SkySupplies… Grounded

Our name, Aerial Innovations, can be deceiving. While we do specialize in aerial photography, whether from a plane, helicopter or drone, we also take a TON of shots at the ground level. Primarily these shoots are for in-progress buildings and construction sites. We frequently are hired to track the progress of construction projects from the foundation on up.

We have a great deal of experience telling the stories of our client’s projects (and staying safe on construction sites!). Most of the time we just try to stay out of the way and let the buildings speak for themselves. When taking the final ground photos (the photos of the finished building) we are flies on the walls, using natural lighting, clean angles, and spacial awareness to get the best shots. We continue our minimal meddling in post-production, where we add very few effects/edits to ensure that we most accurately represent the space.

When we shoot, we have a couple of favorite cameras that we like to keep at the ready, but on our most recent shoot we only used the Canon 5D Mark II – EP 24-105mm and the FujiFilm XT10. The Canon 5D is awesome because of the auto ISO function (which allows us to easily switch between indoors, outdoors, and shadows) and the attention to detail. The FujiFilm is a great camera because it is super light and sturdy. There are no mirrors used in this camera, and it has a vintage feel … but with wi-fi. Both of these cameras enable us to take a journalistic approach to our photography.

Recently we took a trip to the site of the new Tennessee State Museum to shoot the laying of the first stone. We are so excited about this museum! There’s something about following a project all the way to the end with a camera in hand that makes us feel like a real member of the team (and in this case, the community).

Telling the story of a building is a unique privilege… obviously we can (and do!) handle some of the broader strokes from the air, but we are able to really exercise our narrative skills on the ground level. This makes us feel like a photography infantry and enables us to get down and dirty with interior shots, shots of the workers and unique angles that show the buildings in all their architectural glory. It’s where we really flex our photojournalistic muscles–telling the behind the scenes stories of iconic buildings from start to finish.

At Aerial Innovations, we’re proud members of the Tennessee community and look forward to having it well-represented by a state museum, heck, we’re even learning things in the process.


*Big thanks for Turner Construction for having us out to photograph your progress!

Our Best Images of 3Q2014

We love to show off our best images every quarter. These past few months have been quite eventful for us photographically (new buildings opening, bridges getting blown up, beautiful sunrise and twilight shoots, a magnificent soccer facility…and more!) See some of our pics below and be sure to visit our main gallery for all our best pics. Oh, and almost forgot,  the most beautiful landscape in the world, our own Tennessee Rivers. Who has the best job? (lucky you get to come along.) Enjoy!

Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander

Aerial Innovations of TN, KY


View of Nashville from the new Acme Feed & Seed on Broadway


Our flying companion


Beautiful Tennessee Rivers


New Belmont Academic Building


Sometimes they build, sometimes they blow it up. Paducah, KY


Luck sometimes has something to do with it


Classic Memphis, Mississippi River


They scored a Goal on this one! What a unique facility


Ground Twilight in the Gulch

Flights… Camera… Action!

You may know Aerial Innovations as a photography company, but did you know we’ve been capturing video and creating time lapse images since 2006? We have teamed with videographers, editors and web cam suppliers to cover all of your moving image needs. Click the images below to check out all of our video capabilities!
Aerial Innovations Video

Chances are, we can help you out with your video needs!

Call to discuss your project (6150) 650-2002 or email for more info.

Best Photos of 2012

Towards the end of 2012 & the beginning of 2013, we are busy (like everyone) setting up new files, archiving old ones and also trying to take some time off. When we get a chance, we like to go through our year and remember the projects that we have worked on, the people we have worked with and all of the great vistas that come with the job. Here are a few galleries with those images…looking forward to sharing more in 2013!


Flying is Fun! – link to see more of us in action

UT Computer Lab

UT Computer Lab – link to see other projects

Lake Patterns - link to see more of our Best of 2012

Lake Patterns – link to see more of our Best of 2012

Out with the Old… 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

Getting in on Christmas

Lindsay making some dough!

Lindsay making some dough!

Happy Holidays from Nashville!  This year, as always, we have donned our Santa hats and spread some cheer to our clients and friends with Snicker’s Cookies and Almond Crunch. (this year we added biscotti).  This tradition started in 2003 when we were short on funds and had loads of time.  Now, a little shorter on time than funds, we still like to indulge in this tradition (ok, and some people “expect” them now and who are we to disappoint!)  Read on for the super secret recipe for Almond Crunch and some fun photos from cookie making!

In addition to expanding out waistlines, we are opening our hearts to the local YWCA Womens’ Shelter.  Lindsay and Rachel will be donating much needed items for women in need.  We are in touch with the organization through the work our ABC Chapter’s Emerging Leaders program.

As we head into 2009, we are filled with hope and optimism for the future (how else can you get out of bed!) We are excited to be reaching out to new markets, exploring new technologies, and growing as a company, as photographers and as members of our community.  Now…who ate the last cookie!!??!!

Almond Cruch Recipe – (Do not give this to Wendy’s Mom!)

1 Cup Butter, 2 1/4 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Water, 1/2 tsp Salt, 1 Tablespoon Vinegar, 2 Cups chopped Almonds, 1 tsp baking soda, Melted Chocolate

Place butter, sugar, water, salt & vinegar into a saucepan and heat to 290 degrees (use a candy thermometer). Remove from stove, immediately mix in the almonds and baking soda and pour into a buttered 18×12 baking sheet (you only have a few minutes!)  Cool and then cover with a thin layer of melted chocolate.  Cool again and, using a knife, break into pieces (it does not break cleanly).  Enjoy!

Crazy Good Snicker’s Cookies

1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Cup Butter, 1Cup Sugar, 1Cup Brown Sugar, 2 Eggs, 2 Tablespoons Vanilla, 3Cups Flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 40-50 miniature Snicker’s Candy Bars, 1Cup Powdered Sugar, 2 Tablespoons cocoa, 1-2 Tablespoons Milk

For the Cookie: Mix Peanut Butter, Butter, Sugar & Brown Sugar until well blended.  Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Slowly add to the peanut butter mixture. Roll Dough into round balls and flatten using the palm of your hand.  Wrap this dough around the Snicker’s and roll into a ball again, making sure all of the candy bar is covered.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet & bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Let cool about 10 minutes and place on parchment paper.

For the Glaze: Mix powdered sugar, cocoa and 1T of milk (add more to get a “glaze” consistancy if needed) Drizzle over cookies. Enjoy!

Aerial Innovations of TN Crew

Aerial Innovations of TN Crew