Maternity sessions are a personal moment in a mother life. I respect the fact that most of my clients do not want there images plastered all over the internet for advertising my photography. However, once in a blue moon I get the okay to use an image like this. Underwater Maternity photos are a tad bit tricky like most captures in the water. Underwater maternity photos take a significant amount of time for preparation of the mother to pose in the optimal positions. Like most underwater modeling, getting and staying in position is a challenge. By adding a 18 foot long underwater drape adds to the dimension of the images but usually requires a few extra helping hand for the underwater maternity photograph . These photographs of the pregnant mother are unique and will be cherished for a lifetime.
So when professional dancer/model/singer Carlus Reed came to town for a photo shoot I had to at least try the underwater dance gig. I have had both Tori Rymer and Carlus in the water before but never two at one time. Lets just say I am very pleased at the results form our aquatic encounter..
Model: Carlus Reed , Tori Rymer
Dress Design: MayNette
MUAH: Petra Clary
Pool: Destiny Pools of Lubbock
Top Side: MayNette, Ann Zischkau, Sarah Blakley
It only makes sense when the whale sharks show up that the Mer people would also. This was captured Northeast of Isla Mujeres MX last year. One of the more difficult captures I have taken. Not because the image is difficult to take but I was sea sick. Like so sea sick I give the camera to Handler because I thought I was going to pass out. Rule one, Always save the camera. And to make things worse I had gotten a killer head cold on the trip down to the island. Luck did turn my way however there just happened to be a Mermaid convention on the island that week.
When I was first asked to do KaiLee’s underwater maternity photos I was a bit concerned about how the water might affect the unborn child. The big one was the pressure of the water going to induce labor in a 36 week pregnancy? The other was would the mother holding her breath have a negative affect on the baby? So I set up a few meetings with a couple of OB physicians in town to see what they had to say. They pretty much told me the baby would extract oxygen form the mother no matter what. It might affect the mothers ability to holding her breath but the baby would be fine. If it did induce labor, unlikely, the baby was going to be coming out very soon anyway. So with that information in hand, I ventured into the realm of underwater maternity photos. A little tricky but defiantly worth the energy and time. Interesting question here, would a pregnant woman underwater be considered a submarine?
Once a year, the largest fish in the ocean congregate off the cost of Isla Mujeres to feed. They arrive in early July and remain until late August feeding on the Skip Jack or Oceanic Bonito eggs. As they feed the become so gorged from the food that they literally stop swimming and go vertical in the water.
Matzu is the Chinese water Goddess that protected sailors. I think I hit this one dead on. If I have ever had a angel in the water it would be Rebecca Yang. Thanks to Destiny Pools of Lubbock for the use of there facilities.
A little test gig with the new UW triggering system for the surface lights. Must say I like being able to control the Einsteins from the water. The beautiful Sarah Blakley is modeling a design by MayNette.