while covering a destination wedding in tulum, mexico, i had the wonderful opportunity to shoot in a cenote. cenote’s are underwater rivers that are accessible through eroded caves in the jungle.
steve and elena are both avid divers. they plan holidays and honeymoons around diving opportunities so it was only fitting that their trash-the-dress shoot would take place under water. it was a first for me and once i got over the fear of taking my camera into the water with nothing but a glorified zip-lock bag to protect it, i loved it.
i felt like a beginner photographer again, my camera was bulky and unfamiliar in its case. i didn’t know how to expose for the scene, i could barely see what my camera was focusing on. on top of that i had to have luke pushing me underwater so i wouldn’t keep floating to the surface. elena’s water-logged gown kept getting tangled in her feet rendering her unable to kick to the surface, giving her the distinct sensation of dying. steve was being attacked by fish. the water was cold enough to get our teeth chattering. in short, it was incredible.
the variables for ruined shots are increased exponentially with underwater photography. i have many throw-away pictures where hair, clothes and fish are in the wrong place. weird facial expressions, stray hands, lost focus, etc. but all we wanted was one or two cool shots to show that we were there, swimming around in one of the most breathtaking natural pools in the world.
so here we are, being there: