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Yvonne is a trained aerial photographer who works with her professional pilot husband, Mark.

Our specialty is commissioned aerial photo work for construction, marketing, real estate industries and personal stock images of the Cleveland, Ohio skyline in every season.

Yvonne attended the International Center of Photography in New York City while Mark was a corporate chief pilot based in White Plains, NY. Focal Plane Photography began in Danbury, CT in 1986.

When Mark was recruited by a Cleveland corporation as chief pilot and aviation department manager, these two native Clevelanders happily returned to Northeast Ohio. Mark is now retired from his 37-year professional corporate aviation career.  

The flying Sanderson's have been on two self-guided aerial photo 'Fly Abouts' into the Australian Outback. They are active in their industry professional group, PAPA International (Professional Aerial Photographers Asso.) where Yvonne served for six years on the panel of judges for the annual image competition.

They are widely traveled, and lived in Reno, Nevada earlier in their lives and careers. Mark has two sons and three grandchildren. Yvonne and Mark have resided in South Euclid since their return to Cleveland in 1988.

Yvonne and Mark hangar
Sun Messenger article Sanderson
South Euclid sign aerial photo award winner
Soaring Magazine cover Statue Liberty

Qualifications - Mark is an Airline Transport Pilot ('ATP' rating) with 17,000+ flight hours (single-engine, bi-planes, tail draggers, multi-engine, jets, sailplanes), and a certified aerial photographer, Yvonne a Master of aerial photography, with the Professional Aerial Photographers Association, International.

Awards - Epson Aerial Photographer of the Year, Yvonne Sanderson, 2011

Commendations - Mark received the National Business Aircraft Association Safety Certificate for 35 years of incident-free piloting, and earned his 'Diamond' pilot designation from the Soaring Society of America for cross-country achievement in sailplanes.

Challenger jet

Article front page Sun Messenger Yvonne earned her Master Award and received a Judge's Choice Award, from Professional Aerial Photographers Association International, for her aerial photograph of Progressive Field taken on the first opening day with this new sponsor of the Cleveland Indians baseball stadium.

Wing-mounted aerial photo of the Statue of Liberty taken by Mark and Yvonne Sanderson in a motorglider. The image was used on a Soaring Magazine cover. Notice how the photo editor cropped the image. To our view, taking away the drama, and giving Yvonne an early lesson in why industrial artists become control freaks :)

New Challenger jet airplane arrives at Cuyahoga County Airport with Mark at the controls as captain.

 Sun Messenger article Sanderson
Office Focal Plane Photography
Airplane cockpit Challenger jet

Sun Messenger article second page with Yvonne's aerial photo of Progressive Field on its first opening day with that name.

Yvonne Sanderson at her office desk with a skylight view.

Mark Sanderson in the cockpit of 'his' Challenger jet prepares for departure from Aspen, Colorado.

Link to interview about the Sanderson's Cleveland skyline aerial photos that were
on display at Cleveland Hopkins Airport Gallery (slide to minute 17:34)

Dee Perry Applause Sandersons

Yvonne and Mark on set with Dee Perry after their television interview with her on 'Applause' WVIZ Channel 25 in Cleveland.

Cleveland Hopkins Airport gallery aerial photo wall
Cleveland Hopkins art exhibit
Cleveland Hopkins Airport gallery

Cleveland Hopkins Art Gallery Exhibit with aerial photos by Focal Plane Photography. These were on display for many months and even prompted a couple of phone calls by friends and relatives who saw them while traveling through. A fun bonus.

Cleveland Hopkins Art Exhibition wall sign with Yvonne's name, yes, highlighted for your ease of viewing :) Her two minutes of fame.

Yvonne beside one of her large aerial photo prints of Cleveland at Hopkins Airport Exhibit.

Mark Sanderson pilot
Challenger jet airplane
International Center of Photography New York City

In Mark's 37-year aviation career, he was the chief pilot and aviation department manager for - ATO Figgie International, Warner & Swasey, in Cleveland, OH; Ribiero Builders in Reno, NV; General Signal Corp. in Stanford, CT; The Progressive Corp. in Mayfield Village, OH. As a professional pilot Mark has earned aircraft type ratings in - Twin Beech, King Air, Sabreliners, Falcon 10, Hawker, Challengers.

Yvonne enters her old school, the International Center of Photography, on Fifth Avenue in New York City in a former mansion near Central Park. It was a great place to travel to to attend class. Alas, ICP has since built a new facility in Midtown Manhattan, which actually was desperately needed and includes a large gallery space. The photography exhibits are worth a visit next time you're in NYC, cool gift shop too.

Stearman airplane Minden NV
King Air and Sabreliner Chicago Midway Airport
Nimbus 3 sailplane Soar Minden

Young junior bird man Mark Sanderson and the Stearman aircraft in which he trained at flight school in Minden, NV.

The King Air and Sabreliner aircraft Mark Sanderson flew and his business card as Chief Pilot for the Warner & Swasey Company.

Mark returns to Minden, NV and takes a flight in a Nimbus 3 sailplane at the Douglas County Airport (2013).

Plain Dealer article Hellen Cullinan
Hawker jet
Fairmount Center for the Arts

The Newman Gallery on Murray Hill is the first to exhibit Yvonne's 'High on Cleveland' collection of black and white aerial photography in a show titled "Black and White." The Plain Dealer art critic at the time, Helen Cullinan, wrote an article about the show which included one of Yvonne's aerial photos (1990).

The Hawker jet Mark flew upon our return to Cleveland parked at what was then Mercury Aviation at Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, OH.

Art exhibit at the Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, OH. Show title was "Abstracts & Aerials" which also featured paintings by our friend and artist, Mikel Mahoney.

Cleveland Bicentennial Book inside front
Cleveland Bicentennial Book participants
Images from the Heart

Aerial photo titled "Three Dog Day in Winter" by Yvonne Sanderson, featured in the inside front cover, or 'end papers', of the official Cleveland Bicentennial Book "Images from the Heart" in 1996. Three of Yvonne's aerial photos of and around Cleveland were included.

Opening party for "Images from the Heart" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Another of Yvonne's two minutes of fame :)

Yvonne and Mark cockpit
Photo book Art Works
Epson Aerial Photographer of the Year Award

Another successful flight, Yvonne and Mark in the cockpit of their Cessna 172 airplane.

The Progressive Collection includes these two Sanderson original black and white aerial photo fiber prints of the Cleveland skyline.

Epson Aerial Photographer of the Year Award 2011, Yvonne with glass eagle.

Sanderson Judges Choice award image

Progressive Field Cleveland, Ohio on the first opening day, won Judge's Choice Award - Commercial category at PAPA International annual conference 2009.

PAPA collegues, Cleveland 2015
(Professional Aerial Photographers Asso., International)
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