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DJI Special Events Team: Randy Braun & Stacy Garlington


Randy Braun Bio 2018

Randy Jay Braun has been a professional photographer for thirty years on the island of Maui. For most of those years, Braun also owned and operated Hawaii’s most successful photography retail art gallery.

In 2012, the DJI Phantom 1 quadcopter came onto the market and Randy was one of the original photographers in the world to adapt to this new genre of aerial image capture. He began testing consumer drones and cameras for DJI and struck up a full-time working relationship. Braun published the first-ever book about the topic, entitled, Aerial Drone Photography.

Randy Braun began working for DJI in 2014, where he served as Director of Product Experience, teaching people around the world about the practical uses of small consumer and commercial drones. Of particular importance, Braun also led the Aerial Still Photography Development Team” for DJI, acting as the liaison between the professional imaging community and drone engineers.

Today Braun is the co-founder of the DJI Aerial Photo Academy, which has embarked on an aggressive workshop tour, teaching in 50+ cities annually. 


Stacy Garlington Bio 2018

Inspiration came during a close encounter with a humpback whale in a kayak near Maui; an experience that forever changed her life. Since then Stacy Garlington spends much of her time studying the art of photography and creating images using small aerial drones.

Stacy noted the tremendous potential of aerial photography during the early stages of the budding small drone industry. She began to create impactful images using basic camera skills.

Her work is now published in Forbes, TIME and G.Q. magazines – examples of the new perspective achievable using this technology.

“I never had a formal education, so how did I end up with an office in both Silicon Valley and Shenzhen China? I had a dream and I made a choice to pursue what made me happy.”

Stacy now works full time as co-owner of DJI Aerial Photo Academy. She continues to teach thousands of people worldwide how to experience the freedom of flight while operating their cameras in the sky. 

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