by Gavin Seim: I just finished up this awesome portrait session. Jenaia is from Wenatchee and her family spends lots of summer weekends camping at Lake Chelan. She also loves the water, so we decided to make that the theme for her senior portraits. We took it a step further however, opting to go under the surface. I collected some extra gear, including a soft housing that allowed my main camera and flash to submerge with me. When the big day came we headed out on their boat with a few of Jenaia’s friends and family. It’s time to get wet.
Turns out working in the water is a lot of work ;) It was totally worth it however and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Jenaia was really a trooper, the perfect mermaid. She wore her prom dress (not easy to swim in) which we scissored up a bit on the bottom, allowing it to flow beautifully in the water. Jenaia worked hard at giving us great movement and expression. My favorite is this top one, but there’s lots more that came out really cool.
Once out of the deep water we had fun with more poses near the shore. I just love working with water and the scenes fit Jenaia so well. After drying off we followed up with a few classic poses to round her collection off with some variety. I especially like the one of the rock that we grabbed right at sunset. It was a fun, challenging session, but I think they came out amazing. I’m confident that Jenaia will not soon forget her senior year.
This one on the dock is another favorite and we’ll be making it into a thirty inch heirloom canvas that will look stunning their wall. For those interested in what I learned about working underwater, stay tuned to my f164 blog as I’ll be posting more detail and tips soon. There;s More of my favorites below. Enjoy… Gav
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