I’m not very good at relaxing. Every time I take a vacation I always seem to find a way to work.
This month I took my new neoprene Ariel mermaid tail to Hawaii and did an underwater photo shoot with the fabulous folks at Sea Through Sea. I worked with them last year doing a photo shoot for my Elsa mermaid tail, and when I found myself on the Big Island again I gave them a call.
I wanted to show off the translucency of the monofin in this tail since that’s it’s most unique feature. I also thought it might be fun to try and recreate some movie poster shots from The Little Mermaid, since this tail is so unabashedly Ariel.
I made a Pinterest board with some ideas, and realized a lot of them were cave shots — Ariel’s Grotto is just so lovely, and I haven’t done many shots like that before. However, when we got to Hawaii the tides were unusually high thanks to the SuperMoon that happened in November 2016, so we ended up changing plans last-minute and going on board a dolphin swim boat instead, with Neptune Charlie’s Adventures. Yay, Dolphins!
There’s nothing quite like swimming with wild friendly sea creatures in the ocean.
We chased a pod of spinner dolphins around and had some wonderful encounters with mom and baby dolphins. On our last pass, just as we popped our heads up and took a breath, an adult spinner dolphin launched out of the water not 20 feet away from us, flipped around in the air and landed back in the water. We all screamed with delight, and then whooped again when a second dolphin jumped joyfully in the air right behind us.
Such a wonderful time, such a wonderful trip, such a wonderful life. Being a mermaid is just the best.
And here are a few of my favorite Mermaid photos! Hooray!