Welcome to HAWK-i.us,  your Go-To source for construction and real  estate drone photography and mapping in the Carolinas.  

Welcome to HAWK-i.us,  your Go-To source for construction and real  estate drone photography and mapping in the Carolinas.  

About HAWK-i.us

Reflections on Real Estate



Like many of us, I got into photography when our kids were growing up. It was all film, and developing seemed to take forever and cost a fortune. The hot ticket was a 35mm SLR; then digital replaced film, Photoshop replaced print labs, and DSLR’s became the buzz with bigger sensors and higher resolutions coming out every year.  Mirrorless digital cameras got rid of the bulky mirror systems in DSLR's, replaced viewfinders with display screens, and the technology race and choices just kept accelerating.     

So…… does it really matter what equipment your photographer uses? Not so much.  If it’s the latest and greatest, it won’t be for long! What really matters is what your photo/videographer does with it. 

Most realtors want wide angle shots to show off the space, attractive lighting and composition, and favorable editing. We use the Sony A7M3 mirrorless system with full frame sensor and 24 MP resolution. We shoot as wide as 12mm up to 70 mm, a great range for real estate interiors and exteriors.   Remote triggering gets the flash off the camera for better control of lighting and control of multiple flashes where needed.  Of course, all equipment is backed up for continuous reliability. 


"I want to tell you it's a pleasure working with you.  I appreciate you taking pride in your work.
Mike Ware,  WARE Land & Timber


Love (the photos)!  Looks amazing!  Thanks so very much for  your attention to detail. 
Barbara Ferguson
Wilkinson ERA Real Estate

Construction Photography

The DJI Mavic Pro is an advanced "Pro-Sumer" drone capturing stabilized 4K videos and photos for hig

The DJI Mavic Pro is an advanced "Pro-Sumer" drone by DJI,  the industry leader in drone technology.  It captures stabilized 4K videos and 12MP photos in a fold-up portable form factor for highly detailed images.  The Mavic Pro can be programmed for autonomous flight missions or pilot-controlled for specialized tasks. All our equipment is backed up so our clients don't have to worry about missed update schedules.  

Check out the beautiful progress photo examples from the Mavic Pro in our Construction portfolio sampler and the aerials in our Real Estate section.  We deliver these by Dropbox in both high resolution for zoom-in inspection and printing as well as compressed files for attachment to emails.   Your photos are watermark branded with your company, project name, and date if desired.

While you're browsing around, check out our links to Facebook and LinkedIn, and the useful downloads for both realtors and construction project managers.  


“HAWK-i.us has been extremely timely and responsive to our  aerial photography needs. The quality of their shots is exceptional and has  provided us with very useful tools in terms of schedule assessment, client  reporting and project documentation.”  
David Lindsay,  Vice President
Cumming Construction Management


"HAWK-i.us  was the greatest pleasure to work with.  Great pricing and quality! The Burns  Organization will definitely use Bob again!
James Burns, General Manager
Burns Chevrolet, Rock Hill SC
Burns Ford, York SC

Aerial Mapping


Drone Mapping uses hundreds of overlapping aerial photos composited by computer, mapping site conditions to improve communication, shorten schedules and lower costs through more timely and actionable information updates.   

Updated topos and models can be overlaid with your site drawings, and files can be imported into ProCore, BIM, and other management software.  

We use the DJI Phantom 4 Professional camera drone with a 1-inch sensor, mechanical shutter and 20MP resolution for drone mapping.  The P4P is widely regarded as the preferred equipment for mapping construction projects.  

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Bob Russell is your intrepid pilot and photographer.  Faithful guide Ann Russell is the Visual Observer for aerial work, Quality Manager for photo delivery, and Advance Lead for interior shoots.  

Bob is a retired engineer, long time fan of aviation and photography, and a Contest Director with the Academy of Model Aviation.  He is insured, is a FAA certificated sUAS Remote Pilot, and is a licensed drone pilot with NCDOT.  Ann holds a BA degree in Commercial Art and is an avid quilter in her spare time.  The Russell Homes, LLC team celebrated 55 years in 2019.

HAWK-i, for your aerial and ground photography