Mermaiding is one of the best feelings in the world. Putting on a mermaid tail and leaving the world behind. It’s one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. Some try to capture these moments but it’s not as easy as you would think! Here are some ways to prepare for a photo shoot above and below water.
Before The Photo Shoot
Have A Game Plan
Know what you want out of this photo shoot and communicate it to your photographer. Look at other mermaid photography and get inspired. Do you want to do it in a pool? Or do you want a more natural look outside? Do you want it in a waterfall, river, lake, or in a bathtub? The best part is, there are a lot of options to choose from. Your photographer will have some great ideas but make sure you communicate what you envision. If you are going outside, make sure to stop by the location before hand so you know what rocks or water areas you can shoot, and if other visitors/animals will be a problem.
Above the water
Practice Putting On Your Mermaid Tail
Modeling above water is definitely easier than under the water. You don’t have as many things to worry about. However, it’s a good idea to practice putting on your tail before hand. Some silicone tails can weigh up to 40 pounds and take a while to get on. Fabric tails are made differently, so make sure you know how to insert the monofin before getting to the shoot. You don’t want to waste time at the photo shoot just getting the tail on.
You Might Need A MerWrangler
A merwrangler is someone who helps you move from one place to another. It’s a real thing! Once you get that tail on, you are not moving on land. Imagine being in an outdoor photoshoot and the photographer wants you to move one rock over. You can scoot on your bottom or your knees but you probably want to avoid that as it might damage your tail.
Under the Water
Practice Swimming With A Tail, And Accessories
Underwater modeling is a whole different ball game. You have a lot to think about. You want to practice swimming in your tail, and any other accessories you plan to wear before hand. Mermaid accessories are endless and with a shell bra, headpiece, and possible mermaid jewelry, you could feel awkward or panic in the water. Practice in a pool where you can stand up and then move to the deep end when more confident.
Now that your comfortable swimming with your mermaid tail and accessories, let's talk about poses. Getting an idea of poses and positions you would like is important, but realize, you can’t stay there for too long. Holding your breath will make you more buoyant, and you will eventually need more oxygen. Practice breath control, and getting into a holding position long enough for the photographer to get a few pictures. Some people use weight belts to help them sink but this is an advance technique, and should only be used with professionals present.
Relax Your Face!
Our first instinct when going underwater is to close our eyes, and purse our lips together. This looks terrible in photography! Get use to opening your eyes, and relaxing your face. If you feel comfortable with opening your mouth or smiling underwater great! That will make your pictures look more natural.
Also avoid taking a huge breath right before being submerged. You tend to hold most in your cheeks and you don’t want to look like an underwater chipmunk in your photos. Take a big breath and then focus on blowing some air out so your lung capacity is around 50%. This way you can also avoid blowing to many bubbles in the pictures when you need to release air.
My Hair Is Everywhere!
For those long haired mermaids, know that your hair will be everywhere. This can really make or break your photos. Don’t worry! Once you get the hang of it, your hair can create a beautiful and dynamic photo.
Once you are in position, push your hair down and do a little upwards “hop” with your body to give your hair some volume around your head. Or, you can tip your head all the way back and then with a quick motion, pull it forward bringing your hair out of your face.
Mermaid photo shoots are ridiculously fun. With a little bit of preparation, you will be fully prepared for modeling above and below water. You can finally capture your childhood dream of being a mermaid. Contact Mermaid Aqua to make your custom mermaid tail, and experience what it’s like to be part of their world.
Molly is the owner of the blog Everything Mermaid and enjoys writing articles not only for her blog, but other mermaid and travel sites. She specializes in mermaid product reviews, discounts codes, and interviewing professional mermaids around the world!
Photography by Sarah with Flashpool Productions