AERIAL FILM & PHOTOS
I’ve been flying drones professionally and fully licensed by the UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) since 2014 with PFCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) and £1M Public Liability insurance.
I was the 734th person in the UK to hold a PFCO, to date (Jan 2021) there have been over 13,000. That’s a lot of people operating drones but in my experience not a lot of them actually have the ability to take decent images or video! To me a drone is just another camera in my arsenal and one which adds a fantastic perspective for setting a scene.
From the elevated landscape photography angles through to the many commercial film uses such as aerial estate agent photography, roof surveys, agronomy, event photography and many more applications, drones have changed the way filmmakers and photographers operate. Operating a drone is a relatively simple concept but capturing well exposed, carefully composed cinematic shots takes photographic skills and experience.
I always operate responsibly and within the law. It is important to respect people’s privacy and have permission for take-off & landing sites. With a maximum legal altitude of 120m/400ft most scenes can be fitted into a shot, if not there are options such as tilt/pan (in video) or panoramic stitching (stills).
Where required I have Risk Assessment forms and am happy to provide evidence of my PFCO and Insurance policy.
I have worked in many sensitive areas including Felixstowe docks (for BBC1), Holkham Hall & beach, and Poole Harbour (for the RNLI) where rules must be carefully followed so as not to present any danger or distrubance to human activity/industry or wildlife.
If required I can fly in towns & cities as long as the rules are followed. If flights close to airports are required I will seek clearance in advance from the relevant air traffic control.
My drone film work has taken me all over the world from The Maldives (for Swimquest) to The Maasai Mara, Kenya (for Biosphere Expeditions), I have filmed many commissions for local tourism organisations (Visit North Norfolk, The Deep History Coast, Where to go in North Norfolk), I was the official photographer/filmmaker for the UK’s first £19 million Sandscaping project.
I have made films for quarry companies, farmers, estate agents, holiday lets, hotels, golf clubs, Google street view, the RNLI, The King’s Troop, The Household Cavalry, NNDC, Norfolk Homes, Arnolds Keys, Peel Ports, Wild East, ID Systems, Bliss Hotels, Byfords, Gresham’s School, Norfolk Constabulary, Nissan, The Thursford Collection, Oyster Yachts and RG Carter Builders and much more.
My video work has been featured on many UK television programmes including: BBC national news (BBC 1 & BBC News channel), ITN News, Countryfile (BBC1), Songs of Praise (BBC1), The Politics Show (BBC1), Britain’s Wildest Weather 2018 & 2020 (CH4), The One Show (BBC1), The Princess Royal at 70 (ITV), Saving Lives at Sea (BBC2), Prince William – a planet for us all (ITV), Nadiya’s British Food Adventure (BBC2), BBC Breakfast (BBC1) and other news channels around the world.
Prices start at £250+vat per hour with half and full day options available. I can shoot both stills and video sequentially if required.
• Stills – In the case of stills photography the price includes supply of the fully finished, high resolution image files, no restrictions on usage and no hidden costs.
• Video – For video the fee includes supply of the unedited rushes (clips straight out of camera) or they can be edited into a short film if required, for a edit fee of £75+vat per hour. As a rule it’s best to allow two hours edit time per minute of finished film.
With many of my photography commissions (such as estate agent & holiday property photography) I am happy to include drone photography included in the original shoot fee, no extra charges.
For examples of my recent films (most of which include some element of aerial work) please visit my Vimeo channel here.