Underwater Maternity Photos and FAQ

October 20, 2015

The lovely Melinda is expecting her first child and wanted to do something totally different and unique to celebrate this time in her life, so we decided to create some underwater maternity photos! Melinda is into aerial acrobatics and dance, and we actually found out we’ve taken fabric silks classes at the same studio in Denver. What a small world! Those aerials skills came in handy trying to pose gracefully under the water. It’s not as easy or peaceful as it looks and Melinda did an amazing job. I hope she will love looking back on these daring and different underwater portraits documenting her pregnancy.

Underwater mermaid maternity photoshoot

We decided to style her in a nude colored lingerie set and a lacy robe, with some silk flowers added to her hair for a fun maternity-boudoir-underwater triple combo.I love the soft and feminine color tones.

Underwater boudoir maternity photo session

Underwater fine art maternity portraits

She also brought along a beautiful flowy blue maternity gown that I just had to try out in the pool. Fabrics like chiffon and tulle do really well in the water and look amazing when you can get them to float just right.

Blue maternity gown underwater photos


Underwater mermaid maternity

Maternity mermaid underwater photoshoot

Underwater Maternity Session

I’ve had a lot of questions recently about my underwater shoots and how they go, so I thought I’d answer some of those here in a little mini FAQ!

Is it a warm or cold pool?

The pool I use is heated and indoors. It’s very comfortable!

Do I need to be good at holding my breath for long periods of time?

No you don’t. It gets easier with practice, but we re-set and try poses again and again between breathing breaks. I am not using snorkel or diving gear to breathe, so I will resurface as you do and we will chat about the pose and try again.

Should I still have hair and makeup done?

I tell people one of the cool things about underwater photos is you don’t have to worry about your hair! I like having the hair just down and flowing. Adding flowers or a headpiece is always fun. For makeup, it is up to you. The makeup artist I work with has been perfecting her waterproofing techniques and we’ve had great results! You will need a LOT more than you normally would on land – the water really mutes the colors.

Do my eyes have to be open? What if I wear contacts?

I usually suggest that people take out their contacts. I would hate to have you loose them in the water. You don’t have to open your eyes if you don’t want to, but It does create more variety in the images if you can. It’s more important to relax your face and try not to have the “chipmunk cheeks” full of air.

Underwater Maternity Boudoir Session

Do I have to know how to swim? Do I have to be a good swimmer?

Probably – my priority is that you feel comfortable underwater. I think it helps if you feel comfortable swimming and staying under, but since we are just doing poses and not swimming around, having amazing swim technique is not really required.

How deep is the pool?

There is a 4 ft ledge where we prep and re-group, and the deepest area is 10 ft. You do not have to dive down to the bottom to get good images. If you notice most of these have the reflection from the top of the water which shows how close to the surface we are.

Will the chlorine ruin my clothes?

One of my favorite parts about this pool – it’s saline! Yay for no chlorine in your eyes, skin, or clothes.

Am I going to get water up my nose?

Most definitely. Sorry about that!

underwater maternity blue gown

If you have any other questions about these sessions, leave them in the comments below and I will answer them on my next underwater photos blog!

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  1. Brianna

    October 22nd, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    These are just beautiful! The last image is my favorite. I’ve seen a couple of underwater maternity photos and always wondered how the pregnant ladies could be so graceful! It was interesting to read your FAQs!

  2. Meghan

    October 22nd, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    The photos are gorgeous, I love the blue underwater! But the FAQ was super interesting and very helpful!

  3. Miqui Miller

    October 22nd, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Your work is incredible!! I want to do a pool session with you so bad! This mama rocked her session and looked amazing doing it.

  4. Kristina Lynn

    October 22nd, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    These are beautiful!!! I’ve heard underwater shoots can be a little tricky but you nailed it on these. So pretty!

  5. Nicole

    October 22nd, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I would love to do an underwater photo shoot one day, this looks like so much fun, and a lot of work I’m sure. By the time I was about 6 months pregnant swimming was one of the only workouts I could do comfortably, so it makes sense to do an underwater maternity session

  6. ashley

    October 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 am

    These are absolutely stunning! Totally calling you if I’m ever pregnant again!

  7. Justyna

    October 23rd, 2015 at 7:59 am


  8. Taylor Fisher

    October 23rd, 2015 at 8:22 am

    As usual, I just love your vision and work, Melissa! I would love to see someone in there shooting you shooting your mama’s!

  9. Julie

    October 23rd, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I love the serene tones, so interesting to read what goes on behind the scenes!

  10. Nicole

    October 23rd, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Absolutely gorgeous maternity photos and mom to be!

  11. Deziree Dufresne

    October 23rd, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Wow, she really rocked this! Beautiful images as always, but this might be my favorite set yet!

  12. Amanda Tipton

    October 23rd, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful, and very informative. I would feel comfortable with this style of shoot after reading this.

  13. Molly Seeling

    October 23rd, 2015 at 9:14 am

    These are so amazingly beautiful and graceful! Such gorgeous color tones. I love every one!

  14. Chris

    October 23rd, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I love how you are honest about getting water in my nose, awesome, haha! It looks like it would be tricky to get started with but so much fun, I hope to do one of these someday!

  15. Anna | ANNAdventure Blog

    October 23rd, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! How amazing! I LOVE these! There is definitely a lot of grace in her underwater posing. Congrats to her!

  16. Karen

    October 23rd, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    The colors in these are awesome.

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