Underwater Modeling Photo Workshops
Underwater Modeling Photo Workshops
Call (805) 328-4911 or us this form to sign up.
This is the industry-level underwater photo shoot intensive that you’ve been asking for – the chance to dive deep in to your underwater skills and gain practice as an underwater model, actor, professional performer, or serious lover of the arts while gaining edited portfolio-level images for your theatrical reels and personal memories.
This detailed and informative workshop has been painstakingly designed to take your love of the water to a whole new level while working with legendary underwater photographer Brenda Stumpf - one of the world's most elusive and famed underwater artists!
Through an attentive, collaborative approach you will have the life changing experience of working with our extraordinary crew to learn the foundational skills and some of the insider industry tricks needed to create truly exceptional underwater photographs in a safe, fun, way. All of the course content is based on our team’s real international experience in both pool and ocean habitats to help you to do your best in front of the camera and achieve a collection of photographs to be proud of.
Exclusive by design, the high level of personalized service on this particular workshop means that only four sessions per day are available for models and/or model/makeup teams. We hope that you will join us to be one of the select few who will have their day to make their dreams of becoming an underwater model a reality.
WHAT DATES ARE WORKSHOPS BEING HELD?
- Saturday May 6, 2017
- Saturday July 8, 2017
- Saturday September 2, 2017
WHAT TIME ARE THE SHOOT SESSIONS?
Times are listed in the above drop-down choice list.
WHAT DOES THE WORKSHOP INCLUDE?
- 1.5 Hours of Dedicated Time With Our Team on ONE of the above dates.
Skills & Coaching:
- Water Set Etiquette and Tips
- Water Safety, Risks, and Panic Prevention
- Underwater Body Movement & Methodologies
- Buoyancy Control Drills and Skills
- Light Awareness
- Underwater Character Theory and Development
- Real-time Positive Feedback to Improve Your Work
- Techniques and Practice in Working with Rescue Divers and Water Staff on Set
Professional Photos and Shoot Highlights:
- Unlimited Outfit Changes Within Your Shooting Time
- 4 Fully Retouched and Edited Professional Underwater Digital Images
- Private Viewing Gallery for Additional Print Options
- Ability to Pose with 1 Other Person (husband, fiancée, daughter, mom, friend, etc.) During Your Time
WHERE IS THE CLASS?
The class is located in Simi Valley, CA at a private heated pool that has been expressly rigged and prepared for our underwater shoot. This set is "closed" to the general public to ensure that each student has the privacy and attention that they need to train and focus during their underwater time. Address information will be sent to enrolled students the before the shoot for its Simi Valley location.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Address information will be sent to enrolled students before the shoot for its Simi Valley location.
WHERE DO I PARK?
There is free street parking at the venue.
CAN MY FRIEND COME?
Yes. You are allowed to bring your own makeup artist / hair stylist and one friend to pose with you during your in water time (if desired). That person can be a child, fiancee, mom, dad, or other.
Please DO NOT bring pets or small children. We are NOT babysitters or a dog hotel.
MAKEUP ARTIST SPECIFICS
If you are a Special FX (SFX) makeup artist (MUA) who desires to showcase their labor-intensive looks at this shoot we can accommodate you with a shared 10x20 shaded outdoor space with electricity for your kit. If you need extra time before a shoot for airbrush and prosthetic work please let us know with your approximate prep time (makeup artists / SFX teams please ONLY sign up for the last session of each day to allow you enough time to prep).
If you would like to have your makeup done by our on-site artist please let us know when you sign up.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
A costume, goggles, towels, a change of clothing, and waterproof makeup (if desired).
While this shoot is being run by one of our LA Mermaid School instructors, and both mermaids and mermen are welcome to bring their tails to the shoot, it is not mermaid-specific. You are highly encouraged to use your imagination in your costume and bring options to review with our team on set such as dresses, monster outfits, etc. Wigs, horns, and other props are welcome in this shoot.
Please be sure to water-test any fabric to ensure that the dye does not run before bringing it to set. Any sequins or other decorations MUST be glued firmly or sewn well on to wardrobe.
Props are allowed - it is recommended to buoyancy test them before arrival.
DO I NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL SWIMMER?
No; based on the structure of the set you do not need to be an expert swimmer. You DO need to be comfortable submerging your body under water, holding your breath under water for at least 20 seconds (more if preferred), and going under water with your face and head submerged.
WHEN WILL I GET MY PHOTOS / BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO?
Within 45 days of the shoot. We are doing "first come, first served..." The people who sign up the earliest will get their images the fastest.
You are solely responsible for being fully in makeup, hair, and costume at your scheduled start time.
No time extensions will be provided if you are late or delayed in starting at your start time if caused by you and/or your makeup artist etc.
LOCAL HOTELS IN SIMI VALLEY
You are responsible for securing your own ground transportation.
Uber or Lyft both service Simi Valley. You can alternately take the train (Amtrak or Metrolink) from Bobe Hope / Burbank Airport (BUR) to Simi Valley and then take Uber, Lyft, or a taxi from the station to the site. Please make sure to check any train schedules before assuming that train transportation is available. The Ventura County Line is the train line that runs to Simi Valley from Burbank Airport (BUR).
AIR TRANSPORTATION & FLIGHTS
If you are flying in the closest airport is Bob Hope, or Burbank Airport (BUR). We highly recommend "acting like a local" and flying in to BUR if possible to avoid lengthy delays, lines, and frustration at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Due to construction, poor traffic flow, and political protests, LAX, while seemingly equal in distance on a map to the location, takes at least an extra hour to get out of before placing you on one of the most congested freeways in the country for an additional 1-2.5 hours of traffic to get to the site. BUR is a much smaller airport near a faster-moving freeway which enables it to provide faster service than LAX.
This class is non-refundable and is not eligible for any refunds due to cancellations.