Warren - McLelland Aerial Photography works with realtors, developers, business owners, and homeowners to give the unique perspectives on a variety of subject matter. While this part of their business “pays the bills”, they particularly enjoy looking for that rare shot when elevation, light, color, and subject matter all come together – as seen in the gallery of this website. If you have any questions, please contact us at: matt@warrenmclelland.com, or, call 423.605.8145

Warren - McLelland Aerial Photography is a little unusual. Photography is most often associated with a single person. Just look at any photograph in any gallery, magazine, or newspaper. At the bottom of each, credit is most often given to one person. This photographer is not only responsible for finding subject matter, but also composing the shot, manipulating the light, and finally pressing the camera’s shutter button. In our case, the entire photographic process is shared by two people, Michael Warren and Matt McLelland.

Michael Warren, an accomplished fixed and rotor wing pilot with thousands of flying hours earned over the last 25 years, is also an avid photographer. As a husband and father of 4 girls, subject matter typically ranged from his family, their travels, and of course, the world outside the window of his plane. Similarly, Matt McLelland first picked up his father’s broken SLR camera when he was 9 years old, fixed the light meter, and has been photographing the world ever since. When he started hang gliding 14 years ago, it wasn’t long before he had rigged a system of camera mounts under the glider so he could photograph the world from this new perspective.

As friends who had been flying together for several years, it wasn’t long before Michael removed the doors from his helicopter and they started taking pictures during each flight. Matt quickly learned to keep a steady hand while composing a photograph as Michael mastered the ability to perfectly position the helicopter between the sun, the horizon, and the subject matter. Soon their snapshots began to morph into photographs and requests for their work began arriving.