Soaring Above Grand Rapids: My Journey from Hobbyist to Professional Drone Pilot

Greetings, everyone! I’m Caleb Reits, a drone enthusiast, professional photographer, and passionate Grand Rapids, Michigan local. In this post, I’ll take you on a journey through my winding path from a hobbyist drone flyer to a professional photo-taker for City Lights Rentals, our beloved real estate company in the heart of our city.

The Joy of Drone Flying: There’s a unique sense of thrill and tranquility that comes with maneuvering drones through the towering structures of downtown Grand Rapids. As a side hobby that pays, I often find myself capturing breathtaking scenes of our city and its stunning architecture, gracefully ducking in and out of the tall buildings. These images find their way onto websites like iStock and, quite frequently, serve as vibrant photographs for my friends’ Airbnb listings.

The Water Views and Windy Challenges: Despite the adrenaline-pumping flights amidst skyscrapers, nothing quite compares to the serene beauty of aerial shots over water – they’re simply to die for. Speaking of “to die for,” just last week, my FPV combo drone from DJI had an unfortunate run-in with a gust of wind and met its end against one of the buildings. Thankfully, the full coverage I received from Best Buy’s Geek Squad came to the rescue. An unexpected crash is never pleasant, but it’s all part of the journey.

Turning Passion into Profession with City Lights Rentals: Finding a hobby that aligns with your professional life is a winning formula, one that I found with City Lights Rentals. As a real estate company, we are deeply committed to helping individuals buy and sell houses all throughout Grand Rapids. And my drone flying? It has become more than just a side benefit. The aerial views offer unique perspectives on properties and our beautiful city, proving invaluable to our work.

My parting advice? Find a hobby you love, something that complements your work, and you’ve hit the jackpot. It can turn your professional life into an adventure, just like my journey with City Lights Rentals. Whether you’re in Grand Rapids, MI, or anywhere in the world, find that intersection of passion and work, and you’re in for an amazing ride.

Join me next time as we continue to explore the remarkable experiences this city offers from the skies. Until then, happy flying!

Downtown Grand Rapids Blue Bridge
Downtown Grand Rapids City Center






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