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Make money from aerials


 A potentially marketable golf course aerial.
A potentially marketable golf course aerial.

Some photographers shoot aerials of houses, buildings, golf courses, boats, etc. “on spec,” with hopes of selling enlargements to the home-owner or club manager later. This can be a lucrative business, although there is no guarantee anyone will purchase your pictures.

Often the photographer or his or her representative will go so far as to frame the aerial print (particularly if it is a shot of a home and it looks great) before calling on the property-owner, knowing that the finished look of the final product is so much more appealing, and may generate an immediate, profitable sale.


If you want to play it a little safer, you could let people know that you will be taking aerials in their area, and arrange in advance to shoot their home, farm, office building, etc. to provide you with a more-guaranteed income. However, this approach may eliminate those who might otherwise be inclined to buy on the spot when they actually see the finished picture. A big part of the success of this type of photographic marketing is the pleasant surprise when folks first see their place in an aerial image.

Many home owners never get to view their place like this and might buy a framed print on the spot
Many home owners never get to view their place like this and might buy a framed print on the spot