Chelsea Bartholow decided this is going to be her last child. With two daughters waiting for the newborn daughter/sister she decided to have the pre-birth photographed underwater. My assistant and partner in this project, Jana Craciunescu, did the make-up and prepared the dress for Chelsea. She is two weeks away from giving birth. The two daughters and husband were excited to participate. I set up a white background on the north side of the pool and a black one on the south side of the shady side of the pool. I use a Canon 6D in a Nexus housing and the Sigma 20mm f1.4 lens and two Ikelite DS160 strobes. Jana chose the 5DMK2 in a Nexus housing with the Canon 24 f2.8 lens and two MCD2 strobes with 90-degree diffusers. As the clouds drifted overhead the ambient exposures had to be adjusted quickly. The water was temperature was comfortable at 78 degrees. Southern California is back to its normal May Gray and June Gloom weather patterns. Last year the weather was full sun and the pool temperature was in the mid-80’s. We used clip-on weights the get Chelsea buoyancy adjusted for her comfort. With some posing training by Jana, Chelsea quickly learned the necessary moves in the water.
Everyone had a great time and if the water had been warmer we could have done a lot more.
Post your comments please so we can get an idea of what you think about this. Let us know if you would like to do this also.