Over and Above Aerial Photography originated as the brainchild of Jerry Smith with considerable input and support from his wife Caroline Ballard.

Jerry and Caroline also own and operate Red Door Real Estate. In viewing pictures of properties through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Jerry came to the realization that an elevated viewpoint would enable a better understanding of houses and properties. It would also give a different perspective which could enhance the look of a house. This observation led to the idea of using a tethered blimp for elevating the camera and researching the feasibility of the undertaking.


Over and Above Aerial Photography is the result of this research. The aerial equipment allows Jerry to take unique pictures of properties and other subjects and feeds his long time interests in landscape photography and Vermont.

Jerry has worn several hats over the years. His first profession was Veterinarian when he and Caroline established an all feline hospital in New Jersey which they ran for 16 years.

Looking for a better, and more relaxed, lifestyle Jerry and Caroline sold the Veterinary practice and moved to Vermont in 2002. After obtaining their real estate licenses and spending time in a conventional real estate office they started Red Door Real Estate to represent real estate buyers exclusively. They continue to represent buyers throughout Northern Vermont with Jerry as broker and Caroline as salesperson.

Jerry and Caroline live in Hyde Park Vermont where they
work to support their adopted children which consist of two cats, two guinea pigs, as well as ten pygmy and dwarf goats. They enjoy kayaking on the nearby waterways, hiking, snowshoeing and working in the woods.

Green River Reservoir. October 13, 2010.