Senior Portraits for Jenaia. Going Underwater on Lake Chelan.

by Gavin Seim: I just finished up this awesome portrait session. Jenaia is from Wenatchee and her family spends lots of summer weekends camping at Lake Chelan. She also loves the water, so we decided to make that the theme for her senior portraits. We took it a step further however, opting to go under the surface. I collected some extra gear, including a soft housing that allowed my main camera and flash to submerge with me. When the big day came we headed out on their boat with a few of Jenaia’s friends and family. It’s time to get wet.

Turns out working in the water is a lot of work 😉 It was totally worth it however and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Jenaia was really a trooper, the perfect mermaid. She wore her prom dress (not easy to swim in) which we scissored up a bit on the bottom, allowing it to flow beautifully in the water. Jenaia worked hard at giving us great movement and expression. My favorite is this top one, but there’s lots more that came out really cool.

Once out of the deep water we had  fun with more poses near the shore. I just love working with water and the scenes fit Jenaia so well. After drying off we followed up with a few classic poses to round her collection off with some variety. I especially like the one of the rock that we grabbed right at sunset. It was a fun, challenging session, but I think they came out amazing. I’m confident that Jenaia will not soon forget her senior year.

This one on the dock is another favorite and we’ll be making it into a thirty inch heirloom canvas that will look stunning their wall. For those interested in what I learned about working underwater, stay tuned to my f164 blog as I’ll be posting more detail and tips soon. There;s More of my favorites below. Enjoy… Gav

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4 Responses to Senior Portraits for Jenaia. Going Underwater on Lake Chelan.

  1. Wow! These are amazing. How did you do it? Are the underwater ones really in the lake? The water is so clear and so much light. How did you do it? I don’t swim so this to me is above and beyond. How exciting for you and Jenaia. She will be the envy of her entire class. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Heidi Neal says:

    Dear Gavin,
    These photos of Jenaia are truly amazing! Your talented shots underwater are breath taking!

    We also own a full time place where you shot her photos and our daughter has grown up at the beach at Lake Chelan with Jenaia. She is also a senior this year but at Manson.

    I am sure Jenaia and her parents are absolutely thrilled with your stunning photos

    Thank you for sharing,
    Heidi Neal
    Manson, WA

  3. Gavin Seim says:

    Thanks Laurie. Yes they were in the lake. I did some planning before and experimenting to try and nail it. Then some detailed post work. I’m super stoked about the results. Stay tune to, my fien art blog. I plan to do a technique post on this project… Gav

  4. Gavin Seim says:

    Thanks so much Heidi, it was really neat. Chelan is a cool area. If you need senior portraits for your daughter you know where to find me.

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