Category: Under Water
Under Water is my Art

This one is my art…..

I saved up for over a year to afford my first underwater housing. I worked a retail job I hated. I knew underwater photography was something I had to experience, something I had to get my hands into, something I HAD to create. And so it begins… This time a ten feet deep swimming pool was tarped at the top for this underwater styled shoot. The models were scuba certified and their training allowed them to feel very at ease underwater and be able to commit themselves to movements that would cause them to stay under for periods of time. A weighted vest kept me, underwater while the models danced through our underwater world.

The definition of art  is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. This embodies what my underwater photography becomes. Emotion evoked. Models, Savannah and Lauren embraced our creativity when they agreed to shoot with us. As they embraced the dance like movements underwater we could see what was once imagined come to life. The white dresses worn give way to an ethereal beauty as a mysterious world is traveled to underwater. The vintage wing foot bathtub prop created an odd balance adding complexity to the art piece. Anything with vintage flair adds to my style of romance meets modern contemporary. It’s safe to say, this one, underwater photography is my art.

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Under Water

Ethereal yet desaturated was the mood for this underwater shoot featuring Erica Morgan as our model. There is something spectacular that is captured in an underwater shoot, something magical and mysterious. In the water there is a natural resistance that is felt between the subject  and the water. As the model or subject is forcing their body down, nature is forcing them back up. When a subject/model can become one with the environment is when beauty is truly captured. Makeup artist, Erica George created a distinct look for our model with a bold red lip against nude skin and tousled dark hair and the  contrast was striking underwater. The photographic team puts in numerous hours to prepare for the day.
Usually consisting of a team of at least three people, there is much that goes into preparing for this type of shoot. The pool is prepped the day before with careful attention to the details of the lighting in order to ensure zero light leaks through the protective barrier.  Each shot is extremely valuable as it takes so much time to set up and limited amount of daylight to shoot. Special props are used and placed for the models, models are prepped on how to move in the water with heavy fabric or clothing. Much of the  team spends the actual shoot day attempting to bring the artist’s vision to life. What starts out as a gorgeous model or the neighbor next door in a standard swimming pool becomes artistry at its finest.

 

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Makeup: Erica George

Model: Erica Morgan