To end the season with this Underwater Senior Fashion Session was absolutely the best gift that I could have been given.

Don’t forget to Breathe!

There came a point in the session that one of the photographer’s assisting actually me had to make me stop.  I could hardly breathe and needed a break.  I was so taken by what we were doing that I hadn’t even noticed that I was staying under for far too long and not coming up long enough to give my lungs the air they needed.  It was such a magical day.  Even as I write this, I am swept back to that afternoon, my heart is racing just a bit and my smile is widening. I am breathing a little deeper…

Sunshine and Grace

We picked a Fall Friday when the high school was out and the weather was gorgeous.  What I thought was going to be a one hour session turned into nearly four.  No one wanted to stop.  The light was amazing and her dress was enchanting.  The water was an irresistible blue with a sparkle that evoked such magic the photographs convince most I used post processing to add the bokeh.  I assure you, I did not.  I could see it from under the water and didn’t want to come up for air for fear of loosing it….

Ella was perfection in the water, the epitome of grace and elegance.  Spencer amazed me.  Not only as a phenomenal swimmer and athlete, but in his patience to sit on the side and watch us work when he wasn’t involved.

Styled Sessions with Flare

These Underwater Styled and Underwater Fashion Sessions have lit a spark in me!!! I loved photographing the Charlotte Roller Girl Session last summer and I can’t wait to share some of the sessions I have in the works for this year!!

Do you have ideas for a fun styled session?  I would love to hear them in the comments below!  My boys are always coming up with new ones, and they have actually come up with some pretty great plans that I just may have to try!

RCB Fashion

I am forever grateful to RCB Fashion for the use of one of her amazing custom designed dresses.  Her work is absolutely stunning.  I can’t wait for an opportunity to use one of her dresses for myself.  What a dream to skip the shopping and have a dress custom designed for a formal event!!

And Erin was a joy to work with.  Truth be told, that dress stayed in my closet far longer than it should have.  It was so gorgeous I honestly had difficulty returning it.  Even though I haven’t worn that size since my 20’s, it didn’t matter.  Just having a dress that beautiful hanging in my closet brought sunshine to my home.

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

PS  This will have to be part one because there is just too much to share from this session – and if I don’t start somewhere I may never start anywhere!!

Charlotte Underwater Fashion Falling Angel in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

I’ve heard it said many times to do one thing for yourself in every session. And while this entire session was for myself in many ways. This photo was my “out of the box”, “push my limits” type photo. It was the one that I wanted to try even though I had zero idea how it would turn out. And I love how those limit pusher are, more often than not, the ones that end up being the most creative and unique. And, often, the most spectacular…

Charlotte Underwater Ballerina in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

This Ballerina Image is one of my favorites from this Underwater Fashion Session

Charlotte Underwater Fashion Senior in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

The light was just magical that day. I could see these bokeh sparkles in camera from under the water ~ and just didn’t want to come up for air!

Charlotte Underwater Fashion Senior in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

This young woman was amazing. She was so confident and relaxed under the water!! Just gorgeous!

Charlotte Underwater Fashion Senior in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

Charlotte Underwater Fashion Senior in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

Is there anything more romantic than young love underwater? This underwater kiss makes me swoon….

Charlotte Underwater Fashion Senior in Purple Tulle by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

I adore how fierce this young woman looks here! Gorgeous princess gown, yet so fierce and strong.

 

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  1. Cristy Cross

    April 24th, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Renee these are just so so magical and beautiful. I am captivated by them!!

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