The Professional Mermaid’s Guide to Underwater Modelling

I actually used to be a professional mermaid and underwater model, having co-founded the UK’s first mermaid performance company, Merlesque Mermaids. I’ve hung up my tail since becoming a mama, but I’m sharing my guide to underwater modelling in this blog series…

The Professional Mermaid’s Guide To Underwater Modelling

This is an ongoing series, where I use my experience as a professional mermaid and underwater model to share my top tips for underwater modelling and model photography. Whether you’re a model headed to your first underwater photoshoot, an aspiring mermaid performer, or a photographer needing to direct your models in the water, this series is for you. I’m aiming to publish one post per month, each one covering a different aspect of underwater modelling, from how to open your eyes underwater to costuming, props and much, much more.

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How to Look Amazing Underwater

I’ve pulled together my five top tips for underwater modelling, from my time as a professional mermaid, to help you get the stunning underwater photos you want.

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Using and Controlling Buoyancy

Controlling your buoyancy is key to successful underwater modelling; you need to sink when you want to sink, and float when you want to float.

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Using Props Underwater

A guide to working with all kinds of props and fabric underwater, and key thing to consider when using props in the water, to ensure you achieve beautiful photographs every time.

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How to Open Your Eyes Underwater

Can you open your eyes underwater? It’s an important part of being an underwater model! This guide will help you learn how to open your eyes underwater.

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How to do Underwater Make Up

So it turns out that waterproof make-up is not the same as underwater-proof! Read on for my top tips on working with make-up in the water…

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Things No-one Tells You About Modelling Underwater

Underwater modelling looks super cool, but I can tell you from experience that it has it’s downsides. So today, I present my list of the things no-one tells you about being an underwater model…

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Wigs and Hair Styling Underwater

Flowing, floating hair is key to getting that truly weightless look in underwater photography. But how can you best achieve this, with natural hair or wigs?

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How to Relax Underwater

Feeling calm and being able to relax underwater is a big part of being a good underwater model or performer. This guide will help you learn to relax…