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Philly By Drone specializes in aerial real estate photography and cinematography in the Greater Philadelphia region. Below is a sample of clients we've worked with, including developers, general contractors, architects, property managers, commercial and residential brokers, and engineering firms. Our clients have benefited with accelerated pre-leasing, view-based pricing decisions, strengthened RFP's, boosted investor confidence, bolstered donation campaigns, and much more.

In 2019, Philly By Drone expanded into the San Francisco Bay Area market under the brand Droneshot.


Philly By Drone's most cutting edge technology: interactive 360 degree drone panoramas that highlight information about properties and nearby points of interest. Pivot is entirely custom-coded, web-based, and virtual-reality enabled. Experience Pivot in full-screen here on desktop and mobile:

"A picture is worth a thousand words. A drone panorama is worth a million."

Henry W Hudson, IV
Executive Vice President at BALA Consulting Engineers

"BALA has worked on 29 of the 45 new highrises in Philadelphia. A challenge we've faced is how to communicate our regional expertise in an innovative, visual way. We have had numerous, positive comments on the panorama. One person told me it was the best marketing piece he had ever seen."

Showcase Regional Expertise

No technology showcases a company's portfolio as clearly as Pivot does. Traditional marketing relies on paper pamphlets and websites that list out property names. Pivot communicates visually the scale of a company and its projects.

The Laurel - Philly By Drone

The Laurel

1213 Walnut - Philly By Drone

1213 Walnut

The Harper - Philly By Drone

The Harper

Investor & Lender Buy-In

Aerial view imagery helps allay concerns and can help justify the pricing assumptions that support a project’s financial projections. By conveying a project’s real world visual context to their equity and debt partners, developers increase their chances of securing capital for their projects and moving from vision to reality.

High-Impact Presentations

Aerial and panoramic images add striking, high-definition realism and create convincing, immediately accessible presentations that help the audience “see” the end product. Our aerial photos can be used as standalone photographs, incorporated into rendering backdrops, or as interactive 360 degree visuals.

Accelerated Pre-Leasing

Experienced development teams recognize that investing early on in this specialized aerial photography yields benefits that can be applied throughout the entire planning, design, development, financing, and marketing process. More and more developers are realizing that aerial view photography is no longer an investment that only makes sense for high-rises or luxury projects.

Aerial Photography

Clients will often hire us for a new shoot or license our existing photos. Our photos have been used in numerous national industry publications, sales pamphlets, RFP proposals, backdrops of architectural renderings, and international advertisement campaigns.

Comcast Technology Center - Philly By Drone

Comcast Tech. Center

Bridge On Race - Philly By Drone

Bridge On Race

The Ludlow - Philly By Drone

The Ludlow

Aloft Hotel - Philly By Drone

1601 Vine

The Radian - Philly By Drone

The Radian

One Riverside - Philly By Drone

One Riverside

Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Philly By Drone

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Appleford Estate - Philly By Drone

Appleford Estate

The Rail Park - Philly By Drone

The Rail Park

Seven Tower Bridge - Philly By Drone

Seven Tower Bridge

Case Study: Images as Backdrops for Renderings

Our drone photography was used as photorealistic backdrops for architectural renderings for The Laurel (1911 Walnut).

The Laurel with Drone Rendering
Backdrop for interior view
The Laurel with Drone Rendering
Backdrop for exterior view

Case Study: Pre-Construction Room Views for East Market 1199 Ludlow

Our drone photography has been used to precisely simulate room views from specific floors and angles for view-based pricing and accelerated pre-leasing.

Charles Norman
Development Manager at National Real Estate Development

"Philly By Drone allowed us to better visualize the views from the different apartments and floors in the building, helping us refine our thinking on which apartments will have the most sought after views to arrive at a better marketing and pricing strategy."

1199 Ludlow NW Corner
1199 Ludlow NW Corner @ 290ft
1199 Ludlow SW Corner
1199 Ludlow SW Corner @ 290ft

Aerial Cinema

Hollywood-Quality Cinematography

Philly By Drone has adopted the 6K CinemaDNG RAW, Hollywood-level cinematography workflow. Our videos are recorded at 30x the data rate of the average professional drone camera, which results in crystal sharp, high dynamic range images.

Case Study: $1 Billion Power of Penn Campaign

Philly By Drone worked closely with the University of Pennsylvania for a series of videos over a multi-year donation campaign.

Alex Schein
Director of Digital Communication, Penn

"I was impressed with the level of detail that Philly By Drone put into our extensive drone shoot of the Penn campus. They did multiple location scouts, contacted all of the local aviation authorities, proactively worked with Penn Police. As a producer, it's just what I needed."


Videos and Photos for Purchase

Over the years, Philly By Drone has accumulated a stunning video collection of over 1,000 videos and over 10,000 photos. All of these are available for purchase for any of your purposes.




Contact Owner

Christopher Kao