Underwater Shoot

Well, I thought I'd break my comfort zone and try an underwater shoot.  First off, I can't swim because water just scares the living daylights out of me, but fuck it.  You've got to conquer your fears sometimes!  The main theme behind this was to illustrate drowning, but we had some fun since it's not everyday you get to swim in a dress underwater.  

Major shout out to Eric Stewart of the Langara Photo Department as he was able to get an underwater camera from Nikon Canada for the shoot.  Him and his wife shoot predominantly children and some weddings/portraits.  You can find his work here: http://kalemphoto.com/

I'd also like to give a holler out to one of my closest friends Aaron Charlton as he had got me access into Karen Magnussen pool.  Him and his fiancé, Kait, are super outdoorsy and love astronomy.  You can find more of their shenanigans here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Coast-Wonderlust/1447675515451810?fref=ts

It was my first time working with Magdalena Gradowski, my model for the shoot.  We kept it pretty minimal with no makeup and the dress we had used was from the Thrift Store!  So basically we did this shoot for $15!  A note to all aspiring photographers out there, you don't need awesome gear to get awesome pictures, just some creativity and pushing your boundaries on a regular basis will get you there.  


  • Nikon AW1 Underwater Camera
  • 10mm 2.8 lens
  • SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight

Below I've included more or less, straight out of camera shots with black and white filters; as well as the final image.