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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

keeping the ‘real’ in real estate photography

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a property on the market for €3.35 million in Monaco would be a pretty plush pad; a joy to work with, for a photographer. Monaco’s status as a fiscal paradise and its resultant real estate prices means you’d be wrong. The ‘dream home’ I was sent to photograph recently, right on the border between Monaco and much-cheaper-France, was underwhelming, to say the least. Making it look spacious and desirable, without resorting to photographers’ post production tricks, presented a real challenge. Continue reading…

Photograph of bathroom and bedroom with bath and glass partition separating the two spaces

monaco: mission control

Something rather exciting is happening up in the sky at the moment. The first ever round-the-world flight of a solar-powered plane is being attempted, and the project’s mission control centre is based right here on the French Riviera. You might think that Monaco’s 2 km² wouldn’t be ideally suited to housing a space station, but you’d be wrong. I was one of many photographers and journalists to visit Solar Impulse’s Mission Control in Monte Carlo recently, to take a portrait of engineer Michael Anger. Continue reading…

Portrait of engineer Michael Anger in front of a world route map

murder most horrid…and a portrait of a baroness

The murder earlier this year of Monaco’s richest woman brought international press attention to this unique corner of the French Riviera. Leading news magazine Der Spiegel sent two writers down to the South of France to write a feature on Monaco’s social scene and I, as photographer, made portraits of their interviewees. The Minister of the Interior, a tenant making a last stand against eviction and a rather special Baroness made for an interesting mix of subjects to photograph. Continue reading…

Portrait photograph of Baroness von Brandstetter against blue backdrop

A Date with ‘The Hexecutioner’ in Monaco

Known to the public as ‘the Hexecutioner’, Hekkie Budler is a professional boxer and world champion in his minimumweight class. I went to Monaco to photograph this tiny champ when he came to the South of France to train for a major boxing tournament in Monte Carlo. Photographers be warned: in the world of boxing, showers of sweat and blood are an occupational hazard. Continue reading…

Rear view of the tattoos on the back of boxer Hekkie Budler in the ring

Monaco: a quiet king among estate agents

Individual estate agents may or may not live up to it, but the profession does have a certain reputation. When I was sent on assignment to Monte Carlo by a Dutch photographer agency to take the portrait of a top Monaco real estate agent and do some villa photography of his Côte d’Azur portfolio, I was apprehensive. Would this king property broker to Monaco’s super-rich be a larger-than-life version of the estate agent stereotype? Continue reading…

Portrait of Pieter van Naeltwijck