G’day Sailor, I'm Benjamin Williams and I am the founder of spotayacht.com.au. What is SPOT-A-YACHT? We’re a platform to find photos of your yacht and crew racing or cruising across Australian waters.
The idea behind the business came about on a sailing trip from Sydney to Pittwater, we had a little 23 ft yacht called Dolphin, in which we never had any photos of her under sail, and I thought hey! I’d pay someone for a decent photo of our boat.
As a professional commercial photographer, I thought I would jump on the idea and we launched spotayacht.com.au a week later, we launched the platform with our first bunch of photos of the Balmain Sailing Club 2016 Twilights.
In just under two years we’ve changed platforms, integrated new systems to make the website faster and easier to use, I’ve also focused attention on the sorts of photos you engage with – and that’s you looking like a pro in that 30-knot bullet.
However, did you know that most of the shots are taken for free? That’s correct, with the help of our media boat driver John, we’re normally on the water under our own volition taking photos of what you do best, and that’s you.
We aren’t officially with any club or on retainer – we do this for our passion for photography and sailing with the hopes to take that stand-out photo for your pool room.
We do however sponsor events from time to time with a unique model that allows sailing clubs to retain budget on hiring a photographer, although its a unique service we’re always open to being hired directly by the club, of course.
I’m always looking for ways to improve the website or the quality of photos so if you have any feedback I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch.
We look forward to continuing to grow our business and taking beautiful shots of your yacht and crew.
Spot you on the water,
Benjamin Williams & the SPOT-A-YACHT team.