Photographers and videographers play an important role in the creation of passenger memories. Whatever’s happening and wherever the cruise ship travels, you’ll be there to capture every moment. Working hard to shoot, process and edit images and offer a retail service, you’ll appear in the thick of guest satisfaction. Roles in this department include:
Photography Manager, Assistant Photographer, Junior Photographer, Videographer
There’s no such thing as a typical day in the life of a ship’s photographer. Every day is likely to be different, presenting a variety of challenges and joys. The photography manager handles the day’s schedule, team training and restocking of materials and props, while the assistant and junior photographers shoulder the tasks of setting up shoots and equipment, taking part in photoshoots and special events and working as retail consultants for anyone interested in purchasing images.
You might also print and edit these images or dress up on themed nights to get involved with passengers as they take pictures. What’s more, if there’s a wedding or special event taking place on board, then you’ll help with producing photographs and videos so that guests remember every moment. Videographers and photographers will also create promotional materials and training videos. If you can capture it on film, then you’ll be involved in its development.
You’ll have a passion for taking pictures, an eye for detail and creative flair. Setting up and taking images are only a fraction of your job, however. A photography degree or artistic qualification is a must, and you’ll ideally have one to two years’ experience in working with images and editing processes. These roles are customer-focused, which means that you’ll have impeccable written and verbal communication skills and a desire to fulfil passengers’ needs.
Enthusiasm for all kinds of situations is obviously helpful in this creative industry, as are strong leadership and organisational skills.
Salaries start at between £800 and £1,000 per month, rising to between £2,000 and £3,000 per month for more senior photographers and managers.