As a photographer, I get to work with some of the most beautiful, talented people in NY/NJ area. Arasy is just one of them. I remember when I was looking to do some body/face painting years ago my husband’s friend gave me her name. She walked through the door with her suitcase of make-up. We hit it off right away and I worked with her many times over the years. Other than doing a maternity shoot with her and her husband, yesterday was the first time she was both make-up artist and model for my underwater project. Ara has walked many fashion runways and had even done an underwater shoot in Indonesia so I knew she’d be perfect. I was not disappointed.
Coral ribbon 3 pc gown designed and created by Janel Carlton
Chiffon 3 pc gown designed and created by Janel Carlton
I still am editing images and doing minor color adjustments but Ara will definitely be included in the next underwater photo book that I will be creating.
If you’d like to preview or purchase my first book, click on the link … just add water
Mary Durante Youtt
It’s not always about the “money shot”, sometimes it’s just about having fun. On Labor Day I was at Arline’s pool, to enjoy a little R&R. Her son Michael was having a BBQ for his lady and her 2 daughters. Last year I shot Michael and Laurie underwater and sent the images to them. Laurie printed them.
Michael and Laurie
Since that moment her daughters wanted to shoot underwater with me. Hayley and Summer were a bit disappointed when they learned I didn’t have my camera with me. A quick drive home and back… Voilà, an impromptu shoot was in the making.
They wanted to dress up in the outfits that I have so I pinned some together to fit them and into the water we went.
Hayley and Summer
Hayley had teased her mother because Laurie recounted some moments from her shoot with Michael, but afterward confessed that it was harder then she thought it would be. Summer was a natural after trying a few times. They both liked trying on some of the outfits and playing mermaids more than anything.
A couple weeks of rain delayed my shoots but a forecasted day of sunshine Sunday had me booking 2 models. Stacey was able to re-arrange her schedule and Charlotte was free so I made the most of it. Stacey took a page from Kim Gainer, a MUA that we worked with last shoot and did some over the top applications on herself.
Its so much fun to work with these talented, beautiful ladies. Stacey is an accomplished actor. Check out her clips.
Charlotte is a performer of contemporary dance and model, I’ve worked with on numerous occasions and can’t wait to see her perform on stage.
Coral ribbon gown and irridescent green gown designed specifically for my underwater sessions by Janel Carton
A little sun and a lot of fun. Thanks Arline for enabling me to pursue my creative dreams. You open up your home and pool to me and are always a gracious hostess.
More to come…
Another Sunday at the office. I got to spend an afternoon with my niece, Diane, which is always fun. The weather was perfect.
Tutu designed by Lillian Newberg
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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.
Stacey made me laugh underwater.
turban – Modest Fashion Mall
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.
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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.
To change things up a little, I decided to go in for the close-ups.
More to come, the summer has just begun.
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.