The Attack of the Tomato

We got to have a little fun this past Saturday with our #DJIMavicPro. The East Nashville Tomato Art Fest is in it’s 15th year & for the past 5 years, a large tomato mural has been painted in the middle of 5 points. It originated with muralist Andee Rudloff and is now an ongoing project funded by the Nashville #ChamberEast and designed by street artist Troy Duff.

This year’s theme could be called “Attack of the Tomato”. The image of a large tomato looks like it fell from the sky and cracked the pavement around 5 points. And only the drone can show that perfect perspective! It was a dark start so we did a time-lapse first for the 4am painting party. At 5:33 we were cleared for drone flights. The ceilings were a little low but still gave us the clearance we needed to fly. By the time the 5K was to start at 7am, the art was done and selfies ensued. See the final result below and stay tuned for more footage from the mural.

From all of us at Aerial Innovations, hope you had a great Tomato Weekend!

Here are 2 videos from the 2017 Troy Duff Tomato Mural & the 2013 Chicnhair Mural

2017 Mural Drone Video & Time-lapse by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.

2012 Mural Timelapse by Stacey Irvin 

Mural by Troy Duff Art and Photo by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. & Chamber East

Drone photo of the Tomato Arts Fest street mural in East Nashville. Photo by Aerial Innovations of TN.

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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

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One Clue, Belmont Law Library

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

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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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Image Review

Did you know that every quarter, the photographers at Aerial Innovations of TN & KY get together to review the past three months of images? We call this our Image Review and we look at everything; the good, the bad and the “not so pretty” (Hey, are we going to tell you we take ugly photos? No way!). This is a great team building exercise for us and provides a lot of benefits for our clients including:

  • Quality Control – We see what we do right and try and emulate that.
  • Issue Avoidance – New photographers not quite getting it? They will now!
  • Client Preferences – We talk a lot about each client and what they prefer
  • Ohhs and Ahhs – Yes, we like looking at our photos as much as you!

Below is a photo of our team hard at work reviewing the last three months of images. To see some of our favorites from that time period, visit this link to our 2014 Best of Gallery. Why wait until the end of the year? Happy Viewing!

Aerial Innovations photographers hard at work!

Aerial Innovations photographers hard at work!

Kentucky Women!

We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our coverage in Kentucky! We have added a flight and now have 3 monthly flights that cover the entire state. Several major projects that we are currently working on: The Ohio River Bridges Project for Walsh Group (both Downtown & East End Bridges), University of Louisville projects, University of Kentucky projects and several civil projects on the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake.

Meet Sharon Feldman, our go-to fly-girl in Kentucky, she has a love for all things adventurous and creative. Her 15 years of top-flight sales and customer service expertise supports her mission as KY base coordinator/flight companion for our Kentucky and Southern Indiana clients. In her free time, she’s a world traveler, scuba diver, and sky diver.  Who better to represent us? She can be contacted at sharon@aerialkentucky.com

This new adventure is very exciting and we look forward to better service for our Kentucky clients…go Cards and go Big Blue!!

www.aerialkentucky.com

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Fun in the Smokies

Summer is not summer with out a road trip! Last week, Wendy and Lindsay hit the road to attend the 2012 ABC Southern Construction Expo in the Smokies held at the Wilderness in the Smokies Lodge (hint, this is the one with all of the huge waterslides!) It was a lot of fun to catch up with friends and clients, shoot some golf (with cameras of course), attend the BBQ…and yes, go down a few waterslides. We also caught up with one of our pilots from Memphis who took us on a  helicopter ride in the Long Ranger…quite a treat!

Other highlights include Lindsay going up on a 120ft lift (yikes!) , Wendy driving some sort of construction equipment (hey, if it doesn’t fly what do we know??) and Lindsay checking out something that looks like a camera (again…what do we know??)  Here are a few photos from our excursion. To see more images from the conference click here.

Number Nine

Today marks year number Nine here at Aerial Innovations of Tennessee. We went through our archives and chose one (or two) images from each year to produce a sort of stroll down memory lane. Remember all the WalMarts being built? And Belmont Campus before the beautiful School of Nursing Building went up? And what about that big patch of dirt at the southeast of Memphis International? It finally turned into the Air National Guard compound. There were floods at our airports, new convention centers, new museums, public parks….well, take a look and enjoy the trip…we sure have!

**All photos were taken in June of their respective years (and some are on film (!))


In Order: 2003 – Nashville Stadium and Skyline (before LP!); 2004 – Start of the Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, shot for EMJ; 2005 – Belmont shot for RC Mathews and Public Square shot for Brasfield & Gorrie; 2006 – Memphis Airport TANG project shot for APAC; 2007 – Kentucky area WalMarts shot for DBS (we had about 10 on our flights!); 2008 – One North Shore in Chattanooga; 2009 – Maryville College shot for Messer; 2010 – Louisville’s Yum! Arena shot for Mortenson; 2011 – Dewitt Spain Airport after the flood waters had receded; 2012 – Music City Center shot for Bell/Clark; 2013 – ???

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!

Road Trip, Summer 09′!

Where in the world are we??

Are we there yet???

Summer was made for road trips and this summer we hit the road!  The girls from Tennessee were seen in over 11 states from north & south to way out west.

Coral kicked back with Todd’s family in Ocean City Maryland..ohhh…the crabs!  And played surfer girl-friend in NYC, stopping off for some fine art at MOMA.

Deanna had a week long road trip from TN to SC back to KY.  They started at the Biltmore (Brady can build that!), built sandcastles in South Carolina (need an aerial, Eden??) and finished up in Kentucky with a belated wedding reception.

Lindsay did the western thing and brought back the most beautiful images by far (our budding photographer!) Starting in Boulder, she made her way through the Rocky Mountains, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and stopped for beers on the shores of Lake Powell.

Rachel and Robert headed to the outerbanks for some bike riding through Okracoke and past the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse…dogs included!

Phew…we’re almost done! just one more trip to go…

Wendy celebrated the fourth in Pittsburgh with family and a New England style clambake…the lobsters were divine.  Later in the summer, the photo girls from Atlanta headed down to Gulfport and Biloxi.  Everyone came back a winner (well…almost….).  With one last hurrah this summer, she’ll be heading out to Bald Head, NC for a family reunion…no hurricanes!!!

Hope y’all had a great summer, too. Check out the photos and stay tuned!

The Girls of AI Tenn

Wendy, Rachel, Coral, Deanna & Lindsay.

The Airport Exhibit is Up!

Have you seen the show?  Let us know what you think:

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The Nashville International Airport has just installed their latest exhibit, “Aerial Innovations” in the C Concourse Food Court.  The images are by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. photographers of Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the Icon Project.  There is also a wall of our favorite Aerial Abstracts.

We began this morning with a last minute dash to Dury’s Framing to replace a wire hangar with d-rings (always something last minute!) then off to the airport to drop off.  The Marty Stuart Exhibit was going out and we were coming in.  The hanging crew worked fast!  Many thanks to Dawson, Duncan and Mike for making it happen.  And upstairs at the airport, Karen was printing the signage…they look great, too.  Caroline and Wendy supervised, made a few changes but for the most part, all went as planned.

If you are traveling through Nashville in the next year, come by and check it out!  Show will be up until July 2010.

Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.

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