underwater portraiture

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!

Bubble Up by Kelly Kirlin

Spring is fast approaching! In 3 months your children will be out of school for the summer! Kids have a lot of energy and one of the best ways to expend that energy is to get in the pool! Contact me to book your underwater portraits for the summer! These photo's are stunning, unique, and capture a moment in your children's life unparalleled to any photo you've ever taken of them!

A Family Downunder by Kelly Kirlin

It's always a great feeling when a fellow artist asks you to create a piece of your own artwork for them. My dear friend, master printer, and owner of Infinite Editions in Colorado asked me to create a family portrait for him of his 3 children. The catch? To do it underwater in my signature colorful, saturated, opulent style! Photographing one person underwater holds its own challenges, but try photographing 3 kids underwater as they are swimming towards you with clothes on! Needless to say, I was extremely pleased with how this photo turned out! And as an added bonus, we had a little fun with his youngest son afterwards by filling a basketball up with water so he could "slam dunk" it into the deep end!