Working weekend…

Another Sunday at the office.  I got to spend an afternoon with my niece, Diane, which is always fun.  The weather was perfect.

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Tutu designed by Lillian Newberg

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in the swim of things….

Sunday’s scheduled shoot was threatened by the weather.  The 5 day out forecast originally called for 89 degrees and sun.  As the day grew closer it changed to partially sunny, then by Saturday clouds and possible thunder storms.  Cloudy is still ok.   I woke up to a mist in NJ.  Texts between us… are we still shooting.  I made up a plan B.  Since I had a MUA and 2 lovely models, lets shoot at the apt if need be.  10:00 meet-up time came and the sun broke through.  YAY – Crossed the Hudson to NJ

During shoot set up and make-up application, the sun was brightly shining and our hopes were high.  By the time Stacey and I entered the water, the clouds rolled in, then out, in and out.

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Stacey made me laugh underwater.

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Just as Lillian entered the water, the skies darkened, the wind picked up and the rain started to fall.  As we gathered our stuff and headed into the sunroom, we were pelted by a deluge.  Perfect time for a lunch break and check the weather radar.  The storm finally let up and the sun and blue sky came back.  Kim touched up their make-up and we shot for about 20 more minutes.IMG_1751-2IMG_1763

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Make up by Kim Gainer
Muses:  Stacey
              Lillian
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H2O = life

I live for summer, days that I can immerse myself in underwater photography.  Its like entering into another realm, where a calmness surrounds and envelops you in its sanctuary.
I shot Haleigh again, she is fantastic to work with and yes, it is work, even though she makes it look effortless.  Haleigh is a performing artist/model who is aware of her body movement and poses.  Her scuba and free diving experience is a big plus because she is so comfortable underwater.  I rarely have to give direction, except to remind her in the beginning of the shoot to relax her mouth.  Her enthusiasm is matched with her innate desire to create. 
As a scuba diver, she has an underwater housing for her Sony a6000 and she let me shoot with her camera all day.  The a6000 I believe is a step up from the Sony NEX7 which I was interested in getting a few years ago.  Something to consider.
We played around for a few hours with a lunch break and a basking in the sun break after the third wardrobe change.  I had a lot of wonderful images so we called it a day.  I still have raw images to go through but I couldn’t wait to post a few of my favorites.  
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To change things up a little, I decided to go in for the close-ups.
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More to come, the summer has just begun.

 

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Making a splash…

I had my first underwater shoot of the season with model Haleigh.  One of my models (thanks Stacey) gave me a bunch of contacts last year and Haleigh and I scheduled a shoot.  It didn’t happen because an opportunity came up that she couldn’t refuse.  I received an email in May, she was still interested in shooting with me.  She was going to bring a magical mermaid costume with her.  Hmmmmmm, not exactly what I was looking to shoot, but what the heck.  At first I thought it might be cheesy, you know wire hanger shaped fin covered with fabric, clam shell bra top.  Wrong!  It was a divers fin and a gold sequin outfit that she made. She wiggled into her outfit and slid into the water. Haleigh is a scuba diver so controlled breathing came natural to her.

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Scheduling is probably the hardest part of my shoots because the weather is unpredictable and ever changing, some of my models are performing artists with rehearsals or models with day jobs.

The summer is just beginning so I am hopeful.

 

 

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…just add water

Life gets in the way, but finally my underwater photography book is printed.  I decided to make the first one a 36 page soft cover 10 x 8″ book to keep the costs reasonable.  $35.99 is better then the hard cover price of $65.

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Anyway, I’m ecstatic about the way it came out.  You can preview it online on – just click on the link … just add water   click preview, then on the right page to leaf through the pages.

Now back to creating new images.

 

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Summer is over…

I will spend my autumn and probably winter editing through all my selects from the past 3 seasons of underwater photography for an art book that I will create.  So many fabulous models’ images to go through in what I consider to be an arduous task: the crème de la crème.

I will solicit the help of my husband (my biggest fan and critic) along with another photographer’s critical eye for the final cut.

Here are a two more images of Katie, from the last day’s shoot.

(Janel Carlton deigner)

2 piece gown Sequin Hearts purchased at TJ Maxx

If I’m not blogging for a while, it means I am doing the “work” portion of creating.

 

Mary

 

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The final five…

I shot with 5 models in three days.  With pool season coming to an abrupt end, I scrambled to get as many models as possible scheduled for the 3 days of 85+ degree days.  Everyday the weather forecasts change as the wind blows so knowing in advance if there will be a shift is hard to predict.  The weather gods were with me…

One of my models, Vettriano, contacted some of her performing arts friends.  Aaron and Vettriano (Stacey) studied acting together in NYC. I set up Sunday, Monday and Tuesday shoots.  The sun was shining, the water temp was in the high 70’s and the air close to 90 degrees.  PERFECTO!

Sunday, Vettriano, Natali, and Aaron were scheduled.  This was my fifth shoot underwater with Vettriano.  It was the first underwater shoot for Natali (a Model Mayhem connection, who was not a swimmer) but she tried her best and I almost always get a handful of good images.  Aaron’s dance background was what I was hoping to capture, it was also his first underwater shoot.

The coral ribbon and iridescent green gowns were both designed by NY designer, Janel Carlton.  I love working with designers and already discussed an emerald green creation for next season

Natali (in Janel’s coral flowing creation) and Aaron

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Black lace top from Luxxel purchased at Steps New York
White skirt from Sequin Hearts purchased at TJ Maxx

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white ruffle gown Romeo and Juliet Couture

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(in Janel’s iridescent green gown  flowing creation)

Monday, Celine, another friend of Stacey’s (Vettriano) gave it her all.  Her sinewy graceful lines was a plus.IMG_0823 copy copy

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(in Janel’s coral  flowing creation)

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Celine’s grace makes it look easy. She now has a deeper understanding of the challenges that Stacey told her about.

 

Tuesday, I shot another of Stacey’s performing artist friends Katie who studied dance for years.  After a few feeble attempts, Katie nailed it.

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I adore working with these very talented models.  Thank you all for spending a hot summer day hard at work in a tranquil cool pool.  And thanks Arlene for another summer of letting me take over your home.

Until next season, I will be selecting top images for an art book.

Mary Durante Youtt

 

 

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