This weekend my family went on a beach vacation where we stayed at a hotel with a pool. It was a nice getaway, very relaxing. The last night we were there the kids and I went to the pool because the baby wanted to swim at night. He thought it was super cool to swim while there were lights on in the pool. It was a beautiful night, the water was warm and there was a light breeze playing on our skin as we floated peacefully beneath a nearly full moon.
Middle child asked if we could take the camera with us because he might want to take some pictures. We’d already taken photos in the pool the day before, but seeing as how this was a special night version of swim time I told him he could.
After looking at the photos, I started thinking about the episode of America’s Next Top Model where they do their photoshoot underwater. Trust me, it’s not because I look like a model underwater…far from it. In fact, I’m barely photogenic above water let alone under, but that’s not the point. The point is, fashion, nature, technical, scientific, vacation, dive – are all niche areas for photographers.
In order to be an underwater photographer I believe it’s probably most important to have a good respectful relationship with water. My husband is a great photographer, but put him in a scuba situation he’d be a wreck. This is definitely a job that fuels a passion. You aren’t going to be an underwater photographer to get rich or have prestige. The competition is great and assignments are limited, so the only real reason to do this job is because you love it.
As someone who swam before she walked, it sounds fantastic. But, as someone who is essentially lazy and doesn’t want to do things that are “hard,” I think I’ll pass on this one.