Aerial view of The Tryst after light snowfall, with the Pentland Hills in the background
Aerial view of The Tryst after light snowfall, with the Pentland Hills in the background
The towers and piers of the Queensferry Crossing
The towers and piers of the Queensferry Crossing
The Forth Road Bridge
The Forth Road Bridge
Aerial shots of the north viaduct
Aerial shots of the north viaduct
Aerial shot of the Forth Rail Bridge
Aerial shot of the Forth Rail Bridge

Aerial Drone Photography & Video

I am a fully qualified drone pilot with the necessary PFAW (Permission for Aerial Work), a legal requirement from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to be able to carry out professional drone photography.

I use a Phantom 3 Professional drone which produces ultra-sharp drone aerial photographs and 4K resolution video from its gyro-stabilised camera. The images and video can be shot from a maximum height of 400ft (120m), although special permission can be sought from the CAA to operate from dizzier heights.

An aerial drone can provide stunning images and dramatic video, unimaginable from ground level. The drone is an indispensable camera for my work at the £1.5 billion Queensferry Crossing across the Forth in Scotland and for aerial views of properties for private homes and estate agents.

Drone operations can also provide the routine images for aerial surveys which have required operators to work at height in the past. Drones can save time and money, and reduce health and safety risk to personnel.

The images from the air can be viewed on the ground real-time via a video downlink to the remote controller. Thus the pilot and client have full control of the footage obtained.

Following an enquiry for a project, I carry out a desk-based risk assessment, plan the flight, and consider the best time of day to carry out the filming. On location, I complete the assessment to ensure the flight can be carried out safely. All images are post-processed to give optimal results.
As a CAA licensed operator I carry out aerial work with £5 million public liability insurance .

I work with the experts at Phantom Flight School to deliver regular drone flying and photography workshops in Chester and in Edinburgh.

Prices start from £150 + VAT.