Graeme Taplin forged a successful career in the property industry over 25 years working with a variety of chartered surveyors and estate agencies, here in the UK and Melbourne, Australia. In April 2016 Graeme launched his new business - Drone Photography Limited. Graeme's vision is to capture and provide high quality aerial photography and video services to a range of end users, using small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones if you prefer.
Aerial drone photography is still a relatively new and accessible technology, yet it is being embraced by a growing number of businesses and end users including: local and national authorities, documentary and cinema production teams, property marketeers and estate agents, the construction industry, Media and PR companies, farming and agriculture….the list is extensive.
“I joined the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce in November 2016, with a view to engaging with local businesses and authorities at networking events and via the Chamber’s reach throughout the region. My wife, Jane Lovell, has been a member of the chamber for some 20 years and encouraged me to join, as she had enjoyed successful networking with her own recruitment business (Cooper Lomaz).
“In January 2017, whilst attending a chamber breakfast meeting in Great Yarmouth, I met with planners from Norfolk County Council following their presentation for proposed improvements to the A47 and construction of the Third River Crossing in Great Yarmouth. Norfolk County Council co-ordinates the A47 Alliance, a group which lobbies for funding to improve the A47. I enquired whether the council would be interested in engaging aerial drone photography to provide aerial footage, rather than the historical methods of gathering elevated imagery”.
“As a result of this initial contact at the Chamber meeting, step forward to March when I received a commission from Norfolk County Council to record aerial photography and video. The project involved collecting imagery displaying high volumes of traffic at specific locations along a 70 mile stretch of A47 from Great Yarmouth to Kings Lynn, and at key points around Great Yarmouth. The entire project took around 8 weeks from filming to final editing and delivery”.
This was the first occasion that Norfolk County Council had engaged a UAV operator and drone technology for a project, having relied on manned aircraft in the past for aerial imagery. Utilising this technology, we were able to provide substantial cost savings.
Graeme is a freelance photographer and videographer and is the director and pilot at Drone Photography Ltd. Graeme holds CAA Permission for Commercial Operations in the UK (PfCO 1930) and public liability insurance cover to £10M.
*Only a CAA qualified drone pilot will have received the necessary comprehensive training in air safety procedures and be appropriately insured for commercial work.