Underwater Wedding Anniversary

Becky and Keith celebrated their wedding anniversary in the only way swim school owners could! 

Becky and Keith celebrated their wedding anniversary in the only way swim school owners could! 

Becky and Keith jumped in the pool in their wedding clothes!

Becky and Keith jumped in the pool in their wedding clothes!

 

Becky and Keith at their actual wedding 6 years ago.

Becky and Keith at their actual wedding 6 years ago.

Celebrating 6 years of marriage with a splash!

Celebrating 6 years of marriage with a splash!

Becky and Keith who run Tadpole Tots swim School in Hampshire and Surrey, celebrated their wedding anniversary with a splash, by jumping in the pool wearing their original wedding clothes! Since their wedding anniversary coincided with the Tadpole Tots photo shoot, it seemed the perfect way, to mark the day. 

Becky said: “After many years of our dunking our swimmers underwater and seeing their amazing photos I thought it would be great to try our own shoot.”

Keith added: “I love underwater photos, so between seeing some amazing wedding dress shoot photos and realising it was our 6th Wedding anniversary it seemed like a brilliant opportunity to capture a unique photo to celebrate our business and anniversary all in one. “

The swim school duo have a new found respect for their own swimmers, who make posing underwater look easy.

Becky said: "Swimming in clothes wasn’t too difficult, but getting under water with my long train was. It was very buoyant. After Keith trying to help me underwater we ended up using weights to keep me down! I did enjoy it but it was a lot harder work than thought it would be."

Keith said:" I found it difficult trying to push Becky down as her dress made it difficult to sink properly, then remember to pose under water whilst trying to get underwater myself. The babies and children make it look very easy!"

Becky and Keith will leave the modelling to the kids now that they have some cool underwater photos, and the next photo shoot with Tadpole Tots will be a spooky affair on Halloween! Saturday 31st October from 10.30am in Farnham, Surrey. Children of any age who are happy with underwater submersions are welcome. Visit www.tadpoletots.co.uk for details

Suede's new album announced

Suede announced their new album this week, due for release in November. The cover features an underwater photo of a girl floating on the surface of the water in a flowing dress. The photography was provided by Starfish Underwater Photography! We did the shoot back in June so have been waiting for the release. We turned a North London pool in the day time, into an haunting night time scene. Twins Bryony and Darcie Richardson took it in turns to model on the surface of the water and after a 3 hour shoot we got the shots needed for the album cover. To get the depth needed for the shot, I had to sit at the bottom of the 2.5m pool. The dress was from when I was a bridesmaid at my friend's wedding. Thankfully my friend wasn't upset I had drowned it, and was quite pleased it has been immortalised! 

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Marley Swims his Way to Better Health

 Marley swims his way to better health.
Marley Krajewski, 1, has Prader-Willi Syndrome. He has been swimming since 5 months old, and this has vastly improved the symptoms of his condition. 

Photo by Lucy Ray/www.starfishunderwaterphotography.com

Marley Krajewski was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition. The symptoms include restricted growth, reduced muscle tone and an insatiable appetite that can lead to rapid weight gain.

Marley's mum Claire has been taking him swimming with Puddle Ducks in Wigan to help with his condition.

After one year of swimming  Marley is thriving in the mainstream programme, with his muscle tone and mobility increasing steadily.   He can now hold his own head, sit up unaided and roll over. Most recently, Marley is arm crawling, weight bearing on his legs and can now also kick himself to the surface when submerged underwater – huge achievements that surpass all expectations of medical professionals.

 Marley swims his way to better health.
Marley Krajewski, 1, has Prader-Willi Syndrome. He has been swimming since 5 months old, and this has vastly improved the symptoms of his condition. 

Photo by Lucy Ray/www.starfishunderwaterphotography.com

Mum Claire explains, “we were very sceptical at first, as we didn’t know how Marley would cope, but as soon as he entered the water he was like a different child – kicking and splashing about having fun. The teacher showed me different ways to hold Marley with extra support, meaning we could do the lesson at the same pace as other children in the class.“Myself and Marley have never been treated any different to anyone else, which is very important to me.

 “His specialists cannot believe how exceptionally well he is doing, and how far he has come. His muscle tone has improved so much and we put it down to swimming.

 “I strongly believe that Puddle Ducks swimming lessons have helped in all aspects of Marley’s condition, improving muscle tone and his confidence in particular.”

Marley Swims on water surface

 “Marley is fine with going underwater and knows the signals for submerging. He kicks his way to the top and is all smiles on the surface.”

 Claire plans to keep taking Marley swimming as he gets older to help combat the weight gain problem associated with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

 She adds: “Swimming is the best exercise and should help to keep Marley’s weight stable and continue to help with his muscle tone and development, but the big dream is to see Marley swim in the Paralympic Games one day.”


Amazing Adult Underwater Photo Shoot

It's not just kids and babies who look amazing underwater, adults do too! Kelly came for an underwater photo shoot last week, and together we created some beautiful pictures. 

Make-up by Jenny Dayton. Copyright Starfish Underwater Photography

Make-up by Jenny Dayton. Copyright Starfish Underwater Photography

 Make-up by Jenny Dayton. Copyright Starfish Underwater Photography

 Make-up by Jenny Dayton. Copyright Starfish Underwater Photography

Kelly looked stunning at her adult underwater photo shoot. Make-up by Jenny Dayton. Copyright Starfish Underwater Photography

Kelly looked stunning at her adult underwater photo shoot. Make-up by Jenny Dayton. Copyright Starfish Underwater Photography

Underwater Santa Babies!

Thanks for coming to our winter photo shoots, we got some great shots! Here are a few of our adorable Christmas babies! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Starfish Underwater Photography. 

Adorable Christmas babies from photo shoots with Little Splashers in Leeds, Aquatots in Gloucestershire, and Little Fishes in Hertfordshire, and Starfish photo shoots in London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham. 

Adorable Christmas babies from photo shoots with Little Splashers in Leeds, Aquatots in Gloucestershire, and Little Fishes in Hertfordshire, and Starfish photo shoots in London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham. 

Swimming Cat

Roy the swimming cat by Lucy Ray/Starfish Underwater Photography

I was on an underwater dog shoot at the dog studio (www.thedogstudio.co.uk) with Adam Bedford who runs the place. Adam does great work with the dogs who visit him and has rehabilitated many poor pooches in need of hydrotherapy. While we were photographing the dogs, he casually mentioned that he also has the occasional cat in for hydrotherapy. A swimming cat! What a find! He asked Polly, the swimming cat's mother, to fetch him and see if he was in the mood for a dip. Sadly Polly returned empty handed as Roy was out and about when she went home. Polly went home a second time to locate Roy and this time he was ready for a swim. He even has a specially designed life jacket to keep him afloat in the water. I know what you're thinking, cats hate water. Not Roy! He seemed perfectly at home to begin with. After 6 laps though he let us know he had had enough and his ears went back and he looked a little angry. Time for a rest on the towel. 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/533661/Soggy-Moggy-Meet-the-cat-who-loves-swimming

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cats-might-famous-hating-water-4602776

http://home.bt.com/news/odd-news/introducing-hydrotherapy-for-cats-11363942937173

 

 

 

More Winter Shoots Announced!

Babies and children who are happy with underwater submersions are welcome to attend the photo shoots.

Babies and children who are happy with underwater submersions are welcome to attend the photo shoots.

Winter Photo Shoot Dates Announced With More Locations Than Ever Before!

Sunday 2nd November - Basingstoke, Saturday 8th November - North London, Friday 14th November - Wolverton MK, Saturday 22nd November - Leeds, Wednesday 26th November - West London, Monday 1st December - Bushey, Tuesday 2nd December -  Bedfordshire, Saturday 6th December - Nottingham, Sunday 7th December - St Albans, Monday 8th December - Bradford, Thursday 11th December- Stanstead Abbotts, Thursday 18th December - SE London. Phew!

See you in the pool :-)

Have a whale of a time!

Photo Shoots aren't just for babies! Children who are happy going underwater photograph really well too. We aren't limited by the number of submersions we can do (well only time-wise)  so they can keep going under again and again for great shots. The kids love it too - especially the props and costumes! They have a whale of a time!  It's also really nice when siblings swim together. Twice as tricky but twice as fun! 

Check out Amelia and Joe in their underwater photo shoot. 

They could be fish! Amelia and Joe had a whale of a time underwater.

They could be fish! Amelia and Joe had a whale of a time underwater.

An actual whale

An actual whale

Dogs in Wetsuits

 

Although they look lazy on land, these lions of the sea sure can move quickly when underwater! They are some of the friendliest  and most inquisitive creatures I have ever dived or swam with. A guide on our boat described them as "dogs in wetsuits" and I think that's quite accurate. They are much more like dogs than lions. Friendly and active but always ready for a nap! 

Boats are a good place for a snooze.

Boats are a good place for a snooze.

It's incredible swimming with creatures that come this close and aren't afraid of you. These are completely wild animals yet they are happy to swim right up to you and play.

It's incredible swimming with creatures that come this close and aren't afraid of you. These are completely wild animals yet they are happy to swim right up to you and play.

This Sea lion looks  like a cartoon character. I think she was wondering   what my camera was!

This Sea lion looks  like a cartoon character. I think she was wondering   what my camera was!

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Curious baby sea lion says hello!

Curious baby sea lion says hello!

Underwater Fashion

Underwater photography is perfect for showcasing clothing, and what better way to demonstrate hand painted clothing is machine washable, than to dunk it in a pool and prove it!

There were no big clouds of colour underwater and the vivid colours creativeplanets use in their painting work really well in the pool. 

 Emily Rose Arno models a hand painted dress by creativeplanets underwater.
The underwater photo shoot proves the hand painted garments really are machine washable.
Photo by Lucy Ray/Starfish Underwater Photography

Models Emily Rose Arno and Krystal Geddes look fantastic underwater!

Diving in the Red Sea, Egypt

I've been to Egypt several times before and dived the Red Sea, but it was a totally different experience on a live aboard. A full week of diving with up to 4 dives a day meant loads of great opportunities for underwater photography so was a bit of a working holiday!  My camera and housing is used to being in swimming pools, not the sea, so it was great to take it down to 30m and thankfully there were no leaks! During the week we saw turtles, lots of wrecks and wild wild dolphins. Check out my sea life page to see more marine pictures.

A Wild Dolphin and her pod of 8, swam below us near Tiles Wreck, Abu Nuhas. 

A Wild Dolphin and her pod of 8, swam below us near Tiles Wreck, Abu Nuhas. 

Friendly turtle on Tiles Wreck, Abu Nuhas, Egypt

Friendly turtle on Tiles Wreck, Abu Nuhas, Egypt

Swimming with Sealions

As well as photographing in swimming pools, I occasionally get the chance to take my underwater camera into the sea. Visiting the Galapagos Islands gave me the chance to swim with some unusual creatures. Sea lions love the camera and are really curious so were great fun to film and photograph.

Check out my swimming with Sea lions video  http://vimeo.com/97666811

 

Underwater Dogs

They do say "Never work with children or animals" and on this occasion I might agree! Underwater dogs can be fierce when they are chasing their ball and my head takes the brunt of it. It's worth it though to get the amazing expressions the dogs make underwater. 

  Doggie pools are springing up all over the country or if you're lucky enough to have your own outdoor pool, and  your dog swims and puts his/her head under for the ball, you could have your own underwater dogs shoot. Get some amazing shots of your pooch underwater! 

Rosanna in The Times

Real Life Mermaid Rosanna Ogden, 4, made it into The Times!  Rosanna is an amazing swimmer and can stay underwater longer than any child I have ever seen. I think she may be a future Olympic swimming champion!

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New Photo Shoots

Now we are well into 2014, we've been arranging new photo shoots for the end of the spring term.

We are heading back to Wolverton Fitness in Milton Keynes, Rushcliffe Leisure Centre in Nottingham, The Harbour Club in Notting Hill, Frutina Swim Centre in West London and a new pool, Colfe's Leisure Centre in South East London. We've been looking for a pool in this area for many months so Colfe's is a great find! We are always looking for new locations so if you want a shoot in your area, please get in touch ;-)

Santa

I bumped into Santa at the train station. Not everyone was bothered though!

You can find Santa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SantaClaus57

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Diving at the National Sealife Centre Birmingham

Once a month, a team of divers (including Lucy from Starfish Underwater Photography) jump into the Ocean tank at The National Sealife Centre, Birmingham. Out main purpose is to clean the tank from the inside. Well how else do you clean an aquarium?!  We even have an underwater vacuum cleaner! We also pick up loose corals (they are plastic!) that the sharks have knocked off, and glue them back in place. 

  If you visit the Sealife Centre on a sunday (usually the second sunday of the month) you might spot us among the sharks and turtles and fish, so be sure to give us a wave!

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