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I’ve always had an adventurous side and I’ve always had an obsession to try and push what is creatively possible when creating portraits of my couples. A big part of my style is to be constantly looking for new and exciting perspectives and this has always been the driving force behind my photography. I shoot a lot of destination weddings in Spain where the sea is a lot warmer than it is here in the UK and eventually I was drawn to the possibility of creating images from within the sea. The shots I create from the sea usually involve myself getting wet and my couples clambering on the rocks, where I aim to create the ‘half in, half out’ look to my images. This particular couple were very strong swimmers and it was actually their idea to jump in and I’m glad they did because it enabled me to create a photograph that was totally unique to my portfolio.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked them to start as deep as they could before swimming towards each other. When their hands meet I told them to arch their backs slightly and hold a graceful pose for a few seconds

What did you say?

Guys, I want you to swim down together as deep as you feel safe going and then swim towards each other and reach out for your hands. Once your hands touch/connect, arch your backs and try and form yourself into a “graceful” position for a few seconds.

How did you compose your image?

I wanted the sun behind my subjects to allow for the rays of light to be visible in the frame. I wanted the composition to be simple and balanced with a focus on the couple

How and what did you focus on?

I used the back button focusing method as underwater I have more control in this way; and since the environment my subjects were in was not full of distractions and other elements, I was able to use multiple focus points (matrix) to find my focus. That way, if the couple moved slightly off center, my camera would be able to detect them and keep the focus sharp.


How did you use the light in your image?

I positioned the sun directly overhead and slightly behind my couple which was essential as I really wanted a backlit look and the sun rays to be visible in the water

What was the gear & settings you used?

Ikelite 50DL underwater housing with dome port

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Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

I applied our preset as a base and then increased the contrast, brought down the blacks, increased the blue saturation and added a small amount of clarity.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC

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What challenges did you face?

Focusing was a challenge under water

How did you solve them?

Shoot a lot of frames!

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

This wouldn’t have been achievable without a good quality dive housing for my camera. My advice is to rent one if you have an opportunity to shoot in an environment like this and you have a willing couple of course!

Liam Crawley

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Adlington, UK



I’m a UK based destination wedding photographer who shoots in a creative style combining striking and playful compositions with humour, colour, and awesome light.

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