Ash & Mikaela

Welcome to 2018!


I thought I would kick this year’s blog posts off with a collection of photographs that I put together late last year. I’m starting on my next underwater nude series so asked a few models to come and pose for me over a weekend to see how they hold themselves underwater.


Modeling underwater may sound easy, but the reality is a lot of time holding your breath and getting water up your nose while trying to look as elegant and feminine as possible. I love that side of photography, the behind the scenes reality of putting everything together vs. the final image that looks so subtle and graceful. I’ve created a few videos that are included in this post with some behind the scenes snippets. Let me know what else you would like to see and I will keep the videos coming.


I’ve also been testing out some new underwater lighting setups, but the results are not quite ready to share yet. A little more time in the pool and I should be getting closer. That’s the other thing that is difficult to share in a blog post, the hours of conceptualizing, designing and constructing ideas, lights, backdrops, props etc. that go into my photographs. It’s something I am aiming to share more of with you in 2018. I am also working on another ‘left field’ idea to share some of the thinking that goes into photography with you, stay tuned…


As always there are so many people to thank for helping me put this together. Ash, Mikaela, Athalia, Lyndon, Pete & Sherrie, none of this would be a reality without you, thanks!

Enjoy every day of 2018,
Joel Coleman…

When I put the call out via Facebook to ask if anyone had a pool I could use for this shoot, Pete Shaw came through with his amazing indoor / outdoor resort style home. Pete’s life philosophy is all about getting out of your comfort zone so, when we finished shooting and I jokingly said he should try modeling underwater, he didn’t hesitate, just stripped down and jumped in. Priceless laughs all round for his underwater poses!

  • tom-paul jagg
    Posted at 00:52h, 10 January Reply

    Well Done Joel and the crew. Great photography and If I may say so… Yum! 😉

  • Peter
    Posted at 00:59h, 10 January Reply

    Hi Joel, Great work – cameo is amusing – showed my wife = loves what you are doing.

    Would like to see one day your creative approach to the same in Food – most of it is very boring and coffee table stuff


    • Joel Coleman
      Posted at 01:06h, 10 January Reply

      Sounds like a tasty challenge (bad pun, I know) – I’ll certainly have a think about it.

  • S. Met
    Posted at 02:47h, 10 January Reply

    Love it Joel

  • Bruce dart
    Posted at 02:55h, 10 January Reply

    Some more good work from the master regards Bruce

  • Ivanovich
    Posted at 04:09h, 10 January Reply

    Lovely stuff Joel I like the surreal look to these feels very arty, looking forward to more leftfield, rightfield and upside down stuff from you in 2018!

    • Joel Coleman
      Posted at 04:11h, 10 January Reply

      “leftfield, rightfield and upside down stuff from you in 2018!” – haha, watch this space Ivan!

  • Andrew Griffith
    Posted at 05:17h, 10 January Reply

    Hey Joel – great gig + great shots. Luv to Sherrie Andy G

  • marcus
    Posted at 06:41h, 10 January Reply

    stunning job on these frames!

  • petegee
    Posted at 01:22h, 11 January Reply

    more hard work, more good stuff.
    creative process vid also enlightening
    Photographers elsewhere now seeming to focus on this theme but still prefer your prisitne ( or should that be ‘piscine’) shots

    • Joel Coleman
      Posted at 01:31h, 11 January Reply

      Thanks Pete, I’m working on the style of these shots so I can take it further in a direction that really interests me and is hopefully exciting and original for anyone interested to follow along.

    Posted at 02:16h, 11 January Reply

    Beautifully done. (Yes Pete, that includes you.)

  • Virginia Wan
    Posted at 10:53h, 11 January Reply

    gorgeous artistic photos! The lady model did a great job! I have to laugh out so loud when I rolled down to see Peter! lol… sorry, Although you have a great body, not quite there yet for your dancing post. ;-))

  • Annie
    Posted at 10:53h, 11 January Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing these images,
    I really appreciate it.

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