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March 31, 2014

Gradual Worldwide Adoption of Crediting on FB


I'm happy to see the gradual worldwide adoption by serious photographers of this kind of crediting on FB. I may have started it on FB, but readily admit to adopting the format from CA (Communication Arts Magazine), one of the most prestigious journals for creative directors, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and other creatives. This is a recent entry by the talented team of Kat Felton (model/uw model/mermaid-Germany/Thailand) and Harald Slauschek (uw photographer-Austria). Kudos in all respects.

Belated frame from MPW-Exuma Cays 2012


A belated frame from Mermaid Portfolio Workshop 120808.

Model: Iara Mandyn
Location: Sand Dollar Beach Shallows; Highbourne Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
MUA: Iara Mandyn
Koi Tail: Mertailor Mermaid Tails By Eric Ducharme -- with Iara Mandyn.

March 29, 2014

"Simon" in Cuba


Took this little guy, "Simon," with me to Cuba and took his photo on the park sign at our dive dock on the western tip of the island. I'm meeting with the puppeteers who created Simon to see if I can help them with their program aimed at stopping child abuse.

March 23, 2014

Mermaid with Bull's Head


Model: Amanda Kaiser
Mermaid Tail: MerBella
Assistant: Jackie Burwood
Cowhead: Crumley's Studio Prop Closet
MUA: Texas Desert Sunshine -- with Amanda Kaiser.

Mermaid Victoria experimenting with "wings" and Koi Tail


Experimenting more with "wings" and Koi tail. Studio session last week.

Model: Victoria Vaughn Cosplay
MUA: Chewy Brittany Chewning
Assistant: Jackie Burwood
Tail: Eric Jonathan Ducharme -- with Victoria Vaughn Cosplay.

March 21, 2014

Mermaid Victoria in a Victoria + Albert Claw Foot Bath Tub


First session with brunette model in red wig, from Northern Virginia

Model: Victoria Vaughn Kicha

March 17, 2014

Freshly painted Cyc; test


Assistant Jackie painted the studio cyc this morning and we did this test after lunch; tell you more about it later....

March 16, 2014

BODYART Dancer Stephanie Mas in Bubbles


Working on some image candidates for something special coming up. This one is NY Bodyart dancer Stephanie Mas

March 9, 2014

Sandbar at Saddle Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas Islands


Some of the locations encountered during our Mermaid Portfolio Workshops are so over-the-top they stick permanently in the mind's eye. This is the sandbar at Saddle Cay in the Bahamas' Exuma Cays. It's one of those places we'll re-visit in August with sketches of new images we want.

Model: Kristi Sherk

March 8, 2014

Revisit's Are Fun; "Dive in Color"


Sometimes it's fun to revisit things - i.e. this studio work in Virginia Beach. These images ran in "Dive in Color" themed full-page ads in most of the dive magazines and posters still hang in many dive shops and diver's homes. The California -based creative director for the project wanted a Uma Thurman lookalike and we cast Elizabeth (Liz) Harlow, a model who works in Miami and L.A.. Client was TUSA USA/Australia, a division of TABATA, directed by Stephen Ashmore. After the U.S. and Australia, the ads ran in Asia and Europe - even in Russia.

March 7, 2014

Feeling Patriotic


Was feeling a little patriotic today; it has been a long time since I did my six years.... so pulled a little Red, White and Blue from the file.

March 6, 2014

Pristine Wall and Red Sponges; Maria la Gorda Divesite, Cuba


Pristine wall and red sponges at Aquarium dive site off Maria la Gorda on the western end of Cuba. About 80fsw.

Diver Model: Sol Kellihan

Great Hammerhead Shark off South Bimini


Just returned from a shoot specifically to photograph Great Hammerhead Sharks. We anchored in 35-40' of water just offshore from South Bimini in the Bahamas Islands and worked with these animals for a week. The great hammerhead is typically larger than the more common scalloped hammerhead and has a dorsal fin approaching that of a killer whale/orca.

March 2, 2014

Ocean Artists Society Film/Web/Print Materials


Ocean Artists Society recently created a film and other materials aimed at people who could ease the strain being placed on our oceans. The image Kristi Sherk and I produced during a Mermaid Portfolio Workshop was used in this form.

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