Wedding Photos: To Drone or Not To Drone?

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It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s a drone. And it’s the newest fad in wedding photography.

Picture a souped-up remote-controlled airplane—that’s basically a drone. Per Federal Aviation Administration requirements, they can hover up to 400 feet above the ground, most lasting 20 to 30 minutes on battery reserve. When equipped with a camera, they can capture stunning top-down shots.

But before you start planning how you’ll frame that gorgeous birds-eye view of your ceremony, you should know this: The operating laws surrounding commercial drone flight are still a bit fuzzy, so many videographers and photographers are hesitant to take the plunge.

“For me, it’s going to be based on the cost of the liability insurance,” says Cincinnati-based videographer/photographer Dan Dugan, who estimates that drone services will tack an additional $500 to $1,000 onto wedding packages.

Still, we’re optimistic this trend will take off with time. After all, we live in a city where pigs fly. Why not drones?

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