Our First Aerial Gig

On Monday, March 4 we put the drone in the air for our first commercial client. We photographed a property in San Francisco for Marcus & Millichap. Having jumped through the hoops to obtain FAA certification and lined up insurance and such, we’re now in the air.

Portola Valley Remodel

Despite the rain and overcast we’ve managed to complete several photo shoots this week. Monday, February 11 we spent the day photographing projects for Gilman’s Kitchens and Baths. With a crew of four we were able to photograph three projects, a project in Campbell, which took the better part of the morning, then a mid-century remodel in Portola Valley and finally a kitchen in Foster City. We left my house at 7 am and were back at 7 pm. The weather worked to our advantage on Monday. For much of the interior photography we do I prefer the soft light of overcast skies. This produces a nice soft light and it helps bring the landscape in without too much contrast. You can see this in the photo above. The green vegetation in the windows seems to compliment the design of the room.

Why does it take four people to photograph a house? I like to have one person on the crew that knows the client’s story and can art direct to make sure we’re capturing the images that tell that story. I also like to have somebody as a stylist that can arrange flowers and props and such. Finally, I like to have an assistant that knows my gear and can help with the technical aspects of creating an image. This might involve putting up drapes or flags to control unwanted reflections. It’s also more fun to work with a crew, particularly if we’ve worked together before and can develop a rhythm to how we work.

Drone Safety Certificate

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We’re looking at the possibility of adding areal photography to our range of services. A number of our clients and prospective clients have been inuring about this possibility. To that end Treve has completed a Drone Safety class.  At the moment the FAA is not making it easy to fly a drone for commercial purposes, but the regulations may change shortly and we what to be in position to take to the air when it’s feasible.