Starting a UK Drone Business with Liesl Leonard - Drone Podcast 79

Liesl Leonard - Drone Podcast

Drone Podcast 079 – Liesl Leonard

She’s just starting her drone business, and is ready to share her story. Join us this week as we chat with Liesl Leonard from Hull, England!

Liesl LeonardLiesl Leonard has been interested in photography for a long time, and her love for drones grew as a result of Instagram. She started following a variety of accounts that were publishing drone related content, including Women Who Drone. Immediately inspired by the female drone community, she fully credits Women Who Drone for convincing her to purchase her first drone!

Her first drone was a second hand DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, and has since upgraded to the Mavic 2 Pro. She is absolutely in love with the Mavic 2 Pro, and its helped her take her aerial photography skills to the next level. As with many drone photographers, Liesl is looking at picking up a set of ND/PL filters. She currently has her eye on both Polar Pro and Tiffen, as well as another lesser known brand that is about half the price. Asking around in the forums, she’s found that it’s about a 50/50 split between Polar Pro and Tiffen, so she thinks that she’s ultimately going to go with one of them.

After the shoot, Liesl is a big fan of editing her own work. She loves spending time in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Her first step is Lightroom, where she occasionally uses presets to start the photo off. More often than not though, she ends up touching up the photos on her own and not being over reliant on presets.

Since she’s just launching her drone business, she’s looking for ways to market her services to prospective clients. In this episode, we chat about targeting potential clients via social media, specifically Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Ultimately Liesl wants to take aerial photos and video of a variety of places around the UK. She currently doesn’t have an interest in surveying, as she truly enjoys creating beautiful photos for her clients.


Check out Liesl’s work!


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  1. Great podcast. Best wishes to Liesl as she starts her business. Question for her. In the podcast she mentions working on an operational flight manual to be certified in UK. And, I believe she said that she didn’t have to start from scratch. Even though I’m a US remote pilot, is it possible to publish a link to that “template?”

    Thanks very much. And, Chris… thanks for all you do for the sUAS community and keep up the great work.


    1. Hi Greg,

      Thank you for the lovely comment!

      That is correct, in fact my manual has finally gone to the CAA today. The template you ask about was supplied by the training provider I used, I will check on their distribution terms and conditions and certainly get back to you.

      All the best,

      1. My apologies. I thought I’d heard the template was from the CAA. I appreciate you checking T&C of the training provider.

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