I am absolutely thrilled that a good friend of mine Tina Krafts from Tina Krafts Photography will be taking over our Instagram feed this week! I got to know Tina through the National Association of Professional Child Photographers where we are both members. Tina is an award winning newborn photographer and an all around amazing human being. She was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her recent journey into underwater photography.
When did you start on your photography journey?
I have always had a camera in my hand from a very young age, but I got serious about learning the technical aspects of photography and advancing my skills when my kids were babies, as I wanted to be able to take my own beautiful photos of them.
How many years have you been in business?
I officially launched my business in 2013.
What gear do you use for your underwater sessions?
Right now, I am using a Hero Go Pro 5 (and, occasionally, Olympus TG-4), while I save for housing for my DSLR
What inspired you to try underwater photography? Where do you continue to draw your inspiration?
From the first time that I saw underwater images, I was mesmerized by their magical appearance. It seemed to me that there was some indescribable quality that simply could not be replicated on dry land. Over/under shots were particularly captivating to me, as they allow the photographer to capture and show two distinct worlds simultaneously.
As I don’t live particularly close to the ocean or a lake, I assumed that underwater photography was not for me. However, given that I spend a lot of time with my kids at the pool over the summer, I started thinking that just maybe I would give it a try. It turned out to be a fantastic way for us to spend time together and document our summer memories, and I have found that it really boosts my creativity.
I am always inspired by the underwater work of my photography colleagues who have been doing this much longer than I have, of course. Additionally, however, I think that the endless opportunities to be creative that exist with underwater photography challenge me to try new things every day – new locations, new techniques, different times of day, different lighting, etc.
What is your favourite time of the day to photograph?
I have taken many of my underwater images during the mid-day hours simply because that tends to be the time when I am most likely to be at the pool with my kids (and that time of day makes it easy to capture brighter underwater images). However, my favorite time of day for underwater photography is in the late afternoon, in the two-three hours prior to sunset. The golden light is always so appealing, and the sky at that time is typically more colorful for those over/under shots. In addition, when the sun is lower in the sky, it produces gorgeous pockets of light that are just striking for purely underwater images.
Any advice you’d like to share for someone just getting into underwater photography?
Honestly, I would say don’t be afraid to jump in, even if your ideal equipment isn’t in the budget at the moment. And don’t be afraid to experiment! As I mentioned previously, underwater photography offers unlimited opportunities for creativity!