Jumping into a Fresh Season with Underwater Couture, Tulle, and all the ruffles we can sink!

It has a long season of Global Pandemic, ELearning, and managing just about as much “family together time” as I could manage. I loved being home with my boys, and am forever grateful I had the flexibility to pause my own work to help make our family function through such a rough year. But friends. Oh my friends. I am so beyond ready to jump into a new season in the pool!!

Underwater Couture

I put most of my work on hold over the last fifteen months. But one thing I had trouble staying away from? Collecting Gowns for my Client Closet! The late nights of internet scrolling, the time spent looking for distractions from the state of the world, the feeling of wanting to do something, anything, to continue moving my studio forward and towards the day I would be creating in the water again.

Underwater Maternity in Gold

Well. Collecting and photographing new gowns and accessories. Building my pinterest page full of examples of dresses, poses, and themes for future sessions (including lots of couture tulle ready to be used underwater!). And revamping my studio to create a gorgeous new office (post coming soon on that one!) felt like the small things I could do to prepare for the time when we would be back in the water.

Test Run

A few weeks ago I invited two expecting mamas to join me in the pool for an Underwater Maternity Portrait Model Session. I haven’t done a maternity model call in several seasons, but, since I had only been shooting on dry land (or in the water with my boys), I felt I needed to do a test run.

Honestly, my confidence was sliding. I was getting nervous I wouldn’t remember where the buttons on the camera were or how to load my underwater housing! Joking. Kind of 😉

But I knew I needed to do a trial run. Oh friends, was I nervous getting into that water. I took this first photo as a test of my settings. I looked at the back of the camera and thought. Ok. Maybe I still have what it takes…

Underwater Light Reflecting on bottom of swimming pool to create bokeh bubbles | Renee Stengel Photography Underwater Portrait Photographer Charlotte NC
I took this first photo as a test of my settings. I looked at the back of the camera and thought. Ok. Maybe I still have what it takes…

So. Let’s CREATE!

And then we started creating. And create we did! So. I’m thinking. I still have it…. And now I am absolutely ready to start using “it”!!

So. Who is ready to CREATE!?!

Underwater Maternity Photoshoot using purple couture tulle ruffled gown.
And CREATE we did!
Underwater Maternity Photoshoot using purple couture tulle ruffled gown.
The flow of the layers of tulle ruffles in this gown was absolutely incredible in the water. Well worth the wait for this gorgeous hand sewn couture gown to arrive from Germany!
Underwater Maternity Photoshoot using purple couture tulle ruffled gown.
The ruffled tulle of this gown flows very differently from the other tulle I have used in the pool. The flow was absolutely stunning!
Underwater Maternity in Gold with back arched in blue green pool
Gold is an absolutely incredible color in the water….
Underwater Maternity in Gold with soft bokeh bubbles of light
Light reflecting on the bubbles in the water can create the most spectacular soft Bokeh Bubbles
Underwater Maternity in Gold

Purple Tulle Gown by Katarina Hakaj Couture of Germany

Gold Knit and Chiffon Gown by Sew Trendy Accessories

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