Client Celebrity Cruises
Location On-board Celebrity Edge, somewhere in the English Channel
Assistant Jonny Wilson
When the call came in asking if I would be interested in flying to the Caribbean to photograph the new Celebrity Cruises’ ship, Celebrity Edge, I didn’t have to think about it for long. Celebrity wanted me to make some pictures of the ship’s suites and a few of the facilities to expand their existing image library. The plan was to shoot this ahead of her UK maiden voyage and meant flying out to meet her on a sailing in the Caribbean. Not a bad gig, I thought. I tried not to be disappointed when the plan changed to joining the ship at the exotic port of Southampton but I didn’t need to be because the English Chanel was bathed with some beautiful Spring weather and it might has well have been the Caribbean!
Celebrity Edge is the first in the line up of the new Edge-class ships by Celebrity Cruises. It’s reported to be the first cruise ship to have cost over $1 billion dollars (does anyone else here Dr Evil say this as you read it?) and Forbes magazine has described her as “the coolest cruise ship at sea”. With interior design by, no less than, Kelly Hoppen, I felt very lucky to have been invited on-board.
I’m excited to share the results of 2 long shoot days followed by some behind the scenes shots but working on a boat posed some unique challenges. The first thing I realised is that being surrounded by blue sea causes a lot of colour issues as the sun bounces off the sea, picking up the colour, and into the ship. Where that sun will be in relation to the vessel is the next head scratcher - that East facing window won’t be facing east when the ship changes direction! It wasn’t all hard work though as we received the full Celebrity hospitality and joined the party for cocktails in the club on the second night. More jobs like this please!