This last weekend I was talking to Allan MacKenzie of Brisbane, AU about his cool new project shooting Yachts for Clipper Motor Yachts International.
Allan said that Clipper Motor Yachts were so pleased with his results they invited him to China to shoot their manufacturing facility.
For those of you that may not know Allan, he is a master of all forms of real estate photography and has been in the business since it started. The last couple of years he has expanded into doing mostly video and in particular has made contacts in the Yacht industry in Brisbane.
Allan described his insight into the similarity of real estate and yachts as follows:
The maritime market is opening up like real estate did years ago, the similarities are amazing. I’m doing more and more video and photography work for brokerage boat or pre-owned boat dealers. The product and workflows I’m developing is very similar to real estate, accept for now you can charge higher prices due to little video and photography competition right now in the brokerage boat field. Of course there is the high end marketing product for new boats like the example I forwarded, but that is a very niche market.
Allan's comments about the similarities between real estate and yachts brought to mind that other interior photographers have made this same connection too. Long time readers will remember the post I did back in December 2010 on Andy Fame's work for a large yacht owner. The other thing I recall is that Seattle Architectural Photographer, Thomas Bliss told me some time ago that he also frequently shoots Yachts.
So the message here is that interior photographers living in or near a port cities should consider using their skills to expand to yachts because the skills required are very similar.