Underwater Photography Sessions and FAQ
Underwater photography is gaining popularity but it is so different from a normal boudoir or maternity photo shoot, and I get a lot of questions about how they work. Read below for a FAQ on what your underwater session will be like, and please let me know if I missed anything you are curious about!
Where do you do these sessions? Will it be private?
I use an indoor pool at a swimming school in Denver. It is mostly private, there will not be others in the pool with us besides my assistant, but there are staff and instructors that are in the building and pool area.
What do I bring with me?
Your outfits for the session, dry change of clothes, and a towel.
How many outfits can we do?
I tell people to bring 3-4 outfits with them, and I will help you figure out what those will be at our planning consultation.
Is the pool warm or cold?
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 will 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 as needed. It’s more important to try to relax your face so avoid the “chipmunk cheeks” full of air.
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! For makeup, it is up to you. If you are interested in adding it on to your session please let me know.
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.
Do I have to know how to swim?
Yes – my priority is that you feel comfortable and safe underwater. You don’t have to be a champion swimmer, but if you are not comfortable being under the surface of the water this is probably not the best type of session for you. (Check out my milk bath sessions instead!)
How deep do I have to swim?
We will not be diving to the bottom to get images. If you notice most of my photos have the reflection from the top of the water which shows how close to the surface we are. The light is actually best close to the top of the pool!
Will the chlorine ruin my clothes or irritate my skin?
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!
Check out my behind the scenes video for a peek at what your underwater session will be like!
I hope that helps you get a little bit more of a feel for how these sessions work. If you’re ready to take the jump into the water for your own session, I can’t wait to start planning with you!