I got several questions after posting this picture to my Instagram about how she stands there. It’s not a very shallow lake and it’s not a photoshop. In fact the answer is super simple:
Notice that we have a long dress to cover the top and at the same time the top makes it easier for her to balance in the water. The bottom of our lake is not too hard so the ladder won’t fall together with a model, but not too soft so the ladder won’t sink. Finally the top step of the ladder is adjusted to the water surface so the model won’t lose height on the picture.