UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY // FLORIDA KEYS // ISLAMORADA

 

Our Southern Road trip at the end of March took us all the way to the Keys for some diving.  If you follow along with us on Instagram you may have already seen some sneak peeks ;)  We found a perfect Airbnb in Islamorada and spent three days diving through Islamorada Dive Center.  It was a greatly needed getaway for us, with just the right blend of relaxation and adventure.  Below are a handful of our favorite shots.

 

PUBLISHED IN DISCOVER MAGAZINE! UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY // DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

I am so excited to share that my work has been published in the June issue of Discover Magazine!  Two years ago, Professor Charlie Beeker gave me the amazing opportunity to document his underwater archaeology work in the Dominican Republic.  Professor Beeker, along with his students from Indiana University, Peace Corps Volunteers, and the Dominican Republic's Oficina de Patrimonio Subacuatico, have been working tirelessly to recover artifacts and preserve underwater areas of important cultural significance.  I was able to witness firsthand as plates, coins, and silver were first uncovered after spending nearly 300 years underwater.

I will always be grateful for this experience, and this has to be one of the most gratifying moments of my career as a photographer.  You can view more images from this trip here, and go pick up a copy of the magazine! 

 
 

LAKE MARGRETHE UNDERWATER

Today we - Mike and I - took a refreshing break from editing, and finally broke out my new - well actually used - underwater housing.   My experiments today feel like I am actually accomplishing the things I wanted as a thirteen year old, dreaming about being underwater.  I didn't feel the intense desire for the photography part in all of this until high school, but ever since then I have imagined, waited for, sold a car, shopped around, and gathered the pieces necessary to buy this piece of equipment.  Wedding season rolled around and I have just been trying to keep my head above water - excuse the bad pun - keeping up with clients, editing weddings, scheduling meetings, responding to emails.  My facebook page right now makes it seem like weddings are all I ever do.  And don't get me wrong, I feel incredibly fortunate to be documenting such amazing people this summer.  It has been an awesome experience working for myself and doing something so memorable for couples.  I really love it.  But I needed today.  I needed to remember my thirteen year old dreams and take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts.  I needed to finally get the courage to put the housing together, and cross my fingers that I did everything right, and dunk it underwater.

 
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AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY // SPRING 2013 // COVER PHOTO

Seeing two of my shots used as cover photos this season has been amazing!  The topics and publications couldn't be more different: California dairy farming in Edible Marin and Wine Country and underwater archaeology in the Dominican Republic featured in American Archaeology.  But hey, that's why I am loving my projects... they are so varied and unique.  One day I am shadowing artisanal cheesemakers, sampling fresh ricotta, and the next I am underwater photographing artifacts from a 1725 Spanish treasure galleon - ok, well the whole 'next day' thing is an exaggeration...

Either way, I have to stop and be thankful for everything that has happened in the past year.  Launching into the business world of photography has been slow going - and I am still looking forward to the day when I am completely financially stable doing it - but I have to recognize the progress.  When I receive the physical publications with my images, I get a boost of encouragement to continue on and tell more stories.

Thanks to Indiana University and Professor Charlie Beeker (pictured in the photo), this project was made possible, and I can only hope to collaborate in the future!  

 
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC {PART I}

I will probably be posting multiple times about my experiences in the Dominican Republic... it was a short trip but it was jam-packed with photos and adventures and just plain awesomeness.  I am also waiting to post the actual reason I was in the D.R. in the first place :)  More to come...

 
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THE BOY AT LA CALETA

I have wanted to use an underwater housing with a digital SLR for years now.  It’s been a craving really… an intense desire to combine my love of art, photography, and being in and around water.  Throughout art school I constantly wished I could find some way to get my hands on one.  Last week I finally had my first opportunity to use one.  Thanks to Underwater Archaeology Professor Charlie Beeker from Indiana University.  Charlie asked me to come down to the Dominican Republic last week and document a research project he has been working on with his students, Peace Corps volunteers, the D.R. government, and other archaeologists. I will most likely be posting about the project in more detail in the weeks (and maybe months to come), but for now I just want to show this image and talk a little bit about how important it is for me.

 
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I took this image on the first day Charlie handed the camera and housing over to me.  He basically gave me the reigns and there I was using a multi-thousand dollar tool that I have been drooling over for years.  It was pure joy.  And to come away with this image, on that day, is so meaningful for me.  This is not a “perfect” image.  There are visible droplets on the dome port, maybe the composition could be adjusted, but for me the feeling is so right.  This is, for me, an image about the experience of being in water.  The droplets make it great, the alignment makes it feel real… just like a snapshot should be.  This is about a moment where I was in the water with this camera for the first time, feeling such incredible happiness, and so were these kids… playing and swimming towards the end of the afternoon.

So thank you Charlie and Indiana University for giving me this experience. 

FLORIDA KEYS

I was able to cap off my great experience in Florida with a trip to the Keys.  We had a blast diving the Vandenberg, diving Looe Key, visiting the History of Diving Museum, eating Key Lime Pie, checking out Earnest Hemingway's old hangouts, and of course taking photos. 

 
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BLUE GROTTO

I have been unbelievably bad at blogging!  But I am going to try to summarize my crazy traveling summer through these blog posts! 

Early in the summer went on assignment with Scuba Diving Magazine's ScubaLab in order to document dive computer testing, which took place at Blue Grotto Springs.  I shot the above water images for the day and two of my images will be published.  I hope to share the print article with you on this blog soon!

 
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REVISITING OLD WORK

 
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Today I decided to go back and re-edit a series of photos into a triptych.  I created these images while working on my senior thesis.  I ended up going in a different direction... even though they never became a part of the larger project I eventually went on to show, "Everything Must Go Somewhere", I like the way they come across together.