We are so excited to introduce Allison from Oahu, Hawaii to you this week! Learn a bit about her below and make sure to tune in to Instagram and say hello as she is our guest moderator over the next few days!
When did you start on your photography journey?
I actually started photographing right out of college when I landed a job at a newspaper as a photojournalist. But my love for photography and the art of it didn’t develop until much later on in my career and when my time was done at the paper.
How many years have you been in business?
My business was created in 2013 and I have had the privilege to work with some pretty amazing families.
What gear do you use for your underwater photos?
I house my Nikon D810 with an Aquatech. I currently have a flat port for my 20mm 1.8 or my 35mm. I would love to eventually get a dome port.
What inspired you to try underwater photography? Where do you continue to draw your inspiration?
I grew up around the water. Living in Hawaii as a child and then swimming competitively all the way through college - I was in or around the water constantly. Now that we live in Hawaii - I always felt limited at the beach. We still spend so much time in and around the water and I wanted to take it to the next level. I honestly went into underwater photography with zero knowledge and wanting to learn everything about it. It seriously has motivated me in ways I could never really express. Also - I am really trying to make sure my voice is clear while shooting in and out of the water. I want that to be evident in all of my work and that has served as true inspiration - especially when learning something new.
Your images have such a beautiful use of light in them. What is your favourite time of the day to photograph?
At the beach - I love to go early in the morning. Not only is it a great way to beat the crowds, but the water is still clear. Other than that - I love mid-afternoon and late afternoon shoot in the water. Especially at our pool.
Any advice you’d like to share for someone just getting into underwater photography?
Rent the gear first. Not only is it a huge investment - you need to feel 100 percent confident in it. I rented one system for a weekend — and knew I was falling in love with underwater photography - but not the housing. Was it a bad housing? NO. No such thing - but for my personal needs, the type of shooting I would be doing and what I really, really wanted in my gear (BBF, dials, a good seal) I made sure to find exactly what I wanted. DO your research and ask questions! There are so many people who love underwater photography who want to help and talk about it! ASK. Don’t risk your gear if you are unsure.
Thank you so much for sharing about your photography journey with us Allison!
All photos copyright Allison Gipson.
The opinions and advice expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Underwater Kids