Hiring a wedding aerial photographer or videographer for your wedding is rising in popularity. That’s no surprise as drones can capture breathtaking shots of your most anticipated day. We can supply a drone and pilot to capture your day. However, it’s not as straight-forward as just checking availability. Here’s a quick guide to hiring drones to help you decide whether to include a drone in your wedding package. If you have any further questions that are not covered here please get in contact.
Drones are essentially mini helicopters and your safety on your wedding day is our number one priority. In order to fly safely, The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has set out rules and regulations that we must adhere to. These include gaining a PFAW (Permission to Fly for Aerial Work) license and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) insurance. On top of that, we have to carry out a pre-flight safety check. And carry a lot of safety equipment for every eventuality.
Drone Friendly Venue?
Part of the pre-flight safety check will include checking the location of your wedding venue. Being next door to an airbase, for example, would make flying a drone impossible. Inner cities are not great locations either as extra permissions to fly will be required. Hopefully, your wedding venue will be located in a non-sensitive location, which means you can expect plenty of stunning shots in 4k, of your wedding. All being well we can fly anywhere as long as we stay within eyesight and under 400ft.
Like all wedding photography, Drone wedding photography is susceptible to the Great British weather. Heavy rain would ground your drone pretty quickly. However, on the bright side; wind is not as much of a problem as you may first think unless it’s over 25 mph. Cold weather is also not a big issue, in actual fact, cold air gives your drone more lift!
Amazing Aerial Perspective
Now you are well informed about the safety and legal bit. But do not forget why couples hire a wedding drone photographer in the first place, stunning dynamic aerial photos and video shot in amazing 4K, that is professional video, at cinema quality will make your wedding album or wedding video stand out above the rest. The contrast between the epic grandeur of these shots compared with the more intimate moments is what makes your wedding so spectacular.
Do you have any tips for couples who are hiring a drone for their wedding?
The key thing when planning your drone wedding photography is to allow time to capture the event and carefully choose the moments when it flies. An ideal moment to capture would be between the ceremony and the reception whilst the guests are socializing. A classic drone wedding shot is to position all the guests together with the bride and groom in the center whilst the drone ascends into the sky – everyone will appear in the frame and get smaller and smaller as the drone flies away.
Wedding Aerial Photography Costs
We have kept our pricing structure very simple. Your drone deposit and the balance will be incorporated into your full wedding package, but in a nutshell, the cost for hiring a drone aerial photographer is around £450.
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