Who is Mark Stothard




Mark is one of the owners of the magnificent True North, in partnership with Craig Howson and is a passionate photographer. His motto is “do it once and do it right”

Mark loves life and lives it to the max every day. He has been involved in 7 businesses over the years including Image Marine, now part of the Austal Ships Group, Skydive Express, Evolution Yachts and now North Star Cruises, True North Ashore and Evolution Commercial. Evolution Commercial are closely aligned with Evolution Yachts and are focused on new builds and refits in aluminium and steel and also steel builds out of Korea.

His Passions are Photography, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Bike Riding, Snow Skiing, Canoeing, Skydiving and Cooking. The group freefall shot was when he celebrated 20 years in Skydiving with a few of his close skydiving mates. 3500 skydives done in that time.


53 Responses to “Who is Mark Stothard”

  1. Photography and cooking eh…..well we have something in common, the rest of them are not quite me.

    Swimming ok surfing no good, bike riding and canoeing, to much like hard work, but love the Tour da France, scuba diving, no way , can’t say F$%k under water when a shark comes along.

    I’ve added you to my blog links.

    • Hi Merv,

      Well at least we have something in common!

      I wonder what you would say about one of my other passions…skydiving!!

      I have done 3500 jumps but have slowed down in recent times!



  2. The old saying Mark…”Why would you jump out of a perfectly good plane”

    No way for me!!!!


    • Hi Guy,

      Great to hear from you! Everyone, I met Guy a number of years ago when we built him a boat for Israel. During the build of the boats we found we had many things in common, including skydiving. Guy had done a number of static line jumps during his years in the Israeli Airforce, but had never done a freefall. Well we fixed that and Guy did a number of Freefall jumps with me, just before he retired and went back to Israel.

      He was a great student and learned fast!

      Hope everything is going well for you and your wife in Israel Guy.



  4. Hi Mark
    Great to see you have your blog up… wow impressive. Always great to catch up in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Look forward to catching up soon when you come through on another adventure.

    • Thanks for visiting Mike!

      I will look you up in Cairns in October when we do another PNG cruise on True North.



  5. Hi Mark,
    All the best mate, photos look great. Also added you to my blog roll so hope that it brings some traffic and potential clientelle…..hopefully me one day!

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for the kind comments and for adding to your blog.

      I will reciprocate.



    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for adding me to your blog. I have added you to mine now as well.




    • Yes we did have some fun Guy for sure.

      Hopefully we will catch up again one day soon.



  7. Mark Stothard, probably the most focused, positive, go get, kick arse guy I have met. Mate you could only be better if you were blonde, female and gorgeous. Too bad you lucked out there!! hehe

  8. Lee reckons that she is for sure glad I wasn’t blonde and female!!

  9. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  10. Great site…keep up the good work.

  11. Hi Gorgeous this is your lovely wife Lee. I have finally had a look at your blog. As always your photos are stunning and I usually see them before they go on the blog, but as you are away I have to go on to the blog to see them. I love the photo’s Mangrove Leaves, Peri Winkle Pool and the Eagle Ray photo is my favourite. Keep up the great work honey and I will see you when you get home. Love Lee

    • Hey bub…good to see that you have finally found your way to the blog!

      Back home tomorrow…see you then. Christian is on the same flight as me so will get a lift with him.

      Love Me

  12. Im sure many of you are like me and one of the first things you do in the morning is head here and check out the new post. Along with seeing the new posts, I’m also always checking out the blog roll rss feed and watching them grow, or shrink sometimes. In one of my past …but all in all excellent site. Keep it up!

    • Hi Caroline,

      Sorry for the late response, but I have been travelling and your comment went through to SPAM for some reason. Anyway thanks for visiting and stay tuned as they say!



  13. Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don’t have the time.
    Oh well maybe one day…. 🙂

    • Hi Donnieboy…sorry for the late approval of your comment..but thanks anyway! I have been travelling a bit and your comment ended up in SPAM somehow so it slipped thru.



  14. Hi Mark,

    I work for Tourism Western Australia and wanted to use True North as an example in a presentation on the use of Social Media for marketing a tourism business.

    I have been monitoring how well you have utilised this blog and your connection with Michael Fletcher (and vimeo) and wondered if you would mind me asking a few questions about the effectiveness of using social media to market True North.

    Nothing major, just a few sentences on what the overall positive effect has been. Is that something you’d be interested in talking to me briefly about?


    Mark Welker

  15. Hi Mark,
    I like your Rottnest pics.
    Do you mind if I publish one on my Rottnest blog, http://rottobloggo.blogspot.com with a link to your blog?
    David Cohen

    • Hi Dave,

      Yes happy for you to use my Rottnest Photos provided they are all linked to my blog and I am given credit for them.

      Thanks for visiting.



  16. Hey Mark

    I work for the Rottnest Island Business Community and I was wondering if it was possiable to use some of your pics to promote Rottnest?


    • Hi Pam,

      I have sent you an email with my contact details and we can talk about what your needs are.

      I am available any time now for a chat.



  17. Mark you literally look like a guy who cant keep his feet on the ground. I’m sure your life, hard work and success to where you are today would fit the bill of the ABC show Australian Story. Would make for a great watch.

    • Hi Matt,

      Nice words indeed mate! I am a doer for sure and apply myself head on to any new passion or direction I choose.

      I have a few sayings that i live by and these are:

      It ain’t a rehearsal!

      You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

      The toe that you tread on today could very well be attached to the boot that’s up your butt tomorrow!

      Here for a good time, not a long time!

      I have been working on the ‘bucket list’ concept since I was about 13 I reckon with a passion for life and the experiences to be had, so have seen a heap of cool stuff and done lots as well.

      Thanks again for the comments.



    • Oh and one more saying that I live by Matt…’Do it once and do it right’!

  18. G’day Mark, it’s Greg Milner, I have those Australia-day raft-up pics for you if you give me an email address I’ll send ’em over,

    cheers, Greg

    • Gidday Greg,

      Thanks heaps for that. The pics looked great in the back of the camera and will make a great addition to the book. I will make sure you get the appropriate recognition in the book.

      Email address is mark@northstarcruises.com.au



  19. Mark good to catch up at Rotto on the swim day we had tony hewitt and his wife on board and I believe you are meeting up with him at the kimberlies. should be awsome take care Stiffy

  20. Hey Stots,,Trust you do good.
    Found your Blog via Matts,, some great shots. love the pic of you and Lee in PNG, not one face without a smile. Matts brother Steve just got back from a surf camp there,the people seem so friendly eh.
    See ya Wayne

    • Yes Matt is coming along very nicely and keen as punch!

      I have enjoyed spending some time with him..he is a great kid so well done on bringing the boys up so well!

      Png is hoot and one of the best kept secrets around. The people are wonderfull!

  21. Good to meet the master of this blog at Rotto on the weekend,looks like you had a successful day…
    love to get involved if you ever have space . thanks for the smiles..
    btw my site is chrisgosfield.com
    chris g.

    • Hi Chris

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Yes indeed we did have some fun and for sure I will have a look at your website.

      I will for sure keep you in mind for a shoot when I am going out.

      If you send me your contact details by email we can keep on touch. mark@northstarcruises.com.au

      Thanks for the inspiration to go to the lakes. Yesterday the light was just perfect for bringing out the colours in the lakes and we got some gold out there…stay tuned…I have a bit of editing to do!



  22. Hey Mark,

    Hows things, Hope all is well.
    We have made it over to France, Would have been good to catch up with you again and go for a shoot before we left, but it was just so hectic packing and moving house etc.
    Anyway, I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and start a blog, Let me know what you reckon if you get a chance to check it out.
    We should be back in Perth at the end of the year, hope to catch up with you then



  23. Well old boy I must say it was good to catch up and have a paddle up the Canning. The photos came out well and you certainly did a good job in isolating the Spoonbills, they look like their in a shadowbox. After seeing your photos I was thinking it’s a great time of the year for early morning photos down at Ballingup and around Lewana on the Blackwood. You know, lots of mist and muted tones. Hope to catch up again soon.
    Yoong Tearla

    • Hey Yooung Tearla….thanks for visiting bud!

      Yep the Spoonbill image and a few of the others came out pretty good eh!

      It was good to catch up for sure and I am up for a paddle down the Blackwood or anywhere any time mate!

      Bring it on I say!

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  25. Hey Mark,

    Great to meet you last night. It’s really good to be able to start actually putting faces to people’s names and the personalities that come out through the blogs.
    Ok I have a stupid question, how do I subscribe to your blog? After last night I found out that’s what you have to do and I thought I’d start with all you guys, I gotta get into the blogging,


    • Hey Gorgeous…also nice to meet you as well!

      There should be a button on my blog that says ‘subscribe to this blog via email’ and that should do it. Then when ever I post something you will get an email.

  26. Hi Mark, what an amazingly inspirational guy you are! My name is Simon Collins, I am an artist living in Busselton WA. I’ve just kicked a 30 year alcohol habit(2 months sober now), and was astounded to find your wonderful blog and images of Rotto etc.
    I love your pic of the little bay between, I think, Longreach and the Basin. Could I have your permission to use it as a springboard/basis for a painting?
    Kind regards, Simon Collins

    • Hi Simon,

      Thanks for the compliment. I have had a look at your website…very nice work indeed!

      I would be honoured if you would use that photo to create a painting from it and would just request that I get some credit for the photo on your website and anything else that comes from the painting.

      Let me know when it is finished as I would like to see how it comes up.



  27. Hi again Mark….forgot to post my web site so you can see the sort of work I do : http://www.sybizcare.com.au/simonnew/

    All the best Simon Collins

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