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Chesapeake Aerial Photo
Chesapeake Aerial Photo

Chesapeake Aerial Photo

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Introduction: • We provide high resolution aerial photography, video and imaging for Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Construction, Agriculture and more. • We also provide ground based DSLR photography, aerial and interior 360 virtual tours and Google Street View photography. • Now offering sports photography. • With more than 30 years photography experience, we can create stunning images and video designed to meet your specific needs. • We are fully licensed and insured and hold hold multiple airspace authorizations throughout the Baltimore/D.C. and Chesapeake Bay region. • Through our partnerships with construction engineers and surveyors we can create highly accurate orthographic images and construction data. • Quick turnaround: Rush projects are our speciality. We can usually deliver your project within 48 hours or quicker. We love making clients happy and seeing the project through to perfection. Sharing the world from up high is always rewarding.

Hired 14 times

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6 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, PayPal

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Jan - Jun

Featured Projects

27 photos

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, work quality, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

10 reviews


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Lauren W.

Aerial Photography

I chose Jim and Chesapeake Aerial Photo for my project for three reasons: 1) He responded to my inquiry immediately. 2) He offered to meet in person in advance and fly the drone so I could assess the noise level and eye up the best positions for the shots I wanted. 3) He provided a very reasonable quote. Upon meeting him, I found him to be very personable, but also professional. His flexibility in regards to the date/time of the shoot was an added bonus! My shoot was tricky, taking place at twilight above a live outdoor theatre performance, and it went off without a hitch. Jim spent time in post-production to get the light in our photos just right (a challenging task!), which I really appreciate. And he still delivered the photos on time. I am delighted with his beautiful photos and would definitely work with him again.
Chesapeake Aerial Photo's reply
Thank you for your wonderful comments Lauren. Loved working on this project and so glad we could make it work for you. Jim
Aug 10, 2017
RoofScreen T.

Commercial Photography

Jim was very responsive and provided quick turnaround of some great photos at a fair price. I will definitely be using him again when I need photos in the DC area!
Chesapeake Aerial Photo's reply
Thanks Tyson, Glad we were able to find a way to get "drone" photos in a drone restricted area.
Nov 2, 2018
Leigh B.

Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Jim did an excellent job with the photos we needed taken. He was very professional and was able to accommodate the project within a very short time frame.
Chesapeake Aerial Photo's reply
Thanks Leigh. Glad we could help.
Jun 5, 2017
Antonio D.

Aerial Photography

Jim was extremely responsive and punctual. What's best about his work is the quality! The images are extremely crisp and Jim was able to shoot exactly what we needed and how we needed it done. Highly recommended and we will be using him again on our future projects!
Chesapeake Aerial Photo's reply
Thank you so much Antonio. Look forward to working with you again.
Sep 4, 2018
Gillian M.

Commercial Photography

Really, really enjoyed working with this guy! Gave him more work after being impressed with the first job. He managed to be well verse in FCC regulations within the area, innovative, and very responsive to our out of the ordinary needs.
Chesapeake Aerial Photo's reply
Thanks Gillian. Enjoy working with you and look forward to continuing projects.
Apr 10, 2017
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    We work on a project basis based on the customer's needs. Our prices are competitive and we always strive to go above and beyond the customer's expectations. We also offer discounts for multiple properties/locations. Please contact us to discuss the scope of your project. Once we have the full details of the project, we can often offer a better price.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    • After initial contact is made, we work with the client to clarify specific needs, objectives and vision of the project. • We check airspace at the specific location to make sure it is both clear and safe for drone flights and that all waivers are in place if needed. • Using satellite images, we conduct a first level safety inspection of the site to identify any possible obstacles, safety hazards or privacy/security concerns and address as needed. • Once project is defined and cleared for flight, we schedule a time to fly the location and capture the images or video. We can usually fly the site and capture data without needing to meet the client on site. • We work with the client to notify neighbors or surrounding residents that we will be conducting drone operations and the purpose of our mission as needed. • When arriving on site, we conduct a preflight safety inspection of the location to identify any potential hazards or obstacles. We locate and mark a safe launch and landing zone that allows for a full visual line of site on the drone at all times. This may require multiple launch/landing zones and multiple flights. • Once all preflight inspections are complete, we fly the site and capture images, video or data as needed. • Upon completion of flight, we conduct all post processing and editing. • Final project is delivered to client (usually within 24 hrs for digital files).

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    • FAA Licensed UAS Pilot flying under rule 107. • Partner with licensed surveyor for construction projects as needed Currently hold airspace waivers (authorization to fly drones) for: • Baltimore/Washington (BWI) • Washington Dulles (IAD) • Martin State (KMTN) • Easton (ESN) • Frederick (FDK) • Manassas (HEF) • Salisbury • Portions of Aberdeen (KAPG)

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