Black Friday Shopping Center Aerials for Video & Aerial Photography

Aerial shopping center collage

Aerial shopping center collage of Reno Sparks Nevada

Black Friday is nearly here!

Contact me to capture new aerials of your shopping center at the peak time. Shoppers galore and busy parking lots …and all before the weather gets cold!

When: “Black Friday” 11/25 or Saturday 11/26
Times: 12p – 2pm are the peak times to capture busy shopping centers

Which Aerial Option is Best For You?

  1. Aerial Still Images – Plenty of high-resolution new aerial shots of your shopping center showing wide views in all directions, medium views, and close-ups. No restrictions on image use, all images are shot with plenty of room to crop and label for web or print. Examples of our Shopping Center aerials are located on our website here.
  2. Drone Video – A new custom video using your new drone footage over your shopping center at the peak time. Using high definition drone footage, we can create a professional video presentation to show off your shopping center. We include titles, transitions, and music to give your video the perfect look! Here is an example:

Black Friday Aerial Locations: Nevada Locations: Reno / Sparks / Carson City
Contact me for all other locations, I can provide aerials in many parts of the US. I am connected with other aerial videographers & photographers worldwide to assist us with your project.

Let’s Do It – How Do I Sign Up?
Email me or call my cell 775-846-8598 to discuss your shopping center aerials. Pricing is determined by location / image / video requirements. I look forward to hearing from you!

Limited number of sign-ups will be accepted. Early sign-ups will also have booking priority.

Shopping center aerial with wide sweeping views of residential neighborhoods nearby

Shopping center aerial with wide sweeping views of residential neighborhoods nearby

Aerial Still Shots: Includes wide sweeping views from all directions, with your shopping center in each image. You will be able to crop and label your new high-resolution images for your marketing literature.

Don’t miss the best shopping center aerial opportunity this year!

Drone Aerial Construction Progress Update – USA Parkway in Nevada

This construction update video was made for our client this week using a drone. This new 4 lane freeway is about 15 miles east of Reno / Sparks and starts at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. It will connect Hwy 80 to Hwy 50 at Silver Springs, NV for a stretch of approximately 13 miles. Completion is anticipated in 2017. There is a blasting explosion near the end which is worthy of watching several times!

screenshot aerial construction

Screenshot of aerial drone construction video

Airmail Arrow Beacon – Southwest of Winnemucca, NV

Yesterday I flew over a 1920s concrete arrow marker, part of a network of beacons installed in the 1920s to help pilots navigate U.S. Transcontinental flights at night. Before the invention of radar this was the only way for airmail pilots to fly around-the-clock. The Pony Express route was where this one is – near Winnemucca, NV. In the middle of the arrow there would have stood a 50 ft tower with nearly 1,000,000 candlepower rotating light, visible for over 10  miles. During the height of the depression in the 1930s the funding program to maintain the beacons was de-funded. During WWII the beacons were shut off for fear of assisting any potential invading enemy planes. When radar and radio communications made the beacons obsolete years later, many were torn down or abandoned. More than 500 beacon lights were put into operation, the last one was turned off in 1973.

Location: 40°35’47.13″N, 118°11’59.30″W

Air Mail Arrow Beacon from the Transcontinental System in the 1920s

Air Mail Arrow Beacon from the Transcontinental System from the 1920s – Near Winnemucca, NV

Burning Man Aerials – Black Rock City, Nevada

Burning Man 2019 prints are available. Aerial prints make a GREAT gift idea! Purchase an aerial print for yourself or someone you love who went  to Burning Man in 2019.

Available print sizes 16″ x 24″ | 24″x 36″ | 36″ x 48″ | Photo luster prints for durable vibrant colors, Canvas Wraps, or matte prints are also available. Use the Contact Us page to order a print – thank you!

The Burning Man Charter planes at Atlantic Aviation Reno Tahoe International Airport on 9/2/2018:

Burning Man Charter Airplanes Reno Tahoe International Airport RNO

Burning Man Charter Airplanes Reno Tahoe International Airport RNO


Earlier this month I insisted on flying to Burning Man for the sole purpose of seeing Black Rock City from 3,000 feet. As we refueled in Winnemucca airport (I was staring at the posters on the FBO wall and eating a snack) I had a spontaneous thought, fly to Black Rock City instead of going just straight to Reno. After all, Black Rock City is about 60% of the way back to Reno and why not today? I had intended on flying over Burning Man many times over the past 10 years or so and today was well, perfect. Only I had not asked the pilot just yet.

When I let the cat out of the bag, he rolled his eyes and reminded me this crazy idea requires planning and something called coordination. After reminding him that I am hands down the most prepared and organized aerial photographer he has ever flown (ahem), I declared it was time we did something spontaneous. After all, I reminded him that he has landed at Black Rock City several times and knows the regulations of the airspace above BRC. After a few minutes of pleading, he finally agreed. I had no intention of landing, just capture the view from the air of 40,000 people preparing for tonight’s festivities. But even more interesting (to me) is how does it look from the air as art installations are created and people prepare during the day for tonight’s fun – but from up high. I have seen satellite shots, and low level drone shots here, but how about aerials views that show the entire BRC before the burn? Besides, I have an anthropomorphic fascination with views of life from way above. Say several thousand feet above people, etc. Sounds fun …let’s do it!

Playa dust from Black Rock City

Playa dust climbing thousands of feet into the air

Well the challenges started almost 10 miles before we arrived at Black Rock City. As we approached the dust became thicker, even up high. Playa dust can soar thousands of feet, and the wind today appeared to be doing all it could to prevent aerial shots. Additionally, arriving planes arrive here for one purpose usually – to deliver supplies or people with the intention of landing. We were not. We were there to view and take pictures only and then head to Reno. The very few planes that do not land (like us) will fly over the city in an orbit (called a pattern) which requires only right turns around Black Rock City …at 2,000ft. Since our Cessna was only prepared to shoot out of the left side today, this requires left turn orbits. We decided to try anyway, by staying more than 2,000 feet above and away from all other airplanes. And of course now our altitude at 4000ft was higher than I had hoped. We also seemed to inherit all the wind and unstable air at this new altitude. This is when a super-fast-over-the-top shutter speed comes in handy. So with my cameras, big lenses and polarizing filters we jumped in a counter-clockwise pattern and voila! The playa dust and wind cooperated for the last few moments over the City. We succeeded and managed to do a few aerial shots by completing only 1 partial orbit above Black Rock City. Thankfully my experience handling construction aerial work in busy metro areas (Phoenix and Las Vegas) has trained me well to get the shots in one orbit. For this part, I was prepared.

Aerial view Black Rock City in Nevada

Aerial view Black Rock City in Nevada

Black Rock City looks absolutely surreal from the air. If I had more time (and able to do right turn orbits), I would have focused on “The Man” being constructed in preparation for his weekend burn. You can see the art sets and structures in good detail. For the 15 minutes I had overhead, BRC seemed like a movie set for an enormous epic movie set in Egypt, or even a Star Wars set. Hollywood take note, there is a grand opportunity should you need 40,000 extras. Perhaps next year I will plan on just that, 40,000 extras to help me with some aerial shots above Black Rock City. I still need to work out how to do that part still.

Black Rock City Aerial View

Black Rock City Aerial View


Burning Man from the Air

Burning Man from the Air


Luhrs City Center Marriott in Downtown Phoenix

Aerial shot of downtown Phoenix showing the $80 million dual-purpose hotel located on the northwest corner of the First Street and Madison. The building will house both a 120 room Courtyard by Marriott and a 200 room Residence Inn by Marriott. Below, the downtown Phoenix aerial shows the Luhrs City Center and the original Luhrs Tower, a red-capped beautiful Art Deco skyscraper, one Phoenix’s gems.

Luhrs City Center Marriott

Aerial of Downtown Phoenix Luhrs City Center Marriott