New Friends & Former Colleagues
If there's one thing I love about aviation photography, it's the personal connections I've made within the aviation community. I've made new friends and reconnected with former colleagues. Opportunities are presenting themselves in ways I never could have imagined. The attention my photography is getting both excites and terrifies me. My biggest fears throughout life have been that of fear and rejection. Just putting myself out there for the public to see has been an obstacle of mine to overcome. All the support and encouragement is helping me tremendously. Everybody from family, friends, and other photographers are pushing me right along.
The goal of my photography is to go beyond just taking photos of the aircraft. I'm building my business on these personal connections. There's more to that airplane than just sheet metal, paint, and mechanical engine parts. There's a whole support system behind it that keeps it flying. When most people look up and see a plane flying overhead, they don't give it a second thought. I look up and wonder who's flying, where they're going, where they've been...and wished I was going with them. When I spend my time at the airport, I try to talk to everyone I come in to contact with. I want to know their stories.
If I didn't love aviation so much, I wouldn't market myself as strictly an aviation photographer. That in itself should be self-explanatory. But General Aviation holds a special place in my heart. My time working at Peter O Knight Airport in Tampa was some of the most memorable times in my adult life. I just love the intimate atmosphere of a small airport. Between the people who are permanent tenants based on the field, the flight school students, and the transient pilots who fly in from out of town, you're bound to make a new friend. There's no security making you take off your shoes before coming in the lobby. You don't have to step through a metal detector. And no unfriendly gate agent and baggage fees. Instead there's usually a smiling face to greet you, a free cup of coffee, and a bench outside where you can watch the happenings on the ramp and in the pattern. Try that at the big international airports...
It's those personal connections that have allowed me the opportunity to go in the direction I have with my photography. Deric Dymerski and Mike Quinn are my former supervisors and have been extremely generous to me with access to the airport. I owe a great deal of gratitude to them and all those at Atlas Aviation! This wouldn't be possible without them.
Keywords: Atlas Aviation, Deric Dymerski, General Aviation, General Aviation, Jason McLemore Aviation Media, Mike Quinn, Peter O Knight Airport
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