Props and Costumes, Oh My! / by Kelly Kirlin

Show off your passions! Often, giving someone a prop to hold can make them much more comfortable in front of a camera. The same is definitely true underwater! Having something to take your mind off of posing in the water can be really fun — especially if you’re a sports-loving boy! For this photo, I had to figure out how to make a basketball submerge when the boy jumped in the water with it, rather than have it bounce off the surface of the water. By filling the ball with water instead of air, we were able to make it neutrally buoyant and sent it into the depths with my subject!