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Underwater Model Workshop with RMEA

April 4, 2016 3 Comments

Montana water is pretty cold in winter…and spring…and…okay actually it’s pretty cold every single day of the year. Which as an underwater photographer I have to admit it’s not the most ideal place for year-round shooting. But the crystal clear glacier water I have access to in the summer (although freezing), makes it all worth it.

Flathead Lake - Underwater Photographer

Winter, of course, is a different story. Can’t really shoot if the water is frozen.

Which puts me on the search for anyone with an indoor pool willing to lend it to a desperate underwater photographer. Thankfully, one of the nicest couples EVER allowed me to use their pool in Bozeman for a couple shoots, so when Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency (RMEA) had the idea to do a full model workshop complete with underwater model training…in Montana…in February…we had the perfect place!

I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of shooting with RMEA. Everyone is enthusiastic and nice – and the girls are absolute rockstars. Underwater modeling is tough, and they have to figure it all out within just a couple days. This year, we had an extra little bonus, as one of the modeling spots for my Greece workshop was still available, so one lucky model would walk away with a trip to Greece completely paid for!

The first day of these workshops is usually practice. Hardly anyone, if ever, gets it right on the first day. There’s a lot of choking and sputtering, a lot of “This sucks” and “How do you make the water not go up your nose?”

But the second day – wow! Every time it’s like a whole new group of girls show up. Everyone starts to get the hang of it, and it starts being fun! Then we can play with props, with backdrops, fun poses and outfits.

Plus, with a makeup artist like Olivia, with OMD4 Makeup (who is also the makeup artist that will be on hand for both the Greece and Catalina Island workshops this year), we get to see some really great makeup looks. The girls also had their photos taken on dry land by Katherine, from Katherine Kingston Photography (who was just a blast to work with, btw).

A few shots from day 2 of the workshop:
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And the model that won a spot at the Greece workshops is…

Riley!

Jenna Martin - underwater photographer

 

I can’t wait for this summer’s RMEA camps!

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3 Comments

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    Mike

    April 5, 2016

    I simply can’t imagine working in that cold water! You’d never know from their expressions that it IS cold.

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      jennamartinphoto@gmail.com

      April 14, 2016

      It really is Mike! They are such troopers!

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    sonja franklin

    July 8, 2016

    your work is stunning…

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