Need a Pool Party Photographer? I was incredibly lucky to get an opportunity to photograph some special kiddos in my life at the pool twice this week!
One pool party session was an outdoor setting and the other an indoor setting.
It was a great opportunity to play around with my little underwater camera I purchased almost a decade ago!
This was one of the first smaller pro canon cameras that were released for professionals who wanted to be discreet. It turned out there was a waterproof housing for it as well so naturally as a water lover I bought it up.
Because this camera is from several years ago the resolutions isn’t quite as amazing as I am used to now but its still in that great zone of “better than cell phone” and “not as top notch as my super expensive fancy camera”.
It gets the job done though and the kids love being allowed to splish splash this particular camera (in its water proof housing) to their hearts content without getting in trouble. What kid doesn’t wanna be wild and free to do whatever and there be no consequences?
Side story: when I got my new phone I wanted to test the resolution in a low light indoor pool situation and kiddo kept splashing the brand new phone…eeeek.
What service am I offering here?
This particular session was a very candid no pressure situation. I wanted to test the speed and efficiency of the camera and learn how to adapt to it so I can anticipate and capture those awesome shots.
I love water and LOVE pool parties so I want to start offering serviced that are geared towards that.
This would be the perfect session for the family that loves the water or swimming. Families that want a candid family photo session. Having something to do is important and this is a great and unique activity to capture.
When going swimming with me as your photographer there is a great opportunity to get a variety of facial expressions, action, connection and all-round fun.
The images that would be received are perfect for hanging on the wall! Sharing to social media channels would be a unique way to share your family or lifestyle.
There is a significant difference between the two settings. Outdoor vs indoors. There are personal reasons and then there are practicalities to think about.
Those little flags just have this symbolism of “summer is here”!
If you have a love hate relationship with sunscreen like me this is a great option for you. No worries about sunscreen and you don’t even have to wear rash guards, if sun is the reason you wear it.
Please remember me, lol.
The natural light is incomparable to indoor fluorescent light. The way the sun plays upon the water creates something other worldly.
Pool sessions right now are only an hour long, so you would only need to put sunscreen on for a short while.
Colors pop even if the bathing suit worn is a muted color. Read more below about colorful bathing wear.
Everything is much sharper when outdoors.
Ultimately outdoor sessions are way better. The way the sunlight plays upon the water ripples and the shadows and light areas it creates on the subjects is by far more interesting and eye popping that an indoor setting.
Having a me as your photographer at either of these sessions is a great opportunity regardless to get unique looking images.
Outdoors is my favorite. The images below are mostly outdoor and speak for themselves.
Do outdoors if you can.
Swimming milestones and progress are some of the most exciting times in your kiddos life. Just this week one kiddo got brave enough to jump in and the other achieved dunking his face in the water with joy.
These milestones move quickly around the 3-5yr age group so it’s a great time to do a session.
Side story: One of the kiddos in my life hated having his picture taken but the minute I got this particular camera out he couldn’t stop posing. So if this is a concern of yours maybe this is the kind of session you need.
Bright primary saturated colors photograph very well and black. I always convert to black and white because that makes the image’s focus all about the emotion, movement and action. So sometimes the color does not even matter.
This was a great two-day experiment and now I simply cannot go to the pool without the underwater camera anymore. I want to keep getting better at this. If you want to do a family session or have me photograph your pool party, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email or the contact tab above.
Check out another candid session I did here: https://shannapaxton.co/2021/06/candid-photographer-olympia/