SkySupplies: “Get to the Chopper!”

We wish there was a zipline over Nashville so we could get super clean shots, but since that’s not an option — we use a helicopter. We love when we get to fly around with no doors. It’s such a thrill, and enables us to get shots in very dense areas like Nashville much easier than in a fixed wing plane.

Just the other day we flew around Nashville in an R44 Helicopter, snapping shots of some in-progress construction sites, the cityscape and a few creative pics. In the helicopter, we fly with the door off and shoot out the side. We do not “hang out” as many people think, but have a very secure safety harness.

We use helicopters mostly in dense urban areas and/or around airports as they are much easier to maneuver in busy airspaces. We like them because they can get low and we get our turns done much quicker so the entire flight is done very efficiently. Flying low is a “must” for us in order to get detailed shots of the construction process. If you read the blog post from last week then you know how passionate we are about accurately telling the story of our clients’ progress — that passion extends to the in-air shoots as well.

For the most part, we exclusively fly in Robinson helicopters because of their comparatively simple maintenance and reliability. We normally take the R22 which is a two seater and always fly with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI); however, yesterday, we had company — so we took the R44 (a four seater.) For anyone who is interested, the R-44 has a two blade rotor system and a T-bar cyclic and can cruise (at maximum gross weight) up to 109 kts (202 km/h).

Typically, we just go up to shoot for some of our clients; however, on a clear day, we are able to get some amazing pictures of the Nashville skyline. If you’re a local, you’ll totally understand the need for consistent photos of Nashville … the place is growing like a weed!

Aerial Innovations of Tennessee Ten Year!

Aerial Innovations of TN had a great time celebrating our 10 year anniversary earlier this month at the Main Street Gallery in East Nashville! The night was full of food, drink, art, and great company – we’re so happy with how it turned out. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came out to help us celebrate and thank all of you for YOUR business, we wouldn’t be here without you. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the night and here’s to 10 more years!

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Guests at our ten year anniversary gallery openingImage

Our Crew! (L-R) Wendy Whittemore, Pierre Vreyen, Kate Loehrer, Lindsay Scott, Marty Sellers, Will Sullivan, and Katie Rutsch.

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Lindsay and Pierre hamming it up!

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Our WINC Crew! (Women in Networking and Construction)

Out with the Old…

..in with the New Year!  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year from the folks in Tennessee.  We have been very blessed this year to continue photographing for loyal clients as well as some fantastic new ones.  We anticipate feeling a bit of a slow down in 2009 but we are ready with new products and new creative work….all to keep us flying!

Our wish is that we all hang in there together and keep our mission of providing quality photography.  (And our resolutions we are keeping to ourselves, just know that they are at 300 DPI!…hee hee).  Peace, love and hope to all!!!

Wendy, Rachel, Coral, Deanna, Lindsay & Will – Aerial Innovations of Tennessee, Inc.

Fireworks over Nashville

Fireworks over Nashville

Night Fliers

It’s dark, we’re going fast, all landmarks are lost, neon signs from adult stores are the brightest thing on the ground, the gyro is spinning at 24,000 rpms, and the wind is blowing….night time aerial photography…what a rush!

Rachel and Wendy (with fiance Rodger) of Aerial Innovations of TN had the opportunity to shoot Choate Construction’s Rhythm Condominiums during their night time pour as they “topped out” or reached their final elevated pour (to laymen…they reached the roof!). The 14th floor of the 99 unit was poured on the evening of July 24th.  Aerial Innovations is pleased to be working with Choate for the duration of the project which is expected to be completed in early 2009.

Below are a few of the photos from the evening.  In preparation, we begin watching the skies early in the week for the exact time of that perfect color.  Gear has to be very familiar as most of your equipment is in the dark (I knew those darkroom skills would come in handy!).  The conflict has always been to get a low shutter speed to record the low light while still keeping your subject in focus since you are moving. Enter the handheld gyro, it takes a little practice and now with digital, you can check your results right away.

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