Aviation has been part of my life as long as I can remember. Some of my first memories are of me sitting in the front seat of my father’s 1949 Piper J3 cub. Which is pretty funny, because according to my father I only flew in it a few times.
When I was in the 5th grade my parents got me a gas powered remote control airplane for Christmas. By the time they got it for me I’m sure they were fed up with me because it’s all I would talk about. Over the next year my dad and I would spend many of our weekends at the local flying club in Lyman Learning to fly. I even got the chance to take my 6th grade class to the flying field, and show my newly acquired skills.
As I entered high school aviation was still on my mind. I remember the day I told my father that I wanted to get my pilots license. My dad is a very supportive man, but when I told him about my dream of flying airplanes his response was, that’s great get a job… As luck would have it I had a few classes with some good friends who worked at the local airport. Before too long I had a job working for Corporate Air Center. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to fuel my passion for aviation, and to pay for flying lessons.
On September 22nd 2002 I logged my first flight in a Cessna 152 with Carl Hamlin a local flight instructor. I was hooked from the moment my wheels left the runway. I continued my flight instruction logging my first solo on April 27th 2003. What an amazing feeling to be the sole occupant of an airplane flying thru the air. Eventually I earned my Private Pilot’s license at the age of 17 on September 7th 2004.
In 2009 I married my best friend. Lucky for me she was extremely talented, and as it turns out, a halfway decent photographer. In 2014 after several years of Shae taking pictures for friends and family S&J Photography LLC. was born. Not to be out done, and because I was the "J" in S&J Photography LLC, I began working towards figuring out what my contributions would be.
In 2015 I started the process of combining my hobby of remote control aircraft and my wife’s growing photographybusiness. Little did I know it would be over a six month process to complete the necessary paperwork to be able to fly drones for hire. Shae and I have been incredibly blessed with the growth of our business over the last year. I am extremely excited to see where we go in 2016.
Thank you to all of our friends, family, and wonderful clients for your continued support.