Denise + Scott's Underwater Trash the Dress Session in San Marcos, Texas
When Scott and Denise asked me if I’d ever done an underwater session, I said “No, but I’m up for anything!” If that isn’t the best way to sum up my entire photography career thus far, I’m not sure what is.
I researched pretty extensively different types of ways to protect your DSLR from water, but I’m going to be honest with you—nothing under $1600 made me feel at ease. So instead, I did something I never thought I’d do as a “professional"—I bought a point-and-shoot camera. I purchased the Olympus TG-5, a waterproof camera with RAW image capabilities (a huge thing for me) for this session.
I’ve had this ongoing bad weather luck with sessions that make me nervous—if you recall, my first wedding also got rained on!—so, of course, it was raining when I arrived to Sewell Park to meet with Scott and Denise. It kind of ruined any possibility of an extensive photo session before we got in the water, but we got a few shots anyways. (Whatever, rain is good luck, right?)
So we did it! And in case you were wondering, underwater photography is NOT easy and the San Marcos River is not as calm as it looks. After we all jumped in, the current very quickly picked all three of us up and swooped us away. It took every bit of my hard-earned arm muscle (thanks, Orangetheory Fitness!) to hold onto the side wall and scale my way back to the steps to exit the river.
Denise’s dress got stuck in a whirl pool shortly before most of the photos were taken and Scott literally had to save her life. That moment actually made it into their wedding vows—because there’s nothing like a near-death experience the week before you get married to show that your partner would actually risk their life to save you.
Well, we lived to tell the tale at least. Check out the photos from the session: