Best practices for flying your drone at weddings
It’s spring, and that means wedding season is upon us!* If you’re one of the many photographers planning wedding shoots this year, it’s also a great time to think about including aerial photography in your plans.
A drone is a great way to capture unique shots that can help tell the story of a memorable day, and in my experience more couples are requesting drone photos than ever before. I expect that trend to continue. On the following pages, I’ll share some of my best practices for flying drones at weddings, and give you some hints about things to pay attention to.
* Apologies to those in the Southern Hemisphere. We haven’t forgotten about you.
Get certified or licensed to operate commercially
In the US, pilots who fly drones for commercial purposes are required to pass the FAA Part 107 exam. Passing this exam is beneficial beyond just getting a certificate: in the process of studying, drone operators will learn important rules, regulations, and best practices for flying responsibly, all of which will make you a more knowledgable, safer pilot.
Outside the US, many countries have similar regulations, so make sure you know what the rules are where you’re operating and ensure that you have obtained any necessary permits, certificates, or licenses.
Register your drone with the FAA