This week’s Drone Girl profile highlights a mother-daughter photography duo. Kim and Makalya Wheeler go by 2Drone_Gals on the internet, and in real life they can generally be found flying around the Space Coast of Florida capturing photos and videos.
Kim, the mother half of the duo, got into photography in high school via her cousin’s Canon AE-1. Makayla, now 18, started shooting with an Olympus C-740 and won her first photography contest at age 10 and at that age already had her photos published in an international nature magazine.
Drone Girl: You have photography backgrounds. How did drones enter your life?
Kim and Makalya: Makayla’s gift in the visual arts quickly transitioned into the video production realm when she began shooting horse chase sequences out on the trails with her iPod Nano and edited them to music. This led to shooting promotional videos, nature documentaries and short films. The interest in drones developed out of a need for epic aerial cinematography for these types of video projects. Makayla bought her first drone at age 15 when one of her projects won a national video contest. She sold the Grand Prize to purchase the drone, which was the original DJI Phantom 1.
DG: That means you got in on the drone craze ahead of the curve. How did you learn about drones? Continue reading Meet 2DroneGals photographers Kim and Makalya