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How to Sell a Superyacht

How would you like your new boat customised? A glass motorcyle garage on deck? Perhaps a leather-bound staircase leading to the cabins down a wall of backlit onyx? Contrary to what some might expect today, the designer superyacht market is booming and the French Riviera is where its at. Two magazine clients commissioned me this summer to photograph international superyacht trade fairs held annually in the South of France. Photographers were welcomed with open arms at the Cannes event, but at the Monaco Yacht Show, an aversion to press photographers made my assignment challenging. Continue reading…

Girl in white dress walks between two superyachts

Floating Whisky Palace in Cannes

During the international duty-free trade fair that comes to Cannes every autumn, movers and shakers in the perfume, cigarette and hard liquor businesses get together to buy, to sell and to party. A leading Scottish whisky brewery commissioned me as a Cannes event photographer to capture a rather special evening aboard a superyacht. I was told that “being a photographer is like being a fine malt whisky distiller” and warmly welcomed into the world of fine whisky by a man whose nose is insured for €2.6 million. Continue reading…

countdown to Cannes

Summer is just around the corner in the South of France and the Cannes Film Festival is but weeks away. As a freelance photographer, Cannes generally offers me some interesting commissions. Editorial portraits and corporate event shoots during the festival open doors to places and people that I would be unlikely to stumble across otherwise, although conditions are sometimes challenging. From dealing with a stroppy Palme d’Or winner to battling seasickness in a powerboat, I’ve found Cannes to be anything but dull. Continue reading…

Photography of man stepping off a powerboat onto a jetty in Cannes harbour

A Tale of Two Covers

As a photographer based in the South of France, I’m not suprised when international clients mention blue skies in their briefing for a portrait commission. Two recent cover shoot assignments for magazines in Sweden and the UK (where Provence-style guaranteed sunshine is often longed-for) were no exception.

Both subjects were men at the top of their game, to be photographed on location in Cannes and Monaco. But achieving classic Cote d’Azur blue skies and bright colours is not as straightforward as it might seem. Continue reading…

Superyachts on the Drawing Board

A recent portrait assignment for American Express gave me an insight into the world of ‘luxury sea toys’. Leading superyacht designer Espen Øeino is based in Monaco, and in his offices, dreams of floating palaces become reality. Continue reading…

Portrait of Espen Oeino, Yacht Designer