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JonathanDurandPhoto July 04, 2017
So beautiful and majestic. Lovely capture!
Enjoy_the_View July 04, 2017
Thank you! It is really great to have clients that push me out of my comfort zone.
 
JLovesPhotography February 18, 2018
This is great, i like this photo. Great job and great photo! Have a wonderful week!
 
BradPetersPhotography August 10, 2018
Brilliant photo. This will be treasured by mother and child alike in the years ahead.

Maternity Underwater



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Behind The Lens

Location
The model really wanted to take a few underwater pictures so she found a pool through her work (real estate) contacts.
Time
This was around 4 pm which doesn't matter too much. The biggest difference in the lighting is that it was very sunny when we started and you could see every ripple in the water reflecting on the model. It became cloudy shortly into the session and all of the reflections from the waves went away!
Lighting
Natural light. This was my first underwater shoot and I wanted to keep it simple. I rented an underwater point and shoot that had a removable flash but I couldn't get the exposure adjusted with the flash so I abandoned ship and used a camera (another point and shoot) that I owned and knew what manual adjustments I could make.
Equipment
I used a simple Canon Elph point and shoot in a waterproof bag. I knew what I could control which helped since the underwater camera I rented didn't work except in full automatic mode. The saving grace for the session was the weight belt I rented from a local dive shop!
Inspiration
This was an adventure. The model finds water wherever she goes so the pool maternity pictures were a must. For my vision I really wanted the full effect of weightlessness of water.
Editing
The pictures were JPG out of my point and shoot camera so the post processing really included increasing the contrast significantly and I also removed a few bubbles near the model's face.
In my camera bag
I normally shoot with a Canon 6D. I carry a 430EX flash, Canon 24-70 f2.8, Tamron 70-200VC, Cannon 50mm f1.4, a grey card, and a flash light for low light focusing.
Feedback
Keep it simple for your first time. All natural light. I focused on practicing poses with the model before we both held our breath...Literally and figuratively. The keep to keeping hair out of her face was to have the model get to the bottom of the pool, get in the pose, and slowly float to the top. I had a weight belt so I was able to keep in position under water during that time. I did not use any breathing devices so I just had to hold my breath.

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