UNDERWATER PORTRAIT SESSION GUIDEBOOK 

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Welcome to your first step to booking your underwater portrait session! First of all, thank you for your interest in my work. My goal is to give you the best experience possible during your session and this guidebook will help prepare for your adventure! Let’s work together and create some beautiful art!

It is completely normal to be nervous about your session. I created this guide to answer as many potential questions and allow you to have some idea on how your underwater experience will go.

Let’s get started!


THE UNDERWATER PACKAGES

Package I:

  • 1 Hour Session

  • Professional Underwater Makeup Service

  • 5 Edited Images (or more!)*

Package II:

  • 2 Hour Session

  • Professional Underwater Makeup Service

  • 10 Edited Images (or more!)*

  • Print Credits

Package III:

  • 2 Hour Session

  • Professional Underwater Makeup Service

  • Professional Stylist and/or Designer

  • 12 Edited Images (or more!)*

  • Print Credits

**Underwater Sessions start at one hour and you can add more time if you would like to continue your experience. The most popular package is II and III is a very special package. It is nice to acclimate to being in this environment. The amount of photographs depend on how well you acclimate to the environment**

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should I wear for my session?

It all depends if you have a theme in mind. Our favorites are the dresses with a fitted top and gown bottom. Some clients enjoy a leotard and a skirt underwater. We also have partnered with designers to give you some options as well.

How should I arrive for my session?

Please arrive showered and without makeup. Light foundation is fine. Hair can be natural and without any product. Keeping your hair neat will help with how it will appear underwater.

What should I bring?

Yourself of course! It is great to bring the same things you would for a day at the pool. A towel, a change of clothes, a dry bag, flip flops, etc.

Will my makeup run underwater?

Nope! Our underwater makeup artists are certified professionals and are very talented. they are available during the session as well if touch ups are necessary.

Does my session time start with makeup?

Your session time will begin once I start photographing you. We will start taking photos on land and slowly take steps into the water.

What if I am not a strong swimmer?

Not a problem! We prefer for you to sink and come up for air when you need it. The key is to do deep breathing exercises before the session and stay calm. I am CPR certified by the American Heart Association for safety.

Is there a deposit and if so, how much?

Yes. A 50% deposit and a contract signing will secure your session and allow us to start looking at dates.

Is the water cold?

Depending on the location, the water can be warmed up for those cooler days. We also have an Infrared Heater on land for when you come out of the water.

Do I have to open my eyes underwater?

I would love to take your portrait with your eyes open. They do not need to be opened for each photo, but depending on the location, the water’s pH is close to neutral. Depending on how sensitive your eyes are, the water shouldn’t hurt your eyes as much.

How many photos will I receive?

Every session and person varies. A one hour session can yield at least five excellent images. A two hour session can . yield twice as many. It all depends on how well you perform and acclimate underwater. If it goes very well, more images can be edited and delivered to you.

How long will I wait for my photos?

During peak underwater season, a teaser image will be delivered to you shortly after your session. For the whole session to be completely edited can take a couple of business weeks. With the high demand of these sessions during the summer, it may take longer than expected.

What are print credits?

Print credits are credits you can use towards printing the photographs of your choice after the delivery of your images. They can range to a few small prints to a couple of larger ones. Common sizes include 4”x6”, 5”x7”, 11”x17”, and larger!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and we will do our best to accommodate you!


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