Drone Wedding Photography : A Quick Guide

Drone wedding photography examples

Photo via Perfect Wedding Dresses

Brides and grooms are taking their wedding photography to a whole new level, literally, with drone wedding photography. The use of drones to capture wedding photos and videos first took off in 2013 with early adopters who wanted to try something new. Two years later, it’s become much more well known and couples are lining up to get the unique aerial shots a photography drone can produce.

Use Drone Wedding Photography To Capture Beautiful Vistas 

Here is a gorgeous example of what drone wedding photography can capture. Shot by the Pacific Ocean at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, wedding photographer, Adam Rubin of Kaveret takes drone wedding photography to a whole new level. You can view more of his work on his Vimeo channel.

 

A drone is essentially a quadcopter (unmanned aircraft) with a camera attached to it. Their popularity is due to the perspective a drone can capture: overhead shots of sprawling landscapes, angled shots of the bride walking down the aisle, creative angles and aerial views of the wedding party at the reception. These kinds of photos and videos are almost impossible for a human photographer to capture. Having an aerial view of the wedding ceremony and reception can add a whole new perspective to a couple’s wedding album.

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Photo via Aerial Drone Imaging Services

Tips To Consider Before Your Book Drone Wedding Photography 

If drone wedding photography is something that interests you, there are just a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, you’ll want to talk with your venue about drone usage. Although there are no enforced laws concerning drone photography, the Federal Aviation Administration does have policies, as do most venues. Drones are not allowed to fly close to airports or through National Parks and wildlife refuges. It’s also best not to fly them in indoor spaces or outdoor spaces where there are clusters of trees and/or telephone poles. Drones may technically be toys, but they can also be dangerous if not handled correctly. Check and double check the local laws, your venue’s policies (and whether you need a permit), and your photographer’s experience with handling a drone.

Drone wedding photo examples
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Also keep in mind that drones can be somewhat noisy and distracting. Many photographers will not fly a drone unless music is playing, as the sounds can distract guests and take away from poignant moments. In most cases, the drone will remain grounded while you exchange vows, but double check with your photographer/videographer to make sure they’re aware of your flying requests.

 

Although drone photography is more affordable in 2015 than it was in 2013, it’s still an investment. How much it will cost depends on your photographer. Some offer a flat fee, an hourly fee, or will include it in the photography package. Fees can range from $200 to $800+ depending upon the photographers experience level.

Heart shaped aerial shot of Bride & Groom

Like most things, a drone will be affected by the weather. Calm, clear days are best suited for flying a drone. If it’s windy or raining, consider the drone grounded. Too much wind can be a hazard (think drone-guest collisions) and rain can cause a drone to malfunction. 

 

There’s no doubt that nothing can compare to capturing the wedding landscape and the special moments from an aerial view. Drone photography offers a unique expression of the wedding and everyone involved, but just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Do a little research and talk to your photographer about the possibilities before you make the commitment.

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