ABOUT YOUR PILOT
Photography has been a family hobby for as long as I can remember. At 8 years old I purchased my first SLR camera, the Olympus Pen. A 35mm half-frame camera that takes 2 pictures per frame, meaning 36 exposure film produced 72 prints. That was handy until I had to pay for all of them! My dad was an avid photographer throughout the years and produced hundreds of silent 16mm home movies. His enthusiasm with photography got my oldest brother interested and by the time I was developed (no pun intended), we had a make-shift darkroom in our upstairs bathroom.
When I was a senior in high school I was fortunate enough to be on the yearbook staff and considered going professional. Unfortunately, my eyesight took a turn for the worst and I had to refocus on a new career. Surprisingly, at 26 years old, I joined the U.S. Navy and completed 20 honorable years as a Sonar Technician for Submarines. While I was in the Navy, Trippler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii was able to correct my vision through Lasik Eye Surgery. What a blessing that was!
The 2018 Christmas season somehow peeked my interest in drones and rapidly got me involved with flying unmanned aircraft. I liked it so much I bought drones for my grandkids; the smaller less restrictive models of course. Not knowing anything about drones and how restrictive they are in relation to air space, I wanted to learn more and registered for the Part 107 Certification course which I completed in less than 90 days. Having a Part 107 Certification opens a plethora of opportunities beyond flying as a hobbyist.
I’m not ready for retirement nor do I want to “retire” retire, so why not do something I enjoy and take it into retirement. Seeing the video quality of what my drone was capable of and the benefits of drone photography in the market place, I decided to get into free-lance drone photography. So here I am,
Cat-Eyes Drone Imagery Service, LLC
at your service!