Underwater Dance Photography | Denver Fine Art

February 23, 2016

Underwater Dance Photography | Denver Fine Art Portraits


When posing underwater almost anyone can look like a graceful dancer, but it’s a special treat for me when I get to work with an actual real life dancer! I had a blast planning this underwater dance photography session with Rayner, and just loved all the outfits she brought. How perfect is that flowy pink skirt and the purple lace outfit? We had such a fun time playing around with fabric in the pool and I might be hooked now. Huge shoutout to my makeup artist Marisa Garcia for not only the beautiful underwater makeup, but also for assisting me on this shoot and wrangling the fabric!

Rayner is also my new hero because after we did our underwater photoshoot she found out that she had torn her ACL a week or so before while at dance practice. Yep, she was swimming around and posing underwater with an injury! I can’t believe it didn’t hurt, and of course wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, but I think it earns her some extra hardcore points or something. I hope you heal up super quick Rayner!

Please enjoy some of our favorites from this session.




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  1. Taylor Fisher

    February 25th, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I just have to say I’m officially obsessed with your underwater portraits, Melissa! You are so awesome and innovative with your work. The second shot is my favorite! The expression on her face and colors just exude complete peace and contentment. You rock!

  2. Melissa

    February 26th, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Jess

    February 25th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    These are so beautiful, playful, soft and fun!

  4. Rachel

    February 25th, 2016 at 8:56 am

    seriously so cool! Love that last one!

  5. Shebli

    February 25th, 2016 at 9:01 am

    These are stunning! I am obsessed with the flowy pink skirt photos!

  6. Adena

    February 25th, 2016 at 9:36 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Her movement is gorgeous and you captured it flawlessly. That purple dress with the lace sleeve might be my favorite so far!

  7. Melissa

    February 26th, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks! šŸ™‚

  8. Kelsey Booth

    February 25th, 2016 at 10:08 am

    These are sooo awesome! Oh my goodness! Can’t I come with you for a little behind the scenes action?!

  9. Melissa

    February 26th, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Sure, anytime!

  10. julia morgan

    February 25th, 2016 at 10:48 am

    these are gorgeous melissa! (as usual) šŸ™‚ i am so impressed with how flawless her makeup looks UNDER WATER!! it just occurred to me how challenging that must be!

  11. Melissa

    February 26th, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Right? Marisa is amazing!

  12. Julie

    February 25th, 2016 at 11:01 am

    She is absolutely stunning! I love the second image with the reflection, they are all amazing.

  13. Courtney Noelle

    February 25th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Amazing, your work is inspiring!

  14. Jennie

    February 25th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    love love love this session!

  15. Jenn

    February 25th, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    These are crazy beautiful! Love love LOVE!!!!

  16. Monet

    February 29th, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    These are stunning. I adore your maternity photos underwater but these dance portraits might be my new favorites.

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