I had seen some stunning underwater fashion and beauty shots and wanted to have a go at this myself. A while ago I contacted the most successful Hair & Makeup artist I knew of in Singapore, Andrea Claire asking if she’d be interested to collaborate on some underwater ideas, and luckily for me she agreed. Andrea had also noticed the increase in popularity in underwater shots for fashion, beauty and commercial and saw it as a great opportunity to get involved, get some stunning portfolio shots, expand skills and try out some waterproof makeup products to see if they stood up to their claims.
We talked about some ideas and were on the same page and so we moved forward with our shoot. I did a lot of research, which I always like to do if it’s something new or a bit out of my comfort zone. I came up with the concept of someone getting ready for a night out, which would be a good fit for showcasing different outfits and make up looks. I started sourcing props such as an acrylic mirror as it would be too risky bringing glass into the pool and pulling together some different outfits.
Andrea found a model who was willing to participate, Grace Bain from Mannequin models. She had a very striking look and I was so excited to see how this would go.
I secured the pool location for a morning shoot and luckily we were blessed with good weather.
Grace turned out to be an absolute natural underwater and I barely needed to direct her as she instinctively new how to pose and move her head to create movement in her hair as well as look stunning at the same time. It can get quite tiring after a few hours of working in the pool, holding your breath and posing but Grace was a true professional and didn’t complain once. I was thrilled how the photos turned out.
All about the lips
Those eyes, that hair:
Who needs hair styling when the water does it for you! A few flicks of the head and you’ve got instant volume and wave. Red hair looks amazing underwater. Grace’s hair looks more blonde on land but the orange tones really came up underwater and in post production.
Before and After:
Good editing is essential for underwater photos, to take out the blue tones and get accurate skin tones. I use a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop.
Behind the Scenes Video
I love a fashion collaboration, especially when I get to work with super talented and amazing people and seeing ideas come to life. This was my second underwater shoot with the amazing Andrea Claire @aclairebeauty who worked her magic skills and products to create stunning looks that hold up underwater… no mean feat!
The model we had lined up from Mannequin had to pull out last minute so luckily my model friend Anna Kirsten was able to step in. It was her first time modelling underwater but after a little practice she really warmed up to it. Posing underwater with open eyes, while holding your breath and looking natural is not easy for most people but with a few techniques it can quickly become easier and everyone always ends up having fun doing it!
Behind the Scenes: outfit prep, makeup, location and shooting.
This fabulous location at a private black & white house provided by Caboodle events. I initially went to the house for a 40th party but had my eye on the pool as it has a smooth surface (as opposed to tiles which can be distracting), clean and a bit deeper than your average condo pool, which have a legal limit of 1.2m in Singapore! I’m slightly pool obsessed these days ; )
Here is a fun behind the scenes video shot by Andrea Claire.
I love to play around with clothing, accessories, fabrics, props and backdrops in a shoot and this gave me the opportunity to have a play. Some awesome brands also kindly donated product to use as well. The stunning gold jewellery is by Angelina Alvarez, which worked perfectly for a bronzed goddess look. I came across this incredible bolero piece by My Fine Things at the Singapore Boutiques Fair, which is hand made from recycled can tabs and its appearance of fish scales made it a perfect addition to the shoot.
The lovely Kara at The Wyld Shop also kindly donated a swimsuit and kaftan to be used which came up really nicely. Wearing clothes in the pool certainly adds an extra level of difficulty as the fabric moves in an unpredictable way and can weigh the model down but after many tries it is worth the effort.
I had a few other ideas in mind such as a Studio 54 look (hence the disco ball) and also a Marilyn Monroe iconic white dress shot. The disco ball didn’t quite go to plan as it was too buoyant and actually sprung up into my face… ouch! Anyway, we still got some fun and fabulous shots.