Underwater modelling tips

Underwater modelling tips

So I have a lot of models hesitate before modelling underwater, it's usually because it's completely foreign territory. Here are some tips for your first underwater photoshoot.

  1.  You do not need to know how to swim, not with me anyway. I stay in the shallow end and there isn't actually much swimming involved. 
  2. Opening your eyes is dependant on chlorine level or salt level. If you're in a low chlorine pool (usually cleaned with U.V light instead) Opening your eyes is much easier and the same with the sea. I'd keep your eyes shut until you're comfortable. Eyes closed underwater is much more ethereal anyway!
  3. Keep your toes pointed and your hands poised. Imagine a ballerina's hands, keep them loose and delicate. 
  4. Don't point your legs towards the camera, always go down sideways on to the camera, straight down or balled up. Pointing your legs towards the camera ends up with pretty awful photos.
  5. Don't put deodorant on, body oil, moisturiser or anything in fact before you go in the water, especially a pool. It clouds the water up really quickly and the photographer will end up with murky photos, I've included a comparison below. 
  6. Most importantly - let all your air out before you go underwater. It is the exact opposite of what you'd naturally do (taking a massive deep breath and then going under) If you slowly breath out as you're going under you'll find you sink pretty fast, can move a lot easier and you won't have puffed out cheeks and a squish face. It takes a lot of practise and the first few times you will quickly take a breath before you go under because it's instinct. But don't panic, you can actually stay underwater a lot longer than if you'd taken a massive breath. 
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The clarity between these is remarkable. When I went with Hollie there was a family in before us who had clearly been wearing a lot of body products which had clouded the water immensely, killing the clairty. 

Rob's underwater photoshoot however was clear as day. The day light helped with this but because we were the first ones there and neither of us wore anything the water stayed crystal clear. 

Do you have any questions about modelling underwater? Any fears? Let me know in the comments below!