Conversations With a Fathom Traveler
Blog - November 8, 2016


This is a Sponsored Post for Fathom Cruises.  All opinions are my own.

Cruises are the best place to meet new people. There is such a variety of personalities that you are sure to hit it off with someone on the ship. And it helps that everyone’s in a good mood because they’re on vacation. This being my second Fathom Cruise, I was a little more aware of the people around me and not just the beautiful ship, The Adonia.

As I went on guided tours and traveled on the buses I sat next to a lot of people.

There was one gentleman that spiked my curiosity. He was snapping away with his camera. Every time I saw him he was taking pictures. It was like his camera was an extension of him.



I decided to sit down – where I could tear him away from the rest of the passengers, and ask him some questions. But I kept finding myself and him in the dining room, haha. Even though he traveled alone, he always had people around him. His energy was magnetic.

So we talked…

Q: What is your full name?
A: James H Hayes Jr.

Q: Where are you from?
A: Atlanta, Georgia

Q: What is your occupation?
A: I have worked for Home Depot 22 years in the finance team and I have been a professional photographer for 27 years. I have shot 600 weddings and photographed Lauren Bacall, Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York), and Al Sharpton.

Q: Did you go to school?
A: Yes, I have a MBA and am currently working on getting a CPP. (Certified Professional Photographer).

Q: How many cruises have you been on?
A: 5

Q: Why did you pick the Cuba Fathom cruise?
A: Since 1968 when the movie Che came out, I decided that I wanted to visit Cuba. My father owned a 55 Chevy. I got my license at 16 and was looking forward to driving it but my father sold it the same day.

Q: How did you like the cruise?
A: I loved it! The best cruise and vacation I’ve ever had.

Q: What has been your favorite part of the cruise?
A: The cars.

Q: What was your least favorite part of cruise?
A: On one of the excursions we did a drive by of the Maceo Monument instead of stopping. I would have liked to have stopped as my nephew is named after him

Q: Would you travel with Fathom again?
A: Absolutely! I’m thinking about taking the November Cruise to the Dominican Republic.

Q: If you were to give a Fathom Traveler tips for photography, what would they be?
1. Bring extra batteries and flash cards!
2. Read the itinerary and Google search the location for ideas, and look at photos online for ideas.
3. If taking a tour ask questions, listen, take notes and shoot! Use the video function on your cell phone to describe your location while shooting with your camera.
4. See an interesting person? Ask “May I?” and hold up your camera.
5. Take selfies with interesting people! Even video a short interview or a conversation!
6. If there is a professional photographer in your group ask if you can tag along! Ask questions, pay attention and don’t be a nuisance.
7. Anticipate the action! Shoot in a series, before, during and after the “Magic Moment.”
8. Shoot from different perspectives; far away panoramic, close ups, details and lots of photos of YOU at famous landmarks.
9. When shooting yourself at landmarks, stand close enough to the camera so that your chest and face fill the frame and have the landmark in the background.
10. At night, make notes in the comment field of your pics. Include the names of people, and the names and locations of landmarks.




Things you need to know about James:

He’s a Beachbody coach!
He tells corny jokes to get people to smile in pictures.

Check out his website HERE! James will be adding a picture gallery of Cuba soon.



To book a trip to Cuba click HERE!

This is a Sponsored Post for Fathom Cruises.  However, all opinions are my own.

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