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Daily Inspiration: Meet Charlie Veal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charlie Veal. 

Hi Charlie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
For many years I wasn’t sure what my goal in life was for what I’d do for a long time. What my passion was. In the past, I had tried out cameras, but the gift of photography was not ready for me. It wasn’t until 2021 that I started to take an interest in photography again and flying drones that I realized my passion was to do real estate photography. I always loved watching shows about beautiful homes and how great they looked in photo and film. So, I set out on my endeavor of creating Copper Films. I named my business after my hound dog Copper who has been by my side for 6 years now and I love the personality he has and loves his life, to which I love what I have been doing to build my business and dreams. I became certified by the FAA to operate drones commercially in February 2022 and Started Copper Films the following month. Copper Films has been steadily growing this year each month, and I love delivering quality results to all my clients when it comes to real estate photography and Videography. My business serves the counties surrounding Orlando as well as the Suncoast of Florida in Citrus County and surrounding areas where I am from! I want to be able to reach clients on both coasts of central Florida. Providing quality photo and video for real estate clients plays a huge role in how quickly an agent will sell a property. Around 80% of buyers typically say that the quality of photos help them decide if they will see a home in person. My hopes and dreams are to grow Copper Films into a team of real estate photographers and videographers that have the same love for life and great results as Copper Dog and I! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’d be lying if I said creating a business just after a global pandemic was a walk in the park. I knew doing this would be taking a leap of faith. I was working a full-time job while trying to build a business and have the funds to get the right equipment. Figure out a game plan for landing real estate shoots for homes. With many who didn’t think what I wanted to do was possible, I knew I would have to rise above the doubt of others and persevere past all the roadblocks that got in my way. A couple months passed after starting Copper Films, and I began to wonder if I had made the right choice until one day, that phone call created a snowball effect like no other. A local agent that I knew reached out to photograph my first home operating under Copper Films. Slowly but surely, more calls and messages have been reaching out, and I couldn’t be more grateful and happy that I made a decision that has the potential to change my life while providing a quality and necessary service to my clients! 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
At Copper Films, we specialize in HDR (High Dynamic Range) edited images, which alone sets HDR photos apart from non-HDR edited photos. I am certified by the FAA to operate drones commercially which allows me to capture photos and videos of homes from the air to really paint a larger picture of a home and what it has to offer. I have recently specialized in videography for real estate to allow potential buyers to have a “walk-through” of a home to cinematically give buyers an experience of the home before they even see it in person. It helps a home come to life! I am proud that I was able to pass the test to be certified by the FAA, I am proud that I deliver Next day results on majority of real estate packages. I stand by my response time of less than 24 hours for all new and current clients. I believe my years of customer service experience prior to Copper Films sets me apart for the kindness I show clients is genuine all the time. I love meeting new people, and kindness is what this world needs more of! 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I want to give credit to many who have supported me in my dreams to create my business and make it slowly successful! I want to thank my parents and grandparents for being so supportive of me and my dreams! I want to give credit to my best friends Hazel, Shauntrell, and Tommy for being encouraging and supportive of me going after this dream and goal to build Copper Films to the next level. Most of all I want to thank my girlfriend as well as her parents. Sheila who recommended me to be interviewed has been the biggest supporter of me and has helped me design so much of Copper Films to look the best and be the best around. She has been there during the tough times and the best times, and I am forever grateful for her support and love in the growth of my business! 

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