I have been both a sailor and a photographer in past careers. I started in commercial photography in New Zealand and then London before spending many years traveling the world as paid crew on yachts. I eventually returned home to New Zealand and to photography and combined the two into my current vocation as a Yachting photographer.
My first big break was winning the contract to be the photographer for the America’s Cup website in 1999 – 2000 at Auckland. This led on to many great opportunities, culminating in becoming Emirates Team New Zealand’s photographer in 2004.
I’ve worked for teams, events and associations, yacht owners, builders and brokers. I shoot for commercial clients and editorial/media outlets. I’m currently represented by seven photo agencies.
My photos have been in magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards, books and websites. They’ve been on stamps and busses, almost anything you could imagine and a few I couldn’t have imagined. One was rendered in shrimp on a giant Paella.
I believe one of my greatest strengths in the field is my ability to create an image that is technically perfect and aesthetically appealing at the same time as ticking all the boxes for the client. Great yacht photography requires planning, preparation and some cooperation from nature. There is no better feeling for me than when it all comes together and I get not only the shot I came for but also something unexpected.
I live in Auckland and I’m looking forward to covering my sixth America’s Cup here in 2021.
Winner of Canon Media Awards Sport photo of the year 2017.
Agencies I’ve worked with and that represent my work…
AFP, Alamy, ATP, Getty, OneShot, Panoramic, PhotoSport, Reuters, News Modo, DPPI
Past clients include…
Doyle Sailmakers, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Dubarry of Ireland, Louis Vuitton, Toyota New Zealand, Omega Watches, Murphy & Nye, New Zealand Olympic Committee, Trade New Zealand, NZ Lotteries Commission, Southern Spars, Vodafone NZ, Quokka Sport, Tourisim New Zealand, Moet Chandon, Nexus, Nespresso, North Sails, NZ Post, Sky City, Ocean Noise, Victory Knives, ISAF, BEP Marine
Yachts, Teams and Events
S/Y Singularity, Joe Fly Sailing Team, Pinta-Illbruck, Emirates Team New Zealand, Stars and Stripes, Team Gallagher, Barcelona World Race, Korea Match Race Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, S/Y Imagine, S/Y Creole, S/Y Adele, S/Y Erica
Sea Horse Magazine, Yachting World Magazine, Yachting Monthly Magazine, Yachts and Yachting Magazine, Sail Magazine, Sailing World Magazine, Yacht Magazine, Vene Magazine, Kazi Magazine, More Magazine, Offshore Yachting, Boating New Zealand Magazine, New York Times, Dinghy Sailing Magazine, Swiss Boat Yachting Magazine, Mens Fitness Russia, L’Equipe, Newsweek, Fare Vela Magazine, Boat International, Boote Exclusiv, Zeiling Magazine, Classic Boat Magazine, Bienvenido a Bordo, Mainsail Magazine, Sailing Journal, Le Temps, Go Boating, Yacht Capital, Pro Photographer, GQ Japan, Red Bulletin, New Zealand Herald, Canvas