Join Our Team
Do you enjoy photography? Like to travel? Want to meet new people? We are always looking for outgoing, friendly individuals to join our team of Image photographers. If you have the following qualities, then we would be interested in hearing from you!
- Sound knowledge of the workings and operation of a Digital SLR camera
- Speak fluent English. Additional languages preferred
- A team player
- Great interpersonal skills
- Can adapt to new challenges in a fast-paced environment
- Prepared to be available seven days a week for a six to eight month contract. Your first contract will be for 8 months
- Embrace our core values of Operational Excellence, Respect, Ethical Behavior, Superior Service and Empowerment
We hire for all levels of experience of photographers, videographers, photo lab managers and more. After initial screening, candidates are interviewed in full-day group sessions through a series of presentations, role-plays, group exercises and photo shoots.
Cruise ship photography is all about photographing guests and selling the memories of their cruise. The team is responsible for the entire onboard photo business. From photography, to processing and printing and the sales of the finished photos and photo products, the Image team does it all!
Typical onboard photography events include meeting the Captain at his cocktail party, in the dining room during dinner, costume shoots on the gangway and more. You will also have the opportunity to take photos in a professional studio environment on formal nights, for family portraits, weddings and other special events.
As a ship’s photographer, you must be prepared to work long hours and understand that on a busy ship you will have little time off. On all ships and in all positions you are required to be available seven days a week and occasionally wear a costume. It is definitely not a 9-5 job!
Life On Board
Working as an onboard photographer is more than just a job – it’s a lifestyle. For many people it is a great experience working with a diverse team in exotic locations and earning a rewarding salary. Working on board a cruise ship is not for everyone, though, and it is important that you understand both the benefits and the potential drawbacks before making a commitment.
Cruise ships are often described as large, floating hotels. Your accommodation comprises a shared cabin, with toilet and shower facilities. The crew accommodations are small and you need to be able to live in a very compact space. Most ships’ crew represents a large cross section of different nationalities. It is important that you can get along well with your cabin mate, the team and fellow crewmembers.
Living on board means limited access to telephones, email, Skype or post offices. Modern ships offer some of these conveniences at affordable prices for crew members, but prepare to communicate less than usual with friends and family during your contract period. If you are prone to homesickness, this may not be the job for you.
Working with Image is a perfect opportunity to meet new people, explore the world and do what I do best - photography.— Dejan, Serbia
For me it’s about the decisive moment. Capturing that split second when the guest looks natural and at their best is the most important part of the entire cruise to me— Anamaria, Colombia
We are responsible for our product from start to finish. We shoot it, print it and then sell it to the guest. That’s what makes our job so special.— Andrew, UK
Working as a videographer is a highly rewarding job. It allows me to provide great memories and I enjoy making them on each and every cruise— Daniel, Argentina
I love framing and capturing a memory for the guests. It is very rewarding meeting people from different cultures and seeing the world at the same time.— Manuel, Colombia
The places I go & the people I meet every week from all over the world is really fantastic, keeps the job very interesting & surprising.— Jamie, Jamaica
It feels great to be part of a company that brings out the best in their people. I learn a lot about customer service and guest satisfaction.— Sarah, Philippines
I love taking photographs of happy & lovely moments. Image gives me this opportunity everyday. The knowledge and experience of my fellow photographers inspires me to excel— Majo, India
Enjoy unique opportunities and incredible benefits with Image:
- Attend orientation to get familiar with the Image team and job requirements
- Earn tax-free, commission-based wages - a higher earning potential than salary-based positions
- Live on board rent-free
- Learn new skills, like the latest innovations in digital photography
- Work with a company that invests in their employees and promotes from within
- Receive ongoing training during your contract
- Build your portfolio with photographs from the four corners of the world
- Broaden your mind by working with a diverse team of people from different cultures
- Experience fantastic travel opportunities – USA, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Europe, Alaska, Australia and Asia!
Recruitment sessions are full-day group sessions of presentations, role-plays, group exercises and photo shoots. They are designed for you to get to know Image and Image to get to know you! If you are selected to join the Image team, further training is provided.
Below is a list of upcoming recruitment sessions. Apply online to be considered for a session near you. We are always looking for talented, enthusiastic photographers to join our team. If you don't see a recruitment session in your area, that's ok! Apply online and we will be in contact if there is an opening that fits your experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know there is a lot to consider when deciding to work on a cruise ship. As you go through the application process, our recruiters and hiring partners will be glad to provide guidance and more relevant details to answer any additional questions about shipboard life.
To apply for a job, please complete the application online and upload your resume.
Every shipboard employee must clearly speak, read and write English. Also, because of our international guests and exciting itineraries, it is helpful if you speak additional languages, including (but not limited to): Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.
Yes, all applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Once you have been offered a position with Image, you will be responsible for the cost of your Medical Clearance Exam, uniform package and the cost of your camera, unless you have your own camera which meets our professional standards. Specific details related to these costs will be available during the On-boarding Session and will be outlined within your Employment Agreement.
As an employee of Image you are required to carry a valid passport from your home country, you must obtain a C1D Visa and other relevant visas (depending on the country you will need to enter to join your ship).
Our recruitment team will review each application and resume submitted, if you meet our qualifications you will be contacted for a preliminary interview. If you are selected to move on to the next level of the interview process you will be asked to complete an assessment test that will measure certain abilities and aptitudes. If you pass the testing phase you will move forward in the recruitment process.
A shipboard career is for those adventurers who are interested in exploring new places and meeting new people, for individuals who understand that they will be away from their homes for long periods of time. Assignments are for six to eight months working on board, with six to eight weeks of vacation time.
Working and living in close proximity with your colleagues will take some adjusting, especially in the first six to eight weeks. This is an excellent opportunity to develop strong friendships with fun and interesting people from all over the world.
It's an energetic, guest-focused environment. With an average of more than 2,500 guests on board your particular ship, it`s an opportunity to contribute to the success of a world-class operation while enriching your own experience. Though it can be very rewarding, it can also be challenging and it will probably take some time to acclimate to the pace of it all. Because it's a 24-hour operation, you can expect to work long hours seven days a week. Time off is limited, even while the ship is in port. Additionally, in order to ensure that everyone is familiar with safety procedures (in the case of an emergency), you will be expected to participate in relevant shipboard training sessions and drills.
Most find the experience similar to their first year in a college dorm. Accommodations are sometimes cramped, especially on smaller vessels, and you will be sharing your cabin with little to no privacy. Usually staff have their own dining room away from the passengers. Some ships provide extra amenities for employees, such as televisions for each room and a crew bar.
We strongly believe in career development. Promotions are based on your ability and your performance, which is tracked and shared with you every step of the way.
Today, cruise ships are sailing all over the world, so you have the opportunity to visit a number of exciting destinations throughout your career. Some examples are USA, Caribbean, Mexico, South America, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Baltic, Alaska, Australia and The Far East!
Most of the cruise lines will allow their staff to use guest amenities on their time off. However, guests always take priority when using these areas. Most cruises will also offer their crew a mess or recreation area/ dining hall and in some cases a crew bar where drinks are sold for considerably less than in the bars for the guests. Please make sure you read the Master’s Rules and Regulations for your cruise ship.
: While you are working for Image Corp. medical care is provided at no cost to you. If you are at sea and become ill, you may see the nurse and/or doctor for free in the ship's medical facilities
Do not make the mistake that everyone makes for the first contract and pack far too much.
For the most part you will be wearing a uniform on the ship and you will need to leave some space in your suitcase or bring another bag to put it in. Once you receive an assignment, take into consideration the climate and season of your ship's itinerary.
Uniform consists of:
- Navy Vest (waistcoat)
- Black Vest (waistcoat)
- 3 white polo shirts
- 3 black polo shirts
- 1 windbreaker jacket
- 1 Hat
- 1 Tux jacket
- 1 Tux pants
- 2 Tux shirts
- Bow tie
- Gangway/Beach shorts
COMFORTABLE black dress shoes, white tennis shoes (completely white!) 2 pairs of black pants, black belt & 2 or more white shirts.
We suggest you bring the following:
- Enough underwear garments for 10 days (Please include black socks)
- 2-3 Jeans
- 4-5 Casual tops
- Dressy outfit
- 3-4 shorts
- 4-5 T-shirts
- scarf, mittens and jacket if sailing on a cold weather itinerary
- Flip flops or comfy casual shoes (open toe shoes are not allowed below deck)
- Sweater (You will be in A/C and it can get cool)
- Sleepwear (PJ’s)
- Few toiletries (It is easy to purchase these items as required)
- Smart/Casual wear for new hire training week
- Alarm clock
- Beach towel
- $100 cash in case of an emergency
When your ship stops at ports most crew members are allowed (and in most cases encouraged) to get off the ship and explore. Generally, crew members are allowed to be out in port until one hour prior to departure (of course, unless they are on duty). Remember as a photographer you will most likely be working on the gangways from 7am – Noon or later.
This is never a good idea and could result in a demotion or loss of job. Most companies require their crew to be on board an hour prior to departure. Pay close attention to the sailing schedule and keep an eye on time. If you do miss the ship your cruise line's agents will help you find the ship and board again; however, there will likely be some expense to you. Missing the ship will automatically mean a Master's Hearing which may lead to termination.
Staff members will be required to attend a safety course following embarkation on ship. Instruction on lifeboat/raft safety, fire drills and understanding of fire safety and watertight doors will be taught. You will encounter routine emergency drills throughout your employment on the ship.
Many cruise ships offer internet connections for laptop computers and also have a computer lounge for those without computers; however, there may be a fee for these amenities. If the cost is more than you want to pay, it is common for crew members to visit an internet cafes while in port.
You may keep in touch with people from back home through email, cell phones, phone cards and mail. Mail goes to the company agents in various ports and is delivered to ships when they dock there and distributed on board. We find that the internet offers the best way to stay connected with the world when you are away.
Most cruise ships are large and seasickness is usually not a problem. There is some generic over the counter medicine that can help you with seasickness. Many find that their seasickness goes away after their body has had some time to adapt.
Unfortunately, we can't interview everybody who applies, and there might be applicants who have more relevant skills & experience suited to the role. Please be advised that due to the amount of applications we receive we are unable to offer feedback to our external candidates.
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