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Aerial Innovations Southeast opened for business in Nashville, TN in 2003. We quickly became the premier commercial and aerial photographers for Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.

Our team of creative and logistical experts is on standby – ready to help with your aerial & architectural photography, traditional video, and drone video needs. We would love to work with you to capture your next project.. Because the service we provide is YOUR product, we aim to exceed expectations by delivering quality and timely results. We take the time to fully understand your needs. Over the years we’ve developed an efficient process that allows for clear communication and exceptional customer service – all while keeping costs low.

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Wendy Whittemore

CEO/Flight Commander

Wendy earned her wings at Aerial Innovations of GA, Inc. at the turn of the century. Since then, she hasn’t been able to keep her feet on the ground! Her love of photography and flying has led Aerial Innovations to be a leading Aerial Photography company in the Southeast.

Jessi Braswell

Account Executive

If you are working on a project in our coverage area, expect a call from Jessi. A true Nashville original, Jessi brings her deep love of art and photography to the team. She also loves helping clients get their perfect shot. If you view Jessi in the wild, she’s probably attending a live music event, trying her hand at an instrument, or laughing it up with her friends.

Lynse Watkins

Director of Operations

It takes a lot to keep us flying – great weather, awesome clients, amazing photographers, and superior ground control. “Ground Control to Major Tom…” We know you were singing it in your head. Lynse keeps us in line by overseeing daily operations and managing our spending. “No, you cannot buy a new plane.” Sheesh, she’s tough.

Rick Smith

Chief Photographer

Rick comes to us with an MFA from Columbia College in Chicago, where he was also an instructor. But, the South came calling, so this Native Nashvillian moved back. He has taken to the sky like a duck takes to water, which has made his fellow SouthLight Salon Photographers very jealous. Also a multi-disciplinary artist, Rick can often be found painting and working on his next gallery show in his spare time.

Alyssa Jiosa

Production Coordinator

Alyssa is a travel & lifestyle photographer in Nashville, TN. She’s passionate about capturing stories, learning new perspectives, & engaging in new opportunities. Alyssa’s clients have included Edible Nashville Magazine, Sunshine Nut Company, and Celebrate Children International.

Stephen Schween

Drone Pilot/Business Development

Stephen is a Louisiana native, and grew up tinkering with all things mechanical. His passion for drones and technology started with a remote control car racing hobby. He built RC cars from scratch and has been racing them for many years. Stephen is a Part 107 Remote Pilot and will be putting his flight skills on display for the Fly Team. Look for him out and about doing Business Development as well!

Johnny Gerhart

Drone Pilot/Camera Operator

When he’s not out shooting videos in gorgeous and remote locations, Johnny is in the skies of Kentucky, Tennessee, and wherever else we can send him. He also runs the drone like a champ, switching from cinematographer to operator with a twirl of his killer ‘stache. Shoot on, Johnny, shoot on.

Ron Coons


Lights, camera, action! Ron is our ground cinematographer, editor,  photographer & neighbor. He’s got a great walk to work! With over 27 years in the film industry, he got his start in Los Angeles as a fully accredited First Camera Assistant and member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild. Ron is always ready with a helpful hand or tip, and knows his stuff.

Bonnie Whittemore


Watch this one, she’s out for money! Bonnie helps keep the business rolling by taking care of deposits, paying bills, creating invoices….and most importantly, handling the payroll…who could forget that?? She’s not only a family member, but an integral part of the team as well. Bonnie frequently keeps us entertained with stories about the neighborhood back in the day, her dance escapades, and her grandson Isaiah.

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