In my latest interview for Creative I was asked to describe the process behind this picture
Full version of the interview is here: http://blog.alionakuznetsova.com/2019/01/interview-for-creative-magazine.html
As for the process:
Our set is in the bath-tube covered with black fabric and filled with water. The lighting is a beauty dish a meter above water and a bit higher them model’s head. Model goes up and down in the water while I photograph as much as possible to capture the right combination of waves, bubbles and relaxed facial expression. Some details that make it a bit more challenging are:
— model doesn’t hear me when her ears are underwater.
— the temperature of water that is warm and nice for her body makes her face red which is not helpful.
— you should watch the reflections of the light in the water (playing with the position of lamp as well as waves on the surface).
— you can expect to make 10–12 divings or turnings before the makeup will become unsaleable in photoshop (given the makeup is waterproof).
— it’s extremely hard for the model to open her eyes under water or after diving (after diving the makeup gets into eyes)
— When the model is under the water, the picture becomes a mess of bubbles and waves distorting all the proportions of her face, so one needs to wait a bit before making a shot.
— some models are easier with the water and have less sensitive eyes than others.