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Pool Fine Art Portraits
What kind of pool is suitable for an underwater photo shoot?
Not all pools will work. See below the requirements for an ideal pool shoot
To find the perfect pool for an underwater portrait session, we need to take the following factors into consideration:
- WATER PURITY: This is the most important factor. Some pools seem clean, but even just a few floating particles can comprise the quality of the photos. A pool shallower than two meters might seem clean from the outside, even if it isn’t.
The only way to check the purity of the water is to get in and verify how clear the pool wall details look from a five-meter distance.
- DEPTH: The depth of the pool will determine what kind of scenes we can create. Attractive photographs are achievable from a minimum depth of 1.3 meters (4 ft.). If the pool is deeper, we can achieve a greater variety of shots.
- POOL SIZE: For a decent variety of shots, we require a pool that is at least 5 meters (15 ft.) long and 2 meters (6 ft.) wide.
- COLOR OF THE POOL WALLS: Ideally, the walls would be a single, uniform color. However, we can cover the walls with colored sheets to create different backdrops.
- CHLORINE: The water should contain as little chlorine as possible, as it irritates the eyes. Although we rehearse with swimming goggles, it is necessary to remove them for the actual shoot. Therefore, chlorine should not be added to the pool on the day of the photo session.
We can advise you on the most appropriate clothes to bring according to your session type, based on our wide experience. Here are some things to start considering for a successful shoot:
For maximum agility in the water, bring clothes that adjust to your body’s movements. Full, loose-fitting clothes, such as long, wide skirts, and even slips or half-slips are recommended for creating effects and movement underwater.
Bring various items of clothing that suit the location and your swimming ability. When we take photos of movement in deep waters, the right garments will accentuate the contours of your body. If we take still photos, a loose, flowing outfit will nonetheless produce spectacular effects.
Think about design and color when selecting the different clothing items you bring to the photo shoot.
Light and vibrant colors work very well underwater (orange, red, white, pink). It’s best to stick to one color and avoid patterned fabrics or garments with more than two colors, as they can cause unclear images under the water. We also recommend avoiding nude colors so that the body is easily distinguishable from the clothes.
We have huge, brightly colored sheets (5 m long – 15 ft long) that we can wrap around you, to give the appearance of a mermaid with a long tail fluttering in the water (see the photos below).
We can recommend hair stylists and make-up artists with whom we have worked before, and who use waterproof make-up.
You can also bring your own stylists. Some clients even choose to style their own hair and make-up.
15-20 seconds under the water in a relaxed state are enough for each immersion.
Anyone can hold their breath for 20 seconds. If you try to hold your breath right now, without giving it any more thought, you’ll most likely last longer than 20 seconds. Being underwater can seem unnatural and make some people anxious, causing them to quickly feel out of breath, with the result that they only last a few seconds. To be able to hold your breath for at least 20 seconds, it’s simply a matter of learning to be calm and relaxed under the water.
You don’t have to be necessarily a good swimmer
We can take photos in a shallow area (pool, cenote, or on the sea shore). That way, after every immersion, all you have to do is stand up to take a breath. Even at a depth of only 1.5 m (5 ft), we can take amazing photos.
Of course, if you are a good swimmer, we can recommend deeper locations and create other types of image.
Be calm and relaxed
If the location allows for it and provides attractive enough backgrounds, we also take open-air photos