Stronger Together

Some news from our sister company in Atlanta! Aerial Innovations of GA, Inc. is proud to announce their new owner and Flight Commander, Wendy Whittemore. For 27 years, Sheri Christianson aka Sky Queen has been at the helm of Atlanta’s premier aerial photography company and is excited to bring Wendy on board. Sheri will stay on as COO and Chief Photographer while Wendy will work on incorporating exciting new services including UAV/drone photo & video and Architectural Photography.

Our clients in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky can expect the same great service from our flight teams. Both offices (Nashville & Atlanta) will continue to serve their existing clients with no changes to staff, communications or billing; all emails and phone numbers will remain the same. We are happy to answer any questions about your specific project by calling either of our offices or for additional FAQ, click here.

The values of Aerial Innovations of GA, Inc. and TN & KY, Inc. have always been to provide quality photography with attention to your schedule and budget. We feel that with this transition, our team will be stronger and better able to serve a growing industry. Our Images are Your Images and now all systems are go for 2018. Zoom Zoom!

Aerial Innovations of GA, Inc. : 770-986-0333 : flyga@aerialga.com

Aerial Innovations of TN & KY, Inc. : 615-650-2002 : info@flytenn.com

Visit us online at     www.flytenn.com      www.aerialkentucky.com     www.aerialga.com

View some photos of our Georgia Flight Crew below

Sheri, Chelsea, Meredith, Cass and Wendy

Click here to view the Tennessee Team! : Jessi, Lynse, Tiffany and our Photographers

 

 

 

 

 

Our Best Drone Footage of 2017

Following up with our posts with our best images from 2017, we are also looking back at all the great drone and video footage we have gotten. Once again, our clients have come up with some very interesting and creative uses for our DJI Inspire 2 to capture. Each project has it’s unique set of challenges and, as always, the planning and prep work are key to keeping the cameras rolling.

Maybe you will be inspired for some creative work in 2018? We are ready for take off!

Click here to see our 2017 Show Reel

Looking Back on 2017

2017 was not a typical year for us by any means. We welcomed new people, new services and new customers. Our current clients expanded their portfolios with skyline expanding projects including bridges, skyscrapers and demolition. They had us create videos, panoramas, twilight images and, as always, a yearbook for each of their projects with our aerial progress images. We have compiled our favorites (beyond just 5 like we did for our countdown blogs) into different galleries on our stock site.

Visit each of our galleries

AERIAL       CONSTRUCTION       GROUND       DRONE       CREATIVE

We are ready for take off in 2018….bring it on, guys!

 

Our Top 5 – #1 The Nashville Skyline

It was hard to pick any one project this year, there seemed to be so much going on all at once. But one thing that really kept us on our toes this year was the changing skyline. Almost every photo we have taken is now out of date as new high rises and cranes kept popping up. We are not complaining by any stretch but it’s been a challenge to get those key skyline shots. Below are a few, let us know what you think.

And the biggest change to the skyline was due in part to the multitude of hotels going in. We were lucky to shoot some of the more beautiful ones like the Westin, J.W. Marriott and Thompson Hotels. We have not gotten in to see many of the renovated historic buildings turned into hotels but have dropped by the new 21C Hotel and Museum for an art pick-me-up.

Thanks for all of the great projects in 2017. Looking at construction reports for 2018, we may just be getting started.

 

Our Top 5 – #2 Amazing Events

The summer of 2017 brought us the term “the path of totality”. We were very lucky to both witness a total eclipse of the sun here in Middle TN but be in the area where it would be the darkest the longest. For weeks everyone prepared and got their spots lined up. Our photographers were everywhere from north of Nashville, in Kentucky to downtown with the crowds. Below are a few images from that day.

We also had a personal event that was amazing, our show opening at the Lexus of Nashville dealership. Although not the crowd size that the eclipse had, we had enough clients, friends and family to put on one of the best openings that Lexus had seen. The images will be up through the end of February in case you missed it.

Both events were great fun and a nice break to our normal routine..which is anything but normal when you are flying around! FYI we stayed safely on the ground for the eclipse, sometimes standing still is eventful enough!

Full Eclipse Image and Shadow Image by Rick Smith 

Our Top 5 – #3 Video for Days!

We had a great time this year with lots of creative uses for our drone. Almost every week another client would call with a different project.  It varied from filming Nashville landmarks for a lobby video to capturing the fast paced bridge demo and rebuilding on I-24 this fall. If our clients could think it up, we figured out how to film it!

Two unique jobs we worked on was the construction and grand opening of the Wonder Porcelain plant in Lebanon, TN. We did a complete package with monthly aerial progress for T.W. Frierson during construction, several drone videos, interior video of the final plant and even got to film the ribbon cutting with all of the team members. It was a big job (literally, it was thousands of square feet!) but our team rose to the challenge.

The landmark bank building at Broadway and 3rd Ave in Nashville has been going under some extreme renovations by Turner Construction to make way for Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Bar. The entire building was gutted, rebuilt on the inside and is now getting capped off with another roof top bar. The unique construction events were best captured from above and at a close range. We were on site for multiple key events with the drone and can’t wait for a birds-eye view from the top.

Our Top 5 – #4 Concrete & Construction!

Flying around is a blast, but getting to visit the jobs we shoot on the ground is a real treat. This year, we were able to shoot extensively for our client R.C. Mathews on several of their projects during concrete pours. Below are some of those images, we love the early morning look at Belmont University.

The new Tennessee State Museum has been a monthly ground visit for us during key events like topping out, laying of the first stone and even a chili contest for the workers! We were also able to access the current State Museum to photograph the restorations being done for the future exhibits. We will be compiling these images into a project book when the project is finished. View all images taken here at TNMuseumPhotos.com

We love to fly but we are up for getting our shoes dirty! More Images Here

Our Top 5 from 2017 – #5 Bridges

It’s my favorite time of the year, when I look back on all of the images and video we have taken over the past 12 months. Every year I am amazed at all of the great projects we get to be a part of. Some stand out for the great images we were able to capture and some stand out because of all of the gear we got to use (drones and cameras and go-pros!)

Over the next few weeks I would like to share some of our favorite projects, starting with two great bridge projects in Kentucky & Tennessee, the Ohio River Bridges Project and the Lake Barkley Bridge Replacement. We are sad to see the end of the ORB Downtown and East End spans completed by Walsh Group and Walsh-Vinci JV earlier this year. But I am sure Louisville travelers and residents enjoy the beauty and ease of these spans. We shot progress from 2 aircraft each month for the entirety of the project.

Over on another Kentucky/Tennessee Waterway, PCL Constructors is building a replacement bridge over Lake Barkley. Our coverage started with aerial progress and grew to including capturing key events with drone video and stills and ultimately creating a time-lapse video when they floated the span in place. Big Bridges, Big Results.

Click here to view more images from both projects

Click here to view the Time Lapse of Lake Barkley Bridge

Fly through the Holidays

Don’t worry, this is not another BlackFriday-cyber-small-business-deal. We want you to enjoy your holiday, to relax and be stress free. How? By viewing our soothing creative aerial galleries and imagining yourself soaring above a peaceful world….

…Oh, never mind, we do have some things for sale. BUT we think you will enjoy them. They are soothing and relaxing, especially if you put them on your wall! Or your loved one’s wall, or maybe your boss’s wall to make those weekly meetings more bearable.

This season, we are highlighting the images we have on display at Lexus of Nashville. Every image will be available as a loose print (easy to take to grandma’s!) or a canvas print ready to mount right out of the box (impress your in-laws!).

Take some time to relax this holiday with a great view you can enjoy all year round!