Mike Butler Architectural Photo
Interior and exterior architectural imagery like nothing else in the industry.

LOCATION VEHICLE

Location Vehicle

Here you can see the height advantage of the shooting platform provides for my clients. 

Here you can see the height advantage of the shooting platform provides for my clients. 

During a drone shoot we were shooting and editing with HDD raid backup running off the onboard power.

During a drone shoot we were shooting and editing with HDD raid backup running off the onboard power.

I have always been a big believer that I really on my skills not my equipment.  Just a like a pro biker on a basic entry level bike will beat an amateurathlete riding a top of the line carbon fiber beast, the same is true for photography.  Up to a point.  After countless shoots I kept coming up with the same nagging thought, that boy if I had a legitimate location vehicle I could really up my game. So with an idea in hand I went about researching, designing the building a custom location vehicle that would exactly fit my needs. 

A view of the rooftop shooting platform and solar panels.  

A view of the rooftop shooting platform and solar panels.  

It is hard to see from this photo but due to power restrictions I was forced to run one 1000watt DP off the onbaord inverter.  

It is hard to see from this photo but due to power restrictions I was forced to run one 1000watt DP off the onbaord inverter.  

This location vehicle is completely self contained so I can be on location for weeks at a time.  But most importantly I had a custom made shooting platform atop the already high roof of the sprinter giving me at a moment's notice the ability to get my camera up to about 20' off the ground level.  This ability alone is a game changer.  That extra height can take almost any exterior and elevate it to the next level, not to mention allowing me to work without disturbing traffic flow.  But what else can this van do?  Well it has two 100 watt solar panels on the top which provide indefinite power to run an onboard fridge and microwave as well as full digital assets and equipment recharging. 

 

Specs:

  • 2015 Mercedes Sprinter High Top
  • 200watt Solar Pannels
  • 550ah Battery
  • 10 Gallong On Board Water
  • On Board Gas for Stove
  • 12V Refridgerator / Freezer
  • Removable Toilet
  • Gas Stove
  • Sink
  • Microwave
  • Queen Size Sleeping Platform
  • LED Lighting
  • 1500watt Inverter
  • All Terrian Tires