New Caledonia and Vanuatu Tourism Photography by Richard and Frederique Chesher

New Caledonia and Vanuatu Tourism Photography.

I love photography.
By the time I was 10, I had my own darkroom and processed films and prints in black and white and then in color. In 1959 I began doing underwater photography in support of my activities as a professional diver and later as a graduate student in marine sciences. I assisted the professional underwater photographer Jerry Greenberg in south Florida and worked as an underwater photographer for Ribikoff Oceanics and Westinghouse.
My first published images appeared in National Geographic Magazine in November 1966, and since then, my scientific and travel photographs have been published in so many books and magazines that I have long since lost track of them. My photo agents in London and New York send me lists of sales from time to time.
In 2000, Frederique and I began production of travel and cruising guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia and we specialized in hotel, resort, and tourism photography.
Our images of 46 Vanuatu hotels and resorts and 50 New Caledonia hotels, resorts and gites have appeared on magazine covers, wholesale travel catalogues, websites, magazine and newspaper articles around the world. 
We use high dynamic range photography so you can see inside and outside of a hotel room just as if you were standing in it - no more closed drapes or overexposed views outside the room.

The Junior Suite at the Hilton Promenade Hotel in Noumea

 For some scenes we use extreme depth of field photography so everything is in focus, from close up to far away.

The dining room at the Grand Hotel in Port Vila, Vanuatu
 And we take photos at night, always achieving perfect lighting conditions.

The Hilton Promenade Hotel in Noumea, New Caledonia

Virtual Reality Photography

In 2005 we began experimenting with the new frontier of virtual reality spherical images. Our virtual reality tourism pictures of New Caledonia and Vanuatu appear on google earth and it's associated website They have had well over 1 million views.
in 2016 Frederique and I published a Virtual Tour of the New Caledonia Lagoon, presenting sphere images of New Caledonia seascapes, including spectacular New Caledonia beaches, under/overwater sphere images, underwater super panoramic sphere images, and sphere images of New Caledonia lagoon sealife including New Caledonia sea birds, fish, turtles, corals and activities like diving and sailing.
Our popular interactive virtual reality photographs of hotel rooms place the viewer in the room, giving an unequaled experience of the room. The images can be quickly and easily embedded on any website. Our photography improved the web traffic for our tourism clients. The sphere images on Google Earth attracted over a million views and helped promote the activities and locations where they were taken.
We also developed the first underwater sphere images that bring the fascination of the coral reef onto computers around the world. The first one of these underwater sphere images to be published on Google Earth drew more than 100,000 visitors in the first 5 months. These are "Billboards on the Information Highway" and allow visitors to go directly to the websites of our clients.

South Pacific Activities Photography

In addition to hotel and resort photography we had the pleasure of photographing most of the tours and activities in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Family Portrait during the Black Magic Tour in Tanna Vanuatu
This included doing photography for the Vanuatu airlines and the New Caledonia airlines, Photography of Vanuatu tours and New Caledonia tours, Vanuatu weddings and New Caledonia weddings, Diving Vanuatu and Diving New Caledonia

Air Caledonie Loyalty Island Flight landing in Noumea
 Our photos helped  market the destinations and the individual businesses. Many of our images appeared on billboards, posters and even buses.
For example, the under/overwater photograph below that we took for Mary D enterprises has been successful on magazine covers, magazine advertisements, buses, and posters.

MaryD even printed it on the front of their tour buses.

You can review over a thousand of our images of New Caledonia Activities and Vanuatu Activities images on:


  1. Rick, so happy to see your success. We knew you as neighbors in Leisure Cily, Florida. Then you were doing night diving and photographing of sharks. What a great career. We also saw the article about your research of starfish off Guam.
    You've come a long way. Your wife looks lovely and obviously very talented as well. Ian and I wish you continues success . Linda and Ian Glenday,


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