Photographer Dives Deep To Show The Beauty Of Underwater Photography And Set A New Record

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The world of photography is constantly evolving, with artists striving to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. One such visionary, Steven Haining, embarked on a groundbreaking underwater photoshoot with the model Ciara Antoski that captivated audiences worldwide. In an exclusive interview with DeMilked, Steven shared the remarkable journey from a casual joke to an awe-inspiring expedition beneath the waves, showcasing the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.

The photographer’s remarkable achievement has been officially acknowledged by the Guinness World Records. The behind-the-scenes video of this extraordinary underwater photoshoot offers a captivating glimpse into the breathtaking challenges, unwavering determination, and sheer beauty that unfolded beneath the waves.

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Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Diving into the Depths

Steven Haining’s fascination with underwater photography dates back to 2015 when he began capturing images for surfboard companies along California’s stunning coastline. However, it was during the challenging times of the pandemic that a playful remark among his team members sparked the idea of a record-breaking underwater photoshoot. Suggesting that everyone wear scuba gear due to COVID-19 precautions, Steven’s comment transformed into the possibility of capturing a mesmerizing portrait series in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring underwater locations.

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

The Quest for the Perfect Subject

Selecting the ideal model for this ambitious venture was a crucial task, and Steven found his match in Ciara Antoski. Known for her willingness to push boundaries and redefine the limits of photography, Ciara was also an advanced open water diver, providing a head start for the project. However, extensive preparation was still necessary, including practicing prolonged periods at depth, perfecting communication and posing techniques, and adapting to the challenging conditions of cold temperatures. Ciara’s dedication and frequent training sessions paid off, enabling her to develop the ability to hold her breath for extended periods, a crucial skill for the project’s success.

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Overcoming Challenges with Dive Safety

Ensuring the safety of every participant was paramount throughout the entire photoshoot. To accomplish this, Steven enlisted the expertise of dive safety specialist Mareesha Klups, renowned for her extensive experience as a dive safety trainer and her notable performances, including the underwater escape act for Penn & Teller. Mareesha’s insights were invaluable in bringing the project to life. While navigating the location and ensuring dive safety aligned with standard procedures, the primary challenge lay in providing constant safety, communication, and support for Ciara at depth and on the surface. The physical demands Ciara faced, including enduring extreme cold and relying on unseen divers for air and assistance, made her trust and determination vital to the project’s success. Steven emphasized that Ciara’s safety and well-being were of utmost importance, reassuring her that she had the option to call off the shoot at any time. However, Ciara’s unwavering determination became the driving force that set the bar high for models worldwide.

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Unforgettable Moments

Recalling the most memorable moment of the photoshoot, Steven recounted a time when, after an extensive 30-minute session in frigid waters, he and Mareesha decided to conclude the dive for Ciara’s safety. As the team resurfaced, shivering from the cold, Ciara surprised them all by expressing her desire to continue. Laughter filled the air, and after ensuring Ciara’s comfort, the team not only resumed shooting but also fulfilled Ciara’s dream of diving deeper to explore magnificent wrecks. It was a profound experience that etched a lasting memory in Steven’s mind, capturing the resilience, teamwork, and unwavering dedication displayed by the entire crew.

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

Conclusion

Steven Haining’s extraordinary underwater photoshoot exemplifies the transformative power of art and the human spirit’s ability to transcend limitations. From a playful joke to meticulous preparation and the unforgettable moments captured beneath the waves, this endeavor showcases the relentless pursuit of creative vision and the unwavering determination to push boundaries. Steven’s breathtaking photographs from this iconic shoot will serve as an inspiration to artists and models worldwide, encouraging them to embrace challenges, trust their teams, and explore the depths of their creativity. Through their collaboration, Steven Haining, Ciara Antoski, and their entire crew have redefined what is possible in underwater photography, leaving an indelible mark on the art form.

Image source: Steven Haining

Image source: Steven Haining

 

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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