Underwater Maternity Photography | Denver Session

September 2, 2015

Underwater maternity photography is such a unique way to celebrate your pregnancy.


I am super thrilled to share this underwater maternity session today. I took the plunge (literally) and got some new underwater camera gear, and couldn’t wait to try it out. My lovely mermaid Jennifer is actually a wonderful photographer herself, and she agreed to come and model for me. I can’t get over how our tulle skirt floated and danced in the water – it was just perfect with her baby bump and the whole session was mermaidtastic!

Jennifer has one adorable daughter already, and told me that her daughter thinks these are the most amazing photos ever, and they get the “toddler stamp of approval”. I think it’s so cool that her daughter sees Mom as brave and even a bit magical for being in these underwater mermaid photos.

Jennifer was a rock star, especially because posing underwater is really hard and takes some time to get used to. There are so many more variables to deal with than on dry land, and it’s a bit less glamorous in real life than it may seem from the photos. We get water up our noses, have to figure out how not to get legs caught in tulle, and I go home with plastic bags full of heavy, wet skirts and towels, but it is so worth it. I am loving doing these pool sessions more and more each time, and am just happy to find people who think it’s as cool and rebellious as I do!


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  1. Julie

    September 3rd, 2015 at 8:15 am

    So fun and creative, love the colors.

  2. Deziree Dufresne

    September 3rd, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Definitely “mermaidtastical”! I absolutely love the tulle in the water!

  3. Elizabeth

    September 3rd, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Chris Erin Loring

    September 3rd, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I love these so much! Beautiful work Melissa!

  5. VStiles

    September 3rd, 2015 at 9:12 am

    These are awesome – such a different take on maternity photos! Lovely!

  6. Ashley McKenzie

    September 3rd, 2015 at 9:30 am

    These are just so awesome Melissa! Love what you’re doing!

  7. lauren

    September 3rd, 2015 at 9:40 am

    these are gorgeous! the mamma to be must be reeling with excitement over these!

  8. Becca

    September 3rd, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I love that first black and white one!! Amazing photo!
    All of these are pretty incredible. I can only imagine how difficult it can be trying to pose underwater… But you do such a spectacular job! Keep it up!! šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

  9. Jennie

    September 3rd, 2015 at 9:49 am

    That first shot is phenomenal! And I love the one where you can see the bench.

  10. Laura Kinser

    September 3rd, 2015 at 10:34 am

    What a great twist on maternity photos!

  11. Kate

    September 3rd, 2015 at 11:14 am

    These are gorgeous. I personally love 1,2 and 4 the very best. These will look amazing in this mama’s home <3 beautiful work.

  12. Jamie Kraus

    September 3rd, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I love these photos! You captured Jennifer’s beauty so well šŸ™‚

  13. Kimberly Mitiska

    September 3rd, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    What a fun and unique shoot! Such a cool concept!

  14. Monet

    September 3rd, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I love Jennifer (and I was so thrilled when I heard she was doing this!) These turned out even more magical than I dreamed! I can’t wait to get pregnant so that I can do a session with you!

  15. Adena

    September 3rd, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I love love LOVE how these turned out! What a gorgeous vision, session and of course model!

  16. Michele with one L

    September 10th, 2015 at 11:23 am

    This is the most beautiful and unique concept!! Absolutely incredible portraits that this mama will cherish forever.

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