Underwater Mermaid Photos | Denver Photographer

August 12, 2015

Underwater Mermaid Photos | Denver Photographer


These magical underwater mermaid photos from our shoot in Denver were so much fun to create.


I had a wonderful time working with Elizabeth Worth and makeup artist Marisa Garcia on this underwater mermaid photoshoot. Marisa achieved a beautiful, natural makeup look that stayed on through all of our pool adventures, and Elizabeth brought her custom made mermaid tail for a few shots. I have no actual use for a mermaid tail myself, and am not sure where I would ever wear it – but now I really want one! They are so beautiful and realistic looking, and watching Elizabeth swim in her tail was actually magical. (See video at the end of this post!)

I love shooting in the pool because for me it’s the perfect combination of gentle and rebellious. The simple fact that we are going underwater and creating photos that probably would be easier to do on dry land is so fun for me. I am dreaming up all sorts of props and items I can add to the pool and see what they do. There is a big part of me that loves the challenge. However, when I’m floating in the water there is something really calm and relaxing about. When we duck under the surface, I don’t have the ability to talk or do much other than observe and capture. Of course I’ll give direction and make a game plan with my subjects when we both re-surface, but I like that moment when I can just see what happens underwater. I have a few more underwater shoots coming up soon, and I can’t wait to share more!

Model: Elizabeth Worth

Makeup: Marisa Garcia



Can you see now why I want a mermaid tail!?

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  1. Taylor Fisher

    August 13th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    This is SO COOL! She doesn’t even look real. Amazing shots, Melissa! This is just so creative and intimate!

  2. Julie

    August 13th, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    So cool, I adore your creativity.

  3. Maddie

    August 13th, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    These photos are unreal! I love the colors and lighting – amazing!

  4. Elizabeth

    August 13th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    These are unbelievable!! Sooooo gorgeous!

  5. Ashley Kidder

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    What a cool project! Love the ethereal feel to the images.

  6. Kelly Wilkerson

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Love. Love. Love. and P.S. I now want a mermaid tail too please!

  7. Kimberly Mitiska

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Love all the reflections in these! So neat!

  8. Kelley Priddy

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    You have the most creative sessions!

  9. Sharon A

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Wow!!! these are surrreal i love this! they are gorgeous images!

  10. Rayna

    August 13th, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    These are super sweet and fun!! Love them!

  11. Dominique

    August 13th, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    These are so beautiful and surreal. I love how soft and magical they look. Stunning.
    Someday I will get to underwater too! Goals!

  12. Jessica

    August 13th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    OMG these are so amazing! Underwater photography is beautiful!

  13. Kyla

    August 14th, 2015 at 3:42 am

    The second to last is my ultimate favorite. So beautiful. Love these sessions, Melissa!!!

  14. Melissa

    August 14th, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Thank you for the lovely comments everyone!

  15. Jennie

    August 14th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Love! If you need more models for your creative projects, I’d love to help out!

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