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Images of People Enjoying Yacht Charter Destinations

July 13, 2017

Written by Mike Smith

Here are some wonderful images of people having fun in and around the ocean. We love yacht charters!

10 Of The Best Luxury SuperYacht Photographers

February 23, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Ships have captured the public imagination for thousands of years as a symbol of power, elegance and affluence. Passing through history as worthy subjects of artist and poets, capturing the essence of a regatta fleet or the details of the most opulent and innovative mega yacht of recent times is as integral as ever. The yachting industry is filled with talented photographers and filmmakers, and here we highlight 10 prolific names who have shot prestigious yachts and events.

Jeff Brown – Breed Media

Notable superyacht shots: Savannah, Galactica Star, Ann G.

Best known in recent times for photographing the interior and exterior of Feadship’s 2014 superyacht Savannah, Jeff Brown captures the whimsical and abstract elements of modern design while retaining the realism that often disappears in vibrant environments and under dramatic lighting.

Savannah - photo by Jeff Brown

Savannah – photo by Jeff Brown

In 2003 Jeff Brown co-founded Superyacht Media, and his expertise combined with that of his team catapulted the company into a leading position in media content for superyacht-related marketing worldwide. His background in design has awarded him an uncommon perspective when it comes to selecting the focus of his photography and videos, which in turn has resulted in over 100 magazine covers in the last seven years alone and repeat business from builders.

Superyacht Ann G by Heesen Yachts. Photo courtesy Jeff Brown

Superyacht Ann G by Heesen Yachts. Photo courtesy Jeff Brown

Six deck luxury yacht Invictus by Delta Marine from 2013 and Irimari by Sunrise Yachts from 2014 have also prospered from Jeff Brown’s ability to see behind the finished product to pinpoint the detail from the designers, from the colour choice for the en-suite mosaic to the grooves amidst the gloss of the formal dining table.

Red Square. Photo credit Jeff Brown

Red Square. Photo credit Jeff Brown

 

Kurt Arrigo – Kurt Arrigo Photography

Maltese-born Kurt Arrigo is renowned for his superyacht regatta photography, although his diverse portfolio also includes superstars, fashion shoots and underwater photography of various subjects. There is a strong attachment to water in all his works and a nostalgic touch that turns modern events into instant classics. With an eye for the moment, Kurt captures fleeting scenes of celebrations and crowds in motion.

Sailing Yacht Moonbird. Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo

Sailing Yacht Moonbird. Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo

Contrast is a particularly strong element in the regatta pictures, balancing human fervour against a cool white deck, or the brand new fleet of superyachts sailing past ancient Mediterranean buildings. Kurt Arrigo also photographs the Rolex sponsored events.

Sailing Yachts. Kurt Arrigo Photography

Sailing Yachts. Kurt Arrigo Photography

 

Guillaume Plisson – Guillaume Plisson Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Silver Fast, Cloud 9, and Kismet

It’s likely that if you have browsed through the high-end yachts from shipyards Heesen and Lurssen in recent years, you have come across some of the work of Guillaume Plisson. Superyachts Ester III, Galactica SuperNova and Solandge have all benefitted from Guillaume Plisson’s playful touch with angled overhead shots and subtle lighting against moody skies.

66m super yacht ESTER III - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

66m super yacht ESTER III – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Using the past as inspiration combined with cutting edge technology, Guillaume Plisson discovers the individual strengths of each design while treating them with the same respect as any vintage yacht. Stylised shots of the hull and up-close realism mark Guillaume Plisson’s work, making it recognisable whether as the cover of a high-end magazine or as one of a score of shots detailing the deck and interior.

Galactica SuperNova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Galactica SuperNova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

 

Ed Wright – Ed Wright Images

Notable superyacht shots: Maltese Falcon, Auspicious

From his warm and vibrant home in Monaco to the chill white Antarctic landscapes, Ed Wright has travelled the world and brought back with him glimpses of untouched landscapes devoid of human life, save for a fleeting presence of a yacht on the horizon.

Maltese Falcon. Photo by Ed Wright

Maltese Falcon. Photo by Ed Wright

Much closer to home, Ed Wright has captured the spirit of sailing regattas through the Mediterranean and has completed shoots aboard yachts for luxury brands as well as yacht builders and owners. Whether taking wide-angle shots or close-ups of five-star dining delights, Ed Wright has produced consistently high-quality results that have made him an established name in the industry.

 

David Churchill – David Churchill Superyacht Photographer

Notable superyacht shots: Galactica Star, Galactica Super Nova and Athena

An award-winning photographer and co-founder of the Superyacht Creative, David Churchill has long-running experience with big-name builders in the yacht industry, working with Abeking & Rasmussen, Baglietto and Dynamiq to name but a few. He imbues his crisp imagery with a sense as if it were a still from a story in progress and this has contributed to his long-running success.

VICTORIA DEL MAR - Photo by David Churchill

VICTORIA DEL MAR – Photo by David Churchill

Past projects which received much acclaim in the media include Galactica Star and Galactica SuperNova, and his photographs have graced the covers of Yacht Design, Boat International, Architectural Digest and other magazines.

Charter Yacht Victoria Del Mar. Photo by David Churchill

Charter Yacht Victoria Del Mar. Photo by David Churchill

 

 Cory Silken – Cory Silken Photography

With an eye for sailing yachts, Cory Silken has photographed and videoed regattas for sponsors such as Bacardi.

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht – Cory Silken

His most recent work includes the Best Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which took place earlier this month. As well as creating visual marketing material for superyachts for charter, Cory Silken has a public gallery in his hometown of Newport in Rhode Island, where he exhibits and sells his photography.

Wisp superyacht - Exterior - Photo by Cory Silken

Wisp superyacht – Exterior – Photo by Cory Silken

Being close to New England and a quick flight to the Bahamas and Caribbean, he has filled his portfolio with invigorating photographs of favourite tropical locations.

 

Stuart Pearce – Stuart Pearce Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Sailing Yacht Aquijo

Sailing Yacht Aquijo. Photo by Stuart Pearce

Sailing Yacht Aquijo. Photo by Stuart Pearce

There’s more to a yacht than an impressive interior and a spa pool, and on a luxury charter, the crew can easily become the difference between an enjoyable break from the office and a holiday treasured for a lifetime. As well as photographing hulls, decks and interiors for marketing, Stuart Pearce covers the crews of luxury yachts and brings to life their passion and professionalism.

AQuiJo jacuzzi on board - Photo by Stuart Pearce

AQuiJo jacuzzi on board – Photo by Stuart Pearce

 

His experience with lighting and attention to detail brings out the best aspects of each room, and when the viewer’s eye roams away from the main focus, they are sure to discover some mundane element that is anything but when it serves to enhance the scene.

 

Kristina Strobel – Kristina Strobel Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Kismet, St David, Blade (ex.H2ome), Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem by Kristina Strobel

Carpe Diem by Kristina Strobel

Kristina Strobel has over a decade’s worth of experience in fashion, lifestyle and luxury travel, beginning her career working for Macy’s in New York. Her images have been published in international magazines, art books, lifestyle and travel publications and have featured notable yachts including Blade (ex.H2ome), St David and Kismet. In the diverse colour range and bustle of her works is a noticeable, crisp focus which is brought to the fore in her abstract work and used to focus the eye on background objects.

MY-MIRAGE-Exterior- Kristina Strobel

MY MIRAGE Exterior Kristina Strobel

 

Alberto Cocchi – Alberto Cocchi Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Param Jamuna IV, Vellmari’

M/Y Param Jamuna. Photo credit Alberto Cocchi

M/Y Param Jamuna. Photo credit Alberto Cocchi

Featuring on the covers of international luxury lifestyle and yachting magazines, Alberto Cocchi has a wealth of experience in photography with a focus on architecture, fleets, interiors and lifestyle shots. Turning already outstanding design into the captivating, bold colours are highlighted on his images of close-up cuisine to perfectly juxtapose the scope of his wide-angled evening fleet photography.

Luxury Yacht Vellmari by Rossinavi. Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury Yacht Vellmari by Rossinavi. Photo by Alberto Cocchi

 

Alexis Andrews – Alexis Andrews Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Elysian (ex. Elandess), Panthalassa, Lady L

S/Y Panthalassa. Photo credit Alexis Andrews

S/Y Panthalassa. Photo credit Alexis Andrews

Alexis Andrews was born in Greece and studied fashion and advertising photography in Europe before he moved to Antigua in 1986. There he started his carrier of photographer in the yachting industry. Nowadays, Alexis Andrews works all over the globe for yacht designers, shipbuilders, yacht brokers and advertising agencies to deliver the best of the marine photography. His passion for sailing inspired Alexis Andrews to create the St Barts Bucket Race, which one of the most exciting racing events held every year in the Caribbean. His latest project is the Caribbean Documentary film Vanishing Sail.

Motor Yacht Elysian (ex Elandess). Photo credit Alexis Andrews

Motor Yacht Elysian (ex Elandess). Photo credit Alexis Andrews

 

 

Special mention: Marc Paris

Notable superyacht shots: Serene, Hokulani, DB9

Marc Paris photography

Marc Paris photography

Having completed assignments for renowned builders such as ISA, Mondo Marine and Amels, Marc Paris was a well-known photographer within the yachting industry, and before his untimely death in 2012, he had photographed a plethora of luxury yachts, including Lady Moura, Parsifal III and Seawolf. His agency FAB Studios continues to support young photographers looking to gain experience.

Seawolf. Photo by Marc Paris

Seawolf. Photo by Marc Paris

9 Things NO ONE Will Tell you about Professional Superyacht Photography

January 12, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Lots of incredible things happen around us in the world. Being able to see them is easy; being able to capture them is the art of photography. Being a good photographer is not easy; but being a professional photographer is an adventure, challenge and lifestyle. We have spoken to one of the greatest photographers in the superyacht media, Quin Bisset from Q&K Media. In between sailing, surfing, mountain biking, travelling and professional superyacht shooting, in this exclusive interview, Quin told us about his profession, passion for superyachts, and some challenges behind his very successful assignments.

Exclusive Interview with the Professional Superyacht Photographer Quin Bisset

Superyacht OKTO. Photo credit Q&K

Superyacht OKTO. Photo credit Q&K

Starting at the beginning. When did you realise you wanted to become a professional photographer?

I had a keen interest in photography from a very young age and never really considered it to become a profession. It was a natural progression from becoming an assistant while studying film at Canterbury and being based near the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps of NZ. I don’t think there was any other option for me than to become a professional photographer as it combined my love of travel, storytelling and need to share my experiences.

What brought you to the world of yachting and what was your first assignment in this industry?

 My first real yacht shoot was during the last Americas Cup challenge in New Zealand and I filmed and photographed a superyacht which was in NZ to spectate the racing and charter the coastlines. I have always had a passion for sailing, the ocean and it was like a match made in heaven.
The Dubois Cup. Photo credit Q&K

The Dubois Cup. Photo credit Q&K

What are the challenges when it comes to photographing luxury yachts?

 There are many challenges when it comes to luxury yacht photography, first of which would be weather and weather is rarely perfect. You have to be able to adapt quickly and use the conditions to your best advantage. When you have a multi million dollar yacht made available for you and a big yacht crew waiting for your direction you can not start scratching your head :). Another challenge can be logistics on location, if the yacht is in an isolated area and you need to coordinate a helicopter which could be coming from another country or island and there may only be a rock to land on.

Your professional equipment must be pretty impressive. Those readers with a passion for photography will surely find interesting to know what type of camera and lenses you use most of the time.

I travel with mostly Canon bodies and lenses. I have a Canon 1DX and 2 Canon 5D mkIII in case of breakdown. My go to lenses would be 24-105mm, 16-35mm, 50mm and a 300mm which covers most requirements on location. I now also travel with a drone which can be very useful in very remote areas. Oh, and an underwater housing and moonlight flash kit.
Q&K-5314-credit Quin BISSET

Luxury Lifestyle. Photo Credit Q&K

Do you usually work alone or have an assistant(s)?

 It depends on the size of yacht and requirements of the shoot whether or not I use assistants. I have a small number of people that I trust to work with and can be considerate of the yacht and her crew. If working with models it can be useful to have someone shooting second camera or concentrating on details.

How long would a typical mega yacht shoot last? Can you describe, in a few words, what does an average superyacht shoot entail?

A typical yacht shoot takes anywhere from 3 -10 days depending on logistics. The average shoot requires photographing the interior, exterior, lifestyle and toys. In an average day I could be underwater capturing diving, in a helicopter for aerial running and location shots or in a galley with the chef at work. The day generally starts pre dawn and finishes well after sunset.
Photoshoot from a helicopter. Photo credit Q&K

Photoshoot from a helicopter. Photo credit Q&K

 What was your most memorable assignment and why?

 Thats a tough question as there are so many. I have photographed from a parasail in Egypt as it was illegal to fly a helicopter, captured sharks swimming under the yacht as a model sits on the swim platform. Last year I was hired to photograph a maxi trimaran breaking ocean records and ended up sailing with the team and capturing 3 World Records myself including Newport to Bermuda and the Transpac overall speed record from LA to Hawaii.
Q&K-9834-credit Quin BISSET

Superyacht Bacchus. Photo credit Q&K

What do you love about your job?

I love everything about my job but especially the ability to capture a moment which comes together with team work from the crew and having them getting as excited as I do about the result. It is constant travel and problem solving which is not for everyone but luckily it is what gets me excited.

What would you recommend to photographers wanting to enter the world of superyacht photography?

 I would recommend to just get out there on the water, even if its a fishing boat, dinghy sailing or photographing superyachts at anchor, it is all experience and will help you discover the light, lenses and conditions that start to prove your craft. If you can its always good to try assisting as its not just being a photographer it is learning how to work with people.
About Q&K
Q&K Media offer professional filming and photography of superyachts and yachting events. In addition to that, the company provides printing services with a thorough selection of printing papers and textures that best suit to exemplify style and quality of everything from business cards and brochures to invitations and books. Q&K also specialise in website design and have already won the hearts of some bespoke companies in the industry proving incredible and fast loading websites.

Photos: 88.5M OCEANCO Mega Yacht INFINITY

June 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 88,5-metre mega yacht INFINITY has been spotted Kees Torn a few days ago at the prestigious OCEANCO shipyard. The yacht was launched in 2014 and features naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects with timeless and elegant exterior lines by Espen Oeino. INFINITY spreads over five extensive decks offering plenty of areas for entertainment, socialising and relaxation.

INFINITY at Oceanco - Photo Kees Torn

INFINITY at Oceanco – Photo Kees Torn

She has been built with accommodation for up to fourteen guests in seven deluxe staterooms, including one master suite, two VIP suites, and four double guest suites. MORE INFO AND PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE: INFINITY

INFINITY - Photo by Kees Torn

INFINITY – Photo by Kees Torn

90m Mega Yacht PHOENIX 2 by Lurssen Spotted in Germany

June 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 90-metre luxury superyacht PHOENIX 2, launched by the Lurssen shipyard in 2010, has been spotted leaving the yard in Germany, heading to Gibraltar. PHOENIX 2 features striking, yet timeless exterior design by Andrew Winch Designs, boasting elegant and contemporary lines. Accommodation layout comprises well-appointed deluxe staterooms offering overnight stay, tranquility, and privacy to up to twelve guests.

Motor yacht PHOENIX 2

Motor yacht PHOENIX 2

Amongst the special features of this vessel is her cinema situated on the lower deck, as well as the fully-equipped spa deck, providing guests with a gymnasium, hammam, spa room with a massage table and a beauty saloon. Additional comfort is created thanks to the elevator, which connects all of her levels. The video was created by DiFooll

MORE INFORMATION ON PHOENIX 2 can be found following her link.

You can also view a small selection of Lurssen yachts for charter here, however if you are interested in chartering a Lurssen superyacht this summer, don’t hesitate to contact our charter team for the full list of vessels available.

 

Benetti RIMA II and Feadship CEDAR SEA II Superyacht Seen in Italy

May 25, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Two classic superyachts have been spotted recently at the port of Livorno in Italy: the Benetti RIMA II and the Feadship CEDAR SEA II. RIMA II, measuring 50 metres, was launched in 1987 by the Italian shipyard and refitted in 2013. Her interiors are by Newcruise while the exterior design was created in-house by Benetti. She is able to accommodate up to twelve guests in seven staterooms divided into one master suite, one VIP, two doubles, two twins and one single.

RIMA II - a Benetti Yacht - Photo by ROberto Malfatti

RIMA II – a Benetti Yacht – Photo by ROberto Malfatti

RIMA II by Benetti - Photo Roberto Malfatti

RIMA II by Benetti – Photo Roberto Malfatti

RIMA II in Livorno - Photo Roberto Malfatti

RIMA II in Livorno – Photo Roberto Malfatti

CEDAR SEA II, on the other hand, was built in the Netherlands by the renowned Feadship shipyard and today, represents a wonderful classic vessel. Similarly to RIMA II, she was launched in 1986 and boasts internal styling by the Bannenberg design studio. The yacht measures 65,15 metres (213’75”) and was refitted in 2008. Accommodation on board CEDAR SEA II is provided to up to 24 guests and she is capable of carrying a crew of 25 highly skilled members.

Luxury Yacht CEDAR SEA II - Photo Roberto Malfatti

Luxury Yacht CEDAR SEA II – Photo Roberto Malfatti

Impressive 156m DILBAR Superyacht Delivered and Heading to Morocco

May 16, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The impressive 156-metre DILBAR superyacht has been filmed leaving her birth-place, the Lurssen shipyard in Germany on Saturday. She has been delivered to her Owner and is now believed to be en-route to Tanger in Morocco. DrDuu has made a video showing this spectacular vessel which is set to turn heads wherever she appears. She was constructed under the project name OMAR. Unfortunately there is very little known about her at this stage. See video below: 

Video: 54m CRN 134 Luxury Superyacht ATLANTE leaving for Sea Trials

May 05, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 54-metre CRN 134 Luxury superyacht ATLANTE has been seen leaving most likely for sea trials this morning in Livorno, Italy. The yacht was designed by famed design studio Nuvolari Lenard with interiors by CRN Interior & Design department in collaboration with Gilles et Boissier architectural studio.

ATLANTE by CRN

ATLANTE by CRN

 ATLANTE features strong stylistic identity, inspired by military crafts amongst others, with elements such as square shapes and sharp lines, combined with sophisticated design solutions. The yacht spreads over five decks offering plenty of superb exterior and interior entertainment areas or spaces for relaxation and private retreat. She is fitted with two 1230 KW @ 1800 RPM Caterpillar diesel engines, reaching a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

ATLANTE leaving the dock

ATLANTE leaving the dock

ATLANTE heading for sea trails

ATLANTE heading for sea trails

ATLANTE built by CRN

ATLANTE built by CRN

Superyacht ATLANTE in Italy

Superyacht ATLANTE in Italy

ATLANTE aft view

ATLANTE aft view

ATLANTE

ATLANTE

Video and photos by Roberto Malfatti.

47m BALISTA Superyacht Seen in the Mediterranean

May 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Constructed by Cantieri di Pisa and launched in 2012, the 47-metre BALISTA superyacht has been seen in the Western Mediterranean, specifically in the port of Livorno in Italy. She is a high-performance vessel with naval architecture by the shipyard’s in-house team and Arrabito Naval Architects. Her exteriors were designed by Galeazzi Design with interiors by Mark Berryman.

Balista - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Balista – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Accommodation aboard this lovely vessel is provided to up to fourteen guests in one full beam master suite on the main deck, full-beam VIP, two doubles and two twins on the lower deck. Her stylish interiors boast lime teak, leather, and marble features. Photos by Roberto Malfatti.

Luxury Yacht Balista - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury Yacht Balista – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

73M Mega Yacht YALLA spotted in Italy

May 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Below are a few images of the striking CRN mega yacht YALLA, spotted and photographed by Roberto Malfatti in Livorno, Italy a few days ago. At 73 metres YALLA features sleek and sporty lines with beautiful exterior design by Omega Architects. Interior of the vessel is by Droulers Architecture in close collaboration with the yard’s in-house design department.

YALLA  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

YALLA – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

YALLA boasts five fabulous and expansive decks and offers accommodation for up to twelve guests. All guests on board are looked after by a professional and experienced crew of 22.

Superyacht YALLA  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Superyacht YALLA – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

YALLA by CRN  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

YALLA by CRN – Photo by Roberto Malfatti