Water lovers are special people. Their happy place is floating in water. They are simply drawn to it, to be in it, on it, near it, as if they are can become part of it, to be weightless is to be soothed.
Underwater Dream Sessions begin with a sprinkle of fantasy as we meet for a consultation at the Studio. Together we discover your dream style and vision. We’ll design your outfit and colour palette to create your most beautiful look. You are encouraged to use any item from our extensive collection of long scarves, tutus and headpieces. Make-up can also be arranged and we can even custom create a dress to fulfill your underwater fantasy!
Once at the pool you can relax knowing you are in experienced hands. All you need to bring is enthusiasm and a comfort underwater. You will receive coaching on how to hold your breath so that your cheeks aren’t puffy and stressed and we work at your skill level. Epic breath-hold and swimming skills not required but you must be comfortable underwater! These sessions take place in chest deep water so at any time you can simply stand up.
Gather inspiration from our Pinterest board.
In person or visual online consultation to create an underwater experience especially for you.
Print Credit of $200 to use toward a your choice of creative archival print display
Use of scarves and accessories from our Costume Collection
A viewing session where we review your images together
*Fees associated to use of pool or travel may apply
A private, local, underwater portrait session begins at $600
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes! I know this is an investment so I can organize a payment plan to make it easier, just let me know and we can work out a term to suit you.
Lisa devotes her entire day for these extra special sessions so that your time together is relaxed and enjoyable. It allows for the extra time needed before and after to gather gear and accessories, for the setup and take-down of the camera and to change out of wet costumes.
Underwater Dream Session FAQ What do I need to bring with me?
I have a growing selection of tutus and gowns that are available for use. Let’s schedule an appointment at the Studio to go through them. You will need to bring your own nude undergarments or swimsuit for under the clothing. A strapless bra is also nice and can be easily concealed. I encourage you to scour thrift shops for flowing gowns, I have found some stunning items for as little as fifteen dollars. The water hasn’t ruined a single gown yet, (I had some fading on a silk organza dress) you could even use your grad, bridesmaid or wedding dress if you’d like.
Do you provide the long scarves or do I bring my own?
I have a selection of different fabrics you can choose from but if you want something specific feel free to bring your own. I get mine in the drapery section at fabric stores but if you do this, be sure to hem the cut edges before using it because the threads are very fine and can unravel and become a hazard during the session.
Do I need to do any physical preparation or practice before the session?
No, but if you are really keen to get the very best out of your underwater portrait session then you might like to go to a swimming pool and practice relaxing your face and opening your eyes underwater.
Do I have to be able to swim?
To swim not necessarily, but feeling comfortable and relaxed in water will product the best photos.
Will I be using underwater breathing apparatus such as SCUBA?
No. You will only need to dip your head underwater and hold your breath for a few seconds at a time. I choose locations where you can touch bottom so that you can simply stand up when you want.
How long will the session last?
The photography itself will take between 60 and 90 minutes and then you’ll need time to get dry and changed afterwards. It’s always nice if you can stay for a soak in the hot tub when one is available. Please note that if you choose to have professional makeup applied you will need another hour before we start. It is exciting and can be tiring so it’s best if you can book the day off.
How do I see the photographs afterwards?
We will schedule an appointment to go over the images together about two weeks after your session. If you are from out of town we can do this online. This is where I encourage you to use my artistic expertise in print making. You buy only the images you want plus you get the high resolution digital file with each print you purchase. It’s my job to make images of you that you love and that you will want, there is no hard sell!
What qualifications do you have?
I am a Master Photographer in Fine Art. I took my foundations in photography here at North Island Collage and am a retired PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
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