I have been approached on at least one occasion to take a photograph “like that photograph.” In other words, I was asked to capture a waterfall near Hunter Mountain in the style of another photographer, suitable for framing in the way that that landscape photography professional frames his.

Here’s a shot of Kaaterskill Falls at a time of year many folks miss.

Could I do it? Sure. Is it as easy as that? Nope. Did I decline? Of course.

Among the many reasons for not embracing my any subject, anytime, anywhere philosophy in this case is the fact that I know that other Windham New York photographer. He’s good at what he does. He’s already captured that image – and if it’s what you need hanging in your hallway, you should buy a copy from him. It could take me anywhere from days to years to capture the same conditions, if I ever could.

Something many folks do not realize about photography is it’s not that simple.

I’ve read stories of folks going back to the same spot year after year to capture their perfect image. In some cases, they were eventually successful.  Many never felt that they accurately captured what they were after.

Landscape photography is part of the job with real estate photography. Folks want to show where and how their home sits. Which brings in the problem with drones. I have a couple of colleagues I can call upon if a drone is needed, but I prefer to avoid even opening that door. It adds complications, time and expense — for you, my client.

This is what your wingless guests will see, and it’s welcoming.

“So, you feel your house looks great from 50 feet up looking east?”,” I might ask

“Yeah, it’s gorgeous. There’s a view of the mountains,” you might reply.

“How often will your guests see that view? From 50 feet up in the air …”

Get the picture?

Sure, drones are great for capturing shots of the wilderness you might not otherwise see.

They’re fine for sweeping views of industrial parks aiming to portray themselves as grand centers of commerce.

Several colleagues work in this sort of commercial realm. I handle commercial photography and video production, but thus far have avoided needing to get my pilot’s license..

Drones are terrific for showing pipelines and rivers and roadways that spread over vast terrain you couldn’t otherwise capture. They’re even terrific for photographing the natural landscape from new and exciting vantage points.

BUT what does that have to do with your mountaintop lodge? Will those renting your house on AirBnB or VRBO see that view from your deck? Sounds almost like false advertising.

Will folks buying your place to make it a place of their own see those views looking down at the property from above once it’s theirs? Not unless they buy a drone.

The trees hanging over this beautiful outdoor ceremony in the Catskills would surely have blocked those pesky drones…

I suppose if a wedding is grand enough, a drone might capture something a terrestrial photographer might miss, but if you’re that far away – who’s to say it is even you in the photo?

What are you really capturing? The venue? Let the venue take those pictures. (O.k. there might be an opportunity here for my colleagues and I, but back to reality.)

Over the years of photographing weddings, reunions, graduation parties and gatherings of every other sort I’ve found plenty of unique angles and vantage points that told the “bigger picture”  without the need for helium or propellers.

If you’re planning an event and are in need of a photographer with two feet on the ground and an eye for what makes you special, let’s talk.

Thanks for reading. Reach out, if I can be of any help. You can also find, follow & like Jonathan Ment Photography on Facebook and at www.catskillsphotographer.com and check out the broad-topic’d “Observational Ramblings” of the Ment Media Group’s “Business Blog.”

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