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CreateWell Underwater Photoshoot!

Shello Fishes! So, I wanted to tell you guys about my most recent mermaid adventure! So I'm a "part-time" member of the Nashville Mermaid Pod, and I saw that they were planning a group swim for March 13, 2021. I thought, "Oh, perfect!" The 13th is my late mother's birthday, and I had some time off of work I needed to use up, so I thought it sounded like a nice little weekend trip. To make the most of it, I also booked a session with Abbey and Ben with CreateWell Underwater. (I mean have you SEEN their work?!)


Covid being covid, the group swim was canceled, no worries, and I decided to keep my booking. Since it was also my mother's birthday, I decided I wanted to do a little something in her memory as well.

Mom and Me -February 2011, the last time I got to see her


Yellow roses were her favorite flowers! Every year on her birthday, I buy myself a few yellow roses. I usually put one out to sea- or whatever body of water I can find, and I keep a couple for myself to have around the house. She was definitely a lover of the ocean, especially the beach. So I created an arrangement of silk yellow roses and other little floral fillers, and took it with me down to Nashville.


The bouquet I made, next to a picture of my mom as a kid. You can also see one of my mermaid succulents, a painting my grandfather did, my crochet Bernie Sanders, and some old gum paste flowers I made.

So, how was the shoot? It was so fun Fishes! And also pretty challenging! I may have my SSI Mermaid certification, but I do not yet have any freediving training, and am still working hard on my buoyancy control. (I'm definitely a floater!) The stuff I shoot myself, I'm usually pretty deep or midlevel under the water. For those epic reflection shots, you need to be pretty close to the surface, that was a struggle for me, but I did "ok". Also sinking straight in shallow water took quite a few tries! I knew I struggled in these areas going into it, and was looking to learn as much as I was looking to get some awesome shots. I for sure got both! I learned a lot, and have some stuff I will continue to practice on. It was a truly valuable experience! It's also great having Abbey ( @MermaidVlogs on Instagram and YouTube) who knows the mermaid struggle, and is great at helping guide and instruct!


As for the location, it was a little tricky to find, but not too bad. It is located in Lebanon, TN, which is about 1/2 hr outside of downtown Nashville. They have a little private pool that they rent out. The water is warm and super clear! And the pool surfaces are a nice clean white, which is really nice! Not super deep, maybe 8-9 ft, and it's indoors! Which is definitely a perk in the cold months or rainy weather! Oh, and the shower to clean off with- had the most amazing water pressure EVER!!


The lovely pool CreateWell Underwater shoots in!

What did I wear? Well, my Mertailor silicone Spellbound with the Seawhip fluke of course! She's a little big on me (which is another story), so I also wear a silicone gap wrap (at least until she can be sized down). I paired that with my Finfolk Productions Coral Coast Te Fiti silicone top. My makeup is mostly Emily Alexandra Cosmetics (shameless plug- use code "Em25" for 25% off your order https://emilyalexandracosmetics.com/)


The images are so gorgeous! I love them so much! And I even have a couple dedicated to my mother, or course! I plan on posting those on my socials around Mother's Day. So check out the images, and go book your own shoot with Ben and Abbey at https://createwellllc.mypixieset.com/underwater/


So what's next?? Well, while I was in Nashville, my husband Chad and I also visited Selfie Scene- so I have tons of pictures from that! Some have already been posted to my socials, but I have sooo many more! I've also got a tail at the seamstress which I will hopefully have back soon. This weekend I'll be joining Mermaid Straw and the Northern Indiana MerPod for a beach clean up! And in June, I'll be taking a special mermaid trip down to Florida! So keep checking the blog for more Joliet Mermaid fun!

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