We often get questions about the photos we use both on our site and in our catalog. Every year after the new catalogs drop I find myself fielding a fair amount of phone calls and emails from people wanting to know where they came from, who took them, and how they can get a copy. Occasionally, I even get a not so happy person threatening legal action for use of their “likelihood” or some such. It seems not everyone realizes that being in the APS catalog is the pinnacle of most sailor’s modeling careers…boy are those fun phone calls to get! In any case, back to the matter at hand…where do the images come from? How do you get a copy? How does one get chosen to be in the catalog?
APS works almost exclusively with our favorite sailing photographers at Photoboat. If you’ve done a regatta on the East coast of the US you’ve probably seen or almost run over Daniela and/or Allen zipping around in their 11′ ribs snapping photos.
Allen and Daniela use their own customized RIBs to zoom around the race course while photographing most events. They are harnessed in from the bow and hold on to a long tiller extension (reportedly made from a Laser top section complete with blue plastic caps). This enables the photographers to put themselves exactly where they want to be to get the right shot, without getting in the way or creating a large wake. Working exclusively with small inflatables and sometimes miles from shore they dart around the race course in pursuit of the kind of intense sailing shots at almost unreal proximity.
All other images we use are either vendor provided (just a few this year) or taken by ourselves…which James and I really get a kick out of doing too.
So, how do you get into the catalog? You can try bribes but James claims he can’t be bought. I, on the other hand, would suggest you put a smile on your face and keep an eye out for the Photoboat gang at your next event. What? Did you think I was going to say I could be bought? I’m too expensive so I think you should just check out Photoboat’s blog to keep up to date with which events they’re planning on going to this year or to read a bit more about the fun lives they lead on the other end of the lens.
Boat photographers Allen and Daniela provide the finest sailing regatta and boating photography anywhere, with specialties in commercial advertising photos, marine art prints, private yacht assignments and on-the-water event photography. They are based in Connecticut and regularly travel to Newport, Annapolis, Miami, Key West and other sailing hotspots. If you’re looking for a photographer or to get yourself a copy of an image you’ve seen in our catalog we encourage you to check out Photoboat.com!