Christy Lee Rogers’ underwater spells

Observatory Mansions


Photographer Christy Lee Rogers creates wondrous underwater scenes of utter beauty, where seemingly choreographed entanglements of bodies and drapes weightlessly float in a muffled yet lush universe that brims with unbounded sensual energies.

Elan_fantome_du_coeur_webSmoke and gold_The_Touch_of_your Skin_is_BrokenReckless_The InnocentsFor the sensual rendering of the fleshes, the bright coalescing colours and the dramatic lighting, Rogers’ work has often been compared to Baroque painting. Similarly to the pursuit of the marvellous typical of Baroque art, her images excite the senses and  arouse a pervasive feeling of awe and wonder in the viewer. But each work also elicits feelings that can be assimilated to sublime, romantically intended as that ungraspable mixture of high pleasure and deep fear we feel in front of something majestic.


Notwithstanding the above mentioned comparisons concerning the magnificent results, Christy Lee Rogers is endowed with an original and rare talent that made her  develop a unique way of expressing universal and timeless feelings by means of…

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Karen and Davood Engaged!! | Los Angeles, CA

I’m taking bookings for underwater wins and engagements now. Will be posting some samples next week hopefully. Keep your eyes peeled.


Karen contacted us at the end of January for a underwater engagement session to go with their Island Wedding in November 2015. These photos were taken in a heated pool in winter time 🙂 Underwater Session is always fun, we enjoy every moment we holding our camera underwater !!

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How to shoot underwater fashion and swimwear -part 2





Something really important to think about is the position of the light source in relation to the lens.  If you have c it too close to the lens you can get a thing called backscatter. Here is the dictionary definition of backscatter.


So in other words, backscatter is an underwater version of cats eyes. Muck and dead skin is lit up by the light from the strobe. If the lights are pointing straight forward they are more likely to bounce light back inside the lens and show up add ghost spots. One way to avoid this is the angle your lights forward but slightly off to one side. I will add an example slide to the next post.

How to shoot underwater fashion and swimwear – part 1




My first commercial underwater shoot was with Sandstorm Luxury Swimwear at a pool in Skipton (Rendezvous Hotel). It was also the largest shoot as far as logistics were concerned (up to 20 models / beauty pageant nominees in total).

It was also my first shoot using an underwater strobe (flash gun). Before this shoot I only used either available light or constant underwater video lights. There are advantages and disadvantages to both lighting systems.

Available light means you do not use any sort of added light and often required a lot of light to make the image use able and not overly grainy.

Video lights are great for showing and lighting the scene which allows you to frame and image in low light, how ever the burn time (run time) of these sort of lights can be very short. I averaged 10-20 mins burn per light. So when shooting for several hours (in total we shot for 5 hours on this occasion).

Flash lighting (strobe) was a massive step up for me.  It allowed much better shooting duration (around 1000 shots per set of AA batteries) and meant I could shoot at much higher F – stops and lower ISO’s (f11 and 400 ISO average).

Boom -apparently my stats are up


Thanks to some tips from #Socialsam at the 4networking meeting in East Leeds last Friday, I found out that in order to help improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) I need to post more, make more use of #hashtags and write about things people might want to read about (do cats in hats not count as a point of interest?).

Well I’d like to talk briefly about Social Sam, what he does. Then about an audio book I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve their image on Facebook.

Finally ill say a little about Claire Mackie who I have to thank for been painfully honest and telling me how terrible my online presence was around 2 months ago when we had a late night chat about what I was doing wrong.


So @SocialSam is an online social media guru. He had a 4sight slot at the meeting and went through current predictions for the year.  These included the division of Google+ into its desperate parts. One part which I’m going to be using alot in the near future is Google Hangouts. It’s a great way to create webinars for free and works across all computers, iPhone and Android devices.

It’s quick and slick and easy to set up. I’m going to be doing my first Hangout in the next week or so. I’ll be doing it on photography technique, how to setup a camera properly and what to think about when taking photos on your phone. If your interested drop me a message via twitter @timlosphoto.

If anyone needs any social advice (I’m afraid I don’t think he can help you find any new friends if you don’t have any in the first place) please drop @socialsam a message and tell him you heard about him through me. 🙂


So onto the book id recommend.
Gail Z Martin “30 days to social media success”. I got it as an audio book first as I hate reading but found it so useful I ended up buying the kindle version as well so I flick through certain sections.

It takes you through a 30 day plan to improve your social media standing in the world. Broken up into 30 chapters (one for each day) the sections are approx 10 mins long.  They begin with a review of what it is about, then gets into the meat of the task before finishing off with a review of the task you need to complete.

I found it a very easy book to follow and made me realise what social media gold I have been missing out on over the years. Alot of it can be done from your smart phone, any time, anywhere (even whilst your on the loo). So I couldn’t recommend the book highly enough.

Finally Claire Mackie. If you need someone to cast an honest eye over your website please get in touch with Claire Mackie. She can be found on LinkedIn / Facebook and Twitter.  She will help turn your site around.

4networking Wetherby

Got completly carried away networking and forgot to take a photo of the venue. A beautiful old hotel just north of Wetherby (junction 47).

There were about 35 attendees,  everyone from solicitors, cleaners, landscape gardeners, Web designers, wordpress Web optimisers, SEO experts, death and disease specialists and a magician (he did a card trick and told a joke about been signed to a Sky TV deal for a year -turns out he was talking about SKY tv bundle -funny guy).

Look forward to going back again in a fortnight.

Thanks to my 1-2-1s for a good head rub together. I’ll add their names onto this post when I get the cards out of my wallet.

Next meeting I’m at is going to be Wakefield morning this week. If anyone would like to come along with me as a guest let me know and I’ll arrange for you to be added to the list.

4networking is without doubt the best decision I’ve made so far in 2015. It’s going to be a buzzing year. 🙂

#4networking #wetherby #networking #friends #nonforced #referrals #expandyourhorizon

4networking Leeds East with Social Sam 4 sight slot



Social Sam did a talk at Leeds East’s 4networking group on Friday. It was really to hear more about the current trends in social media and how best to utilise it for business. It’s part his fault that I’m up until 2 am sorting my website out, optimising everything for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

He talked about something called Google Hangouts which me and Alex Varnals of Herbalife nutrition and Skincare had used the night before.

Alex was doing a webinar using the free software service Hangouts. I’ll post a separate post purely on how Hangouts works and how I’m gping to be using it on my website more and more over the next few months.