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Playing Underwater with Children’s Portraits | Photography by Alix Martinez

By Hanssie on March 27th 2014


Photographer Alix Martinez fell in love with photography at ten years old, when she picked up her first camera. Eventually majoring in photography and graphic design, Alix moved to New York City to pursue her dream. Now in Connecticut as a fine art children’s photographer, Alix is publishing two books and has quite a few accolades under her belt.

Not only does her work in children’s portraiture stand out, but she’s taken it to another level – under the water. The challenges of underwater portraiture are extensive, I’m sure, with flowing lighting situations, holding your breath, and very heavy camera housing to name a few. When your models are kids, I am sure the level of difficulty rises, but Alix makes it not only look easy, but fun and imaginative as well. As Alix tells My Modern Met,

The first time I [shot underwater] almost drowned because I saw a shot I did not want to miss, but it is so rewarding when you look at your images. When I started, I could only hold my breath for 25 seconds and now I feel like a marine going under for 2 minutes.



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Her underwater series stars kids just being kids underwater, playing golf, twirling, drinking tea, and flying. And looking oh so graceful doing so. Alix uses minimial gear underwater favoring a Canon 24mm f/1.4 on her Canon 5D Mark III, safety encased in the Ikelite Underwater Housing with a dome. And of course googles and a nose plug.


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You can see Alix Martinez’s work on her website.

CREDITS: All photographs shared by Alix Martinez are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Linda Borrego

    These are amazing underwater photos.

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  2. Michelle York

    Love it! Very inspiring. Just wish underwater housing wasn’t so expensive!

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  3. Tyler Hackerott


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  4. Maribeth Castaneda

    Wow! The shots are great…

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  5. Jacob Jexmark

    Great images!

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