The Next Chapter

The next chapter in my photography journey begins on Saturday. ¬†I’ll be making the jump from amateur to professional photographer, as I start my new job as a photographer on a cruise ship! With no prior professional photography experience or training, I got the job on the strength of the photos I’ve published on this photoblog ūüôā So, aside from being an outlet for me to showcase my favourite photos, this site has also been valuable in helping me move¬†my photography career on¬†to the next level. ¬†What a great idea it was late one Sunday night to start it!

Equipment, accommodation and food¬†will be provided on board, all I need to do is take pictures of the passengers and then convince them to buy as many as possible.¬†Getting paid to travel and take photos… sounds pretty awesome¬†to me ūüôā

I’ll be primarily taking portrait photos of the passengers, either posed in a studio, at the dinner table or on the shore excursions. I’m looking forward to getting ‘on-the-job’ training and experience in professional portrait photography, but may also get the opportunity to shoot a few weddings too! Apparently they’re becoming quite popular on cruises. Whatever happens, I’ll¬†pick up new skills and get to visit some new places too.

I’m intending to¬†keep this photoblog updated as often as free WiFi allows, so watch this space and follow me as¬†the next chapter of my photographic journey unfolds…


International Classic Cars China Grand Tour 2015

During my recent trip to China, I participated in the International Classic Cars China Grand Tour 2015.  This event saw a collection of representatives from FIVA (Federation International de Vehicules Anciens) national groups from all corners of the world gather in Wenzhou in China.  The challenge was to drive a fleet of classic cars 750km from Wenzhou, via Ningbo and Hangzhou, to Shanghai over 4 days.

Did you know that in China, once a car reaches 10 years old, it gets crushed?

The purpose of the event was to showcase classic cars in China and to put forward a case to the Chinese Government to lift a ban on importing classic cars into the country. Additionally it aimed to persuade the Government to introduce exceptions to the 10 year rule, so that selected cars could be kept beyond their 10th birthday to preserve their heritage.

Niels & Hanne's Lancia Aurelia imported from Denmark
Niels & Hanne’s Lancia Aurelia imported from Denmark

A total of around 25 cars took part in the event. Some of the cars belonged to the participants and were imported specially for this event. The other cars belong to the Classic Vehicle Union of China, who donated them to be driven on the event.

Participants came from 13 different countries (UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Germany, Cyprus, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and China).

Water provided by the Liten Group, one of the sponsors

The event was sponsored locally by a number of different companies, including the Liten Group, Sunshine Insurance Group, OneHome Hotels and many others.

In Wenzhou, the event was kicked off with a Press Conference following a formal Welcome Dinner in the Porsche showroom with evening entertainment. Lunch before the event was provided in Landrover and Jaguar showrooms before the rally proper started.

To see photos from the event, please visit the dedicated page in my Photo Gallery (under 2015) or click the link here.