Offering a slew of photography and video needs. Everything from the ground to the sky.

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Raptor began in 2016 as little more than a hobby in Chicago. Today, it provides top notch service at affordable prices. Whether your needs are for the sky or land, I can provide (and with both feet firmly placed on the ground)!

I started out obsessed with video in high school. Made little skateboard videos with friends, filmed basement rock concerts, and just anything I could think of. It was a dream of mine to be able to attach a camera to a flying vehicle and remotely film. And now we can!

After studying music business in college, I started breaking back into video and photography. In 2017, I became FAA Part 107 certified. Since then, I’ve worked with clients from Chicago, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and more by providing them with aerial photos and videos for their hotels, realty listings, performance art, etc.

In 2018, I reentered the handheld visual world working in fashion, art, cosplay, live event photography, and more. It’s most recently become my bread and butter, so do not hesitate to contact me!

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“…an absolute pleasure and delight to work with. As someone who is very new to being photographed in cosplay, Mike came both prepared to shoot ideas I had in mind and also with an incredible vision for shooting…his contributions to the shoot are what made it so perfect.” -Ann-Marie McManaman


“From the initial experience of meeting Mike of Raptor Drone to actually receiving the edited photos, everything was so much better than so many other photographers I’ve worked with in the past. His process started before the shoot with some wonderful location scouting and character research, such that when it was actually time for the shoot, he knew exactly where to go and even had some posing suggestions in mind! This photographer is incredible well prepared, personable, and gets edits back quickly! A+!”