Make A Wish Mermaid

When I received the call from Joel of Firetower Media asking if I would be willing to do some underwater photography for an upcoming Make A Wish Mermaid Experience I was absolutely overjoyed at the opportunity. I had no idea about any of the details, but I said YES immediately! Joel did the video for the event while I shot the underwater portraits. It felt like such a blessing to be able to use the skills I have worked so hard to develop to give back in some small way.

Mermaid Experience

And oh what an Experience our Mermaid had!

There were Balloons everywhere from Confetti Castle, a gorgeous Custom pink and purple Tail from Mertailor Kids, Mermaid themed cake and food and decorations everywhere you looked provided by our gracious host and W.I.S.H Society member Robin Salzman.

But of course, the main event, was getting to swim in her new tail with a real life Mermaid! And there is no one better for the role than Mermaid Shannon.

Mermaid Shannon

She was so kind and gentle with our Mermaid. Helping her learn to swim in her new tail, teaching her to make heart bubbles under the water, offering Mermaidy tips on all kinds of fun things.

I loved watching them just hang out on the edge of the beautiful Infinity Pool, kicking their gorgeous Mertailor Tails in the sun, chatting quietly while they looked out at Lake Norman…

I look forward to working with you again soon Mermaid Shannon!

Thank you Make A Wish

It was truly an honor to capture this day for our Mermaid, her family, and for Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina.

It was a joy to see you so happy with your day Mermaid E. I wish you many happy, joy filled, healthy days ahead!

Renee Stengel Photography | Charlotte Underwater Photographer
Make A Wish Mermaid with Mermaid Shannon Mertailor Mermaid Tails on edge of infinity pool against Lake Norman North Carolina
A huge thank you to the Salzman Family of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge for the use of their gorgeous lakeside pool.
Make A Wish Mermaid in Mertailor Pink and Purple Mermaid Tail with bubbles in light blue pool in Charlotte NC
Make A Wish Mermaid with Mertailor Mermaid Tail and In Lake Norman NC Pool
Mertailor provided a gorgeous custom tail for our Mermaid’s big day!
Make A Wish Mermaid with Mertailor Mermaid Tail and In Lake Norman NC Pool
Mermaid Shannon made the entire experience such a magical one for our Mermaid!
Mermaid Shannon with Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina
Mermaid Shannon made the entire experience such a magical one for our Mermaid!
Make A Wish Mermaid with Mertailor Mermaid Tail and pink Bling2O Sparkle Goggles In Charlotte NC Pool
Such a fun day for these two!
Make A Wish Mermaid in Mertailor Pink and Purple Mermaid Tail with bubbles in light blue pool in Charlotte NC
Make A Wish Mermaid with Mermaid Shannon Mertailor Mermaid Tails on edge of infinity pool against Lake Norman North Carolina
I loved being able to capture our Mermaid in and OUT of the water! The infinity pool ledge was the perfect spot.
Thanks to my helpers for assisting with some high noon sun filtering!
Three Mermaids on the steps in light blue pool for Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina
Our Mermaid’s cousin even got to jump in for a bit at the end.
I had my Fin Fun Mermaid Tail in my kit as a back-up – so she was able to try a Mermaid Tail as well.
Behind the Scenes with Firetower Media and Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina
Joel, of Firetower Media, did an amazing job capturing video for our event!
And a huge thank you to Petra of Cotton and Copper Studio for assisting and helping keep us all safe
Mermaid Shannon with Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina
Mermaid Shannon is just the best!
Make A Wish Mermaid with pink Bling2O Sparkle Goggles In Charlotte NC Pool
I always bring along a few pairs of goggles just in case.
Our Mermaid loved using this Bling2O sparkly pink swim mask to protect her eyes.
Mermaid Shannon and Make A Wish Mermaid in Mertailor Tails on steps of pool
Aren’t these Mertailor Tails just stunning!!

A Few Cell Phone Photos from ABOVE the Water!

I captured a few Behind the Scenes Photos with my phone camera before and after jumping in. The quality isn’t perfect on these, but I wanted to share what an amazing job the ENTIRE team did pulling together this incredible event!!

Marbled Balloons by Confetti Castle in Lake Norman Pool
What an incredible view – made even more beautiful by these giant marbled balloons supplied by Confetti Castle!
Amazing Mermaid Party hosted by Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina
Amazing Mermaid Party hosted by Make A Wish Central and Western North Carolina
Every Mermaid’s Dream PARTY!!
Behind the scenes with Renee Stengel Photography and Mermaid Shannon

This session was a little different than our last big Mermaid Session in my pool! But oh what fun. Looking forward to many more mermaids in my own pool later this season!

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  1. Michelle says:

    Does Mermaid Shannon do private events? How do I get in touch with her?

    • Renee says:

      Absolutely! She is wonderful with kids in the water! Please visit her Instagram page for more information on how to book private sessions with her – or send an email to renee@reneestengelphotography.com if you would like a full mermaid experience with underwater photos of the special event!

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