I am thrilled to announce that Ikelite Underwater Systems in Indianapolis, Indiana USA have honoured me with an appointment to join their international group of very talented underwater photography Ambassadors.
My sincere thanks for this privilege and opportunity to work with a company producing such very high quality underwater camera/video equipment are extended to Jean Brigham, President of Ikelite.
I look forward to many new and exciting adventures this relationship with Ikelite will bring.
Here is the link to Ikelite’s Ambassadors Inspiration Page and while there check out the many underwater housings that are available. There is something there for everyone!!!
It was great to be able to attend my first National PPOC Convention at the end of April in Niagara Falls, ON to see old friends and make some new friendships from across the country too! I was particularly pleased to attend the Judging Certification Seminar and earn my judging certification at the Regional Image Salon level. I have a whole new respect for the depth of commitment and the effort that our Judges put into this important work from accreditation to the National Salon.
In order to attend the Judging Certification Seminar, one has to also have earned their Craftsman of Photographic Arts (CPA). I am thrilled to say I received official notification of achieving my CPA in February of this year and was very proud to receive my CPA plaque and medallion at the National PPOC banquet.
A lot of the credit for this achievement and all the others I have received for my photography goes to my husband Rod. Without the love, support and assistance he gives me on all my underwater shoots I would never have been able to accomplish the things I have. So thank you my love!!
Being a part of the PPOC family has been an amazing experience, not only for the opportunity to meet with extremely talented like-minded people, but to continue to challenge myself and my skill set and know that when I have questions there is always a knowledgable friend(s) to turn to for advice.
I am very much looking forward to the future and a whole new underwater season here at the Hines Underwater Studio.
It is with a great deal of excitement that I can now tell everyone that one of my images from the “What Lies Beneath” Collection is being incorporated as part of a full page advertisement by Vistek Canada for Epson printers that will appear very soon in the 2015 ScotiaBank Contact Photography Festival Book. The Festival runs from May 1st to 31st, with more information at the following link:
The “What Lies Beneath" series was shot during the summer of 2014 and was definitely complicated by my decision to lay an 80 square foot ceramic tile floor (one tile at a time J), with a wrought iron bench, table and antique Royal Doulton china teapot, cup and saucer and, of course, our lovely model Eliza H., in 8 ½ feet of water. The logistics of staging these items underwater were most challenging since we were hampered by the fact that the pool has a vinyl liner and isn't concrete. Needless to say, I was pretty anxious during the shoots for fear of puncturing the liner.
Of course Eliza adds such an amazing awe-factor with her beauty, grace and calmness underwater while holding her breath and all the while successfully managing a huge ball gown with acres of fabric.
I can’t wait to work with Eliza again this summer on another creative series.
After 10 months of planning, sourcing props and costumes, 10,000 images shot and months of editing I am so pleased to be able to announce my underwater gallery being showcased in Vistek Canada”s National Gallery starting February 2nd to 27th, 2015 at the Queen Street East, Toronto Store. The gallery of images will move to their other Ontario and Alberta stores throughout 2015.
This has been an incredible and challenging learning experience on so many levels. Logistically, creating a cohesive body of work with a subtle story to it shot over 4 months under varying weather conditions required careful planning, and amazing talent from my two beautiful models Amanda and Eliza. These ladies were always so willing to try new things and test their stamina beyond my expectations. I am still amazed and truly humbled by their grace and beauty underwater.
This project has also diverged from our typical underwater shoots by working with several assistants both underwater and on the pool deck. I am very grateful for Laura and Diane’s assistance with dressing the ladies, helping Amanda and Eliza at the water’s surface between dives with any needs they required, and occasionally assisting with lighting as well.
Additionally, the safety of our ladies underwater was attended to by Rod and Terry. These two chaps were definitely unsung heroes with all of the furniture moving in and out of the pool after laying an 8 x 10 foot ceramic tile floor (one tile at a time).
It was a cold and windy day in October….
When most people’s outdoor swimming pools are already put to bed for the fall and winter months. We here at Margaret Hines Photography pushed the limits of Eliza H’s endurance by not only dressing her in the scrumptious custom designed wedding hat by Toronto’s own renowned milliner David Dunkley ( www.daviddunkley.me), a huge silk wedding ball gown and two crinolines, jewellery and a mask (which definitely limited the poor girl’s ability to see easily) and then plunged her in an outdoor pool on a very cold and windy day. It was a short shoot that day since it was so cold and by the end of it all everyone was shivering.
As you can see from the photos, Eliza pulled it off with style and grace!
When collaborating with David about the design of his hat I was concerned that it being made of tulle would cause it to simply collapse in the water and look like a sodden mess. A small chuckle from David as he said to me “leave it to the expert”. And so I did. Needless to say the hat looked as gorgeous underwater as it did when David first showed it to me in his wonderful studio. The hat retained its shape and is no worse for wear after submerging it numerous times in the water. It looks just as beautiful after it dried as when I first fastened it to Eliza’s head.
When you want something done right always trust the professionals J
A very special thank you to David Dunkley for creating the beautiful tulle wedding hat for this creative shoot, Diane Body for lighting assistance and my ever faithful companion in all my photographic adventures Rod Hines as the safety diver for our beautiful and talented model Eliza Hanko.
A few other facts for this shoot:
Outside air temperature: 14 Celsius
Outdoor Pool Water Temperature: 30 Celsius
Gown by Eve of Milady
Mask/Jewellery/Gloves: my wardrobe collection
Makeup/Styling: Margaret Hines
Post production: Margaret Hines