Being the huge gadget freak that I am, I’m always on the lookout for new “toys” (as my wife puts it) to get different angles on photography for my couples.
Recently, drones have become an amazing tool to get a camera in hard to get to places, and can really add an amazing, unique element to your wedding photographs. Though common in the video world, not many photographers currently use them for still photographs, at time of writing this I’m one of only a small handful of guys using them.
The photographers that do use them, typically opt for the very small & inexpensive Drones that lose out in the picture quality department by using smaller cameras. Being a bit crazy, I don’t mind hauling big gear around so I have 2 of the larger ones, being a DJI Inspire with interchangeable lenses and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro (as a backup). These Drones have serious image quality, and in my opinion are very much worth the cost & weight associated with them.
As far as I am aware, I’m the only photographer in Australia using a DJI Inspire Drone exclusively for wedding photography.
I definitely do not use them during the ceremony (they make a bit of a buzzing noise), but will often send it up before the ceremony before everyone arrives to get an amazing overview of your ceremony location before anyone is there, and also if we are in the right location in the afternoon, a couple of unique “hero” landscape style shots of you from the air. I’m super excited for the possibilities this brings to my camera kit!
Below are some samples – please note these images are heavily shrunk & compressed to not make this web page too big, the original full sized files look incredible and print beautifully.
Oh, one last thing. I’ve had a stack of emails from my future couples asking if it’s an extra or not – no, it’s totally inclusive with every wedding I do. The only exceptions are if your wedding is in a no-fly zone (i.e. near an airport). But for most weddings, especially the country orientated ones – it’s game on! It’s also totally inclusive on my destination weddings – I have rolling cases for both Drones that are designed to take them on planes.
For the tech & camera nerds, yes I’m looking into getting an Inspire 2 with the X7, the Inspire 1 has been a bit of a test bed to ensure a large Drone is logistically feasible to use at a wedding but so far it’s very positive.