When it comes to architectural and landscape photography and videography, there’s been a shift in perspective thanks to the evolution of drones. From the air, you can capture a completely different perspective and allow your clients to see aspects that were previously only accessible to birds.
Austin is one of the most drone-friendly cities in the United States, with lots of places where you can fly drones freely. As a result, it’s also home to some of the most talented drone pilots in the country who have transformed their passions into full-time careers shooting aerial cinematography.
Aaron Snyder is the founder of Snydrone Photography, an Austin-based drone photography company that began as a hobby and he now operates as a side hustle to his full-time career. He utilizes the best equipment available to capture high-quality real estate videos, event photos, and roof inspections, illustrating just how wide ranging aerial drone videography is. He is FAA part 107 Certified (which means he can legally fly drones for commercial purposes), and is happy to travel anywhere in the greater Austin area.
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Drone Genuity is a national aerial photography and drone videography company that offers its services in the Austin area. They work with a diverse range of clients that range from sole operators to large enterprises with assets based around the country. All of their photographers and videographers are FAA certified and fly premium-quality drones, which are capable of capturing magazine-quality photos and 4K HD videos. Whether you’re working in real estate, mapping terrain, or installing solar panels, they offer an easy and professional acquisition of aerial imagery and data.
Volare Aerial Videography
Volare Aerial Videography is a husband and wife team and was established in 2016 after a holiday spent filming aerial footage in Tuscany. While Patrick is the drone pilot and editor, Savanna takes charge of coordinating productions, with the couple having more than 15 years of combined experience in design, marketing, and photography. Their impressive portfolio includes stunning footage from the hill country of Texas, with Patrick having a knack for finding the best shooting angles.
JWill Design Studios
Jonathan Williams is the man behind JWill Design Studios, a digital production company that’s garnered a reputation throughout Austin for its high-end visual content. He skilfully transforms photography and videography into engaging media through the use of well-crafted storytelling and creative direction. Not only does he offer filming services but also color grading and editing, and he shoots weddings with his wife as part of their umbrella project at Ever Perfect Weddings.
Flying Camera Media
Also known as Over Austin, this aerial photography and videography company is run by Christopher Sherman, a fully licensed pilot who operates a fleet of state-of-the-art drones. He began flying planes back in the 1980s and holds both an FAA Remote Pilot and a Private Pilot certificate. Previous clients include the Fairmont Hotels, State of Texas, and the University of Texas, as well as the Bob Bullock Museum and the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Austin 360 Photography
Working with clients in the real estate, ranch, and hotel industries, Austin 360 Photography is a leading drone operator in Texas. They strive to deliver the highest quality marketing photography and videography, with the company using top-of-the-line equipment and drawing on their post-processing expertise. Clients love the company’s fast turnaround times (with most orders completed within 24 hours of the shoot date), as well as the vivid and realistic quality of the images and videos.
speculo is the creative company of Sawyer Richburg, an Austin-based drone pilot who specializes in aerial film and photography. Aside from capturing stunning images of Austin for use on TV, he also creates marketing videos for companies such as Red Bull, Cooper Tires, and the Four Seasons hotel chain. He’s worked on productions for Amazon, HBO, and SXSW, and flown in countries as far afield as South Korea, Iceland, and Jamaica.
Austin Drone Photography
Specializing in both still photography and video production, Austin Drone Photography produces multimedia content for businesses throughout the city. They utilize the best equipment that’s available to ensure the highest-quality images and videos. Whether you’re making a commercial, a film, or a promotional video, they offer everything from a basic film crew to full business image management and multimedia services. They can skillfully handle jobs of all sizes and are happy to travel abroad if required.
Herron Sky View
Herron Sky View is led by Dan Herron, an FAA commercially licensed, certified, and insured pilot with more than 15 years of experience in aerial photography. He gave up his career as a corporate photographer and marketing manager to establish his aerial videography business, drawing on his experience working with big-name clients such as ABC Television News and IBM. He regularly collaborates with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and is a member of the prestigious Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the United States Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers.
Hailing from Lenoir, North Carolina, Johnny Stevens has more than 30 years of experience shooting videos and still images as both a director and a producer. He began capturing photographs in his late teens and has transformed it into a full-time career, with a focus on architectural photography as a drone operator. He flies a DJI Mavic Pro 2 with a Hasselblad camera, which is easy to travel with on planes, and is a respected member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Austin Guild PPA.