A Beautiful Experience…

Underwater Maternity Sessions are quickly becoming a favorite! I have been so blessed to photograph several expecting Mothers here in Charlotte this season. I love that Mamas are seeking me out as their Charlotte Maternity Photographer because they want to have this experience of beautiful and amazing underwater photographs during their pregnancy.

Charlotte Maternity Photographer

I shared a post with you all a that had a sort of wrap of several different Mamas I have photographed Underwater, but I also want to take the time to highlight each session for you. There are many amazing Charlotte Maternity Photographers in our area, but Underwater Maternity Photographs are a rather unique expression of movement and art. And experience truly like none other.

Small World Connections

Ciara lives outside Hickory, North Carolina and is expecting her first little one soon. I loved hearing her story about desiring Underwater Maternity Photos, but not knowing where to have them done. Her Mama saw the story that Caroline Hicks did this summer on WBTV highlighting me as a Charlotte Maternity Photographer specializing in Underwater Photography! She reached out and we connected from there. I love the small world we live in!

What a joy!

It was such a joy to share this experience with her. I was in awe when she told me this was her first Professional Photography Session! She definitely pulled it off like a Pro!!

7 on 7

I am so happy to share these images with you as part of my 7 on 7 Blog Circle. I have become quite fond of this little photographer community and truly look forward to the 7th of every month when I get to travel our circle and see what each of these Photographers from around the country has been up to. We travel in such different niches of the photography world, and it seems every month someone is sharing photos from some incredible travel adventure! I hope you will join me as we start by heading to my friend Kris’s Post about her trip from the West Coast to the Midwest.

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

The Red Celine

African American Underwater Maternity in Sew Whimsey Tulle and Lace Red Gown with Pearl Hairpins and Gold Crown
The Epitome of a Queen…
Underwater Maternity in Dramatic Sew Whimsey Red Celine Couture Tulle and Lace Gown
Oh that sweet expectation…
Underwater Maternity in Dramatic Sew Whimsey Red Celine Couture Tulle and Lace Gown
She was absolutely incredible in the water!
Underwater Maternity in Dramatic Sew Whimsey Red Celine Couture Tulle and Lace Gown
Oh this dress! When a dress has a name… You know it is going to be good! And of course Ciara absolutely ROCKED it!
It is called the Celine, by Sew Trendy Maternity. And it is absolutely stunning on every person I have put it on. Petite, curvy, short, or tall. I don’t know how, but it looks stunning every. single. time…

The Blue Bikini

Pregnant Black Girl Sinking Underwater in Deep Dark Blue Water in Cobalt Blue Bikini for Underwater Maternity Photography
We had one shot at this image. It was not something I would ask her to try twice. I went over the pose at least four times before we tried it. My assistant, Nicole, showed her the pose while standing next to the pool. I described every detail. My lifeguard was standing close by. Nicole stayed so close I had to clone out her foot from the edge of the photo. And Ciara? She absolutely slayed it!
Pregnant Black Girl Swimming Underwater in Deep Dark Blue Water in Cobalt Blue Bikini
Yes, Black Girls DO Swim Too! And they do it with grace and beauty…
Charlotte Maternity Swimming Underwater in Tropical Blue Water in Cream Lace Gown
Pregnant Black Girl Posing Underwater in Tropical Blue Water in Blue Bikini
Pregnant Black Girl Posing Underwater in Deep Dark Blue Water in Cobalt Blue Bikini
Pregnant Black Girl Sinking Underwater in Deep Dark Blue Water in Cobalt Blue Bikini for Underwater Maternity Photography
Oh those deep end reflections….
Tropical Blue Water Underwater Maternity in Cream Lace Gown
When this ray of sunshine peeked through the clouds I knew I had to capture it. We had just gotten in the water. Nicole and I both saw it. Poor Ciara didn’t know what was going on – but she rolled with our directions like a Pro!

The Queen

Underwater Maternity in Dramatic Sew Whimsey Tulle and Lace Red Gown with Pearl Hairpins and Gold Crown on braided black hair
Her hair was too amazing with these Pearl Hairpins, Gold Crown, and Braids not to capture it from behind!

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  1. My Trip to the Midwest | October 7 on 7 - Kristina Rust Photography

    October 7th, 2019 at 10:53 am

    […] of all I got to spend quality time with those I love.  And now please click on over to my friend Renee’s 7 on 7 blog post.  She is an amazing underwater photographer and you will LOVE her […]

  2. Kristina

    October 7th, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    These photos are gorgeous. Every. single. one. What a wonderful keepsake all of these mamas have of this amazing time in their live.

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