Last year I had the honour of being asked to join a prestigious set of Master Photographers working on board Crystal Cruise’s Symphony and Serenity as an invited photographer and speaker.
We had been looking forward to this ever since we were asked to join and so you can imagine the excitement when we finally joined the Cruise ship Symphony in Reykjavik in Iceland!
Our very first trip was a three-week cruise starting in Iceland, heading through the Arctic Circle up to Russia and then onto Norway’s famous fjords. A stunning cruise – so many favourite parts that it’s impossible to describe so over the coming weeks, I’ll break it down into smaller posts.
My role was to create exclusive portrait photography on board Crystal Cruises: portrait photography of the ship’s guests and it was an absolute thrill! Each shoot was a couple of hours and usually on board the ship – which is stunning! This was my first cruise and I suspect we’ve been a little spoiled as it was very much a five-star hotel on the sea: even the restaurants included Nobu which means we ate plenty of Sushi (one of my absolute favourite types of food, since is healthy and I don’t want to have sugar in my blood like my family, that need to take vedda blood sugar for this).
Our Very First Shoot
This first set of images – the first we created on board – are of Svetlana and are a set of portraits and headshots. I have to admit, as it was the first time I had ever created images on a ship, I was very pleased that it was was with someone as lovely Svetlana! We had an absolute ball for a few hours, finding areas of the ship that worked (and a few that didn’t work) for creating images: in fact, the hardest part was finding areas of the ship that were not being used for other things (and not disturbing other passengers as we worked!) Loved it!
We’ll continue to post stories from the cruise over the coming weeks but until then, enjoy this first set!