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
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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If you spend a day in a pool with 2 lovely models and a talented MUA Kim Gainer, can you call what you do work? YES, it’s harder then you think. Most are not experienced underwater models or free divers, some don’t even swim.
This was my third time working underwater with model Vettriano. We shared a few laughs with “new to underwater” model Che about her first attempt. The allure for these models is to add something unique to their portfolios. So Che wanted to try. Her 5’11” frame made working in the deeper end a cinch. In the beginning, she had difficulty, puffing out her cheeks when holding her breathe. She also forgot that she couldn’t wipe the water from her eyes because of the make-up. Kim was on hand for touch ups. She created tropical fish looks for the eyes. The colors popped because of Che’s beautiful skin tone.
I used a royal-ish blue satin for the backdrop.
MUA Kim and model Che
Che started to feel more comfortable towards the end of our session. She even slipped in a smile. And is up for another shoot.
Praying for sunny days so I can schedule more models…
Is it her/his beauty, grace or willingness to give a 100+ percent to the project. I’m sure many of you have watched “America’s Next Top Model” Tyra and her team go to great lengths to not only bring out their beauty and poise but to push the envelope. Many scenarios put them in precarious positions high above, dangling from wires to get that “money” shot. It’s their determination and fierceness that sets them apart as they complete for a title and successful career.
Basically, its the reason I work with models who have never done underwater shoots before. It’s a collaboration. Our goal is the same – to create beautiful, memorable images together – a stepping stone to careers, but more importantly – to be creative.
Raiza doesn’t swim, but she knows what it takes to give me some really cool underwater visions. It was her vivacious enthusiasm that caught my attention when she answered my casting call on Model Mayhem
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She previewed my underwater series and did some homework on her own via the internet to get a better understanding of poses. (think ballet) My only directions or instructions to Raiza was to relax her face, remember to keep her arm from blocking her face, take a breathe, exhale and let her body sink beneath the surface. Later she confessed that she was surprised she was able to keep her eyes open without looking forced.
She makes it look easy.
Can’t wait to get back in the water again.
This photoshoot was pure joy. Model, Giordano is both adept at modeling on dry land and completely comfortable being underwater. This was his first underwater shoot but you wouldn’t know it. He admits that as a performance artist, he loves being in the limelight. He moved through the water with ease and grace and made hard work look like a piece of cake.
I could shoot him for days and not be bored. He has a James Dean look about him and was born to be a star. Visit his website Giordano
I know, sometimes it sucks to be me… He was so much fun to work with and believe me, shooting underwater is work. Honest 😉
I love what I do…
Mary Durante Youtt