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Finished product…

One of the greatest times about any creative art, is seeing the finished product in use.

The 3 images from the framed magazine layout and the 2 images on the right: were from a photoshoot for Crave Magazine’s Aug ITgirl.

Model: Laura Thomas was the ITgirl and she was amazing. It’s not easy to just jump in a pool and instantly become a pro…especially with roller skates on!

Designers: were the one and only Blackberry Maverick – BMAV takes the Retro Woman to the Edge by merging the Classic Betty and the Unpredictable Fox. I highly recommend check them out!

Makeup Artist: Jenn Nolt, she is THE master at underwater makeup..+ an amazing over all MU artist!

Here is the link to view the whole ITgirl article-  August ITgirl 

The other 3 images from the framed magazine layout: Are of the beautiful and talented Heidi Trelstad. Not only is Heidi a model but she also owns her own business, Chef Sugar’s Cakes and Confections  (FB or website) Chef Sugar’s opened in October of 2010 offering a unique bakery/cake studio concept with a chic lounge where they strive to impress with creations focusing on all the latest trends in everything sweet! If you are a fan of Food Network, you may have also seen her recently on Food Network’s Halloween Wars season 5. Make sure to stop on by Chef Sugar’s Cakes and Confections for a tasty treat or 2 and say hello to Heidi.

The framed magazine is from a submission to Pump Magazine

Last but not least..Lower Left: It’s from a purchase from the 9th annual The Arts-downtown MDA art show that was hosted by ERA Shields Real Estate in Colorado Springs. I was one of 15 artist that helped raise money to send children to Summer Camp. The event was a huge success! This image is still one of my all time favorites..and can you believe it was from my first underwater shoot. You can see now why I am hooked!! 

Underwater images

Underwater images hanging on client walls

Break’n in…

Not really – But I am trying to break into the El Paso County real estate photography industry. 

Every house is someone’s dream home!

I strive to capture the essence of every residence with not only with quality… but also affordable pricing – which is your dream.

Contact me today to find out pricing and availability for photographing your property.

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How much time goes into editing underwater photos?..

I will never tell but I will share.

I created this video, which I will admit is kind of long & it’s sped up 600%, but to edit them depending on what you want your out come to be …can be very lengthy.

The first image is my completed piece and the 3 unedited images are the ones used to create this underwater artwork. I hope you enjoyed this video and feel free to ask me any thing!?


How to model underwater

Modeling underwater produces some of the most visually unique images.  Each model greatly differs in their abilities to open eyes, hold breath, achieve neutral  buoyancy and pose all the while looking relaxed in an underwater environment.   

Holding your breath is one of the main aspects. The longer the model can hold their breath the more shots you can get. One way you can achieve this by staying calm & relaxed.

Hair floating in various directions can beautifully enhance an image. With every movement the model makes, the hair will follow. Moving the head horizontally and tilting the head back and forth is relatively easy. A skilled model can gauge her environment and hold her head in such a way that allows her hair to flow out and away from her face.

This video is to show what goes into modeling while underwater.


underwater modeling sample from Tanya Walter on Vimeo.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, other wise know as Day of the Dead.

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Since the recent passing of my mom…this festival brings on a new meaning. I wanted to honor her by photographing a model underwater with a traditional sugar skull.

Never regret…


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