FAA Part 107 Unmanned Aerial General Exam

Exciting news! I took the FAA Part 107 Unmanned Aerial General Exam today and passed! So, I am now legal to fly a drone for commercial purposes like aerial photography and aerial videography! I should get my temporary license online in a few days and then a physical permanent license will be mailed to me in several weeks. If you need aerial photo or aerial video for your business, please contact us to discuss your needs!

Patricia A. McGarry, DDS – Google Business View – Linden, Michigan

We shot a Google Business View tour of Dr. McGarry’s dental office early in the morning. It is a quaint office in what seemed to be a quiet location. It has a very home-like feel. They even have photographs of their patients up on the wall, members of the “Cavity Free Club,” and a small album of newborns that are yet to have their toothy smiles. For the kids, they have a small area with a few toys, and a little pouch for the Tooth Fairy.

The office was very open, once you made it out of the waiting room. Instead of being shut inside a treatment room, waiting for a hygienist or the doctor, there are no doors that close, so you’re never truly alone or isolated from the people that are taking care of you.

Eberspaecher on Gen-Mar

This afternoon I braved the cold and snow to photograph a commercial building for The Gladstone Companies. It was about 25 degrees out when I did the shoot. The tenant was Eberspaecher and the building was located on Gen-Mar in Novi, Michigan. The sky was pretty dreary. So, I did some sky replacement in Photoshop. Here’s a before and after image to show the editing I did to get the final image.

Before & After Editing

Before & After Editing

Eberspaecher in Novi, MI

Eberspaecher in Novi, MI

The client wanted images to show both the Eberspaecher logo and the depth of the building. Unfortunately, there was a gigantic pile of snow blocking that angle. So, I tried my best to work around it.

Too Much Snow

Too Much Snow

Front Corner View

Front Corner View

Front View

Front View

Greystone HarborChase – Commercial Photography – Sterling Heights, MI

We stopped by Greystone HarborChase in Sterling Heights for a photography session. HarborChase is a senior living and memory care facility and they have multiple locations around the United States. There are various cottages around the grounds, each with it’s own set of rooms for residents, common rooms, dining rooms, and patio space. Take a tour with us!

The exterior of one of the cottages; the others are identical.

One of the common rooms, decorated for the fall season.

The dining area in one of the cottages.

A look inside of the resident’s rooms.

Some outdoor furniture for residents to enjoy on a nice day.

The hair salon.

The HarborChase sign welcoming you on your way in.

DCSnowpocalypse

Well, the second snowfall of the year has been a little overwhelming to the state of Virginia. Deucehartley jokingly coined the hashtag “#dcsnowpocalypse” on Twitter to describe the snow storm as it approached our area. It started snowing around 9 p.m. here in Alexandria on Friday, and it’s still snowing. Some parts of the DC area are reporting as much as twenty inches of snow! Compare this picture that I took this afternoon around 4 p.m. with the one from my previous blog entry.

Everything has been covered in this fluffy white snow.

The poor owner of this car.

Weekend at Brampton Inn – Chestertown, MD

This past weekend my husband, Nick, and I spent the weekend at a very cute bed & breakfast called Brampton Inn in Chestertown, Maryland. Unfortunately, it rained the entire weekend, but we made the best of it by checking out the little Maryland town, building a fire, spending lots of time snuggling, and eating delicious food.

The common area of the B&B. 

The B&B had an older, home-y feel to it.

We loved the old feel of the Brampton Inn.

The beautiful exterior of the B&B.

The cozy fire we curled up by.

There is beauty in everything. Even this corn!

Such a picture-esque walkway.

Our lovely scenery.

Cash for Clunkers – Jim Koons Automotive – Virginia

For those of you who don’t know, I work full-time as the webmaster for Jim Koons Automotive. For the past couple months the government has been running the “Cash for Clunkers” program where dealers take old cars with poor gas mileage as a trade-in and customers get money from the government for their trade. As part of the program, the dealer agrees to destroy the clunker. Well, last week I got to see the clunkers get destroyed. Here are a few photos of the vehicles getting smashed!

Before this clunker was smashed.

And there it goes…

Smashed!

Some of the clunkers.

Not much was left behind. 

Clarendon Day Electric Racing Kart Demo – Arlington, VA

This past Saturday was Clarendon Day in Arlington, which is a huge festival full of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun. Part of the festivities included an electric racing kart demonstration put on by the NoVA Kart Racing group and Volta Grand Prix. Below is a photo of David from the Kart groups driving his electric racing kart on a course marked by cones in the street. It was a fun day!

A shot of the racing kart with the men who made it.

An up close shot of the guys. 

Solo shot of the kart.

Getting ready to race.

The track lined with cones.

Action shot of David racing the kart!

One of the cars on display on Clarendon Day.

A more sporty car on display.

OBG Fundraiser at Cosi – Event Photography – Arlington, VA

This week I photographed a fundraiser event for the Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue at the Cosi in Arlington. Most of the guests were foster parents for dogs. So, they brought their dogs along as well. There were raffle prizes to raise money for OBG and some fun games for the dogs. It was a great time!

Some yummy treats for our four-legged friends and fundraiser information.

One of the happy dogs present at the fundraiser.

Such a beautiful doggy!

Some of the Cocker Spaniels present at the fundraiser!

This one makes us laugh!

Happy little guy.

Some of the attendees at the OBG fundraiser.

We love this one’s bandana.

An OBG speaker.

The bond between human and dog. Best friends!

Fun was had by all!