Looking back over the years, there are a handful of companies that have been truly instrumental in my growth as a photographer. And Piper Aircraft is definitely one. As an eager, green, and somewhat overly ambitious graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, I soon realized that awards and accolades in school meant little in the real world. Finding individuals and companies willing to gamble on you was not only a huge challenge, but imperative. And for those that did, such as Piper Aircraft, I am eternally grateful.
Shooting for Piper has brought me to ten states, many times to some of the most remote parts of the country. Places and towns with populations so small that you can’t even find them on a map. One example was being flown to a desolate field, deep in the heart of Texas, to shoot one privately owned plane because it had the only paint scheme of it’s kind in the country.
These brochure covers you see here were all shot from a chase plane, doors off, in mid-flight. Working with one of the most creative advertising agencies in Canada, we shot all four brochures in the span of a few months, with all of the interior shots done in Vero Beach, Florida. It’s times like this, when I see the results of all the hard work, that I realize how fortunate I am to do what I love to do.