Drone Permission is a full-service network of licensed and insured aerial photographers and videographers committed to quality media capture. At Drone Permission, all of our friendly, skilled pilots are bilingual and FAA Part 107-certified. But we don’t just provide the images, unfiltered. We offer in-house editing for photos and video. We use the latest technology, and always have the right drone for the job, with a network of pilots around the world. We highlight the complex business processes of your company through video and photo, using the latest drone technology. We are your Drone Connect.
Jorge Alvarez founded Drone Permission in 2017. Prior to Drone Permission, Alvarez worked in the concrete business in Southeast Florida for a decade. Dealing with developers, contractors and owners on a daily basis, he figured out the business side of drones firsthand, discovering the behind-the-scenes techniques needed in order to achieve the perfect shot. For Drone Permission, Alvarez wears many hats, from running the business side of things to recruitment, Social Media and flying drones himself.
The new market for drone services is what really drew Alvarez in. “I realized a proper business model was needed in this industry,” he continues. “I wanted to create one responsible place to go to get drone services, using top-of-the-line equipment with different levels of pilots to accomplish different cinematic images, inspections and any drone-related shot.” Drone Permission was born from his love of flying and need for structure in the industry. “I registered the name got all the media handles and never looked back.”
As Creative Director of Drone Permission, Anthony Carabotta develops and conceptualizes content for our brand and for client-specific projects. He provides direction and support to other departments, as well as edits photos and video. His experimentations with drone tech keep us at the forefront when it comes to the latest equipment and techniques. But his love of drone technology came from a unique source: his childhood. “I’ve always loved video games and technology,” he says. “When I first saw a drone, I was immediately drawn to it. It offers such a unique perspective to the world around us.”
It’s this unique perspective that Carabotta applies to his day-to-day tasks as Creative Director. From collecting information on the airspace we will be flying in and applying for any authorizations needed to gain access to the airspace to researching relevant technologies and trends with drones for new ideas with merch, client outreach, and creative content, Carabotta is involved in all creative elements of Drone Permission—even the piloting, as a FAA Part 107-certified pilot. “The drone industry is fast-paced as with most technology these days, so we have to stay up to date in order to provide the best work for our clients,” he says. “It’s as close to flying an actual airplane as you can get. Besides the technical aspect of drones, I love how you can also be creative in the application of them and with the actual footage and photos you can take.
As the Director of Business Relations, Grace Elliott handles the marketing and communications for Drone Permission, from graphic design to full-fledged marketing campaigns. She handles the strategies for Drone Permission’s social media accounts, as well as the market strategy, business development, content creation and videography.
She applied her love for art and psychology to the field of business, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. “I saw an opportunity to combine my love for creation and art with my interest in human psychology and consumer behavior,” she says. “Social media has become such a crucial aspect of the marketing mix. Fortunately, we are content creators, so we get to bring in the fun and capture people’s hard-earned efforts in a scenic and appealing way.”
As the Director of Photography and Operations, Leo Neves offers a global perspective and unique understanding of the construction and architecture industries. A seasoned photographer and FAA Part 107-certified pilot, Neves has worked for multinational construction firms, travelling the world and photographing every aspect of the building process, from industrial facilities and ports to airports and highways.
Neves has visited more than 50 countries across five continents. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and his international experience makes him a great asset to projects abroad.
His personal motto is, “Have passport. Will travel.”
As the Marketing Assistant, Elizabeth focuses on networking, social media, and administrative tasks for Drone Permission. She recently graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors in Business Administration. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, she received a full-ride scholarship to any university in the US for up to ten years. She has a passion for event planning, pageants, and sustainability. She runs the Model4Miracles Fashion Show which has raised over $100,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The Drone Permission mascot, Terrio is a 3-year-old bulldog with a love of belly rubs and the latest in drone technology.