Welcome to our first installment of Detailed Engagements Vendor Spotlight featuring our friend Ethan Cohen at UAV Look:
Vendor Spotlight: The Perspective of a Licensed Drone Pilot
Why you may want to consider what an experienced professional has to say about using a drone to capture your wedding
Ethan Cohen of UAV Look
Until about four years ago, capturing your wedding from the sky was an unfamiliar idea to most couples. Sure, helicopters and small aircrafts might have the ability to record footage, but that 20-400 ft of airspace above the ground (where the real magic happens) was completely uncharted territory. With drones rising in popularity, more couples are becoming excited about the idea of using them to create a unique perspective of their wedding day. So why shouldn't you ask your tech-savvy cousin operate their drone at your wedding? We spoke with Ethan Cohen, owner of aerial imaging company UAV Look, about just some of the reasons why it’s best to leave things to the professionals— especially on your wedding day!
1. More than Just a Hobby
Just like you wouldn't hire an unlicensed limo driver to transport you to your wedding, you shouldn’t want an unlicensed operator piloting a drone over your ceremony. Drone operation is a serious craft that deserves to be respected. Ethan Cohen is a licensed, fully insured, FAA approved pilot. In order to legally fly his drones commercially, Ethan has his Remote Pilot Certificate and a Private Pilot’s License. In his experience, becoming a licensed drone pilot has been a big investment— largely due to the time it takes to truly learn the craft and understand the risks involved.
2. Experience is Everything
In addition to having all the proper licensing, Ethan also has three years of experience under his belt. He reminds us that even though someone can operate a drone, it doesn't always mean that they should. Simply obtaining a license only requires the operator to know the basics, like asking permission before flying over a group of people, and how to legally comply with airspace restrictions and aviation regulations. An experienced pilot will also have taken the time to learn additional safety procedures in case of an emergency. Bottom line, your drone operator may sound confident in their abilities, but make sure they have the credentials and experience to back them up.
3. Quality Speaks for Itself
Ethan refers to himself as a pilot first and a photographer/videographer second. It takes a skilled operator to know how to keep the drone stable, and smoothly maneuver it to the right camera angles for all the best shots. Ethan also says that licensed professionals tend to use better equipment. They will likely have a drone outfitted with a higher quality camera that will record awesome video footage.
4. Know the Dangers
It is highly unlikely that the drone will fall out of the sky if you are using an experienced, licensed pilot. A professional drone pilot will know the guidelines associated with safe operation, and what to do in an emergency situation. Although drones do use GPS, a number of factors can cause that signal to be lost and the drone to switch into manual mode. If the operator is unfamiliar with flying manually, they will lose the ability to control the drone and create the possibility for a dangerous crash mid-ceremony. Your pilot should also know the limits of their drone. An experienced professional will take into consideration battery life, distance, surroundings and weather to avoid any serious mishaps, and be fully insured just in case.
5. The Sky is the Limit
When used properly, drones have the potential to completely transform the scale of your wedding. A drone will capture an amazing 360 degree view of your special day—not to mention cinematic quality video you can relive for years to come. Ethan reminds us that as long as you have an experienced pilot, drones are actually very safe. It all comes down to doing your research and choosing the right professional for the job.
Some Questions to ask your Drone Pilot
Are you a licensed Drone operator? Note: A Remote Pilot Certificate is required to legally operate a drone commercially
Do you have any additional licenses? Note: Ethan also has a Private Pilot’s License
Could you provide a copy of them? Note: In the event of an emergency, it is a good idea to have copies of these on hand
Do you keep up to date on the safety and legal guidelines for drone operation?
Do you know how to handle it if you lose GPS signal while operating your drone?
Do you have any recent work we could look at? Note: This will allow you to see if the video footage is smooth and the photos clear and sharp
Do you have liability insurance? Note: This will cover damages up to a certain amount in the event of an accident
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Blog by the talented Emily Delaney, associate wedding & event planner at Detailed Engagements
Why It’s So Important To Use Trusted Vendors For Your Wedding
The creation of a successful wedding takes a strong team, a community of people working together to make the day the best it can possibly be for the couple. At Detailed Engagements, we know this to be true. Our best and most successful wedding & event days happen when we work with a team of amazing vendors who truly love what they do and have the right energy to make it all happen.
When choosing the key players for your wedding day, use the vendors you already have as your guide. If you picked a wedding planner because you trust them to see your vision and bring it to life, chances are you’ll feel the same way about the other vendors they work closely with, too. When your planner suggests an awesome DJ or your venue coordinator suggests a florist who does a beautiful job, they are recommending them for a reason. It is not only based on the exceptional quality of their work, but for their professionalism, friendliness, and trustworthiness. They suggest them to you because they are confident that this person will do everything in their power to make you, their client, happy. If you surround yourself with vendors who have this same goal in mind, you can’t go wrong.
It is so important that your vendors not only communicate well with you, but also with each other. Just like you want to surround yourself with wedding professionals that you trust, your vendors want to do the same. Highly recommended and preferred vendors exist for a reason. They are not so that vendors can work exclusively with their friends in the industry (although here at DE we do love the rockstar wedding pros we get to work with on a regular basis!) Instead, certain vendors have earned their recommendation because they have proven to be trustworthy and committed to their clients best interests. They are not selfish, petty, or competitive. They know that it takes a strong team to produce a great wedding, and they are committed to working together to achieve that goal. To be a real professional in this industry means so much more than just showing up on time to do a job. It is a positive attitude, team work, and a client-centric mentality that makes a vendor amazing to work with. A great vendor will have work that speaks for itself, but it’s their reputation that earns them the trust and respect of both their peers and their clients.
Shoutout to all the amazing vendors and wedding pros who have helped make DE weddings so extraordinary over the years!
Associate Wedding & Event Planner
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