It was about 10 months ago I decided it was time to expand my horizons and get my UAS (unmanned aircraft system) license from the FAA. I had recently bought the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and I wanted to legitimately, and legally, offer new services to my New Orleans photography company. The test was tricky but I passed with flying colors, now it was time to practice. I really wanted to get better at flying video maneuvers and understanding my rights and boundaries as a New Orleans drone photographer. No, the same rules do not apply to shooting on the ground! Luckily there are a handful of helpful apps that help you navigate where (and how high) it’s safe and legal to fly.

Bayou St. John and Fort St. John Louisiana Landscape video

New Orleans landscapes from 400 feet is quite nice.

I started practicing in St. Bernard Parish, but quickly moved my sights to City Park where I was able to produce a few videos, with music. I have to tell you I am not fully confident in my ability to price out aerial still or video jobs but I am getting pretty close at knowing my abilities. As my drone workflow becomes more habit, and easier to navigate, I will feel more comfortable pricing out jobs and promoting my work. For now, I just want to share my New Orleans aerial video and photography favorites with you!