Lone Star State…

We had some Texas size fun didn’t we!?!  In June the boys and I made a trip out to California to visit family.  We have some dear friends who have recently moved to Dallas, Texas.  Shooting a session in their new pool was a fantastic excuse to stop over and visit the Lone Star State!!  We all had an amazing visit and with the Texas heat of course we pretty much lived in their beautiful pool!

These boys rocked their first underwater session!!  When I arrived mom told me how excited she was that we were able to organize this because as a mom of three boys, she doesn’t have nearly as many photos of her youngest as she does of the older two.  She worried that her boys were at an age where fake smiles seemed to dominate their photos ~ but as you can see, there was no lack of fun had by all!

It’s Just fun!

One of my very favorite things about underwater kids photography is how much good old fun we get to have!  I am a fish by nature and would honestly live in the water given the choice.  I can remember summers as a child where I we were in the water right after breakfast and swam until dinner.  We got pulled out for a couple hours mid day and told we had to come in and watch cartoons ~ because that was the only way to get us out of the pool for a break!  I never dreamed I would find a career that let me live in the water as an adult…

I love that the kids have *almost* as much fun as I do 😉  Families show up time and time again telling me how excited the kids were to come to their Underwater Photo Session.  Even those that aren’t quite sure what this is going to be like are having a blast by the second cannonball!

Hello Mama!!

Can we just stop for a moment and give Mom some props here?  We had never discussed her going in.  This session was scheduled just for her two youngest boys (biggest brother was home from college, but working).  But I looked over, asked her, and she said “why not?!?”  And then she proceeded to absolutely rock the mother son underwater photos!  So impressed!!

Can’t wait for Next Year!

Love you guys!  Hope we can come visit for a session again next summer!!

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Portrait and Underwater Photographer |

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Update: Thank you Happy Togs for featuring the top image of this little guy crashing onto the water! The Happy Togs is an amazing community that supports Community over Competition in a beautiful way!!  The group was founded by Tracy Joy, one of the photographers who hosted the workshop I attended in Charleston SC.

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  1. Renata Feyen

    August 26th, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Must have been real exciting that first underwater experience – happy for you that it went so well 🙂

  2. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Yes! The kids are always so fascinated by my gear and how it all works. And amazed that all I really want them to do is swim, dive, cannonball and play!!!

  3. Melanie Frost

    August 26th, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Those are some awesome underwater pics! Looks like you all had a fantastic time.

  4. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Thank you so much Melanie! The kids always have a blast ~ and so do I!!

  5. Nadia

    August 26th, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    These are such lovely photos. Underwater photography is an excellent way to allow young kids to be themselves and be captured in the cutest ways. Yes, I think they made a big splash.

  6. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Thank you Nadia! It really is. Parents are always amazed at how easy our underwater sessions are! No worries about outfit coordination, keeping kids corralled or entertained ~ the session itself IS the entertainment!!

  7. Monidipa

    August 27th, 2018 at 2:51 am

    These are some very amazing underwater pics. Looks like the boys had a lot of fun. First underwater experience always brings some amazing pictures.

  8. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Thank you so much for your kind words Moni!! It was such a fun weekend. I am so glad their family asked us to travel to them!!

  9. Pati Robins

    August 27th, 2018 at 5:27 am

    wow looks like you guys had a fantastic time and what a great photographs , boys look so happy

  10. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Pati!! For boys who swear they hate getting their picture taken ~ I think we did pretty well!

  11. Monica Suri

    August 27th, 2018 at 6:29 am

    The photos are so joyful that I can imagine how much fun you all had. I loved the smiles

  12. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:39 am

    It’s amazing how easy the smiles come when everyone is truly having such a wonderful time! These are the most stress free sessions I do as a photographer. Of course, it helps that the water is absolutely my happy place. So being in the water is always the most stress free place I can be 😉

  13. nati

    August 27th, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    What a fantastic photo session under water! I loved the first picture and the last one the most, but they are all amazing!

  14. Fiona

    August 27th, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    The pictures are so beautiful and colorful!The kids are adorable 🙂

  15. Indu

    August 27th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Spectacular underwater photos. Kids having blast in water, such a joy for them and equally enjoyable to me.

  16. admin

    August 27th, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    So kind of you to say Indu! We really do have a wonderful time in the water!!

  17. Ayana Nell

    August 27th, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    OMG how fun are these!!! I LOVE underwater photos! And those are definitely real smiles!

  18. Sayanti

    August 28th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    The underwater photoshoot must have been a thrilling experience for you all. I would love to do it someday.

  19. Heather

    August 28th, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    These photos are INCREDIBLE! What a fun idea. I would love to do this with my kiddos

  20. admin

    August 28th, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you Heather! It is such a fun style of photography – for me AND for the kids!! I have clients that travel to me and I am available for a limited number of travel sessions per year. I would love to connect!

  21. Elizabeth O

    August 30th, 2018 at 10:24 am

    These are great pictures! It looks like you had so much family fun all together!

  22. Becca Talbot

    September 12th, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Wow, what amazing photos that you’ve captured! I’d love to take pictures like this when I’m on my travels! x

  23. Rachael Eberhardt

    September 18th, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Wow, love those underwater photos very stunning and this kids really have a lot of fun doing that.

  24. Nancie

    September 18th, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Your underwater photography is excellent. Your kids look like they are having such a good time.

  25. Rosey

    September 18th, 2018 at 7:05 am

    These are great. I bet he loves these pictures so much too!

  26. Nandita

    September 18th, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    When my son first learned to swim underwater, he refused on swim normally for a whole month 🙂 Underwater photography makes everything look so surreal…really like these.
    – Nandita

  27. Shaily

    September 18th, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! What a lovely experience! I’ve become a fan of your excellent photography.

  28. admin

    September 18th, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you Shaily ~ that is so kind of you!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!!

  29. Tizzy Says

    September 19th, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Your photos underwater are absolutely amazing. The kids look like they had a blast too.

  30. Danielle Gardner

    September 19th, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I love your photography so much! This makes me want to try underwater photography.

  31. admin

    September 20th, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    It is such an amazing adventure Danielle!! I post little videos on Facebook and Instagram about my Underwater work if you would like to follow along 🙂 Always happy to answer questions along the way!