My Journey of Becoming a Professional Drone Photographer
I'm a professional drone pilot and artist based in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York., specializing in fine art drone photography, videography and FPV flights. Flying drones since 2015, I have worked with numerous organizations, including National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, and Disney.
I started off flying small non automated drones and fell in love with flight immediately. I quickly graduated to a camera drone and found the new perspective of my home vicinity captivating.I try very hard not to put out "cookie cutter" images. When I began to capture the marine life off the coast of New York, I hit my sweet spot. I invest a tremendous amount of time in editing. Sometimes one piece will take me months of work to make it just perfect in my eyes.
Most recently I was honored as a Global Woman to Watch 2022 by Women and Drones, published in Reporters without Borders 100 Photos from Around the World and received three Siena Drone Photography Awards this year. I currently have works on exhibit in England, France, and Italy.
In April of 2023 I was invited and accepted to be a DJI Creator. It was a huge dream come true! It gave me a bit of confidence, but I also found it terrifying. I quickly realized being included to fly and create with the top pilots in the world would only help excel me to improve my skills and content further. After only eight weeks in the program, I received the "Top Creator" of the month!
My passion is capturing the beauty of our earth, it's landscape and wildlife from the sky. I use drones to offer a unique perspective of farms, waterways, marine life providing visual stories of the Hamptons most people have never seen before.
Capturing the natural beauty and interesting people of the Hamptons has been a passion since I first took flight, and my hope is that my story & photos inspire other women to take to the air, too. Giving back is very important to me, and I spend a fair amount of time teaching, consulting, and mentoring women. Being able to shorten the learning curve for them with accurate information, flying tips & even purchasing tips is paramount to their rapid success. There were countless people who took time to help me when I started & I'm honored to do the same.
Throughout all the learning, I have maintained a strict safety regime and privacy ethic, which I'm extremely proud of. Ultimately, I'd love to travel the World, bringing the joys of drone life with me to distant lands, while sharing the beautiful images with the masses.