Aerial & Architectural Photography

The 111th Group has been providing the finest in aerial and architectural photography in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond since 1994. The 111th specializes in commercial real estate photography, mapping, aerial surveys, GIS, construction progress photography and more! We utilize airplanes, helicopters and FAA approved drones to provide high quality photography and videography services. The 111th Group is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley with our aircraft based at the South County Airport in San Martin.


The 111th is family owned and operated by pilots and photographers Julie & Pat Belanger and Niki Belanger Britton. We are ready to fly and shoot for you.

Aerial Surveys

The 111th has been specializing in vertical imagery for over 20 years. Recently, the quality and efficiency of new cameras, software, and methods have changed dramatically. We have embraced the new paradigm and offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional large-format cameras. We offer exceptional accuracy and quality, in addition to faster service at a very competitive price point.


Our all digital aerial survey system consists of the following:


Calibrated 100 megapixel Hasselblad A6D aerial survey camera

Aviatrix Flight Management System and planner (for accurate flight line plans and flight guidance)

Cirrus Digital Systems Camera Genie (to capture accurate camera positions in real-time

Vector Nav VN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit (to record accurate pitch, roll and heading of camera)

Custom airborne computer and remote pilot monitor

Our processing of imagery is done utilizing Agisoft Metashape Professional for accurate Photogrammetric solutions.


DEM production:

Accurate elevation data is derived from the imagery with the Metashape program, which can be further leveraged into producing topo maps and measuring piles and pits for volume.


Corridor Mapping:

Our FMS (Flight Management System) enables us to accurately follow a highway, canal or railroad with parallel lines to create a beautiful ortho/DEM of any length. Ex: We have been documenting the High Speed Rail construction monthly since 2015 which is 29 miles of serpentine road bed from Madera to Fresno.


Unique Photo & Video Services

Our experience in the business of commercial photography and video has shown us that our clients often need something unique as a means of setting their business, projects or ideas above the rest. At the 111th we have answered that need by taking aerial photography and video to the next level.

- 360 Panoramas -

360 Aerial Panoramas are easily done from a drone, but when you need to fly in a no-drone zone, we have invented a method of taking 360 aerial panoramas from a helicopter. It is not an easy thing to do, but we have mastered it and the finished products are eye catching and attention grabbing. Labeling the panoramas is another service we can offer.





Aerial Video is another professional service easily done with a drone, but a drone is limited by FAA rules and regulations in regard to altitude and location. With our helicopter, we can produce beautiful aerial footage to take your offering memorandums & marketing materials to the next level.


See Video: What to do when your site is in a NO DRONE ZONE below.


But we don't stop there! We can also produce finished marketing videos enhanced with motion tracking labels, titles, captions, background music and even script writing professional voiceover.

About Us

Providing Aerial Views Since 1994!

The 111th Group has provided the finest in aerial photography for the California Bay Area and beyond since 1994. Specializing in aerial mapping, surveys, construction progress photography, commercial real estate photography and more!

The 111th is SB/DVBE Certified

The 111th is Small Business/Disabled veteran Business Enterprise Certified. Owner, Pat Belanger, is a proud military veteran.

Let us bring our high quality photographic services and our SB/DVBE Certification to your next project.

Our Team

The 111th is Family Flown, Owned and Operated by Pat and Julie Belanger and daughter Niki Britton. We are all pilots providing the flying and photography for our customers

Pat Belanger

Co- Owner

Julie Belanger

Co- Owner

Niki Britton


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