Welcome to 2018…


With that being said, let’s talk about 2017 for a moment. 2017 was a great year for our real estate clients as homes we shot sold, on average, in less that 30 days. Often homes sold in just a few weeks (2-3). Not only were professional real estate clients reaping the rewards, flippers had a great year as well. From talking to my real estate clients, more of the same is expected in 2018, and we’re all looking forward to it.

Now lets talk about 2018. Drone photography is something that is being added for 2018. The drone is purchased, insurance in place, and now preparing to take the FAA test to operate drones commercially. I’m expecting all to be in place and ready to go by April. I’d love to post some images of test shots I’ve done with the drone, but if posted they would be considered commercial images and since I’m not licensed yet, would be illegal.

With that said, I know a lot of Realtors are using drone shots and that’s great. Just make sure the pilot is licensed. Here’s the thing, if you hire an unlicensed drone pilot to capture images of your property to use for marketing, the drone pilot could face fines up to $1000. However, you, the one who hired the drone pilot, could face fines up to $10,000. If you are the drone pilot using the images for your marketing then you could face fines up to $11,000.

Another thing to consider when hiring a drone pilot is insurance. For all concerned, make sure the pilot has liability insurance. Things happen, and with drones those things include fly-Aways. A fly-away is when the drone has lost contact with the pilot. Although the drone should automatically return to the pilot, it could still hit something. One recent scenario is a fly-away drone that hit a military helicopter. Not good.

In addition to drones, remember that I’m able to provide you with property videos. With the addition of drones, the property videos can really make your marketing for a specific property pop with that added WOW factor. Videos require a full day of shooting then and additional 48 hours for editing. Please call me to discuss your property video needs.

To close, one additional service I provide is corporate headshots. If you are needing a new headshot for your business card, website, social media, or any other purpose give me a call and I can schedule you for a shoot in our studio. This service is very affordable and can be with a background that is best for you immediate need.

I’m looking forward to 2018 as I’m sure you are as well.

Thanks, and talk soon…

Michael