This “In the water” lifestyle couple image was shot in the warm August water at sunrise with clouds near Miami Beach, FL, USA. This type of lifestyle photography is physically the most difficult to shoot. On this day it was relatively easy as the sea was all but flat. The night before there was a torrential rainstorm that lasted for hours. I saw the pelicans coming and had literally had 5-6 seconds to move in position and get set to shoot them. I really enjoy shooting these “Just over the water” lifestyle couple imagery. On the east coast I only shoot these at sunrise to get this light as it's rare to have bad weather early in the morning, although it has happened. The weather changes for the worse during the day when the heat causes thermals to pull the warm and moist air into the upper elevations, causing rain, wind and lightning. We'll typically get to the location about 45-50 minutes before sunrise. The advantage of the pre-dawn meeting is we can say hello & the 2 models can get to know each other. I'll also look at the swimwear the models have brought to choose what I want them to wear. In this early morning meeting, I'll remind them that this is a boy/girl lifestyle shoot and being close is necessary, and close really means touching. We will get into the water about 30 minutes before sunrise as this can give us pretty light too. Not always, but if there are clouds scattered about the likelihood is greatly increased. Frequently there will be some level of cloud cover on the horizon and if there is any color associated with the sunrise, the predawn light can be stunning. Physically and mentally this is the most difficult type of photography I shoot. A normal camera/lens combination will weigh about 4-5 pounds (1.8 to 2.26 KG). But now I need to add the weight of the housing with the 9” mineral glass dome port (22.9 CM) and the 45° finder come in at about 15 pounds. So I have to hold 19-20 pounds (6.8-7.26 KG) of camera and housing out in front of me and mostly the housing is out of the water. Plus if there are large waves, we are bobbing up and down and loosing contact with the sand below and now drifting, usually apart of each other. You also need to be aware of a rip tide.
Award Winning, new york photographer water lifestyle, water lifestyle photographer nyc, water lifestyle photographers, nyc water lifestyle photographer, water lifestyle website photography, water lifestyle photographer advert, water lifestyle photography advertising, water lifestyle photography campaign, water lifestyle photography for advertising, water lifestyle photography production, water lifestyle photoshoot production, water lifestyle professional photographer, water lifestyle video shoots, water lifestyle photography advert, water lifestyle advertising photographer, water lifestyle advertising photographers, water lifestyle advertising photography, water lifestyle branding image, water lifestyle branding photos, water lifestyle editorial photographer, water lifestyle editorial photographers, water lifestyle international photographer, water lifestyle international photographers, water lifestyle branding photography, photographer water lifestyle, water lifestyle photographers in atlanta georgia, water lifestyle marketing campaign photography, water lifestyle advertisement photographers, water lifestyle advertisement photographers, water lifestyle photographers nyc, water lifestyle photograph library photographers, water lifestyle advertising campaign photographer, water lifestyle marketing photographers, water lifestyle marketing photography, water lifestyle photo advertisings, water lifestyle photo library photographer, water lifestyle photograph library photographer, water lifestyle photographer advertising, water lifestyle photographer new york city, water lifestyle photographer ny, water lifestyle photographers in new york city, water lifestyle photographers in nyc, water lifestyle marketing photographer, water lifestyle advertise photographers, nyc water lifestyle photographers, water lifestyle photography campaign, water lifestyle photography for advertising, water lifestyle photography production, water lifestyle photoshoot production, water lifestyle professional photographer, water lifestyle video shoots, water lifestyle branding photographers, water lifestyle magazine photographer, water lifestyle branding images, water lifestyle advertising campaign photographers, water lifestyle advertising campaign photography, water lifestyle advertising for photography, water lifestyle website images, water lifestyle branding photographer, water lifestyle photographer advert, water lifestyle photography advertising, atlanta, ga, new york city, usa, milan, italy SpacerLink to my Instagram pageSpacer Link to my LinkedIn page SpacerPrevious Home NextSpacer
Home Page!
Professional Water Lifestyle Imagery

Personal Work, Steve Thornton

About the image

This “In the water” lifestyle couple image was shot in the warm August water at sunrise with clouds near Miami Beach, FL, USA. This type of lifestyle photography is physically the most difficult to shoot. On this day it was relatively easy as the sea was all but flat. The night before there was a torrential rainstorm that lasted for hours. I saw the pelicans coming and had literally had 5-6 seconds to move in position and get set to shoot them. I really enjoy shooting these “Just over the water” lifestyle couple imagery. On the east coast I only shoot these at sunrise to get this light as it's rare to have bad weather early in the morning, although it has happened. The weather changes for the worse during the day when the heat causes thermals to pull the warm and moist air into the upper elevations, causing rain, wind and lightning. We'll typically get to the location about 45-50 minutes before sunrise. The advantage of the pre-dawn meeting is we can say hello & the 2 models can get to know each other. I'll also look at the swimwear the models have brought to choose what I want them to wear. In this early morning meeting, I'll remind them that this is a boy/girl lifestyle shoot and being close is necessary, and close really means touching. We will get into the water about 30 minutes before sunrise as this can give us pretty light too. Not always, but if there are clouds scattered about the likelihood is greatly increased. Frequently there will be some level of cloud cover on the horizon and if there is any color associated with the sunrise, the predawn light can be stunning. Physically and mentally this is the most difficult type of photography I shoot. A normal camera/lens combination will weigh about 4-5 pounds (1.8 to 2.26 KG). But now I need to add the weight of the housing with the 9” mineral glass dome port (22.9 CM) and the 45° finder come in at about 15 pounds. So I have to hold 19-20 pounds (6.8-7.26 KG) of camera and housing out in front of me and mostly the housing is out of the water. Plus if there are large waves, we are bobbing up and down and loosing contact with the sand below and now drifting, usually apart of each other. You also need to be aware of a rip tide.

Personal Work, Steve Thornton

For Photographers

The Gear: Canon digital camera set to 1/250 of a second shutter speed, 100 ISO and a Canon 16-35mm zoom lens using 16mm set to f5.6, all inside a Seacam underwater housing with 9" dome port (22.8 CM). The Light: Sunrise.

Personal Work, Steve Thornton

We are based in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, USA & Milan, Italy, and serve the nation and travel worldwide for projects, both video and stills. On average we travel 175 days a year from all over the USA, to Singapore to Japan, Europe and the Middle East. We are normally in Europe 2 or 3 times a year, mostly Italy and Germany, shooting for clients there.

If you would like to use this image, or any of my images for mock or comp use, please just ask. There is never a charge for this service. Educational use is permitted without charge, unless published, but please ask first. All commercial use is available only with a limited copyright release prior to use from the copyright holder, Steve Thornton. Thanks for looking!

Contact Us!Home Page!

Link to my Instagram page    Link to my LinkedIn page



All images and this entire website is © Steve Thornton

This is who, or what we are, what we can do or have already done: Water lifestyle advertising photographers, water lifestyle advertisement photographers, water lifestyle advertisement photographers, water lifestyle advertising campaign photographer, water lifestyle advertising campaign photographers, water lifestyle advertising campaign photography, water lifestyle advertising for photography, water lifestyle advertising photographer, water lifestyle advertising photographers, water lifestyle advertising photography, water lifestyle branding image, water lifestyle branding images, water lifestyle branding photographer, water lifestyle branding photographers, water lifestyle branding photography, water lifestyle branding photos, water lifestyle editorial photographer, water lifestyle editorial photographers, water lifestyle international photographer, water lifestyle international photographers, water lifestyle magazine photographer, water lifestyle marketing campaign photography, water lifestyle marketing photographer, water lifestyle marketing photographers, water lifestyle marketing photographys, water lifestyle photo advertisings, water lifestyle photo library photographer, water lifestyle photograph library photographer, water lifestyle photograph library photographers, water lifestyle photographer advert, water lifestyle photographer advertising, water lifestyle photographers, water lifestyle photography advert, water lifestyle photography advertising, water lifestyle photography campaign, water lifestyle photography for advertising, water lifestyle photography production, water lifestyle photoshoot production, water lifestyle professional photographer, water lifestyle video shoots, water lifestyle website images, water lifestyle website photography and photographer water lifestyle.

What can we do for you?

Steve Thornton & The Team.




water lifestyle photography campaign, water lifestyle photography for advertising, water lifestyle photography production, water lifestyle photoshoot production, water lifestyle professional photographer, water lifestyle video shoots, water lifestyle marketing photography, water lifestyle photo advertisings, water lifestyle photographer ny, water lifestyle photographers in new york city, water lifestyle photographers in nyc, water lifestyle marketing photographer, water lifestyle advertise photographers, nyc water lifestyle photographers, water lifestyle photo library photographer, water lifestyle branding photographers, water lifestyle magazine photographer, water lifestyle branding images, water lifestyle advertising campaign photographers, water lifestyle advertising campaign photography, water lifestyle advertisement photographers, water lifestyle editorial photographer, water lifestyle editorial photographers, water lifestyle international photographer, new york photographer water lifestyle, water lifestyle photographer nyc, water lifestyle photographers, nyc water lifestyle photographer, water lifestyle website photography, water lifestyle photographer advert, water lifestyle advertising for photography, water lifestyle website images, water lifestyle branding photographer, water lifestyle photographer advert, water lifestyle photography advertising, water lifestyle international photographers, water lifestyle branding photography, photographer water lifestyle, water lifestyle photographers in atlanta georgia, water lifestyle marketing campaign photography, water lifestyle advertisement photographers, water lifestyle photography advertising, water lifestyle photography campaign, water lifestyle photography for advertising, water lifestyle photography production, water lifestyle photoshoot production, water lifestyle professional photographer, water lifestyle photographers nyc, water lifestyle photograph library photographers, water lifestyle advertising campaign photographer, water lifestyle marketing photographers, water lifestyle photograph library photographer, water lifestyle video shoots, water lifestyle photography advert, water lifestyle advertising photographer, water lifestyle advertising photographers, water lifestyle advertising photography, water lifestyle branding image, water lifestyle branding photos, water lifestyle photographer advertising, water lifestyle photographer new york city, atlanta, ga, new york city, usa, milan, italy

Contact Us!Home Page!

Link to my Instagram page    Link to my LinkedIn page



All images and this entire website is © Steve Thornton