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Knoxville Aerial Photographer and Tennessee Drone Videographer

Colby McLemore is an experienced Knoxville aerial photographer and drone videographer throughout Tennessee. Colby has been getting that birds-eye view for more than 30 years. He started shooting aerial photos from planes in his teens. He also put his cameras on poles and was an early adopter of drone technology. His reputation has been built through consistent results, as you can see from his photos and videos as well as from any of his online testimonials throughout the internet.

“Extremely knowledgeable in his craft and very professional. My photos are even better than I expected” –Debra DeWitt

Quick quotes, easy scheduling, and fast turnarounds. Colby eliminates the headaches and saves you time while providing superior quality aerial photos and videos. He also asks the right questions to discover exactly what you need so he can get it right the first time—no waiting or long delays, just fast and efficient service.

“He makes it easy, so I can check that off of my list.” –Connie White

Top-tier Knoxville aerial photographer, not just a drone pilot. As a full-time professional photographer and videographer, Colby creates compelling photos and videos that engage your audience, tell your story, and bring your ideas to life. He also has the skill to showcase your property, products, or people. Colby is an expert at transforming the mundane into the extraordinary.

“He is more than a photographer, he is also an artist.” –David Lawrence

Safe, licensed, certified, and insured. Colby is not only an FAA-licensed drone pilot but also a PPA-certified drone videographer. He has decades of experience. Colby is very knowledgeable on restricted air spaces and how to get quick authorizations when needed. He also uses government-suggested maintenance schedules and checklists.

Clientele from individuals to large companies. His clients need anywhere from a few images of construction site monitoring to extensive video marketing coverage. Specifically, Colby has worked with marketing firms, film production companies, project managers, contractors, subcontractors, construction companies, land developers, hotel chains, and property managers. Colby has also worked with residential and commercial real estate professionals.

If you want an easy-going, high-quality Knoxville aerial photographer or drone videographer, call today to get a quick quote.

Frequently asked questions – Knoxville Aerial Photographer and Drone Videographer
How much do you charge?

I have a wide range of clients with various individual needs. The price depends on the scope of the project. Give me a call, and in a few minutes. I can give you a price you can rely on.

What is your turn-around time?

I can accommodate your schedule. I typically deliver photography within seven days of shooting. Videos take longer depending on the scope of the project. Call me to discuss your particular needs.

Do you do aerial photography/videography outside of Knoxville?

Yes. I do projects throughout Tennessee, including in Nashville, eastern Kentucky, eastern Georgia, and western North Carolina.

Can you fly at my property?

Usually. Air space restrictions are very confusing for the inexperienced. I can determine if your property has flight restrictions during the initial call. Even if there are restrictions, I can often get immediate authorizations.

Can you fly near the airport?

Often. Laws have changed and drone pilots who are not up to date don’t know the latest restrictions, which are more flexible. Even if there are restrictions, I know how to get immediate authorizations.

What kind of weather can you shoot in?

The weather would have to make your property look bad before I would suggest postponing the shoot.

How long does it take for you to do a drone shoot?

It depends on the scope of the project. Typically I complete most jobs within an hour of arrival. However, some jobs take multiple visits.

Do you do progressive or multiple shoots of the same location?

Yes, and there are discounts on these. The initial flights typically take a higher investment and become progressively more affordable.

Do I need to be on-site for the aerial shoot?

No. We can discuss your particular needs so that I can deliver exactly what you want.

Can you capture the entire property in one photo?

Usually, it depends on how large the property is. It also depends on what angle you want.

Do you edit your work?

Yes, I correct everything for proper exposure, color balance, contrast, cropping, and sharpness.

Do you offer advanced photo editing?

Yes. I can add lines, text, or anything else you’d like. Give me a call and we can discuss what you want.

How will I get my files?

You will be able to download them from the internet. Unlike other photographers, I don’t sell the content, I sell the use of the content.

Do you have drone liability insurance?

Yes. I give access to detailed information about my coverage when you send the retainer.

Are you licensed by the government to be a commercial drone pilot?

Yes. I have my FAA Part 107 exemption. You can read all about it on the FAA’s website here.

Are you a Certified Drone Photographer?

Yes. I am not only an experienced drone pilot, but I am also a skilled drone photographer. As of this posting, there is only one other certified drone photographer within 100 miles. You can learn all about it here.

Is your drone registered with the FAA?


Is your drone professional grade?

Yes, the camera has a one-inch sensor, 4K video, and shoots in raw. The drone is also designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, with noise reduction technology. My primary platform is a DJI Mavric 2 Pro but I also have access to others when needed.

What photo resolution can I expect?

My primary drone’s camera does 4K or 12MP at 4000×3000 non-cropped aerial photos and typical delivery is for internet and up to 10-inch print usage. If you have needs that exceed this, just tell me and I can accommodate you.

What file format will you use?

Unless otherwise requested, I deliver in mov or jpg. If you need other file formats, just ask.

Who will be piloting and photographing?

Typically, Colby McLemore will be piloting and photographing. He is a fixed-wing pilot and was also an early adopter of drone technology. He is also licensed and certified for commercial aerial photography. There may also be times when another highly qualified aerial photographer would be used, but you would know beforehand if this is the case.

Are you used to working with creative teams and marketing departments?

Yes, we love the support and teamwork that this type of project entails. Although this is true, we are very used to handling the whole load of creating aerial photos and videos ourselves.

How do you bill?

I invoice you and you can pay by check or credit card online. If you need other payment options, I can probably accommodate you. I am waiting for someone to pay in gold doubloons.