underwater portraits

Water Babies by Kelly Kirlin

For the past 4 months, I have had the pleasure of photographing babies and children underwater through Swim With Phyn, a swim school based in Goleta, California that teaches children of all ages to swim. Every 9 weeks marks the end of a "swimmester" and what better way to commemorate a swimmester than with an underwater portrait of your beautiful child? These children will never be like this in the water ever again. If I've learned anything from the short time that I have been a mom so far, its that these little bundles of joy grow faster than you can ever imagine! Its one thing when you hear this, but when you experience it first hand, its truly unreal. Here are 2 stunning images from our last shoot that capture these kids at a pivotal time in their young development. There will be another photo shoot at Swim With Phyn for the end of this current swimmester in May. To be a part of it, your kids must have been enrolled in at least 1 swimmester with Julie at some time - even if its not currently. Any inquires, please contact me!

Winter Waterland by Kelly Kirlin

You've seen thousands of Holiday cards with smiley children, happy families, and maybe even a pet or 2. But have you ever seen a Holiday card of a baby underwater??? That's what I got to create for a few Santa Barbara families this year! I can now ad "infants" to my resume of underwater photography. When I had my son in May of 2013, I knew I wanted him to learn how to swim as soon as possible. I found Julie Smith of Swim With Phyn in Goleta, California - a swim school that emphasizes teaching infants how to swim. I was lucky enough to meet hundreds - yes hundreds - of other parents like me who also have their little ones submerging in the blue before they can walk. Here are 3 of my favorite cards from the season!