In addition to being the owner, pilot and pointy-head-in-charge at Propellerheads, Parker Gyokeres was an award winning U.S. Air Force Photojournalist and Chief of Public Affairs who retired in 2014 after 22 years of distinguished service. He has dedicated his life to changing the way we see our world using creativity, enthusiasm and technology.
A former military media relations instructor, sUAS subject matter expert/speaker and professional photographer, Gyokeres also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. He also advises national clients on the design, operation and deployment of advanced aerial systems for use by photographers, surveyors, cinematographers and military contractors.
Gyokeres joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 as a fighter weapons system technician before cross-training to become a public affairs photojournalist in 2006. His 22 years of worldwide expeditionary experience includes three deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, as well as Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Italy and Iceland.
He has captured over a million images in the course of his award-winning career and merges his passion for photography with his technical expertise as the founder of Propellerheads. His goal is to show people the power of a better perspective, and to help raise voices and gain understanding through advanced technology. That, and shooting race cars, explosions, and other similar cool things.
Recent work includes partnerships with clients such as the United Nations Human Rights Commission, The History Channel, Comedy Central, Cadillac, Ford, GM, ESPN, The New York Times, BMW Motorsports, the USDA, US Forestry Service, Department of Defense, Verizon, Tool North America, SunPower Solar, Monticello Motor Club, Speyside Holdings, EduNet (Educational Networks), Volley Studios, Harrington Talents, Nike/Air Jordan, Wu-Tang Clan, Copart Inc., Fake Love, TANGRAM 3DS, Vault Filmworks, Leftfield Entertainment, Carrot Creative, Pirate Shark Dinosaur, Oheka Castle, and The Battleship NJ Foundation.
As a remote control sUAS pilot and builder, he has been active in the study and use of this technology for more than a decade and has extensive experience with the design, construction and operation of both multicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Please contact Propellerheads for your next hand-built aerial photography vehicle or personalized professional training program.
He also advocates and educates about the safe, responsible use of small UAVs for aerial photography at speaking and training events nationwide. His goal is to build acceptance and safe use of this exciting new capability in the hands of professional photographers, filmmakers, and artists. He firmly believes using this technology is no different from the use of helicopters and manned aircraft for aerial photography, but this technology is safer, less expensive and provides much better results in much less time.
Aerial, Documentary, Disaster Coverage, Conflict Coverage, Still Photography