The Last of Summer: Underwater Sessions

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Summer is quickly slipping away and so is your chance to be a mermaid in 2015. We are offering 2 days of underwater sessions on September 16th and 17th. $500 for the session gets you professional underwater makeup, mermaid tails and the photos from your session! Please email josh@azulox.com to schedule your session. Sessions are between 90-120 minutes and can be used as a solo session or with a pair or group of friends.

We hosted 2 days of mermaids this July and had our most diverse group ever. A bachelorette party, a maternity session, an evil Siren, a cosplaying super herione, and mermaids all around. These sessions are truly one of kind and we only offer them once or twice per year. If you have ever wanted to be photographed underwater with AzulOx, this will be your last chance until July of 2016.

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October Mermaids: Underwater Series in Austin

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The thing about mermaids is, you never quite know when they will show up to haunt you. Our ongoing project of photographing mermaids in the wild stretches back over 2 years now and we are just now refining our process to capturing these rare and unforgiving creatures. This set of photographs captures 3 sessions from one not so warm October day in 2014. Our first set features Kari and David in either a mating dance or perhaps an underwater turf battle. After the two of them swam furiously away, we found a mermaid in bright orange and yellow mysteriously floating across the surface of the water. We could not divine her intentions, so we simply snapped a few photographs of Nicole and awed at her grace. Lastly, we found Jennifer underwater and coaxed her into letting us take a few portraits of her, much like one does as a tourists in a faraway land. After she had her fill of us, off to the school of fishes to retrieve her young.

Creative Makeup (and pool!) by Lecia Harkins
Mermaid Tails from FinFunMermaid

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Mermaid Monday: Creative Underwater Portraits in Austin

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Underwater has been one of our themes the last few summer’s as the weather in Austin, Texas gets unbearable. This years theme in particular was Mermaids, how fun! We had a menagerie of talented individuals who helped put this all together. Let me thank them now because without everyone pulling together a shoot this scale would not come together.

Hair, Makeup, Style, Pool Owner: Lecia Harkins with Austin Beauty on the Go
Florals: Beau Dawson at Beau’s Flower Child
Producer: Amanda Ervin at 11:11 Events
Camera Assistants: Jessica, Caleb and Ty
Video: Brian Nixon with AzulOx Visuals
Mermaid Tails: Fin Fun Mermaid
Studio Lights: Arri 1k’s from Lensrentals.com
Mermaids: Naomi Loghry, Meganoke, Jenny Lynn Larsen and Cassidy Koranek
Merman: Ryan Saathoff
Safety Diver: Amber Meaux

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We would like to mention that we will be offering Mermaid Portraits as a session that you can purchase soon. Please send an email at josh@azulox.com or leave us a Facebook message if you are interested.
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We tackled this underwater session a bit differently than we have in the past. I had tried to cobble together an underwater strobe kit, but the results have been inconsistent. This year we used 2 1000w video lights stationed on the pools edge to provide our lighting. Our goal was to provide consistent lighting for both the stills and video. The lights were great except that our sunken treasure chest threw off so much particulate into the water that by the end of the shoot I had no way of getting clarity to the images. Lesson learned there. One of the reasons we shoot these large scale productions for our selves is to work out kinks in the workflow before we take them to clients.

Shooting underwater is hard, posing underwater is hard, lighting underwater is hard. Any breakdown in the system and the images are not that great. Add to that that it takes 3-10 times longer underwater to get your shots. With all that said, I am super proud of the gang we had working so that we could capture a few mermaids in action. Where will the mermaids pop up next?

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Underwater Extravaganza: Creative Portraits

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Once or twice a year we figure is a good time to just go crazy with an over the top underwater fashion/concept shoot. This year’s event we dubbed the “Underwater Extravaganza” and boy did it live up to it’s name. I really feel as though this was the best day of underwater photography we have had. A bunch of talented, brave and creative folks came together to make this all happen. Let me start by naming our host for the day and makeup guru, Lecia Harkins with Austin Beauty on the Go for having a deep pool and a deep pool of fashion makeup knowledge. The second huge thanks goes to Robin Leddy at Gillded Petals for her jaw-dropping underwater set you see in the first photo. I mean, just wow, wow, wow. Thanks for your help in sending this day over the top Robin! Our support team of Kody and Austin kept me running smooth throughout the day and allowed me to photo torture our models who never had enough oxygen as I happily breathed through the scuba tanks.

The first photo at the top is an homage to a Midsummers Night Dream which is fitting because this was an end to the summer shoot as we prepare for a steady diet of client work (and a newborn coming in December) and colder temperatures. Robin created this amazing set with PVC piping and her florist talents. She also had the pink adult ballet dress custom made for us. So thanks again Robin. We wanted the feel to be soft and show Jenny Lynn, our model, floating through her dreams in an underwater garden. Pretty Epic, huh?

Our Second Photograph shows off Stacy and our concept of “Love is Lost”. We show her sinking to the abyss as she clutches a her heart in one hand and a dying bouquet in the other. Heavy I know.

The next set of three photographs is from my concept called “I Dream in Color” and we show different models dreaming and becoming the primary colors of Red, Blue and Yellow.

We finish off a few of the concepts with Katie behind the bubbles in her corset and bouquet, and then Ryan as he becomes the Wizard with his Staff and Crystal Ball.

Just an amazing, amazing day that left me sore for three days and a touch sunburn after 9 hours of shooting in the pool. Thanks to all who helped with this Shoot!
Let me know your favorites!!!
–JB
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Nautical Style Shoot: Bliss Bridal Magazine

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We were honored with the opportunity to photograph our third style shoot for Bliss Bridal Magazine. We took this chance to go big in our ambition, and have our couple go underwater for the lead image! The team at 11-11 Events styled this shoot and took care of everything. That let the photography team get on with the work of photographing, tweaking lights and scuba diving in the awesome pool at Taylor Mansion. I can’t stress enough how much better photoshoots (including real weddings) go when you have brains at the top in an excellent event planner putting everything in place at the right time. The gals at 11-11 Events found the vendors, found the venue, and styled the hell out of the look with cool little touches everywhere we looked.

Some of my favorite creative touches were the literal tying of the knot, get it? The groom’s Sperry Top-Siders contrasted against the wedding dress is a fun image as well. The floral team did a super cool job between the floating pomanders weighted and secured at the bottom of the pool to the correlated suspended center table roses in the large vase. The message in a bottle well wish at the guest table! Can’t wait for someone to do this at a wedding, just a great idea. And finally, the food! The pastries and the oyster bake, I think we all gained 5 pounds on this shoot with all the cake toppers and cupcakes. Delicious and fun in completing our nautical theme.

I will take a quick moment to thank all of the vendors for trusting 11-11 Events and AzulOx Photography in our vision for how the shoot should go. Lots of vendors would run away when the words cocktails tables submerged in water get uttered but everyone came through like a champ and the pictures reflect the courage of all of the vendors in trying something out of the norm. Here is the list of the vendors for you to get in contact with them:

Event Planning: 11-11 Events
Rentals/Furniture: Illusions Rentals & Design
Floral: Casa Linda Floral
Venue: Taylor Mansion
Pastries: Envy Pastries
Cupcakes: Pamcakes
Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up
Catering: Rosemary’s Catering
Bride: Camryn Little
Groom: Ryan Kiel
Video: Austin McGrew with AzulOx
Audio: Kelsey Noelle with AzulOx
Assistant: Meredith Surrey

Thanks again to everyone who helped out on this photographic endeavour. I hope yall like the direction we are taking with our styled shoots. Which ones are yalls favorite?

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Creative Session: Camryn is “Soaked”

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After a teaser picture from this series generated some excitement on our Facebook page, I decided to make a blog post detailing how and why we made this set of imagery. Let me get the fact out of the way that our model for the day, Camryn Little, brought an intensity and imperviousness to the cold water, wind and wet concrete while we were shooting that allowed any of these photographs to have. Thank you for your talent and professionalism Camryn!

The question for the day then is why make this series of photographs. First, it is a technical challenge to expand my abilities as a photographer. These shots were staged in a controlled wet environment where I can safely and quickly gain specific knowledge in how to light and expose in a wet situation in the future. My hope is that in the future I will be ready with my underwater housings to produce these type of photos in “the wild”, but seeing as how I live in the desert climate of North Austin the chance to practice is slim. And believe me, I am constantly checking the weather forecast for daytime rain storms to photograph in nature with models on standby. The main technical challenge is how to make a dramatic portrait with raindrops/water hose producing wetness that destroys electricity powered devices, namely cameras and flashes. We overcame this by shooting on my backporch with flashes in waterproof otterboxes and our big light far enough away to be out of the “thunderstorm”.

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The second reason is the one I find more interesting, the reason to make images like these is because they get in my head and I can’t shoot anything else until I purge them from my system. Ideas for my creative shoots infect my brain like a fever and can even cloud my vision of other projects until they are photographed and edited. On shoot day the camera feels lighter, the lights seem brighter and nothing will get in my way. The whole reason I picked up a camera in the first place was to tell dramatic stories and share them with my friends. Creative shoots like “Soaked” are the natural adult extension of my barely post adolescent impulses. Why do you pick up a camera?

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The last reason is produce new work and expand on past work. I have photographed couples, models and sea monsters underwater but this seemed more intense and edgy in a way. The technical skills gained in shooting underwater helped me immensely in this project. There are also strains of my recent restricted light work at play here. The water and tight lighting merged into a new category for myself that I am hoping to continue to push forward with in between the client work that we have on deck for this spring. I am looking forward to an upcoming couple underwater session that pushes my engagement session portfolio in new directions as well.

For those wanting the full tech specs of these images. LP 160 with a “Just Blue” gel to camera left and above with a ziploc bag cover at 1/1 or 1/2 power. Another LP 160 at 1/2 power in an otterbox on the floor pointing up towards the models chin to open up the shadows a bit with a 1/2 CTO warming gel. The main light is an Einstein 640 with a sport reflector and 15 degree grid at 1/4 power. My exposure was something like f/18 at 1/320th at iso 100 with a 70-200 f4L lens. Let me know if there are questions I can answer.

Thanks again to Camryn for getting Soaked! and to my assistant Austin for manning the water hose/collander/twilight cup station.

–JB

Underwater Sirens BTS

LumoPro 160's fit inside Otterboxes for firing in optical mode underwater

LumoPro 160’s fit inside Otterboxes for firing in optical mode underwater

Ah, this post has been a long time coming. The “Underwater Sirens” Series was the culmination of a month long planning and preparation this past August. We tested and tweaked our settings and camera setups until we go to the point where we can express underwater in the same way we do above. This post is a slight departure in that it gets very technical very quickly, I will do my best to keep it readable.

Robin McShaffry appyling special underwater approved makeup. It sticks this way and doesn't run away and dissappear.

Robin McShaffry appyling special underwater approved makeup. It sticks this way and doesn’t run away and dissappear.

First, the question must be asked, why photograph underwater in the first place? The simple answer is that summers in Central Texas are hot, like cook an egg on the sidewalk at 7am hot. Pools are nice and cool. We can work longer in the water. The more serious answer is that water and the other elements have always fascinated me. Some years ago I became a licensed scuba diver and enjoyed seeing the earth from a new perspective which is a photographer’s job anyhow. This all combined to give us a series in the water. The crazy sirens/zombie/monster thing is just my brain playing around with ideas and notions. Partly inspired by the walking dead of Pirates of the Caribbean movies, partly by the sci-fi books I read.

Shooting one handed with a scuba torch underwater near the surface of the water. The Einstein triggered as well.

Shooting one handed with a scuba torch underwater near the surface of the water. The Einstein triggered as well.

Second, how did we make these photographs?
Let’s breakdown the process. A camera has to go underwater to take underwater photos, well, most of the time. We use a housing from Surf Housings to secure our Canon 5d II under and around the waves. This housing is light and agile enough to be used to depths of 33 feet and the pistol grip is superb for one hand shooting, more on that in a bit. Most scuba housings are rated for depth much deeper and need more bulk to seal the camera securely. I have rented some of them and just too bulky for my needs and workflow, and too expensive! For focal length simplicity I either use a 24-105 zoom and tape down my preferred focal length or use primes to continue my one hand shooting. Gaffer tape for the win.

Ryan taking his first of 5 full nestea plunge jumps into the pool. This is when we switched to the softbox for protection of the flash unit

Ryan taking his first of 5 full nestea plunge jumps into the pool. This is when we switched to the softbox for protection of the flash unit

The next thing we have to overcome is the control of light underwater, and this is where things get interesting/tough/pull your hair out. My initial thought was to get a strong enough underwater flashlight thing and then cover the top layer of the water with black material to kill ambient. That was a non-starter because you need a good working distance and the underwater torches lose their power very quickly. The next thought was my normal radio frequency trigger, the Paul C Buff CST and CSRB’s. They do work underwater, all the way out to 18 inches. We have found that an radio + optical is the way to go for us for now. Is that enough qualifiers?

I use the camera in the surf housing in my right hand with a stripped down CST in the housing connected by pc sync. In my left hand I have a battery powered flash inside an otterbox pointed towards my second and third lights which are set to receive in optical mode. The second light is a LumoPro 160 held underwater by my assistant and the third is a Einstein 640 sitting on the edge of the pool boomed out over the water pointed down into the water. This was my basic setup for the entirety of the shoot. I did change a sport reflector to a 24×36 softbox to protect against splashing once we got more crazy action going. And then at the very end near darkness I used a scuba flashlight for my main light.

Huddled around the LCD. The great part of the Essex Surf Housing is being able to this screen during daylight, not shooting blind is a real plus

Huddled around the LCD. The great part of the Essex Surf Housing is being able to this screen during daylight, not shooting blind is a real plus

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The sailor sinks to the depths of the ocean. The einstein is the main light you see firing in the background. The “on camera” flash is giving exposure to the Fallen Siren.

Third, what did we learn from all of this?
Underwater takes 3x as much time to make decent photographs and a crew twice the size of our normal routine. Please plan your shoots accordingly. Sandbags are vital for anchoring down lightstands above water and people underwater!

Finally, thanks again to all the models, makeup artists and venue hosts that made this shoot and others like it possible. We all have a little whimsy in us and I appreciate those that let me express mine! And thanks to Jan and Austin for taking some of the behind the scenes photos

To see the full gallery of photos you can visit our Gallery
–JB

Fallen Sirens

The tall ship rocked in the waves. The unluckly sailor either cursed or fated to leave this world is cast into the vastness of the ocean. The first and close to the last thought to enter his consciousness is creatures like you three have longs since abanoned this world. Fallen sirens feasting on those that can hear the faint calls to the deep. Mother Ocean slowly transforming them into her own image. I see this is where my lifeline is cut short

The rope of hope is now a rope of condemnation. Three points and three sets of hands to bind you

Why Me? The sailor asks
Why Fight? The sirens return

Welcome to the abyss, your struggle ends here and now


Let me give a bunch of shout outs to those that made this end of summer fun shoot a possibility.

My wife’s cousin for hosting us in Dripping Springs. The pool and deck are an oasis in the Texas Summertime.
The makeup skills of Crystal Glass and Robin McShaffry who put the looks in the pool.
My always there florist at Flower Child Design for the wicked seaweed necklaces.
The underwater talents of our models, Ryan, Alex, Crystal and Sky.
My first mate on these adventures, Austin.
My pal Kim with the corset’s
My buddy Henry for helping out with the dive tanks, weight belts and breathers.

It takes so many people working together to make something a little out of the box to happen. Thanks to everyone involved!
–JB

Underwater Testing: Part Two

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Going to talk about 2 new parts of underwater photography that we are starting to get our heads around.

The first topic today is external lighting.

We last left you last time with successfully getting our camera to fire a remote flash by radio signal as long as the flash (trasmitter and receiver) was ~15 inches away. The plan is to use this “on camera” flash unit to optically trigger our other flashes in the water. We have found the best path is using a Canon 430ex hooked up to cold shoe and CyberSync Receiver to get the signal from the Paul Buff CST inside the housing. The flash from the 430 is what we use to optically trigger a LumoPro 160 in a Pelican Case. We then stepped up one more light by using a boomed Einstein unit to add a large amount of backlight to the scene. So now we have 3 flashes working underwater and some adding to exposure and others just there for a signal. The great part about optical is that it’s cheap to add multiple units without lots of expensive triggers.

This setup has yielded us photos such as the following

Courtney, backlit and underwater

Courtney, High Key

Our second topic for the day is controlling the ambient, or rather, not letting the ambient control you.

We had been testing and shooting mostly during the day time. Our ambient light was a hot overhead sun that caused rippling effects and hot spots. This caused us several problems. One, getting a strobe underwater with enough power to compensate was either prohibitively expensive or the recycle rate was insufficient for our needs. Two, the hot spots on subjects faces is undesirable. Three, our continuously lit dive lights have little to no effect with enough range to not be in the shots. Let me problem solve out loud.

My original thoughts were to drape over the pool surface with a dark fabric of some kind to control the ambient. Maybe with a few cut outs for neat effects. After considering the safety of our models though, and the need to reset the drape after each shot we decided to move in a different direction. The next idea was to find an indoor pool that we could use. We called around to dive shops and other places with covered pools deep enough. No such luck. Finally, we came up with our Russian pencil in space solution – work at dusk and night times. Less ambient, strobes can recycle faster, and our dive lights start to show up in our exposures!

Austin and Courtney. Notice you can see the pool lights on and the Einstein flashing into the pool.

Above water in the above photo, below water in the below photo. Look at the flash in Austin’s hand, it is triggering the boomed Einstein for the backlit effect.

Same settings just a few minutes later

Getting back to photographic priniciples, this exercise proved to make a lot of sense. Don’t work in harsh light if you don’t have to or want to. Find open shade. Makes sense now, but boy did we bang our heads for a few shoots before we figured it out. Thanks to Courtney for being an awesome spur of the moment tester up for anything! Our next underwater feature will be veering to the creative side so stay tuned!

–JB

Katha: Underwater Portraits

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Continuing in our underwater portrait adventures, we went a bit more thematic this time around as we tested the pool that I hope to use for future shoots. The theme was a songwriter’s dream. Our lovely model Katha, moonlighting here as our subject is a singer songwriter in the real world. We wanted to take the dreaminess of underwater photos and add them to her dreams as a songwriter. You can see the empty music pages and the floating pen in parts of these shots. We didn’t take into account how quickly paper will disintegrate in water, next time we will try to use papyrus. Once we blew through the small amount of music paper, we shifted into straight underwater portraits.

Kelli Senior Portraits: Under & Above – Austin, Texas

First Part of Under, Kelli is a Mermaid

Let me start by commenting on how adventuresome Kelli is in her choices for portraits. She searched us out because we are different and challenged me to come up with photographs that illustrate her interests to this point. One of her interests is competitive swimming, 200 Freestyle was her event. The testing we did yesterday at Barton Springs was in preparation for today’s sunrise portraits. We were both shivering at some point and one of my flashes met with spring water (the whole do not submerge this case section) but she kept playing the mermaid part perfectly, dolphin kicking her way to a beautiful image that would look great on a wall printed large.

Sunrise on Austin Skyline, Kelli submerged at Barton Springs

The other image I just had to have was a split view portrait of Kelli underwater with the Austin Skyline in full sunrise mode. We attempted this shot about 8 times until we got it right and Kelli again was just knocking them out. Great breathing control and body control to make this spectacular photograph. Just Wow.

Let me share one more with you in the “Under” section before moving on to the “Above”

Kelli, Fine Underwater Portrait

Eye open, ready to take on the world isn’t she.

For the “Above” section we delved into her passion, books and bookstores. Kelli mentioned that she has a list of bookstores she would like to visit and South Congress Bookstore was on the list. The staff at South Congress Bookstore was gracious enough to allow us some time to photograph in their charming shop. Kelli was almost at home here instantly as she curled up with books, found chairs and the floor and generally acted as if I wasn’t there!

We made one last stop on our day’s journey by photographing Kelli at a similiarly toned tile pattern on South Congress that met with her eyes and wardrobe.

Good challenge Kelli! We appreciate being kept on our toes
So what say you Loyal Reader? Favorite image of the bunch?

–JB

Underwater Testing: Part One

Summer in Texas is hot, make that a capital “H” Hot!. Shooting outdoor portraits in the summer HOT months aren’t a whole lotta fun. So last summer we rented some underwater gear and tested out shooting cool portraits underwater in places like the spring fed Comal River. After dealing with the cumbersomeness of the Aquatech Sport Housing we searched for a more nimble approach to get our Canon 5d II underwater. Dealt with Mike at Essex Surf Housings and we figured out a solution to my creative problems – triggering strobes underwater.

So let’s back up just a bit.

Austin at the pool, no extra lights

Here is Austin, my first mate, in our community pool on a somewhat cloudy day without any extra lights on his face. Nothing wrong with this image, just not the over-the-topness that I am looking for. That and the Lightroom adjustments are plenty starting with +75 red units to help balance out the blueness of the water and his skintone.

Self Portrait with added 390 Lumens

Same Pool, Next Day a self portrait with the added light of a Princeton Tec Shockwave diving light that produces a continous source of light at 390 lumens. Not extremely bright for underwater, need to be on the shadow side of the facial exposure (my back is to the sun) and about 3 feet away to affect the exposure in a meaningful way. This light will prove useful for tight portraits but not a main light for the big sets I have planned.

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LumoPro 160 at full power in an OtterBox

Enter the LumoPro 160 in a Pelican 1060 case. More power! The above photo is taken at iso 100, f11, 1/200th (the 5d2 sync speed). With the help of Mike from Essex Surf Housings we determined that the CST from Paul C. Buff would fit inside the housing and help me to trigger strobes. Megan, a local triathlete, is brave enough to test at Barton Springs with me. For those that don’t know the Springs are a constant 68 degrees. The CSRB and the LP160 make a tight squeeze but in a good way. The flash doesn’t bounce around and the head aim is consistent.

We found that if the camera housing and the strobe housing are just breaking the surface of the water then we had at least 15 feet of range. We didn’t test beyond that distance. However if either of the housing’s were submerged, which the Pelican Product page says not to, then the effective range is about 15 inches. Basically an underwater version of a flash on a bracket.

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I had contemplated putting a CTO filter on the flash to warm it up even more against the blueness of water and cursed myself on the drive to the Springs for not bringing one. One of my Pelican Cases is Yellow though and the light it emits is quite yellow/orange which is close enough for me. The light you see in the back of the above image is the yellow Pelican Case with the LP160 firing at full power.

Which brings us to the next challenge in our quest to bring our style fully underwater, adding at least one more flash underwater. To do so, we are going to test out using the optical slave of an additional LP160 in an extra Pelican Case. Using good Strobist technique we will use the radio-triggers to fire one unit as an on axis fill, while hopefully using the the optical slave (not digital slave since we are full manual here) as a key light or a separation light, depending on the sun.

Heading out bright and early to give this setup a go tomorrow morning, stay tuned for the follow up post

Summer Underwater Portrait Series Details


Following up on the success of our underwater portraits from last summer, we are again offering a unique opportunity to have amazingly creative portraits made while underwater. These sessions are super for creative portraiture, maternity, and engagement/couple portraits. Models and Creatives types, these sessions would look epic in your look book. The look and lighting of being underwater provides an ethereal feel that can’t be recreated on land.

Here are the details:

* Private Pool (9 ft deep) in Dripping Springs, Texas
* Sessions Available Monday July 16th through Friday July 20st
* 1 AM and 1 PM Session each day
* Professional Hair and Makeup where needed
* 1 – 16×24 Art Print in your choice of Acrylic, Aluminium, or Canvas
* Sessions ~3 hours
* Edited Session Gallery
* $995

Message us at Josh@Azulox.Com or give us a call at (512) 461 9416 to reserve your time slot now!

Underwater Portraiture

Kara & Joe – Engaged and Dreaming

Locked in Love

So we save the steamiest of our underwater photography sessions for last. Kara and Joe have become recently engaged and no amount of cold water will dampen the fires that burn for each other. My scuba goggles fogged up more than once…

Kevin & Alyssa – Cold Comal, Warm Hearts

Holding Hands

Way number one to break the ice on an engagement shoot? Fall down the moss covered stairs of the Comal River while warning of the impending danger. Twice. Yep, even before our intrepid couple got in the water, yours truly had fallen into the water twice. Everything was downhill from there. ba dah bing!

Ivy Underwater, More Learning – Pflugerville, Texas

Superhero Boxing Ivy Underwater

More learning from the underwater shooting! Such a difficult process to get the images that I want. Thanks to Ivy K! for coming out and helping me out underwater, she did wonderful bringing golf clubs and pink hand wraps. My niece helped out by standing on my shoulders to keep me submerged, need to pick up a weight belt. This discussion will get a little technical going forward, but more pictures too!

Emily Underwater – Creative – Austin, Texas

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For an upcoming shoot we decided that some underwater shots would be perfect. Having never photographed with an SLR underwater before it made sense to take some practice sessions. Emily had been posting updates on her arm sleeve tattoo of a giant squid, first in outline, then in color. I also knew that she would make an excellent test subject having photographed her bridals, engagements and wedding photos…