Mali will take over as guest moderator on Instagram this week, so we'd like to introduce her to you with this fun little interview!
When did you start on your photography journey?
My first camera was a Christmas present when I was 7 years old. I’ve been in this journey for a very long time :)
How many years have you been in business?
My hobby turned into a business 12 years ago.
What gear do you use for your underwater sessions?
I shoot underwater with whatever gear is available to me at the time. A lot of times it’s just my Iphone in an Optrix case. Other times I use my Sony A600, also in an underwater case. I don’t have any underwater gear for my professional cameras because they feel too bulky to me. I like to travel light and keep things as simple as possible.
What inspired you to try underwater photography? Where do you continue to draw your inspiration?
Shooting around water and underwater came naturally to me, because that’s where I often find myself. My family enjoy swimming, water polo, surfing, snorkeling, SUP, Kayaking, etc. Most of what we do for fun involves water. Inspiration comes from watching how my kids’ relationship with water develops through the years. Water activities define so much of who they are. It’s also always a joy when clients share that love for water and want to incorporate it into their sessions.
Your images have such a beautiful use of light in them. What is your favorite time of the day to photograph?
That’s a tricky question, because it depends on how clear the water is, and if I’m shooting above or underwater. Above water, sunset is the best time anywhere. Underwater in California oceans, I like the middle of a sunny day, when it’s very bright. In the Caribbean, where the ocean is clear and visibility is amazing, I love a cloudy or rainy day. There’s all kinds or weather and water clarity in between and I often find myself trying something new.
Any advice you’d like to share for someone just getting into underwater photography?
It’s a whole new learning curve that still throws me off sometimes. My advice is to embrace the challenges and mistakes along the way and have fun with it!
Thank you so much for sharing about your photography journey with us Mali!
All photos copyright Mali Workman.
The opinions and advice expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Underwater Kids