Chicago Aerial Photography via Full-size Aircraft or Drones

I have been offering aerial photography for my clients for years. Usually this involves big budgets and lots of restrictions. I have been flying radio controlled helicopters, airplanes and multi-rotors for years. They make great aerial photography platforms except they were banned from commercial use - until recently.

Aerial photo of Chicago Lakefront at North Avenue Beach, Chicago Beach Polo, 2011

Due to a recent ruling I can now fly for commercial use. NTSB judge rules FAA ban on commercial UAS/Drones unenforceable

If you are looking for an experienced aerial photographer with years of flying please contact me.

Below are some examples of my work.

Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park, Chicago, IL 2013

Aerial photo from Quadcopter Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park, Chicago, IL 2013NOTE: I am an experienced pilot and I never flew over people and I had a spotter with me at all times. These images were created by flying line-of-sight with the aircraft at all times and with various safty measures. Although some very dramatic images can be created this way safety comes first.

Video is also possible. Please contact me for a quote.


Grant Achatz shoot at Alinea for Red Bull

I was asked by Red Bull's corporate office in Austria to capure some photos of Grant Achatz, the Executive Chef from Alinea in Chicago, with Red Bull's Roland Trettl. Mr Trettl is the Executive Chef of Red Bull's Ikarus restaurant in Hangar-7. Grant Achatz was invited by Red Bull to be a guest chef for the month of November. Here are some photos from that shoot.

It was a pleasure working with the Red Bull team again. I loved working on this project and it was so exciting to be working in the kitchen of Alinea. It makes me very proud to be part of the food culture in Chicago. Grant Achatz and his staff at Alinea were extemely accomodating as well.

Andrew Knowlton, from Bon Appétit magazine lists Alinea as the 4th most important restaurant in America.


Food and Interior Photos for cibo matto Restaurant at the Wit

I was hired to shoot interior and food photos at cibo matto at the Wit Hotel in Chicago for their redesigned website.

Cibo Matto Restaurant Website Photos by David Ditzler I included models in my shoots to make it a little more personal. The executive chef Evan Percoco and the rest of the staff were great to work with. They made me feel like family during the three days I was there on my photo shoot.




Photos for Restaurant State & Lake on their New Website

I contributed to the recently redesigned State and Lake restaurant website. I shot the interior and food photos included on the site.

State and Lake Website with photos by David Ditzler

The site looks and functions great and was created by Billups Design located in Chicago. They hired me to shoot the photos and we are both please with how they turned out. This sucessful project helped us win the  cibo mato website redesign.



Event Photography for Amstel Light - Social Media

I just noticed the photos I shot for Amstel Light are posted on their Facebook page. Often when I shoot events I don't know exactly where the photos are going. Social Media sites like Facebook are obviously a great place to show off photos for and of your fans.

Amsterdam Live Event - Chicago, 2010 - photos by David DitzlerThere are two sets up on their Facebook site, circled in red, for two different events I shot photos for.

The other set is the Beer Bike Event.

Amstel Light Photo Albums on Facebook