Underwater Extravaganza: Creative Portraits


Once or twice a year we figure is a good time to just go crazy with an over the top underwater fashion/concept shoot. This year’s event we dubbed the “Underwater Extravaganza” and boy did it live up to it’s name. I really feel as though this was the best day of underwater photography we have had. A bunch of talented, brave and creative folks came together to make this all happen. Let me start by naming our host for the day and makeup guru, Lecia Harkins with Austin Beauty on the Go for having a deep pool and a deep pool of fashion makeup knowledge. The second huge thanks goes to Robin Leddy at Gillded Petals for her jaw-dropping underwater set you see in the first photo. I mean, just wow, wow, wow. Thanks for your help in sending this day over the top Robin! Our support team of Kody and Austin kept me running smooth throughout the day and allowed me to photo torture our models who never had enough oxygen as I happily breathed through the scuba tanks.

The first photo at the top is an homage to a Midsummers Night Dream which is fitting because this was an end to the summer shoot as we prepare for a steady diet of client work (and a newborn coming in December) and colder temperatures. Robin created this amazing set with PVC piping and her florist talents. She also had the pink adult ballet dress custom made for us. So thanks again Robin. We wanted the feel to be soft and show Jenny Lynn, our model, floating through her dreams in an underwater garden. Pretty Epic, huh?

Our Second Photograph shows off Stacy and our concept of “Love is Lost”. We show her sinking to the abyss as she clutches a her heart in one hand and a dying bouquet in the other. Heavy I know.

The next set of three photographs is from my concept called “I Dream in Color” and we show different models dreaming and becoming the primary colors of Red, Blue and Yellow.

We finish off a few of the concepts with Katie behind the bubbles in her corset and bouquet, and then Ryan as he becomes the Wizard with his Staff and Crystal Ball.

Just an amazing, amazing day that left me sore for three days and a touch sunburn after 9 hours of shooting in the pool. Thanks to all who helped with this Shoot!
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Film Noir Storytelling

The night is young. This relationship is growing old. A ceiling fans circles the same stale air you left three nights ago. When will a stiff breeze blow through the open windows of my heart?

Waiting and waiting.

Should we dance at the Hollywood Bowl? Take in a late night drive in movie while the screen of some unwatched movie illuminates our embrace?

My head fills with what may be next. My heart sags with expectation. I play dress up in hopes of another scintillating night in this town full of stars. You work on leaving me hanging.

These photo’s will be used in the author/model’s short story. I took a couple of them and made a quick snippet of words.

Location: Adam’s House Bed & Breakfast
Hair: Stephanie Mark at Pinup Salon
Makeup: Lecia Harkins at Russ & Co.

Winged Faeries – Mystical Weekend Part Three

The Third in the series of our Mystical Story Weekend. Part One and Part Two can be found here.

And the story continues…

Mother Hawk keeps watch as her young Hens look on into the distance. The fall is ending soon. Hunting will be harder and more ranged.

Mother and Two Hens

Sneak quietly upon your prey. Hide where you can be hidden. Pounce when ready.

Hunting at Dusk

There, you see my young hens, in the distance is our quarry. But who else is hunting in the twilight?


And now we end the mystical theme for the week. Thanks to all who came out and helped.

Credit for the Winged Fairies hair and makeup goes to Crystal Glass. She knocked this one out!
The Fairy Hens are Sky and Haley.
The Fairy Mother is Tricia

Ivy K is hiding in the background with Hair and Makeup from Lecia Harkins.

And of course my buddy and super photog Geoff for being there for 2 all day shoots plus a prep day.

What stories can we help you tell?