Preparing for an Underwater Photoshoot
A successful underwater photoshoot requires some preparation, some are common sense, but many are specific to shooting underwater.
Weeks and days before the photoshoot:
Practice breath holding while keeping regular face expressions.
Practice opening eyes underwater. Ocean water is too salty, chlorine in pools irritate the eyes. Best is if you have access to a salt water poor.
Practice changing your buoyancy with your lungs. Try sinking underwater by releasing the air from your lungs. This is the hardest and most useful exercise.
Day before the photoshoot:
Avoid alcohol and late nights. Hangover and underwater photoshoot don't go well together.
Day of the photoshoot:
Make-up: waterproof make-up only. Avoid false eyelashes, they don't hold up underwater.
Two hours before the photoshoot: wear ample clothing, to avoid skin marks. Skin marks due to a tight bra, or bra with metallic support, can last for hours, and will be very visible on every photo. Use instead an ample dress, a loose swimsuit or loose work-out clothing.
Bring with you: solid color swimsuit. White and black are the two best choices. If you have a large flowing dress, bring it.
Bring with you a towel, and a plastic bag to carry back your wet towel and your wet swimsuit/dresses. Bring a set of dry clothes to wear on your way out.
Cosplayers: your creativity can be unleashed underwater too!
And most importantly, bring your best smile with you: the day is meant to be an interesting and fun day for you, and the photographs produced will be there for a lifetime to remind you of the day you modeled underwater.