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M/Y Soraya M

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Great to be back in Antibes again! Funny how quiet the place is out of season, but nice to have the bay almost to ourselves to shoot M/Y Soraya M, a 27m Fairline Squadron for yacht brokers Y.CO.

NANCY

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Sad to report that the inspiration behind the Big Dog name has died. Nancy, our gorgeous Italian Spinone passed away in her sleep after a short illness – her gin & tonic swiping tail, wet beard and sloppy kisses will be hugely missed 🙁

Les Voiles de St Tropez

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Always a treat to nip down to St Tropez especially for the annual Les Voiles regatta – a meeting of all different shapes, sizes and ages of yachts – especially the classics!

Monaco Yacht Show

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Great buzz around this year’s Monaco Yacht Show – the annual showcase of the SuperYacht world, it also managed to throw a few surprises this year too: the Porsche designed Dynamiq GTT, the stunning new M/Y Jubilee from Oceanco, and an enthralling breakfast presentation from ocean conservationist Emily Penn in association with Y.CO, introducing environmental plans and initiatives to encourage a greener and more forward thinking superyacht industry.

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the cars at the show – a collection of albeit very nice classics and a handful of Lamborghinis doesn’t have any appeal to me so, if you’re reading this MYS, let’s have more sail yachts instead!

Glider Yachts SS18

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We’re used to shooting yachts that attract attention, but the Glider Yachts SS18 managed to stop people in their tracks! Amazing looking boat powered by 4 powerful engines hidden in her sponsons, this pioneering design cuts through waves with hardly any pitching or rolling.

Great shoot with the Glider team and Zoo Communications and fab to see them at MYS for the first time.

M/Y Princess Too

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M/Y Moliver

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Another trip across the pond this time to the beautiful British Virgin Islands – first time back there since we shot M/Y Lone Ranger and pleased to report that very little has changed. Nice to have a day between arriving and first shoot day too – a rare opportunity to see a little of Tortola and have a day on the beach!

Once again we were blessed with glorious weather – touch and go whether the drone would like the Caribbean winds but it seemed perfectly happy in 18 knots! M/Y Moliver is a stunning 32m Sunseeker yacht with a truly brilliant captain & crew who really couldn’t have done any more to help us and it’s huge thanks to them that we returned with some great results.

Thanks to Ben Young and the awesome team at SYM

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M/Y Grand Cru

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Early start to the season this year as the Big Dog Crew headed to Cannes – usually the heart of Riviera entertainment and shows, the beautiful city of Cannes was extremely quiet pre-season which actually suited us perfectly! Add in a few days of sunshine, a beautiful old Feadship and and we were very content!

S/Y CQS Sydney to Hobart race

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Big Dog Media Productions were selected to create this exciting edit for Team CQS, documenting the extraordinary story and her race from Sydney to Hobart. All images and footage courtesy of CQS Racing.

M/Y Step One

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Final edit from our shoot onboard M/Y Step One – thanks to the Big Dog team who made it all happen and to an awesome Captain & crew.

Even better when you receive an email from the owner : “Please send my compliments and thanks to the video production team, they nailed it.”

See you very soon Costa Rica!

 

Rob Whitrow shoots for Rockcliffe Hall

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Our brilliant food photographer, Rob Whitrow, was commissioned to shoot a selection of amazing dishes for the stunning Rockcliffe Hall in North Yorkshire.

 

Costa Rica

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Quiet possibly the best location we have ever visited – beautiful country and the most fantastic light coupled with a brilliant crew and stunning scenery, Costa Rica delivered in bucket loads!

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Monaco Yacht Show with Ocean Independence

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Great opportunity to work with Ocean Independence at MYS this year – bit of a treat to be whisked up to Hermitage Hotel in a Bentley Convertible too!

 

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Production manager Ash catching a few minutes rest during the shoot…!

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Y.CO at MYS

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#livelifeinyellow is the Y.CO hashtag – and it’s pretty difficult to miss them and their yellow livery at the MYS!

We spent a day shooting life around their brilliant stand and their many yachts on display at the show.

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M/Y Volpini shoot in Cannes

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Another opportunity to use the new drone this week onboard the gorgeous M/Y Volpini!

We produced both stills & film over this 2 day shoot in Cannes Bay this week – slightly challenging but aided by an awesome Captain & crew, so massively important to have a great team on your side when you’re tight on time!

M/Y Talitha

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Winston Churchill had a few favourites…Madeira wine, Romeo y Julieta cigars and M/Y Talitha, the graceful 80m classic motor yacht built in 1929 by Krupp and reconditioned by Devonport with interior design by Jon Bannenberg.

We had the chance to shoot her during her stay in Antibes – great shoot with Edmiston and huge thanks to her amazing crew!

Riva 88 Florida

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HĂ´tel le Cap Estel near Éze was the location for our shoot for the Riva 88 Florida – owing to flight restrictions for the drone, we had to find a viewpoint from the cliffs overlooking Éze bay.

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Monaco GP

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Huge treat this year to be invited to the Monaco GP again with Y.CO – great vantage point and pleased to report that the cars sound fantastic again – thank you Mr Ecclestone!

Great race too – started in the pouring rain but the Monte Carlo sunshine appeared soon after which meant quick tyre changes and juggling of team tactics in the pits! Lewis Hamilton was victorious on his home circuit once again – to the delight of team Big Dog!

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Lowry Hotel

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Fashion & lifestyle photographer Matt Stansfield was commissioned to shoot the magnificent Lowry Hotel in Manchester. Not too shabby our Matt… 😉

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yacht lifestyle in St Tropez

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Great opportunity to use the new Aquatech underwater housing for the Canon gear, and interesting lessons learned too!

Firstly, Aquatech gear is brilliant – well made and does exactly what it says on the tin. Secondly – shooting jetskis and wake boarders from the water is not a great idea unless the cameraman is wearing a helmet because actually it’s bloody dangerous! Fortunately Malcolm managed to shoot everything he wanted and come out unscathed, but it was a little scary at times…bright orange helmet required next time!

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Huge thanks to Y.CO & Captain and crew of M/Y Altitude – awesome bunch of guys that made it all possible!

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