Aerial photo business shooting for larger space

Posted By Mike Padgett

July 21, 2008

Even when the Arizona real estate market hits slow times, photographer Jim Todd has a good time.

Todd is president of Todd Photographic Services, the aerial photographic company he started in 1990 after the metro Phoenix real estate industry hit the skids.

The market is slowing again, though not quite like it did 18 years ago, and Todd’s energy level remains set on cruise control.

The company is planning to move into larger offices in November. It currently has about 3,600 square feet at 26th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Todd and his employees are planning a November into larger offices with 9,000 square feet at 2711 E. Indian School Road.

Todd Photographic will occupy the first floor. The second floor, with 3,000 square feet, is divided into 11 offices. Todd said he’s considering operating the second floor as a separate business, such as individually-leased executive suites. His partner in that office enterprise, called Bacchus Enterprises, is Mike Smith.

“So we’re going to try to hand-select (tenants) who will be our neighbors upstairs,” Todd said.

Todd said he and Mike Smith are partners in the purchase of the building, and Todd remains the sole owner of Todd Photographic.

The larger building will give the company space for a gallery where Todd can display his photos. His company also has a frame shop where custom-made frames are available.

When commercial and residential developers are active, they keep Todd and his staff – five in Phoenix and two in Rocky Point, Mexico – busy with requests for aerial photos of new developments and buildings.

Todd and his employees take up the slack during slow real estate times by offering other services. Those include aerial photos of sports events and scenic parts of Arizona, other states and Mexico.

Todd has a selection of aerial photos of cities on his Web site,

Jul 21st, 2008

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