will remain a very strong storm and might begin to have a serious impact on our area here in the panhandle.  As of now we’re expecting some tropical storm force winds and showers from the outer rain bands.  I suspect we’ll be dealing with this storm through Tuesday at least so you might want to consider this as you make your photography plans.  Please everyone; stay safe out there and please be considerate of all the evacuees from south Florida staying in our area for the next few days.  

Major Hurricane Irma

In case you haven’t noticed, but I’m sure you have, there is a major hurricane bearing down on Florida right now.  Hurricane Irma is a strong Cat 5 hurricane headed toward the Florida Straits.  Current forecast shows it making a right turn and heading up toward Ft Myers on the west coast of the state which means we’ll probably feel some of it’s outer rain bands as it makes its way northward.  But if it keeps angling west, we could get much worse weather including, possibly, a direct hit.  

Plan ahead both for your photography needs and for your personal safety.  If any of your properties need outside views, especially the condos, I probably won’t be able to get to many of your units through the middle of next week, possibly through the end of next week as we wait for the weather to clear out.  Other properties will depend on the safety of getting around town.  

If you haven’t already, you might think of using your own camera or cell phone and taking photos or videos of each room in your house to document your possessions for insurance purposes.  It’s easy and takes only a few moments.  You never know when that information will be needed.  

Be safe out there and hopefully I’ll be able to chat with all of you on the flip side!

New Condo Exterior Photo

I was just out at the Regency Towers condo photographing a unit out there for an agent and noticed that they have finally replaced the old fountain display in front of the building with something newer and a little more modern.  So I had to get a new photo that shows the front of the building.  This photo will be located in the amenity photos gallery for purchase by anyone wanting photos of the complex to use in their marketing.  The exterior photos are always included with unit photos taken for rental or selling purposes.  

Back To Normal

Now that the weekend is over, it looks like everything is back to normal.  I have access to all my web sites and I’ve been re-building one of them from scratch which is my aerial photography web site.  Haven’t had  much call for aerial work lately and besides that, my plane is still broke.  I’ve also been looking into getting a drone and offering aerial views from a drone perspective but along with the real plane maintenance work, spending additional dollars on an expensive drone is not something I’m exploring right now.  

Thanks for your patience during this transition period.  If anybody sees anything that is still not working right or that you have a question about, don’t hesitate to give me a shout!

First Sunset Shoot

I performed my first sunset photo shoot a couple of days ago and then immediately went out of town on a planned trip before I had a chance to edit the photos.  It was a lot of fun and definitely a learning experience.  These shoots take time as we have to get there early enough to make sure all the lights are on and we establish the view we want to capture.  Then it’s a waiting game.  Waiting for the sun to set and the rich colors to pop out in the skies.  All the time taking a photo about every 5-10 minutes.  When the sun finally sets, it’s time to run around with a flash to add light to items like shrubbery, trees, darker areas on the house, etc.  These will all get edited and combined later during post-processing.  Needless to say, there are a lot of photos to go through.  In this case, I have 72 photos from the sunset shoot.   That will keep me busy tomorrow!  I’ll post the final result soon.