Fourth Year!

I am delighted to report that the CAA accepted my re-application and I was granted my fourth Permission for Commercial Operation. My CAA number is 1281. On September 11th I started my fourth year of providing high quality aerial photography and filmmaking. I have added the DJI Mavic Pro drone to my “fleet”!

I have recently finished work for Sam Smiths Breweries, a local school and Cumbria Wildlife Trust. There are five other projects I am currently involved in at various stages: three for environmental groups, one charity and one global business!

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Foulshaw Moss – the Ospreys are coming!

The ospreys are expected to return to Foulshaw Moss in South Cumbria again this year, and are actually due any day now! Angela Simpson of Cumbria Wildlife Trust approached me about producing an aerial video to raise awareness of this imminent event, and we came up with the idea of an osprey’s eye view as it returns to Foulshaw Moss across Morecambe Bay and flies around to familiarise itself with its territory before landing on the nest. Visits to three different areas of the Nature Reserve were required, including a warden-accompanied visit to the nest itself, from which to piece together the film. It was a great little project to be involved in, with some slightly different challenges to other videos I have created. If you visit the Cumbria Wildlife Trust website the video is on their home page and there is a link to the osprey webcam, so you can sit patiently watching the screen and wait for them to arrive!

Foulshaw Moss is a fantastic nature reserve and easy to visit as it is immediately off the A590. If you have not visited before I would certainly recommend it. I definitely plan to revisit once the reserve’s celebrities have flown in from Africa!

Whitehaven Golf Club

I have just completed and uploaded a project for Whitehaven Golf Club which involved filming on three days to create flyover videos of all 18 holes, plus the production of a promotional film of the facilities at the club. Above you will find a playlist that includes all 19 films. A big thank you to Andrew Morton and the others who provided help and support during my visits.

Morecambe

This is my most recently completed project, and again it is a film combining aerial and regular video. It was commissioned by John O’Neill for Morecambe BID (Business Improvement District) and the video can be viewed above. The film was posted on Facebook yesterday and I am amazed that 24 hours later it had been viewed 15,491 times, shared 304 times, with 28 comments and 118 likes. I was really bowled over by so many of the positive comments about both Morecambe and my film (there are lots more comments on the shares) and I really hope Morecambe BID are pleased with the response. There is a 30 second version over on Twitter (@MorecambeBID) and I took lots of aerial photographs too, so when I get a moment I will put everything together within my projects page in the gallery. I will also provide an update on the Facebook response later in the week.

Ross Bay Retreat – New Video

Above is an updated version of my video created for Ross Bay Retreat (rossbayretreat.com) in Dumfries & Galloway twenty months ago. We really enjoyed our stay there and if you like the idea of staying in a Scottish holiday cottage that looks directly out onto the sea then I would certainly encourage you to have a look at their website.

In the intervening months I feel I have learnt so much more about video editing and filmmaking. Although I am proud of the original I do think that this new film is an improvement on it for a number of technical and aesthetic reasons.

NEW WEBSITE!

website

May I invite you to visit my recently upgraded website! I am so pleased with the beautiful clean layout, and I have worked hard to make it as easy as possible to navigate. The new site features direct links to all my most successful projects, and the many testimonials from satisfied clients. If you are looking for aerial photography or video for your business, please get in touch if you like what you see here. I operate my drone for filmmaking and photography throughout Cumbria, the Lake District and the North West.