Shallow Water vs Deep Water

I have a deep pool and I don’t spend a lot of time in shallow water.

Many of you know I am a big fan of shooting underwater portraits in deep water. My pool reaches a depth of 8.5 feet and sitting around the 7 foot mark is my very own happy place.

But I truly do work throughout my entire my pool during every session. One thing that is unique about my pool is that I have 3-5 areas to work within no matter the light, and each one is like its own “mini studio”.

Many expecting mamas like to push into the deeper water, others are more comfortable in the shallow end. Some are incredibly strong swimmers. Others are not, or may even have a fear of deeper water. But whatever your ability and wherever you like to hang out, we will create unique and stunning Maternity Portraits!

A Few Shallow Water Tricks

By shooting from the shallow into the deep we can give an illusion of deeper water. It also gives an opportunity to focus on reflections, and close up portraits of Mama’s beautiful face.

Underwater Maternity in Shallow Water with Asian woman in waterfall pearls and Teal Gown
The reflection in this waterfall pearl statement necklace looks like a crown in the water reflection.

The shallow is also where we often take time to either help a client adjust to the water, or to give the Mama to Be a little break to breath and rest while I focus on baby bump photographs from underwater.

One very popular spot in my pool is at the ledge just before the bottom drops off to the deepest point. The shallow often looks like sand with the dark blue depths giving the illusion of an expansive body of water.

Underwater Maternity in Shallow Water looking towards the deep with Asian woman and Teal Gown
One popular spot in my pool is at the ledge just before the bottom drops off to the deepest point. The shallow often looks like sand with the dark blue depths giving the illusion of an expansive body of water….

And in contrast, as the photographer I can move to the deeper water and shoot back towards the shallow and create and entirely different look. One filled with light blues and sand colors, while the client stays in the exact same spot.

Shallow or Deep, it’s Safety First!

So don’t let a fear of the deep, or even a hesitation, keep you from the amazing experience of Underwater Maternity Portraits. My Safety Assistant and I are there to create incredible portraits, yes. But our number one job. And the number one job of all Underwater Photographers in my opinion. Is to keep everyone safe. We will never push anyone to do anything out of their comfort zone from a safety perspective.

Now, that bold color or statement jewelry piece that you are hesitating on?

Yep, I might push a little on that one 😉

Renee Stengel Photography | Charlotte Underwater Photographer
Underwater Maternity in Shallow Water with smiling and laughing pregnant Asian woman in waterfall pearls and Teal Gown
Shallow water can give an opportunity for more portrait style photos that focus on Mama’s beautiful face.
Underwater Maternity in Shallow Water with focus on baby bump in teal with soft bokeh and black lace with dramatic blues.
The shallow is often where we take time to give the Mama to Be a little break to breath and rest while I focu on baby bump photographs from underwater.

Teal Maternity Gown with extended Chiffon Train by Sew Trendy Accessories

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