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Underwater Family Photography: A Unique Sunshine Coast Photoshoot Experience To Bring Loved Ones Together

Let’s go on an underwater adventure to celebrate your family’s beautiful bond

Basking in the sun, dancing in the rain, balmy summer days and crisp winter nights, your family’s bond is like no other. Through the years, your “we’ll get through anything together” mentality holds strong and true.

Because this is family. This is love.
And it’s yours.

Whether it’s an intimate family session with your little ones, a bonding experience with your sister or mother, or a joyous multi-generational shoot to include all the people that make your world go around… your underwater photoshoot experience will be filled with laughter, love, connection and newly-made memories.

Kids

It seemed like just yesterday when they were small enough for you to cradle in your arms, singing hushed lullabies to keep the imaginary monsters away.

Tenderly stroking their baby-soft, wispy hair, wishing you could live in this moment forever, you never want to let them go.

To say they grow up too fast is an understatement and a half.

This was such an amazing family shoot with a difference, a special day we made beautiful memories together. I highly recommend an experience with Liz.

―Melissa Melrose

Mother & Daughter

Seeing kids living in the moment, you find yourself thinking about your own mum.

Day in and day out, she’d get up extra early, keeping the house in order. From prepping meals to the endless chores, no matter how busy or tired she was, she was always waiting to give you a big, warm hug after school, keen to hear all about your day.

The years snuck by, from Friday sleepovers to announcing you were moving out, ready to venture into the world as your own person.

But no matter how far you went, she’d keep you in check, lovingly shaping you into the person you are today.

My daughter and I had a wonderful day with Liz in her pool. The final product was better than we had hoped for. It was a unique, lasting experience.

―Jan Morrison

Sisters

As you watch the younger generation embrace life’s adventures, you can’t help but be transported back to the carefree days of your own childhood with your sister.

Fearless yet selfless, she was your best friend and protector. Through first loves, broken hearts and never-ending wardrobe dilemmas, you could always rely on her to get it sorted.

Years around the sun, living your own lives, you’re comforted by the fact that she’s only ever a phone call away and it’ll be just like old times again.

Apart from being a very talented photographer, Liz is patient, creative and really took the time to understand our personalities and reflected that in our photos. I have plenty of photos with my sister as kids, but not many as adults. I feel so lucky to have our portrait on my wall to enjoy for years to come. I look back on this day and smile, we had such fun. Thank you Liz.

―Samantha Sainty

Multi-Generation

Dynamics shifting and evolving over the years, this is what makes your family’s story so wonderfully unique.

The embrace of a grandparent, the mischievous smile from a grandchild, the knowing glances exchanged between siblings… these are snapshots of true connection.

Through the highs and lows, celebrations and challenges, your family has stood together, united by love and resilience.

Hold onto these precious moments together, for they are the threads that weave your family’s story.

My daughter, granddaughter and I had the privilege of an underwater photoshoot and it was amazing. Liz is so lovely and patient, it was a wonderful experience, we had so much fun and so many laughs. It was also a great bonding experience. Thank you Liz.

―Rita Shawcross

Home Is Where The Art Is

Beyond imagination, your underwater shoot will be transformed into art that will perfectly encapsulate your family’s beautiful connection with a deeply emotional, almost ethereal feel.

From the colour tone to finishing materials to hanging location, every detail is personalised.

One of a kind, just like your family’s legacy.

A Creative Journey in Two Chapters

Chapter 1: Your Photoshoot Experience

From an in-depth consult to design your dream photoshoot, to playing mermaids in my private heated pool, your experience will be like no other.

This includes luxurious amenities, a private dressing room, unlimited access to a wardrobe of ladies dresses, waterproof makeup artistry, and everything in between. Fully guided and stress-free, you and your family will feel like royalty from start to finish.

Chapter 2: Your Artwork

You’ll be welcomed back to my studio where we’ll go through your beautiful images and relive the memories together.

Using software to show you how different prints, frames and sizes will look on your home’s walls, we’ll start curating your favourite portraits.

Handmade to order, choose from fine art prints, handmade albums, and premium wall art. The quality is second to none, because that’s exactly what your family deserves.

Your Questions

My purpose-built private underwater studio is near the Noosa River in Queensland (Australia). My clients come here from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and even from interstate. Noosa is a world famous seaside/beach resort, and well-worth the journey.

I’m not the cheapest photographer. My pricing reflects a commitment to delivering a premium experience and unparalleled quality, giving you a transformational journey that surpasses what’s offered by lower-priced options.

Pricing is in two parts:

A) Your Photoshoot Experience. The process starts with an unforgettable underwater photoshoot day, a memory-making extraordinary adventure for you and those you love. The day is custom designed for you, and the team take care of every last detail. Your photoshoot experience is priced at $790.

B) The Images and Artwork. A true beginning-to-end journey, your experience doesn’t stop on photoshoot day. The next step is choosing which images you’d like to purchase. As a guideline, clients typically start their investment at around $2600. See my Products & Price Guide to get an overview of image pricing.

As long as you’re not terrified of the water, you’ll be absolutely fine! I’ve worked with adults who can’t swim, and you’d never know it when looking at their beautiful underwater portraits.

Children need to have solid water skills and be under the supervision of a parent.

Toddlers need to have done some infant swim lessons, be comfortable in the water, and be held by a parent at all times.

Only a few seconds at a time, with plenty of rest in between.

I coach you with breathing techniques, and work with you at your own pace. The aim is to have you as relaxed as possible, and to have fun along the waythis is how your portraits end up looking so effortless.

What often happens, as you become more comfortable during your photoshoot, is that you’ll be able to stay underwater for longer and longer… you’ll probably surprise yourself!

Not at all. Keeping your eyes closed is perfectly fine and can even add to the dreamy, ethereal quality of your portraits.

All ages! From the boundless enthusiasm of an 18-month-old toddler girl, to the vitality of an 80-year-old gentleman, and pretty much every age in between, I’ve had the privilege of working with remarkable clients of all ages. So, whether you’re just starting life’s adventures or well into your journey, you’re never too old or too young to dive into the magic of creating captivating underwater portraits.

Some parents do feel a bit apprehensive, and I completely understand. But please don’t worry. My goal is to create a calm, enjoyable environment for everyone. We’ll pace the shoot to suit your little ones, using playful techniques and gentle encouragement to help them feel at ease. Plus, my pool area includes a comfy veranda and a lush lawn where kids can take a time out if needed. And remember, there’s no rushing or clock-watching on your photoshoot day—we’ll take all the time your family needs to create those gorgeous images.

The pool has three flat levels: 0.4m, 1.2m, 2.4m. This offers endless creative freedom. It also means you always have the option to safely stand on the bottom, which is nice and safe for kids and non-swimmers.

Let me show you that you are. I’ll make sure your light shines in front of the camera. I know how to highlight and capture your most flattering angles and features. And I see the beauty in you that you don’t yet see yourself. So don’t worry about looking perfect, let me take care of that.

As a woman, I totally get it. But here’s the thing: underwater photography is perfect for every body. The water provides a supportive and flattering environment, naturally enhancing your best features and gently masking what you might feel are imperfections. Plus, the way light dances through the water gives your skin a smooth, glowing look.

I’ll be there to personally fine-tune poses, offer encouragement, and adjust settings to match your style and comfort. My hands-on approach and personal attention really bring out the best in you, transforming your photoshoot into a truly empowering and beautiful experience.

And don’t forget—the wonderful women in my portfolio? They’re women just like you, everyday heroes. With me guiding the lens, we’re set to showcase the most beautiful you.

While every woman deserves to have stunning portraits of herself, the underwater experience is about more than the photos; it’s also about experiencing a moment of liberation and seeing your inherent beauty through a new lens.

The best part? It’s when my clients see their photos and gasp, “I can’t believe that’s me!” This moment of awe and self-recognition is the true magic of what we’ll create together.

The photoshoots are on weekdays.

As long as needed, but generally you’ll be with me from first thing in the morning until mid-afternoon, or so. I limit my schedule to one photoshoot per day, and I don’t set any fixed session duration. Why? So you get the attention you deserve, and you never feel rushed. We all have nerves in front of the camera, that’s natural. And none of my new clients have ever done an underwater shoot before. Feeling comfortable and confident while becoming familiar with the underwater process might come quickly to you… or it might take a bit of time. I give you that time, and the results are worth it.

I sure do! You’ll have unlimited access to my studio’s vast wardrobe of ladies dresses, skirts, wraps… in endless colours to mix and match. All the fabrics were chosen for the dreamy way they move underwater.

Let me take care of that for you. My in-studio professional makeup artist will get you camera-ready with natural-looking makeup that will stay put in the water. This service is included with your session fee 🙂

Hell yeah! I’m a shameless sissy when it comes to cold water… and I suspect you might be, too. I keep my pool water at a cosy 34C throughout the year, which helps keep you and the kids relaxed and comfortable for hours… and because goosebumps are simply not photogenic 😉

Side note: It’s more important than ever to support our environment, so you’ll be happy to know that the pool runs entirely on renewable energy.

It’s completely private and shielded from any outside view. My luxurious pool is surrounded by fences and tall native trees for a peaceful, secluded photoshoot experience.

Most definitely. As a professional photographer, I am fully insured.

If this photoshoot is to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or pregnancy, please get in touch well in advance so that there’s a better chance I book you in for your preferred date. In any case, you should schedule your shoot no later than 10 weeks prior to needing your final artwork in hand. Note that my calendar fills quickly, and I’m usually booked out 2 months in advance.

It starts with a phone chat so I can get to know you a little bit and learn what outcomes you have in mind. I’ll also answer any questions you may have for me, and I can talk you through my process. Ultimately, the chat is to find out whether we are the perfect fit for each other. If you’re happy with everything, then we’ll choose a shoot date and start planning your tailor-made underwater experience.

Liz brings so much healing and joy through her art and creativity. Doing a shoot with her really is spectacular, one of the best things I’ve ever done.

―Anita Jamieson

Ready to dive into the gorgeous magic we’ll create together?

The lights and loves of your life, let’s celebrate where you and your family are right now, and let’s spin your connection into art… so when nostalgia beckons, you’ll be transported back in time to this very moment.

Liz Harlin
AIPP Master Photographer

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