I have been both a sailor and a commercial 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 a photographer for the America’s Cup website in 1999 – 2000 at Auckland. This led on to many great opportunities, including being Emirates Team New Zealand’s photographer from 2004 to 2015 and SailGP photographer for the inaugural season.
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 was hoping to get but also something unexpected.
I am based in Auckland and I have just covered my sixth America's Cup.