The Top Superyacht Photographers Part 1 – Tom Van Oossanen

The Top Superyacht Photographers, well-known photographer Tom Van Oossanen

YATCO spoke with some of the most prolific superyacht photographers who hop on helicopters, send up their drones, and do whatever it takes to capture the shot.

Here, well-known photographer Tom Van Oossanen tells us about his career and shows us some of his best work.

How did you get your start in yachting as a photographer and what inspires you the most?

I saw my first ever yacht in 1999, and from that moment I was intrigued by the design and engineering of these ships. Soon after I bought my first camera and I photographed everything that floats or flies. Over the years, the boat-spotting hobby became more serious and after some Monaco Yacht Shows and yacht-spotting trips I started at SuperYacht Times. This gave me the opportunity to expand my network and see a lot more yachts all over the world!

I am very much inspired by design, I believe a yacht is the perfect cross between beautiful design and engineering.

The Top Superyacht Photographers, well-known photographer Tom Van Oossanen

How many years have you been a superyacht photographer?

I am now 3.5 years freelance and before that, 3 years at SYT. Long before that, I was taking photos and sold the occasional one to magazines, but professionally now just over 6 years and I love every minute of it.

The Top Superyacht Photographers, well-known photographer Tom Van Oossanen

What was your most exciting shoot and why?

Hard to choose! But my favorite one must be Black Pearl. I mean, she is Black Pearl and there is no yacht like her on the water. Seeing that one up close from the helicopter is something I won’t ever forget.

All Photographers in YATCO’s The Top Superyacht Photographers 5-Part Series


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