It Takes Two

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So, every bride-to-be does a vintage fashion water nymph photo shoot with their maid of honor, right?

A few weeks ago, while Nikki and I were back in Phoenix for my bridal shower, we synced up with my good friend and bad-ass photographer Kristy of Kristy Velesko Photography for a photo shoot. Nikki and I braved water spiders, sinking mud (seriously, we were shin-deep at times!), the Arizona sun, and the fishes of Lake Pleasant to channel our inner mermaids.

And I think the resulting images are pretty spectacular, which is fitting since our friendship is, too!

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Lessons From the Deep End

You guys, modeling underwater is really, really hard…but it’s also hilarious and completely worth the constant cardio workout and inevitable water up your nose. Here’s what I learned during my two-hour foray into the deep (end of a pool):

1. You gotta shoot with a cool crew. Underwater modeling is awkward as hell. Unnerving. Sometimes uncomfortable. But if you have people working with you who are willing to crack inappropriate jokes and play with kung fu poses (see below), the frustration of fighting buoyancy and billowy costuming and hair in the face will seem trivial. (A huge shout out to Kristy Velesko of Kristy Velesko Photography and my studly merman, Ryan Haringa, for being rad partners in crime during this shoot!)

2. For photographers, weight belts are wonderful. For Kristy, they helped her get into position and stabilize her camera those precious milliseconds before Ryan and I hit our mark.

3. Chlorinated water makes me burp.

4. You have to find the light. Water bends sunrays in strange (and gorgeous)  ways, and it’s easy to get lost in the shadows. Just like modeling on land, you gotta know your angles and find the light.

5. The shoot was way more exhausting than I anticipated. Sure, I knew it would be somewhat strenuous, but I can’t remember the last time I had to tread water for extended periods of time. Holy cardio, Batman! (Of course, Ryan was a show-off and went to the gym after our shoot, while I went home to eat a huge dinner and pass out.)

6. Relaxing your face is difficult but essential. There are a few pictures from this session (not included) where I straight up look like a wet chipmunk. Not cute. You have to learn how to hold your breath…without looking like you’re holding your breath. Which is difficult and something I need to work on.

7. The majority of our shots were unusable, but when we found those still, beautiful moments, they were magic. Observe…

Photos courtesy of Kristy Velesko Photography. All rights reserved.

Down By the Shore

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When I met Kristy of Kristy Velesko Photography at La Jolla Shores for a shoot a couple weeks ago, our session got off to a bit of a rough start. The dress Kristy had ordered for me didn’t fit. She endured a bee sting on the bottom of her foot while we walked to our location – far, far, far down the shore, because the beach was crowded with recent college graduates and their celebrating families. And the June gloom we hoped would paint the beach with moody lighting wasn’t cooperating. It wasn’t cloudy and moody. It was bright and warm.

But even when things don’t go as planned, magic is possible. And magic is 100% what Kristy captured during our session. All we needed to turn this shoot out were a couple clips, some salt water, and lots of laughter.