San Diego

My birthplace and the city where I spent the first 35 years of my life.

My New Aerial Drone Blog

I’ve been working on a little side project – Waukee Aerial LLC. You can pull it up at DSM.Photo; cool domain name, right?  I decided to check out Squarespace for the website and I’m really happy with it. It was a breeze to set up, the pricing isn’t bad, and it really gives photographers the power to build galleries quickly to showcase their work.  A new feature of the site is The Blog, and I just posted the first entry this evening. It’s going to be different from my blog here – this will continue to be used for my personal life, and the blog will be used to showcase some of the aerial projects I have going on, where I’ve been flying lately, how the seasons look from the air in Central Iowa, and shots like the one below – from San Diego last week… With my 333 exemption, pilots license, and fresh FAA registration, hopefully it’s time for lift off on this little side hobby. Tomorrow morning, I’m shooting on the front lines for the Waukee Fire Department. This one will be a volunteer job, but an exciting one to say the least. They are doing a controlled burn on an old house next to the Waukee Library. Check back for photos and videos – from the ground and the air!


Apple Lane Orchard. Julian, CA

Went to my brother’s wedding last weekend in Julian, CA; at a quaint little venue called Apple Lane Orchard. What a great place for a wedding. Nestled in the hills, East of San Diego, the perfect space for entertaining a hundred friends and family members. Here’s a little aerial clip of the place – we love Julian. Congratulations to Dylan and Ashley!


Apple Orchard – Day of Wedding from Cameron Stotz on Vimeo.

Happy New Year, 2014

Cheers to another great year. One year ago, we never thought we would be moved from San Diego to the Mid-West, but here we are. The stressful “West Coast” way of life is behind us and we are happy in our new home. I’ve created a short video with the highlights from the year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Stotz – 2014 in Review from Cameron Stotz on Vimeo.

Enjoying Time at Home…

I grew up in San Diego, CA and I’m here to visit this weekend; and to attend my cousins’ Cathryn and Jon’s wedding. I grew up in a small town – Ramona, CA. If you’re ever passing through, check out the Ramona Cafe. A great little breakfast spot right in the heart of town. If you are interested in learning a little more about my quaint little town, check out Wikipedia!

The View outside, from Ramona Cafe

The View outside, from Ramona Cafe

4th of July, 2014

We relaxed this 4th of July. San Diego’s Big Bay Boom, famous for the big bay blunder in 2012 when all of the fireworks accidentally went off at once, brought tens of thousands of people to the shorefront. We’re not keen on crowds so we opted out and decided to stay in Ramona for the small town Ramona fireworks show at the High School. It was actually a great show with a huge turnout. Next year, we’ll be watching the show at Waukee Centennial Park from the comfort of our own back deck at home.

How did you spend your 4th of July? Hope it was a good one…

Ramona Fireworks, 2014

Ramona Fireworks, 2014

Book of Mormon

We were fortunate enough to see The Book of Mormon in San Diego on June 7th. A great friend, and old boss of mine, invited us last minute and we jumped on it. I was trying to get tickets for a few weeks prior and it was completely sold out for the few weeks that it was in town. The best musical I have ever seen! I highly recommend seeing it, especially if you are into Mormon history, followers of South Park or Team America, and/or just love a highly comedic musical. It was a total hit. Here are a couple of samples from the web, in case you haven’t seen/heard the good word…


Breakfast at Origano’s – Off to NOLA

We are en route to New Orleans, staying at Le Richelieu in the French Quarter tonight. Once we arrive, we’ll drop off our things and run around the streets to see as much as possible for a couple of hours. Hope to find some good local food for dinner there tonight. Looking forward to Cafe du Monde tomorrow morning for breakfast before we head to the cruise terminal. Then… we’re off on vacation, cruising the Western Caribbean on the Carnival Dream!

This morning, we surprised my mom for her birthday at Origano’s in the Hillcrest area. It’s nestled between some popular breakfast joints like the Hash House and the Tractor Room. Origano’s is one of these little secrets with no lines, no wait, great food, bottomless mimosas for $10 bucks, and a Bloody Mary that is a meal in itself. Give it a try!

Mom’s Birthday Breakfast at Origano’s in Hillcrest