aircraft photographers

About Nick Gleis

First and foremost, Nick Gleis is known for his aircraft photography. There is only one man who has been called the best aircraft photographer in the world. In fact, he has been called the best aircraft photographer ever by more than a few prominent publications.

Press and Publicity

Gleis has been featured in such photography festivals as the Brighton Photo Biennial in the UK -- and articles about him and his work have appeared in such international publications asBusiness Jet Interiors International, Wired Magazine (UK), Gulf Life (Middle East), Un Jour Magazine (France), Gawker (UK), China National Travel Magazine (China), The Telegraph (UK), aCurator, Paramount Business Jets,Trend Hunter Luxury, Small World News Service, Stellazine, and Playboy magazine.

Gleis was trained by such notable photographers as Ansel Adams, Al Weber, and Jerry Uelsmann, and he has guest-lectured at such prestigious institutions as The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

He is a five-time winner of The Aurora Award for Professional Photography, and has won many other national and international awards.

Executive Jet Aircraft

Nick Gleis has photographed over 1,000 private jets -- ranging from the Lear 20 series to Boeing 747-400s. To date, he has photographed over 300 Gulfstream aircraft alone.

For over 30 years Gleis has provided exclusive photographs of private jets for such original equipment manufacturers as Gulfstream, Boeing, Falcon Jet, Cessna, Bombardier, Eclipse, Lear, and others.

For his corporate aircraft clients he has produced, managed and delivered thousands of color prints for marketing and sales purposes. He has created hundreds of hand-made leather albums and hardcover books. He has also produced and installed large-scale custom-made photographic wall décor for hangars and major corporate displays around the world.

In addition, Gleis has provided his exclusive photographic services to completion centers worldwide, including Gulfstream Aerospace, Airearch Aviation, The Jet Center, Associated Air Center, Comlux USA, Falcon Jet, Gore Design Completions, DeCrane Aerospace – Pats Aircraft Completions, and Jet Aviation – Basel.

He has also taken photographs for charter and aircraft management firms such as AvJet Corp, Trans Exec Aviation, Advanced Aircraft Management, Aviation Services Corporation, Clay Lacy Aviation, and Jet Aviation, to name just a few.

Although Gleis continues to document every type of private jet -- since the year 2007 he has specialized in larger aircraft, in other words, everything including and bigger than an A320 or a BBJ 3. Very simply, he has photographed more large airplanes than anyone else on the planet.

In short, he has photographed more airplanes than anyone else on the planet. "It's not as easy as it looks,"” he says. "You need to know it all: the capabilities of the aircraft, the current electrical systems, the very sophisticated lighting controls, what's available on board from an aesthetic point of view, and what images matter to the completion centers and designers. It takes years and years to figure all that out. The inexperienced photographers are definitely overwhelmed by the sheer size and luxury of the aircraft."

Normally Gleis is contractually forbidden from posting the vast majority of his photographs on the Internet, but with the introduction of the iPad and the retina screen, for the first time in his career he is allowed to visit potential clients anywhere in the world and show his never-before-seen images on a one-to-one basis.

Heads of State and Royalty

Nick Gleis has provided photographic images for Heads of State and Royalty world-wide - including such countries as United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Dubai, Cameroon, Johor, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Jordon and China.

Again, his expertise lies in photographing the most exclusive aircraft, including both exterior and interior photographs of a very diverse range of VIP aircraft and helicopters.

He has also produced and installed large-scale photographic wall decor for royal palaces, hangers, guesthouses and a sports complex. Such wall decor required a diverse selection of photographic compositions numbering in the hundreds, including photographs of royal facilities, automobiles, portraits, personal items and various sporting events relevant to the theme of each facility.

In the above capacity, he has photographed, managed, tracked and delivered tens of thousands of extremely security-sensitive images.

Commercial Photography

Gleis has photographed commercial products for such clients as General Electric, Mobil Oil, RCA, United Technology, International Aero Engineering, Warner Lambert, Asprey London Ltd., Coca Cola, Sara Lee, Whirlpool, Pennzoil and the Seagrams Corporation.

He has also specialized in the most exclusive Automotive Photography, and has photographed the private, exotic car collections of royal families - as well as 36 Formula One Races for Photo Corp and Ferrari. For many years he has photographed the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Monterey Historical Races, and the Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach Antique Automobile Show for Rolex. He has also provided his unmatched services to such companies as Volkswagon, Nissan, Ford, and BMW.

For such world-wide clients as PSAV Presentation Services, he has provided one-of-a-kind exclusive images -- he has directed their overall image control -- and he has developed, categorized and managed a photographic library bank of over 100,000 negatives and digital images.

Nick Gleis has worked with major advertising agencies nationwide in a variety of capacities. He has also provided his expert services -- including highly sophisticated facility and aerial photographs -- to such world-class golf courses as The Sawgrass Country Club in Florida – and to such exclusive resorts as the Waterfall Resort in Alaska. He has taken spectacular photographs of soaring hot-air balloons for Canon Cameras – and has photographed both the Summer and Winter Olympics for such clients as Eastman Kodak and The Government of Brunei.

Electronic Imaging Capabilities

Nick Gleis is a world leader in digital imaging.

Beginning in 1990, he worked closely with Miller Color Lab and Eastman Kodak to develop a method for transferring negative film-based images to digital form for enhancement, then back to negative film for photographic output.

He has also developed a proprietary method for pixel-based image enhancement that is unequalled. Nick Gleis Photography was one of the first firms to make the transition to all-digital photography - and today even more so he provides a level of electronic imaging expertise that few other companies worldwide can match.

Unmanned Aerial Photographic Assignments

Since early 2014, Nick Gleis has aligned himself with various companies devoted to producing the most professional, state-of-the-art video and still photography using quadcopter platforms.

After hundreds of hours of training and experimentation, Gleis has captured stunning aerial images for various commercial clients, highlighting their products in a soaring, imaginative manner.

To this day, Gleis continues to perfect his unique methods of drone flight, for his work combines the most sophisticated cinematography with the necessary technical wizardry needed to fly the most advanced unmanned aircraft available today. As usual, his images are not only cutting edge – they are the best.

Contact Information:

Nick Gleis Photography
PO Box 387
Woodstock, VA 22664