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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Waterbabies! Adorable photographs capture tiny toddlers underwater in swimming pool (and one even wears a tutu)

By MARTHA DE LACEY
Little fish: One of the underwater babies captured on camera by London-based photographer Annette Price at a swimming pool in Cheltenham It is thought babies are so comfortable in water because it reminds them of being in the womb. And these adorable tiny tots certainly look pretty content beneath the surface of a Cheltenham swimming pool. London-based photographer Annette Price, 49, has captured a series of nine incredible images of babies swimming underwater at a local pool.
Ballet baby: One of Annette Price's adorable photography subjects wears a pink tutu during her underwater adventure Of the photos - which recall the iconic cover of Nirvana's 1991 album, Nevermind - she said: 'It's amazing how relaxed most of the babies are while underwater. Some of them get a little stressed just before the pictures are taken. 'I wear a large diving mask, so they can't really see my eyes, and have a very large camera to point at them, there are lights, big blue background. The moment they enter the water, they mostly relax and often smile, it's really amazing to see that.'
A mini adventure: One cheeky little baby - wearing a tiny wetsuit featuring a scuba-diving monkey - looks very excited to be seeing what's happening below the water's surface She continued: 'I was commissioned by baby swim school Aquatots in Cheltenham to photograph one of their baby swim swim lessons at Bettridge School. 'I suggested some underwater portraits of the babies too. The underwater baby pictures were really successful and Aquatots asked if I could do baby swim shoots for them.'
A whole new world: 'It's amazing how relaxed most of the babies are while underwater' To capture the images, Price constructed a complete underwater studio with a five meter wide backdrop, off camera lighting, soft boxes and a DSLR in an Ikelite underwater housing. The photographer said: 'Once the babies are placed in the water I have about two to three seconds to photograph the baby before they are lifted out of the water. 'All babies have already done at least one term of baby swim lessons including submersion, so that when they come to me, this is not the first time they have been underwater.'
Diving for treasure: One little boy is intrigued by Annette Price's large underwater camera
Spotty swimmer: A little girl explores her new surroundings wearing a frilly pink polka-dot swimsuit To capture the images, Price constructed a complete underwater studio with a five meter wide backdrop, off camera lighting, soft boxes and a DSLR in an Ikelite underwater housing. The photographer said: 'Once the babies are placed in the water I have about two to three seconds to photograph the baby before they are lifted out of the water. 'All babies have already done at least one term of baby swim lessons including submersion, so that when they come to me, this is not the first time they have been underwater.' source: dailymail

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