The Hunt is On!

We have a saying here, “Never a dull day at Aerial Innovations!”. And yesterday was no exception. For our annual company meeting, we were sent on a scavenger hunt around Nashville. Below are some of the photos of the teams in action along with photos of the clues. To see all images, visit our gallery online.

The theme of the hunt involved a history of projects that Aerial Innovations has photographed through the years. This meant a lot to the newest members of our team, they learned how much we have been involved with the building of Nashville. We also had Nashville themed items to photograph like a guitar used as art and a famous music venue….oh, and a family of tourists. The last clue was to take a photograph of their team at the old Cornelia Fort Airpark, boy do we miss flying out of there!

Everyone got in before the downpour started. Of course, the pool party was nixed but we still had a great lunch and got to preview our new video (coming soon!). We are now re-energized to go out and make beautiful images that tell the story of the men and women who are building our future. Thanks, Teams!

Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander

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The fastest team, Team Heli!

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A bizarre selfie of Team Ground was one of the clues

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Team Heli planning their route

TeamFW (15 of 49)

One Clue, Belmont Law Library

TeamFW (20 of 49)

This was supposed to be a college student, decided it was more of a street performer.

TeamGround (27 of 48)

Photo of the SunTrust Building, uniquely paired with the AT&T Building

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Another gorgeous shot of Belmont Academic by Team Fixed Wing

11 Years Flying High!

Next Friday, June 6 is an important date here at Aerial Innovations of TN & KY. That was the day we set up shop in Nashville, TN in 2003. Can’t believe it’s been 11 years already!! And we pale in comparison to the longevity of our sister companies in Florida and Georgia (from whom we learned EVERYTHING!!).  All of us celebrate our “birthdays” in the spring,  Tampa turned 27 on May 9th. Click the link below to view images from their celebration:

Aerial Innovations of FL, Tampa Turns 27!

In Georgia, Sheri and the gang celebrated 23 years with a few blasts from the past, check out this opening day photo from the GA Dome:

Aerial Innovations of GA Turns 23!

So, we are just babies here in TN & KY, but we still know how to have fun. We have gathered some of our favorite “AI in Action” shots to share. View the link below to see what a day in the life of the best job in the world is like:

Aerial Innovations of TN & KY Turns 11!

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First Ever AI Summit

This past weekend, the founders and owners of the three Aerial Innovations companies (Florida, Georgia & Tennessee/Kentucky) converged in Tampa for the first ever Aerial Innovations Summit. It was so much fun to have all these energetic and talented women in one room…and despite swapping flight stories and fussin’ about hard times, we actually managed to get some work done! There are a lot of exciting things in the works for all three companies…stay tuned as we reach for the sky!

Oh, and it just happened to be Salvador Dali’s birthday so Wendy headed off for a little art before the Summit. Love us some Dali!

Pictured in group photo: L to R: Founder Colette Eddy (FL), Jenny Smith (FL), Julie Palermo-Valdes (FL), President Sheri Christianson (GA), President Wendy Whittemore (TN/KY)

What happens in Vegas….

….is coming home with us! Wendy, Rodger and Will are headed out to the PAPA International Conference in Las Vegas. There are too many workshops to list here…follow this link to view the entire session list

This is our first Aerial Photography Convention and I am not sure, but I think it will be a bit smaller than the World of Concrete event held here a month or so ago. I may be wrong..we will see.

The highlights of the conference will definitely be the night flight down the strip, seeing all the great images in the print competition, meeting our colleagues and trying to handle information overload. Rodger will be winning back our cost for the trip as Will and I try hard to get as much out of this conference as possible.

…so, Vegas, ready or not here we come!

Aerials Become Art at ABC

Wander up the stairs in the downtown office of the Chamber of Commerce and you will glimpse briefly into the Arts & Business Coucil’s office with large (and largely intriguing) images; images of downtown Nashville from above, bird’s-eye views of Middle Tennessee and some images you may not be able to decide where they were taken.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville is hosting an exhibit by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc, a professional Aerial & Architectural Photography Company. This is the first major exhibit by Aerial Innovations which was first on display at the Arts at the Airport series in 2009 and 2010. The Arts & Business Council has just celebrated their third year of driving collaboration between the arts & businesses in Nashville. The aerial images of the Gateway Bridge, Nashville at Dawn and Tim’s Ford lake are a perfect fit for these two up and coming organizations in the arts community.

We at Aerial Innovations would like to thank the Arts & Business Coucil for exhibiting our work. We look forward to promoting this great organization! The exhibit will run through March 2011. Please call the ABC office at 615-743-3055 for more information or to view the exhibit. The ABC office is at 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville drives collaboration between arts, business and the community that contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of Greater Nashville. The ABC also presents the Music City Corporate Band Challenge, ArtWorks, Arts Immersion, and its programs include WorkCreative: Arts Based Learning for Businesses, Developmental Seminars, and the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts.

Nashville Morning

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We Photo Tomato once again….

Another August, another Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville. Despite the economy, the heat index (well over 100 degrees) and the flooding that occurred in May, this festival was one of the biggest yet, five streets closed off in the five points. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival celebrates all things tomato, but especially art inspired by tomatoes. Seven years of tomatoes??? Yes!! and the art just keeps getting better, it’s really amazing.

Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. has photographed the festival for four years which gives us an opportunity to see almost every event. This year five photographers, Wendy, Will, Lindsay, Erin & husband Jason took to the streets to capture over 2000 images. We have edited it down to about 500 and are in the process of production and uploading them to flickr…stay tuned!

Here are a few edits to whet your tomato-appetite~!

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Focus on Recovery Update

Today we will be delivering a check to Rebuilding Together Nashville for $10,537. Wow! We raised this money through a photography auction (hmmm…bought a few pieces ourselves…) held here in East Nashville. The funds will go to rebuild up to 50 homes that were damaged in the recent May floods here in Nashville. And the best news….corporate sponsors have agreed to match the amount..twice! Which means over $31K for homeowners. Thanks to everyone who participated, donated, gave time or materials to pull this off. Here are some photos from the event and also some photos of RTN at work. You can also go onto Facebook to see more images. Also see the News Coverage from Channel 5.

Farewell Fort.

Interior of Cessna Zero Hotel

Interior of Cessna Zero Hotel

Delta XRay sits pinned to earth under a tree. Zero Hotel has a gate laying across the wheels as if someone had tried to build a cage around her. This is the devastation that the flood of 2010 brought to Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville. The waters rose from almost a half a mile away to flood the runway, the field & the FBO with almost seven feet of water. Nothing prepared anyone for how far the waters would reach. Nothing prepared me for the sights of what was left of Colemill’s fleet. Nothing prepared me for the tears that welled up as I walked out on the muddy taxiways.

Cornelia Fort has been linked to Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. since it’s inception. I walked into Colemill (the FBO on the field) almost seven years ago to the day asking…no, stating, that I would like to see their aircraft and talk to their pilots..I was starting an aerial photography company and would need their services. A little cocky, for sure, but with the dreams I had of being successful in the aerial photography business, I needed some guts. And with Colemill, over the next seven years, we did see succeed thanks to the pilots & trusty (at times) aircraft.

As photographers, we flew countless hours out of Cornelia Fort in the three cessnas; Bravo Tango, Delta XRay and Zero Hotel. Like everyone at the small airport, they each had their own personality. Bravo Tango would take you the farthest, Zero Hotel may or may not be in maintenance, and always check the seats for water. Ironic. Flying out over Shelby Bottoms and Opryland, talking to BNA, the Nashville skyline coming into view over the neighborhoods of East Nashville…it felt like home. And Colemill was home to so many; pilots, mechanics, plane owners..assorted characters that made up a family. Dysfunctional at times, but a family. The photographers of Aerial Innovations were a part of that.

I know there are so many who lost lives and loved ones in this tragedy….it seems silly to lament a struggling business, a forgotten airfield and a few planes on their last wings. But there are people tied to this place who have lost so much as well…jobs, their business, their savings tied up in aircraft, their homes. Will we ever fly out of the Fort again? Who knows… I would like to think so. But it will take time and someone to see the potential in her again. So for now it is goodbye as we help our neighbors and communities come back from the flood and we will hope that Cornelia Fort will rise again with the rest of Nashville.