“Sirens”, a sea-siren / mermaid-inspired editorial for the October 2014 issue of Absolute magazine. Shot on location at Rottingdean Beach, East Sussex, UK.
This was a shoot with some special challenges to it. Special thanks to Robert White of MarinePix for his assistance on this one. It was my first time using a camera with underwater housing, which he kindly lent for this shoot. Because we were late getting onto the location with prep taking longer than planned, high tide had come in and covered up the rock pools in which I had originally planned to get the first shots. We went to Plan B, shooting on a green algae and seaweed covered set of steps, but we were very close to losing that location to the incoming tide as well. Though we still managed to use the second location, it necessitated not only models getting soaked by cold waves crashing onto where they sat, but me shooting from a position in the sea. Robert heroically helped to hold 8-month-pregnant-me in place so I could shoot try to maintain my balance on the rocks while handling the camera with the big awkward housing on it while getting bashed about in rough waters as the tide rushed in around me – all at the same time.
More images from this shoot available here.
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