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!
2. To help get this tyke into character, Casteel blasted “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid. (Yes, really.)
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!
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!
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!
Though the 34-year-old photographer doesn’t yet have kids, this project has made him realize he definitely wants a family of his own one day. “Babies are so amazing, but wow, they are such a tremendous responsibility. I want to be in the best situation to be the very best dad I can be.”
When we first heard that photographer Seth Casteel was working on the book Underwater Babies, we wished him luck (imagine all of those tantrums?) and couldn’t wait to see the results.
Within a few days of your photo shoot you’ll receive an email with a link to log in to our website and view your images. Here you’ll be able to crop, lighten, darken and even change your images from colour to black and white before placing your order.
Keep an eye out for Seth Casteel’s next photography book Pounce, which will document cats on land and underwater!
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!
The photos, which capture babies under water during actual swim lessons, highlight this momentous first milestone. Casteel, who is known for his previous photography books Underwater Puppies and Underwater Dogs, told Babble that he found this to be the most difficult one yet:
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!
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.
4. Note to self: don’t ever forget to bring a pacifier on a deep sea dive.
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?
12. There’s probably nothing cuter than an underwater kissing face.
While we could coo over the book all day, there is a deeper message behind the photos. Casteel wants parents to use the images as a tool to teach kids not to be afraid of learning to swim. “The danger of the water is real, but the benefits of swim lessons are also real.”
Our underwater photographers are highly skilled and trained, and use state-of-the-art cameras, lighting and techy equipment. On the day they’ll aim to take three incredible underwater images of your Turtle Tot.
9. Casteel shared that at 4 and 1/2 months old, this guy is the youngest baby in the book, but had the charisma of a veteran swimmer!
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.
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.
Only had one lesson and we are so impressed that we are booking for the next term already!
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.
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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.
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Cue the awwwws. While we’re over here swooning, check out some of our favorite photos from Casteel’s breathtaking new book …
Several times a year we run professional underwater photography shoots, and you will be invited to bring your young child along for their photograph to be taken.
We also love involving siblings and parents in our underwater photo shoots so you are welcome to jump in with your Turtle Tot for a family photo.
Seeing your baby or toddler swimming underwater is an amazing experience and capturing it in a photograph gives you something to treasure for years to come.
Even though he found it challenging, Casteel confessed he’d rather work with babies or animals over adults any day (who wouldn’t?!) and that he had a blast photographing these moments … and so did the babies! “[They were] laughing, splashing, [and] playing in the water. But as we all know, babies can be unpredictable with their moods, so sometimes a baby was a little cranky.” Yeah, we’re not surprised by that. But can you believe there was only ONE diaper blowout throughout the entire process? Now these are some impressive kids.
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!
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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!
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!’.
“Because each photo shoot was a swim lesson, the instructors decided how many times a baby would go under, and for how long. Usually it was once or twice and for a couple of seconds. I only had a brief moment in time to capture a photo and then the opportunity was gone.”
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!
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.
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!
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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!
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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.
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.
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