Tispr Stories: Hank Stahlecker is Enjoying the View From Above

Every Friday we check in with a freelancer or small business person who is following their dreams and doing what they love. This week, we’ll hear from Hank Stahlecker, an aerial photographer and videographer who has been shooting in the skies for just under 4 years.

Here’s what Hank had to say about what inspires him, his equipment, and bringing unique perspectives to the world.

Who you are as a person, or what makes Hank...Hank?

I'm just a guy that loves to create things. Whether those things be art, ideas, or new perspectives; I relish the opportunity of creating something out of nothing and being able to share it with others.

Why do you do what you do or what inspires you to do what you do?

I work as an aerial photographer/videographer because I'm inspired by the ability to show the world from unique perspectives. The awe, joy, and wonder that I get to experience on people's faces when I show them some of my work, it really makes it all worthwhile for me.

“If you start off as a hobby and gradually begin to hone your craft, you can carve out a niche for yourself.”

How did you get into aerial photography and videography?

I've always been into videography, but once I saw my first drone video -  "Rhyolite" - by a director named Philip Bloom, I was totally hooked on the idea, so I immediately got my own drone and got to work.

I know all the techies out there are wondering—what equipment do you use?

My go-to drone is a Phantom 4 Professional.

“If you're willing to explore and venture into the unknown, you'll often be very pleasantly surprised with what'll you discover.”

How do you feel when you’re working, doing what you love?

What I love most about what I do, are those shoots where my heart jumps into my throat. When it's a particularly difficult or epic shoot, I still get those pre-flight jitters, and it's that thrill that keeps me coming back every time.

What’s it like being in your line of work?

My line of work, being as unique as it is, certainly poses it's own set of challenges, but if you start off as a hobby and gradually begin to hone your craft, you can carve out a niche for yourself.

What have you learned from all your work in the skies?

What my aerial photography/videography has taught me really pertains to life, and it's that if you're willing to explore and venture into the unknown, you'll often be very pleasantly surprised with what'll you discover.

To learn more about Hank and his aerial adventures, follow @dronebirdmedia on Instagram or visit his website.


This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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