The uterus, when with child, is actually a water environment that nourishes a fetus during the 9 month gestation period. That is the reason why they say we are all essentially water creatures from inception. Adam Opris therefore is actually spot on with his concept for pregnant women underwater.
Maternity photography is a fine way to document the unique period of women as they are with child, and the many ways in which this is celebrated seems endless. Opris, a wedding, lifestyle photographer well as underwater photographer, captures expectant mothers underwater, producing heavenly and beautifully figurative imagery.
“I grew up in South Florida with love for everything outdoors. I’ve practically lived in the ocean my whole life,” he wrote. “With that great love for water, I am bringing mermaids out of my maternity clients. By embracing buoyancy and enabling these pregnant women to be free, I am creating magic to capture pregnancy in all of its glory!”
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Opris captured stunning portraits of brides, grooms and children in the element from which we all came from. “I love shooting weddings and I find the magic when a bride is in her gown to be hard to match. I knew I had to bring a bride into the ocean,” said Opris in recent interview of his literal interpretation of maternity and marriage.
Of course these pictorials were always undertaken with the utmost safety in mind. Every person, man or woman had two safety divers with them giving much needed air and step by step instructions. The procedure called for the divers to first position the subjects, then tie weight belts to their legs to ensure they would not float to the surface.
Opris loves the ocean and is a certified diver. He also has invested well in underwater housing gear for his camera. He further elaborated on the realization of his underwater maternal concept. “When I tried to figure out how to bring this underwater bridal shoot to life, I realized that I want to work with real people who shared my passion for the ocean and were daring, and willing to trust me,” he said.
See how he merges his love for underwater photography and nuptials in his one-of-a-kind work.