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August 29, 2012

Twice Lost - Third Book in Sarah Porter's Lost Voices Trilogy


Sarah Porter's third book in her Lost Voices trilogy isn't on the teen bookshelves yet, but it's being reviewed now. Check goodreads.com for more info and release date.

The cover art is based on images of mermaids Ashley Nadine (top) and Kristi Sherk (bottom). We did Ashley's image in Florida and Kristi's in Virginia. Had a crew of eight for each shoot.

Both mermaids are in Eric Ducharme (themertailor.com) silicone tails.

August 28, 2012

High Key Tabitha Lopez


Took a wine red wig from Etsy vendor Underground Aquarium to the Bahamas boat, but tested it one day Tabitha Lopez was in the Virginia Beach studio. The straight wine red color is nice, but decided to play around and do a high key version.

August 27, 2012

Underwater Fashion - Black


I always enjoy working with talent and this was an especially good day with model Kristi Sherk and MUA Kim Reyes from the Baltimore/Washington area.

August 23, 2012

Bodyart Dancers and the Red Rope Underwater


Working today pulling some images going into a special collection in Europe. This is one I may include. The selection process is really tough.

Models: Stephanie Mas and Allison Ploor, Bodyart Dancers, New York
Location: Underwater, Virginia Beach, VA

August 21, 2012

Waiting for a Cloud to Pass; Photographer Vest at Work


It's not often I get on the front side of the camera, but we shot a behind-the-scenes image for Rob Daughterty (thevestguy.com) to show his Urban 5 Photo Vest at work.

I own some photo vests, but generally wouldn't be caught dead in one. This one is different. The pockets hold major stuff....70-200mm f2.8 in the big pocket, smaller optics in the smaller pockets; batteries, black cloth, filters and other flat items in the chest pockets. There are D-Rings for hanging things (in my case, the knife). And, straps with 1/4-20 screws for hanging the camera so I'm hands-free when needed.

Except for the pockets, the vest is mesh, so cool for working in warm places.

The black bag hanging from the tripod is a military spec drybag with a drysuit zipper closure and manual inflator for taking sensitive gear to and from work in wet places.

Add a hat, sunscreen, water, VHF radio, inflatable boat and sometime 9mm and I'm good to go.

Photo: Kristi Sherk (BaltWash area)
Location: Saddle Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas Islands

August 20, 2012

Sandbar at Saddle Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas Islands


This sandbar at Saddle Cay is mostly underwater except at low tides, so we had to plan our session around the tides. We wanted the simplicity of just sand, water, sky and clouds for the image of Iara Mandyn and the red wine Mertailor silicone tail.

August 19, 2012

Koi Tail in the Grotto Entrance


There is a wall on Compass Cay (Bahamas Islands; Exuma Cays) with underwater entrances to two large caverns or grottos. At low tide, you can swim in a small crevice with your head above water. At higher tides, it takes a shallow dive into the wide entrance and up into the cavern. Spectacular places.

Here, we are underwater in the grotto with the opening from blue glow open water behind.

Model: Kristi Sherk (WashDC area)
Tail: Eric Ducharme' Koi Tail (themertailor.com)

August 17, 2012

Mermaid Portfolio Workshop


Just finished the trial run of the Mermaid Portfolio Workshop in the Exuma Cays of the Central Bahamas with mermaids Malena Sharkey (Virginia), Kristi Sherk (BaltWash area), Iara Mandyn (San Francisco) and Gabrielle "Sora" Anattessia (SoCal). This frame is from a shallow water session:

Model: Iara Mandyn (San Francisco)
Makeup: Iara
Hair: Serah Lynns at Etsy/Underground Aquarium
Koi Tail: Eric Ducharme (themertailor.com)
Location: Highbourne Cay Beach

August 6, 2012

Tara Lynn and the Octo-Top


Worked with model Tara Lynn last week doing some images of the new silicone Octo-Top by Eric Ducharme (themertailor.com). It was one of those win-win-win sessions. Great to work with Tara Lynn, the Octo-Top is work of art and we shot it with the new Nikon 36 megapixel D800.

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