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Shamrock+ Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

Shamrock+ Co-founders: Jim Lee and Ryan Murphy (photo taken in 2017)

Five years ago this week, Jim Lee and Ryan Murphy had a vision that Savannah would not only be a center for culture and creativity but could also be a hub for innovation and technology.  The pair went to work on bringing new cutting-edge services to the area as Shamrock Drones.  At first, the company was centered solely on how utilizing drones in Savannah could influence different businesses.  In those days, it was more of a hobby as we learned the ropes of building a technology business as professional photographers.

The founders quickly realized that if this venture were to survive, one of them would have to make the effort a full-time commitment.  Ryan was the first to take the risk and was able to use his knowledge and experience as a licensed architect to introduce new services for the architectural community.  As the technical services evolved, so did the business into visual data capture and creating 360° / 3D virtual models.  We became more than just Shamrock Drones, we are Shamrock…Plus so much more.

Meeting the Right People

Today, we have a solid foundation with local and regional professional organizations.  We are proud members of the American Institute of ArchitectsSavannah Chapter, National Association of Women in ConstructionCoastal Georgia #380, Society of American Military Engineers, and Savannah Chamber of Commerce

The Shamrock Plus team are also active members in our local community by strengthening our partnerships with the Savannah Design Collaborative, Historic Savannah Foundation, Savannah Technical College, and the Savannah College of Art and Design

Our team has also grown from a team of two, to an award-winning ensemble cast of designers, creators, and digitizers, with backgrounds in architecture, photography, videography, technology, military service, and good ol’ southern hospitality.  Every day, our team members head out to provide professional still and aerial photography, 3D lidar scans, construction progress documentation, real estate photography, videography, scan-to-BIM, and much more for our clients.

Thank You

On behalf of our entire team, we would like to thank our clients, friends, families, and strategic partners.  Thank you for letting us be a part of your data collection and delivery teams.  We could not have made it these exciting 5 years without you.  This St. Patrick’s Day, stop in and celebrate with our team at our Downtown office.  Cheers!


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Digital Twin Reality Capture by Shamrock+

Digital Twin: 3D Reality Capture

Digital Twin Reality Capture by Shamrock+

Digital Twin

Shamrock+ has captured hundreds of houses, businesses, and other structures in our history. Since learning the skills in our Real Estate Virtual Tours offerings, we’ve adapted the process to suit the needs of our Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Clients. The virtual tour is now a tool toward the digital twin, and when combined with our advanced equipment and collection techniques, there’s nothing out of reach. Our equipment is state-of-the-art, meaning we can produce 3D models more accurately and more quickly than even an experienced tape measure-wielding team.

Benefits of Creating A Digital Twin

  • Reality Capture – snapshot-in-time virtual environment documentation
  • High Resolution 360° Photos – HDR photography provides true color rendering
  • Interactive Virtual Tour – 3D scan shows every visible feature with unlimited 360° views
  • Floor Plans – high-accuracy floor plans, generated very quickly
  • CAD / BIM Conversion – 3D point cloud conversion to formats for use by AEC professionals

From Pencil & Paper to 3D Scan

Digital Twin wasn’t even a concept when I was going through architecture school. I bet nearly every Architect has a story from college of a summer they spent capturing as-built dimensions in a dark, damp, dusty old structure. Back in my day, we would use a tape measure and a good ol’ pencil and paper to get dimensions. That right, even before laser measuring tools were a thing. Those handwritten lines and notes would turn into a floor plan, and the floor plan would eventually get us to where we needed to go: renovation drawings. The problem with that tactic was the inevitability that the walls were never straight, so the dimensions never closed the loop, and our drawings -and our project- was plagued from the start. Those days, my friends, are over!

Now, a few hours with a 3D scanner can replace days or weeks of inaccurate dimensioning. The 3D scanner gives us the answers, proves the walls aren’t straight or plumb, and we get to our renovations drawings faster. But we don’t stop at the walls! We now have hundreds of inspection photos and literally millions of data points, identifying everything the camera can see. That includes the geometry inside, outside, above, and below. This 3D data collection is becoming increasingly known as a ‘digital twin.’ Data like this…coming soon to the metaverse near you!

Digital Twin Lidar Scan by Shamrock+

Right Team, Right Technology

We already mentioned that our Shamrock+ President is an Architect, but having the right team and equipment is helpful too. Our data capturers are also professional photographers, so our team knows that quality matters most. We use special cameras, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors, FLIR, drones, and occasionally a forehead flashlight to capture the 3D data for our Clients. Our FAA-certified Remote (Drone) Pilots capture the out of reach places, reducing the need for scaffolding or bucket lifts to inspect areas.

Accuracy is the name of this game. Our team focuses on capturing a high-quality 3D scan to meet the budget and urgency of our Clients. We can fine-tune the number of data points we collect, so that we don’t over- or under- do it when it comes time to analyze the data.

AEC Services

In addition to creating digital twins, Shamrock+ performs a wide array of services for the Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC) industry, including:

  • Construction Progress Documentation
  • 3D Laser and LiDAR Scanning
  • Photogrammetry and Land Mapping / Surveying
  • Thermal FLIR Inspections
  • Scan-to-BIM Conversions
  • Architectural Photography & Videography
  • Marketing & Social Media Photography
  • Drone Services
  • and More+
360° Lidar Photo by Shamrock+

In Closing

Originally, we began as a Savannah drone company in 2017 (ever heard for Shamrock Drones‽), and while our strength is in our attention to customer service, our passion is in technology and innovation. We offer these benefits to architects, engineers, contractors, along with all types of Clients looking to improve their visual solutions.

Create A Digital Twin with Shamrock+

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Real Estate Photography by Shamrock+

Real Estate Photographer: 3 Secrets For A Quick Sale

Real Estate Photography by Shamrock+
Real Estate HDR Photography by Shamrock+

During the beginning of COVID-19, we reached out to our Real Estate Clients to help them continue to run their businesses even if they had physical limitations due to safety concerns. We assured them that hiring a professional Real Estate Photographer like Shamrock+ was the smart move. Our team found out very quickly that our Clients needed our services like photography and virtual tours to not only look great, but to be delivered quickly. And, they’d like it if we could do it without really touching anything. Even today, this happens to be one of our strong suits.

Luckily, our Real Estate Services have evolved to being essentially touch-free from the moment we confirm the photo shoot to the time we deliver the good stuff. Our team instantly gets to work:

  • ensuring the weather looks good for the day of the shoot
  • confirming that the Agent and homeowners know we’re coming – clean, baby, clean!
  • providing our pre-shoot checklist to ensure a ‘no touching, please’ experience
  • allowing the Agent to proof the photos to choose their absolute favorites for the MLS listing
  • making the magic happen to turn those house photos into house sellers
  • providing digital photos that are MLS-ready to get that sucker on the market ASAP
  • sending an invoice after services performed, payable by your preferred method

Throughout the process (of improving our process), we kept hearing of these 3 easy things that make for a great listing. So we make it simple and offer these things on every Real Estate listing package. From the tiny fixer-upper to the lavish luxury estate.

Shamrock+ Aerial Photography on Tybee Island, GA

3 Helpful Tips

Up first: Post. Great. Photos. Shamrock+ has taken more photos in our history than providing any other offering, so we know a thing or two about what it means to be a great real estate photographer. Our Professional Photographers go through a rigorous training program before we release them into the real estate wilderness. With that training comes our real estate photography shot list, knowing what to fluff and stuff, and editing the photos to show the listing in all it’s high-resolution High Dynamic Range (HDR) beauty. Plus, add that to our ability to custom-fit the shoot to your needs, and there’s no downside. If you tell us we absolutely have to get the shot with the built-ins in the living room, or skip the shot with the outdated green toilet in the guest bathroom, we got you.

Next, Provide a 3D Interactive Virtual Tour. Full stop.

Okay, we won’t really stop there, but we wanted to make the point. Since this whole COVID thing popped up, the virtual tour game has kept houses selling. Our 3D Interactive Virtual Tours (not those half-baked “virtual tours” some of our competitors offer) provide a prospective buyer with a view of nearly every square inch of the home, inside and out (if you’d like). Don’t waste precious space in the listing description explaining how the dining room with customized chair-rail wainscoting is just off the welcoming entry….literally show them in 3 dimensions! The Shamrock+ team has created hundreds of Matterport virtual tours with the goal of getting people to see the house. Our Clients know, those prospective buyers might just be it in their pajamas viewing from their couch, or from across the globe. Either way, we can get you listing ready in no time. From there, all’s all you.

Bringing it Home

Finally, the third thing on our list to improving your Real Estate Listings: Find the Value in Shamrock+. We know the market is [still] on fire, but our pricing really hasn’t changed. What has changed is our ability to adapt to an ever-changing market, refine our processes, and perfect our deliverables for you. Our goal is to show you the value in calling on a professional real estate photographer like Shamrock+. Need a professional photographer? Check. Need a virtual tour? Check. Ready to upgrade to an all-in-one, one-call, one-stop-shop, I can’t believe it’s so easy to hire a truly full-service company for all of your Real Estate Photography (and more+) needs company? Big ol’ check on that one too.

Shamrock+ Aerial Real Estate Photography
Shamrock+ Aerial Real Estate Photography

Originally, we began as a Savannah drone company in 2017 (ever heard for Shamrock Drones‽), and while our strength is in our attention to customer service, our passion is in technology and innovation. We offer these benefits to real estate agents, along with all types of businesses looking to improve their visual solutions. We have helped dozens of real estate agents, and even some DIYers, virtualize their listings so that when they can’t meet their prospective buyers in-person, our photography and virtual tours save the day.

Hire a Full-Service Real Estate Photographer

In addition to the 3 easy ways to improve your listings, Shamrock+ offers a full-suite of Real Estate Services, including:

  • Real Estate Still HDR Photography
  • Real Estate Aerial (Drone) HDR Photography
  • 3D Interactive Virtual Tours
  • Listing & Neighborhood Videos (branded and unbranded)
  • Labeled Map Views
  • Dusk Shots & Virtual Dusk
  • Virtual Staging
  • Virtual Renovation & Renderings
  • VRBO & HomeAway 360 Publishing
  • 2D & 3D Floor Plans
  • Google Street View 360° Photo Integration
  • Easy Scheduling
  • Payment Options Available – Ask about our Real Estate 50/50 Deal!
  • And More+

Lastly, along with our Real Estate Photographer Services, we offer photography and interactive virtual tours to the world. Not only for home sales, but also for hotels, event spaces, manufacturers, and any space that conducts business. We can also be hired to complete time lapse videos, live stream feeds, or capture interval construction progress documentation. Let us be the eyes and ears of the project, which will reduce exposure and costs without losing resources. Our free consultations, work performance, and invoices can all be done in a contactless manner. Let us help keep your company moving forward.

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From Shamrock Drones to Shamrock+

Our origin story began with drones and using them to solve different problems.  What we quickly realized is that drones are just tools.  We succeed in analyzing our clients’ needs and adapt to their unique situation.  Our project managers take the time to understand the challenges and obstacles to create innovative solutions that provide a foundation for relationships instead of transactions.   Whether it be capturing the perfect moment or virtualizing entire landscapes, we cater our services to the proper resolution.  We are a partner that helps conserve valuable resources such as human capital, time, and money.

We became more than just Shamrock Drones, we are Shamrock…. plus so much more.

Make A Wish

The community came out to celebrate Ryleigh’s wish with a special parade as she received her silver golf cart! She was truly sparkling while her wish came true!

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