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I see things differently...

What makes me different for Real Estate...

Honesty. A faithfulness to the subject being photographed. An understanding of how exterior light and shadow works to create drama and ultimately a better looking image. When shooting residential real estate, I prefer to shoot according to the suns position in the sky and how it crosses the property. The rule used to be that you had to shoot between 11AM and 1PM when the sun was directly overhead. Not with me. 

If something will not be on the property at listing or open house, I will Photoshop it out. However, I will not fake a new lawn, foliage, pool, or remove drains, wells, etc.


Fake twilight pictures do not sell homes. There is no ROI on those costly extra pictures. Stunning aerials of the property and surrounding area are what help sell the home.


If you would like your 1700sqft ranch on a 1/4 acre listing to have aerials, I will make it look like a million bucks.

Many of my real estate clients came to me because they were unhappy with the aerials being provided to them by the one-stop-shop photo conglamos who also shot their interiors. They now come to me exclusively for aerials. 

Why choose Shots Over Frederick...

Shots Over Frederick is a local, small business that specializes in the area of which I am offering my services. I am not part of a franchise. I edit every photo, every video, in house. Nothing is outsourced.  


I am a trained, media professional having worked in radio, television, and the performing & visual arts for the better part of 30 years. I am not some guy with toy drone looking to make a quick buck.

Photography quality guarantee...

If after a shot list comparison review I haven't captured what you're looking for, I'll reshoot it at no cost to you*. 

Let's get together and collaborate.

- James

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About me; I have worked in the creative, radio, television and performing arts for nearly 30 years. I grew up in and around broadcasting as my father worked in radio. I took to the Musical Theatre stage at age 9, became a techie climbing the lighting grids at age 13, began my professional career in radio at age 19. I have worked for many years in the Performing Arts from Community Theatre to Equity in nearly every capacity; actor, singer, director, producer, technical director to scenic and lighting designer. I began my career in television in 1998 and I am currently in my 17th year with WarnerBros. Discovery, formerly Turner Broadcasting in Washington, DC. 

As with many Professional Services, such as the varied services in the world of photography, there is a market rate for the services being provided. In an area with healthy and competitive providers, the pricing should not only reflect a median of who is charging what but the quality of the services being offered.


Be wary of those who are offering their services at radically (and in a way suspect) lower prices than the majority in an area. For drone services, this may be an indication they are not FAA Part-107 Certified, not insured and likely not a skilled media professional but rather just someone with a drone looking to make a quick buck at your expense.


As a business owner you should know the following;

It is against FAA Federal Regulations for the commercial use of aerial images and video obtained by a drone "in furtherance of a business" (basically to promote your business to make money) if the Remote Pilot In Command (RPIC) is not Part-107 Certified by the FAA. Commercial Use is any operation in furtherance of a business, whether or not money is transferred, such as photography, agriculture, pipeline inspection, etc. If what I shoot helps your business make money, that's in furtherance of a business


If we end up collaborating, do not worry you are in good hands! If you end up flying with another provider, inquire about their pilot's certification.


As the landscape of drone regulations comes clearer into focus, so too will those regulations being enforced. It is happening on YouTube and other social media platforms where there is monetary gain. Real Estate agents are also finding themselves unable to fly for themselves, where once just a few years ago they would take their own aerial pictures of a property. They can no longer do that, nor have their friend who owns a drone do them a favor and take pictures for them. 

Let a professional, certified commercial drone pilot handle all your aerial imaging needs.

*Re-shoot fees do not apply to first party individuals who have hired Shots Over Frederick directly through this website, email or phone consultation. All second and third party clients from or using a drone pilot referral website not directly or indirectly communicating with Shots Over Frederick are subject to a $65/half hour re-shoot fee separate and above any invoiced payment through such referral website.

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