Having done plenty of underwater swims during the previous 15 or so Water Babies lessons, I wasn’t worried at all about the little one going underwater. It’s just something your baby and you get used to as part of the overall Water Babies experience, although I know a lot of parents worry about this aspect – there’s no reason to though.
Having done Chapter 1 and 2 of the Water Babies swimming classes, the photoshoot was a nice way to reflect on how far the sprog has come during her splashy journey. It’s also great to get professional, underwater photos, which is something that you’d struggle to ever accomplish on your own. Obviously the end result is the photos and we have absolutely no complaints with the quality of the snaps, friendliness of the staff or service we received before, during or after the shoot.
It’s a luxury purchase and I’m sure you can get decent underwater pics yourself x
We never got them done for that reason, its a complete rip off. One of the girls got 2 pictures and it cost her 200!!
It’s the best thing you can do – you’ll have moments in the pool that will amaze and stay with you forever. When Scarlett was first introduced to Water Babies she was shy, cried a lot and was no fan of the water. Although we went through more wobbles, she slowly grew confident .I’m so proud at how confident she now is in the water. A big thanks for what has been a truly fun four years.
We’ve been swimming with Water Babies since Oran was 6 months old. He loves the classes and has developed into a happy and confident toddler in the water. It’s a fun way to help your child develop the early stages of swimming, which is a life skill.
It was about six weeks after the underwater photoshoot that our photos arrived in the post. On the USB, we had both high resolution copies of the photos if we wanted to print them out, as well as low resolution copies for the blog / social media. The five pretty awesome snaps from the photoshoot are below:
We have a Pentax digital camera which you can use underwater too so we’ll have a go with that and see what happens although most pools don’t allow photography
I got them done and bought a memory stick with two photos on, I split the cost with LO’s dad ) we’re not together so it was £125 and I can print of as many prints as I want. It’s a total rip off but I booked the shoot and once I saw the photos I was sucked in.
Then it was time for the first underwater photo. We headed over to an area at the corner of the pool which was set up with a blue screen, lights and the scuba diving fella with a camera. I handed the little one to the instructor as I watched on from the side. After a “Baby L, Ready, Go”, the sprog was put under the water and let go of, whilst the cameraman took three successive snaps as she kicked up to the surface.
And it goes without saying that we’ll take great care of your child’s and your own protection especially when it comes to comfort, safety and security. But if you’ve any other queries about our underwater photo shoots, please check out our faqs or feel free to get in touch. We can’t wait to see your baby striking a pose soon – ker-splash, ker-lick!
Hi I’m Digi the Otter. Welcome to my wonderful world of underwater photography – let me swim you round and tell you all you need to know…ker-splash, ker-lick!
Thanks to the team at Ascot last Sunday for getting a brilliant photo of Haron under the water! We’re so happy with it and can’t wait to start again!
We’re amazed at the progression! Annie will soon be 3 and has been with Water Babies since she was 4 months old. She is now swimming a few metres, coming up for one breath – she can ‘do it myself!’.
Quick vid of the sprog’s @waterbabiesuk underwater photoshoot earlier today.
The class not only teaches Edan lifesaving skills in the water but I also found it a great way to exercise and have one to one fun with my wee one. Nearly 2 years on and Edan has no fear of the water and loves swimming and splashing about with his friends at his Water Babies class.
We do puddle ducks and they do similar, £35 just for a slot with the photographer for 20 mins and no guarantee photos will be taken if lo crying etc.A 6×4 photo was about £40 and a memory stick was a few hundred £s. I didn’t bother.
Edit: We have continued Water Babies swimming lessons. Here’s a more recent review of Chapter 4.
We then spoke to Jamie – one of the Water Babies’ staff – who talked us through the different options available (more info below), prior to filling in the paperwork and placing our order. We decided to get digital prints of the photos, which we were told would be delivered to us on a branded 1GB USB around eight or so weeks later.
With viewing directly after your photo shoot and fantastic highly trained staff to assist, orders can be made there and then, payment taken (instalment plan on request), orders sent to the developer and then sent to you.
Born at 35 weeks and spending 2 weeks in special care, Oscar started Water Babies at 4 months old. He’s now 4 & I believe Water Babies has helped with his development with the detailed lessons they have. The teachers are always so helpful and reassuring – not only has it given Oscar confidence, but also me. We’ve just had our baby daughter at 27 weeks and can’t wait for her to start her Water Babies journey.
When you start out on Chapter 1 of your Water Babies story we’ll give you a complimentary place on one of our underwater photo shoots.
We do waterbabies. You pay for your session and it says in the small print that if they can’t take them I.e hiccups, upset etc then you still have to pay!! RIP OFF!!! I got a disposable underwater camera for £10 it took fantastic photos (yet to try with lo) im sure out of 30 photos id get a few good ones xx
The warm up was like any other Water Babies class…well apart from the fact that there were only two of us in the session. We sang a bit of “Splish, Splash”, we put the little ones into their side swim positions and wet their heads with “Baby L, Ready, Go”. We then sang “Humpty Dumpty” with the sprogs sat on the side of the pool, then did some “We are swimming on our backs”.
Taking your photos away on one of our funky DigiSticks means you’ll be able to create your own wonderful pieces of artwork, where the only limit to what you can do will be your imagination … so what will you do with yours?
In my opinion £69 for one (?!?!) Photo is crazy. You can get underwater cameras for £130 ish…
The underwater photoshoot is included in the cost of the Water Babies swimming lessons as part of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 (£45 if you want to book on after this), which is a quite cool added extra to the lessons. Obviously you have to pay for photos though and this is where things can get a little pricey, particularly if loads of great photos were taken and you just have to have them all.
In total, there were nine photos which had been taken of the little one on the underwater photoshoot – all of which were really clear and defined which we were pleasantly surprised about. We worked our way through each photo, marking them as ones we liked, ones which were OK and ones we didn’t like. After 15 minutes or so, we’d managed to get rid of four photos and decided that we wanted the other five.
On arrival at the leisure centre in Tiffield – a little late may I add due to stupid traffic – the sprog and I were shown to the changing rooms, whilst the missus was allowed poolside. After a speedy change, we emerged less clothed, a little nippier and ready for some splashy fun.
We wanted our daughter to have confidence in the water – and thanks to Water Babies she now has this in bucket loads! Despite being born prematurely, and the concerns we had with regard to how she might manage, she’s come on so far so quickly, and not a day goes by without her asking to go swimming!
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Photography is an integral element of Chapter 1 of your Water Babies journey forming a perfect element at the end of your first term swimming. Our objective is to achieve one perfect shot of each baby swimming underwater, however, our standard is much higher than just one photo. Babies can have three swims and on each swim can have up to three photographs taken with nine shots overall to choose from.
Following the final underwater photo, the session concluded with “Twinkle Twinkle”. We were then told to get changed, then head to the main hall where we would be able to view the photos from the shoot.
Does anyone else take their baby to waterbabies? I have just cancelled our photoshoot because I only just found out the prices, and it would be a month before Christmas so there’s not a chance we could afford it.
On the one hand I think it would have been a great experience and a nice keepsake, but on the other hand I know I would be a sucker for the photos and would want more than one, the cheapest print is £69 for an 8×10!! And I know they will take a few shots and we just don’t have that money spare, and not the type of people to ask family to buy them as a gift for Christmas.
I know there will be other opportunities to do this, but what if my son won’t be happy to go underwater next time whereas while he is still relatively young (he will be 8m) it might be better?
We love Water Babies! Even though Betty went through the wobbles for a fair few months, we persisted and she’s come out the other side loving it even more and super confident!
Yea i think its such a piss take! Buy an underwater camera and take millions of your own photos 😊
Charlotte has loved learning to swim, splash and dive and is always so excited to get in the water. Our Water Babies lessons are the highlight of our week!
No idea but Steph on here posted on the Facebook group about them and its actually a really good idea. Cant believe what they charge for underwater photos its such a rip off.
I’m not going to try and justify the price – it can get very expensive just for a couple of photos, but it is a once in a lifetime thing. The way that this works is actually no different to getting any professional photos taken. They get you through the door with a low session fee, then make a wad on the photos that you want. As long as you know this and don’t let your heart rule your head (or wallet), you’ll be fine. It’s worthwhile saying though that there’s absolutely no pressure to buy or spend your hard earned cash, so you do as you please.
As a bloke who grew up listening to rock music during the 90’s, getting the chance to replicate the cover of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind album was pretty cool. The only thing that would have made it more exciting is if I was the one being photographed floating naked in the water. Remind me to add that to my bucket list.
Taking our daughter Esme swimming at only 10 weeks old was quite daunting, especially because she was born 5 weeks premature. We never regret it! It’s the best thing we did and we strongly believe it has helped her development. We will never forget our Water Babies experiences and teachers!
After kicking herself to the surface, she was given back to me and we continued with more watery fun and games. There was another two underwater swims – exactly the same as described above – to give the photographer further opportunity to get some awesome snaps.
Taking my 2 boys to Water Babies has been very rewarding – I love seeing their confidence grow and the time I get to spend dedicated to them every week. They are now fabulously confident with a healthy respect for the water. We recently started classes with our 11 week old little girl and I can’t wait to go through it all over again!
Anyway, having reached the end of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of our Water Babies swimming lessons, and having really enjoyed the experience so far, we booked on to one of the underwater photoshoots. This would allow us to do a number of underwater swims – as per the swimming lessons – but have a professional photographer there to hopefully capture some cool photos of out submerged sprog.
Absolutely incredible. Worth every penny. Feels so lovely being in the water with Alice and shown what to do to encourage her. Cannot praise them enough!
We’ve got world-class talent and the best equipment to capture your little one in a magical underwater world and get you a spectacular image you’ll treasure forever!
Joining Water Babies was the best thing we ever did for Eoin – it’s the highlight of his & Daddy’s week and I love seeing how much he’s learnt and how confident he is in the water. Cannot recommend enough.
One photoshoot was just finishing, so we watched on for a few minutes before being invited into the water where we were introduced to the Water Babies instructor leading the session and the photographer. It was explained to us that we’d do some warm up exercises to get the little ones used to the water, then there would be three different underwater swims which the photographer would capture on camera.
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I’m not a confident swimmer myself, but our Water Babies lessons have been the most enjoyable of all the classes we’ve signed up for. As well as being able to see that Luke just loves the water, I feel like I’ve learned loads about how to support him as his swimming develops.
Since starting our Water Babies swimming journey back in March, one of the things that I’ve been looking forward to the most is the underwater photoshoot.
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On entering the main hall, we were met by one of the Water Babies’ staff who showed us to one of the six terminals where we could view our photos. I was particularly impressed with how quick this process was. We were shown how to use the touch screen terminal – for instance, to mark which photos we liked and didn’t like, how to view the photos as a slideshow, how to zoom in to the snaps etc – then left to our own devices to browse the photos.
As your baby grows, they become stronger and kick to the surface making the image more vertical than horizontal. Most parents attend their first shoot at the end of their first ten weeks. Now is the ultimate time to try with a higher number of opportunities to achieve that one amazing image!
Yes, the photos are pricey, there’s no getting away from that. However, as mentioned above, you always have to pay a pretty high amount for professional photos from a photoshoot. It would be nice if the photos were a bit cheaper, but then again I guess Water Babies’ lessons are marketed as a premium class, so you’d expect this to be reflected on the photoshoot too. At the end of the day, if you want the best, you’ve got to pay for the best!
I’m now going to head off to superimpose a £5 note in one of Baby L’s photos…
We’re getting it done. The price is ridiculous but the photos are of amazing quality and we’d never be able to match that. It’s my Christmas present from my husband though. But if you can’t afford it then you have made the right decision – it’s definitely not worth overstretching yourself for, and there are so many other lovely keepsakes you can have for a lot less!
So, on the 24th July and armed with all of our swimming paraphernalia, we jumped into the car and drove to a swimming pool in Tiffield, near Towester, in order to do the Water Babies underwater photoshoot. Here’s how we got on:
As with most photography places, the more you buy, the better deal you get. There were a number of different offers available on the day which cover the range of photo and size options, including prints (£70 to £170), digitals (£150 to £450), acrylics (£135 to £320) or canvases (£250 to £330). So, as a deal in July for instance, you could buy one image for £150 and get a 10×8 print for £10, which would save £60. Or buy three images for £300 and get one 20×16 print for £20 which saves you £115.
I love water babies but definately not paying for underwater photos. I never thought of getting an underwater camera I might put it on my wish list for Xmas! X
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N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion. The underwater photoshoot and photos were provided to us for free by Water Babies in exchange for writing an honest review of our experiences.
Our fab photographers work with a whole photo shoot team to put together a professional underwater studio for each shoot, and we even have special dipographers (dip-who?) to swim your baby in front of the camera to get that perfect shot for you.
Only had one lesson and we are so impressed that we are booking for the next term already!
Evan has been swimming with Water Babies since he was 8 weeks and he absolutely loves it! His confidence in the water already at 11 months is fantastic, the classes are so much fun – can’t recommend them enough!