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.
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.
All images are property of Mary Durante-Youtt and protected by copyright laws.
Use/reproduction with written consent only.
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.
All images are protected by copyright laws and the property of the Artist © Mary Durante Youtt
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.
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…
My favorite season is when the pools open and the weather turns warm and sunny. Yesterday was my first underwater shoot of the season. YAY!!!
Another collaboration with a talented MUA, Gabby and a lovely young model, Raiza. Unfortunately Gabby couldn’t join us at the pool because of prior commitments, another time perhaps.
Raiza, although not a swimmer, was up for the challenge and put aside her fears of being in the deep end because she thought the concept was wonderful and wanted to add to her portfolio.
These are my favorites
All images are the copyright property of the artist Mary Durante-Youtt
The weather was perfect, as was the temperature of the 80 degree water.
Thanks Arlene for the use of your home and pool. Most of all, thank you for supporting my artistic endeavors. I couldn’t do this without you.
And so it begins… another season of shooting underwater fashion.
Last year a friend and I discussed shooting his son. This summer I had wondered about doing some underwater shoots, our schedules meshed and we made it happen about a month ago. The photo sessions came with stipulations as to how I was to use the images. I wished I had known the circumstances surrounding the shoot before hand, giving me time to come up with something creative. In a studio, I could use shadows to my advantage, but in a sunlit pool I was a little at a loss.
Ready, set, wing-it!
On the plus side of things, he can hold his breathe for about 3 minutes and will become my pearl diver if I ever go back to Japan. I had to surface long before he did, gasp a breathe and submerge to shoot more. Not too bad, it was a hot summer day, and my “office” was a cool pool.
It was a beautiful day, we had fun in the pool, it was great seeing my friend again, and I got some images that I can use.
I must now wait another year or move to a more tropical climate with a pool of my own. Anyone have an indoor pool that I can use for free, let me know. If not, it will be a long autumn, winter and spring.
Onto other projects…
Mary Durante Youtt