Aerial photograph of a garden centre



Commercial & Residential Aerial Photography




Commercial & Residential Aerial Photography



SimplyGreatShots are a Drone operator with a valid Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permission for Commercial Operations (otherwise known as a PfCO) who are approved for Day and Night Operations.


Below are some examples of how SimplyGreatShots Aerial Photography can help you.


Planning Permission

With Aerial Photography we can map out large areas of land for Commercial properties, which can be used to assist in obtaining planning permission. SimplyGreatShots Aerial Photography have been tasked with providing Aerial Photographs on numerous occasions. These images have been used to measure and visualise distances between existing buildings, and proposed new buildings.


Land Disputes

Our Aerial Photographs have been used to highlight, or assist with resolving land disputes, whereby a boundary may have been moved, or land be being used by a neighbour illegally.


Drone Roof Inspections

Traditional Roof Inspections / Surveys result in the added expense and time delays in having to get scaffolding erected or a cherry picker delivered to the location to get a good understanding of the condition of a roof, Aerial Photographs and videos can be used to reduce costs and the time required to identify an issue. We can arrive on site, survey a roof and provide all the photographic information you need, far faster and more cost effectively than having to go through the process of erecting scaffolding or getting a cherry picker to carryout the work.

An example of our work is shown below, along with the link to our main Drone Roof Inspection Page.


Real Estate

Photographing ongoing housing development projects over a period of time can ensure that potential buyers build an emotional attachment to a new home that is being built. Seeing a new home being built over the course of weeks or months can help build the excitement with home buyers which can help reduce the amount of new buyers that drop out of a new home purchase.


In addition, photographing boundary's throughout the duration of a building development provides a permanent record of the boundaries to ensure these remain unchanged over the course of a development. They can also be referred back to in years to come.


Brand Photography

Aerial Photography or videography can be used to promote new Brand Photography.

Has your company recently moved to new premises, do you have grounds, that you would like to see from above? We can offer you a completely unique perspective with Aerial Photographs or Video footage from above.


Commercial & Residential Aerial Photography requirements vary greatly and may (in some circumstances) involve planning and obtaining the relevant permissions prior to flights. That being said, we have other options available for providing Photographs and videos up to a maximum height of 11 metres.


As the services above are bespoke, prices have to be calculated on an individual basis.


Use the Contact page to get in touch with your requirements and we will provide a quotation for the required work.


Aerial photography for land disputes, Boundary defined

Land Disputes

Using UAV's to obtain High Resolution Aerial Photographs or Video which will clearly identify any land invasion that has occurred.

Land Disputes

Using UAV's to obtain High Resolution Aerial Photographs or Video which will clearly identify any land invasion that has occurred.

Land Disputes


SimplyGreatShots were contacted to investigate a land dispute between the land owner and a tenant. Aerial Photography was then used to provide a unique view of the plot of land.


On the image above, all land inside the red box belonged to the tenant, and everything outside of this same box belonged to the land owner.

The land owner knew that their property was being used to store rubbish and vehicles by the tenant, but didn't know to what extent.

Deadlines for the removal of these these items came and went and the tenant ignored all requests to remove their property from the land owners land.


SimplyGreatShots were able to map the complete area and give a true representation as to the extent of the land invasion.

High resolution photographs and 4K video footage were provided to the land owner which resulted in the dispute being resolved in a matter of weeks.


We will be releasing a blog with further useful information on Land or Border Disputes. Be sure to look out for this on our Blog page.


Aerial photography for planning permission

Planning Permission

Using UAV's to provide Aerial Photography to obtain Planning Permission for Commercial or Residential properties.


Planning Permission

Using UAV's to provide Aerial Photography to obtain Planning Permission for Commercial or Residential properties.


Planning Permission


SimplyGreatShots Aerial Photography were contacted by a Company to provide Aerial Photographs to assist in obtaining the required planning permission to demolish several out buildings, and to extend the current car parking arrangements to increase footfall within the business and ease parking congestion on site and around the immediately vicinity .


At peak business operating hours, it was observed that getting in and out of the car park was a struggle with people parking in areas that were not designated parking spaces. This resulted in tailbacks of cars trying to get in and out of the carpark.


Customers were also parking irresponsibly on adjacent grass verges, and neighbouring roads and this was causing tension with neighbours that lived within a close proximity to the business.


With our assistance in providing high resolution images and 4k video footage of the plot of land this business owned, they were able to eventually get the required permission to allow them to increase parking capacity.


We will be releasing a blog with further useful information on Planning Permission. Be sure to look out for this on our Blog page.


Damaged ridge tiles with gaps in mortar

Drone Roof Inspections

Using UAV's to provide detailed close up images of damaged roofs to Commercial and Residential properties


Drone Roof Inspections

Using UAV's to provide detailed close up images of damaged roofs to Commercial and Residential properties


Drone Roof Inspections / Surveys


SimplyGreatShots Aerial Photography were contacted to carryout a Drone Roof Inspection on a property that was suffering from water ingress.

Within minutes of being on site we had identified where water was entering the roof and eventually making its way on to the upstairs ceilings.


No tiles were damaged, in this instance the mortar on all of the ridge tiles was severely cracked, damaged or missing completely, leaving holes at the top of the roof where water could penetrate. In addition we were also able to explain why the home owner would occasionally see debris in their front and back garden with no real idea on where it was coming from.


When these Photographs were taken it was clear to see that were still lumps of mortar that had become dislodged and had started to slip down the roof tiles, some of which would have been blown off the roof when they last had strong winds in the area.


With the Drone Roof Survey providing detailed images of the damaged roof and potential for flying debris, our customer was able to provide all of the photographs obtained to a reputable roofing company, who were able to carryout remedial work without first having to come out and survey the roof, thus saving considerable time and costs to the home owner.


For more information, please see our dedicated Drone Roof Inspection page


Road works and re-surfacing road surfaces
Aerial Photography of Hotel

Drones or UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have strict limitations that need to be adhered to with regards to maximum altitude and maximum distance they can be flown from the Operator, along with several other factors that PfCO holders need to comply with.


The current rules (which are subject to change by the CAA). are as follows:


·     Maximum Altitude is 400ft (120m)

·     Maximum distance from the Drone / UAV operator is 500m, although Visual Line of Sight (LOS) must be maintained at all times, so this maximum distance may need to be reduced in order for the orientation of the Drone / UAV to be known at all times.

·     Minimum visibility needs to be 5km

·     Drones / UAV’s cannot be flown at night without special permission.

·     The Drone / UAV Operator must obtain permission from the owner of the Take off and Landing (TOAL) point.

·     Drones / UAV’s must not be flown within 50m of structures, vehicles or people who are not under the control of the Drone / UAV Operator (30m for TOAL)*.


*Whilst the term “…under the control of…” may sound very restrictive, it is perfectly acceptable to fly closer to structures, vehicles or people as long as permission has been obtained from everyone within the vicinity proving they have been briefed and are aware of the flight mission.


For the most recent guidelines please see the CAA website at: https://www.caa.co.uk/home/