One photographer, 3 models and 10 bride dresses – sounds like a routine photo shoot… but what if you were to move it to 75 feet underwater? This is exactly what professional underwater photographer Sharon Rainis did during her latest project with internationally acclaimed designer Erez Ovadia. I’ve seen quite a few underwater photoshoots before, but 22-meter-below is the first time. In an interview with MegaPixel, Rainis shares some of the challenges involved in such a unique shoot:
What a model goes through during such a project is, well, A LOT! First, wearing nothing but a wedding dress, the model’s body temperature rapidly decreases, making it difficult for her to keep a natural look and to hold her breath during the shots. The model isn’t wearing a mask and therefore her communication with the divers around her is very limited. In fact, the only diver she can really communicate with is her air provider, who is the only one close enough for her to see. The model has to hold her breath for quite long periods, which becomes more difficult the more time she spends underwater and the lower her body temperature reaches. If that’s not enough, she’s also tied with weights to the bottom of the sea, which doesn’t add much to her sense of confidence.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below for a better idea of what was involved. The resulting photographs can be seen over in the MegaPixel interview.