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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…


It’s not to late for your senior photographs.

Erin is a  local Colorado Springs, 2013 high school senior. She loves to model and as you can see she is also great at it. Erin had her photo shoot at Garden of the Gods and it was a chilly 2 hours, I only had to retouch a few goosebumps 😀 Even though the grass is no longer green, You can still can get some amazing photographs!



Every client that is photographed will receive a slideshow for their enjoyment!


Steam Locomotive No. 844

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to see and get this great image of the steam locomotive No. 844 coming through Palmer Lake, Colorado. This is the 150 Anniversary celebration of Union Pacific.Steam Locomotive

Steam Locomotive No. 844 was the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. Here is a link to learn more about the Living Legend No. 844 or about steam locomotives.

   Many on lookers ventured out to catch a glimpses of this Legend so I decided to go down the tracks to get a little different view.

Patiently waiting to see No. 844

Are you scared…well you should be!!

I had the honor on Saturday to photograph Ghouls Gulch Haunted House which is apart of the Rocky Mountain Haunt Fest. Thanks to Mike for taking time to open up his wonderfully scary location to a group of photographers from The Colorado Springs Creative Photography Group on such a beautiful day. If you missed Ghouls Gulch, make sure you don’t next year…If you like being scared. You never know what will be around the corner.


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