Ocean Joy Cruises
As the Photography Director for Ocean Joy Cruises, it was my duty to design and build the onboard underwater photography program from the ground up. I was responsible for buying all of the necessary camera gear and equipment as well as hiring and training a new staff of crew photographers.
Our photography program's goal was to capture our passengers' experience onboard the boat by taking photographs of our cruise from start to finish- the passengers' arrival at the dock, their sail up the coast and even them snorkeling underwater. We also photographed the scenery and wildlife such as turtles, dolphins and whales.
We would edit the images onboard using Photoshop and play a slide show of the pictures on the onboard TV while the passengers were having lunch or dinner on the boat, encouraging the guests to want to purchase our slideshow DVD. We were able to process payment directly on the boat and produce a final product before the passengers would disembark the ship.
As members of the crew we were also responsible for providing CPR and First Aid if needed and had to follow all Coast Guard requirements and regulations. This was a very physically demandig but rewarding professional experience.
The program I designed generated an extra $250K in revenue each year for Ocean Joy Cruises and is still being utilized by the company today.
This is a video I directed, shot and edited.
Professional Underwater Photography
Here are some samples of the types of images we would capture during the snorkel adventure cruise.