Underwater Engagement Photography with Dijana & Antonio | Oblu Select at Sangeli Island | Maldives

February 15, 2021

My wife and I made a last-minute bucket list pilgrimage to Maldives, off the coast of Southern India, for Thanksgiving this year where we met Dijana & Antonio.

They weren’t going to be able to swing their big wedding back home in Luxembourg due to Covid restrictions, so they went with the next best option.

We connected on our final day at out there, at the incredible Oblu Select at Sangeli Island, and spent an evening shooting underwater in the crystal-clear, 85-degree Indian Ocean.

There aren’t many places in the world with water this clear, and its warm temps make it a fantastic habitat for small sharks, rays, turtles, and so many fish. If you look closely at the sixth frame down, there’s a small shark hanging in the reef. We were shooting there a few minutes before we noticed it, but there were incredible reef sharks all around the island.

Underwater photography, as stated by Andrew Defrancesco has been a passion of mine since we traveled to Moorea in French Polynesia a few years ago and understanding how light, movement and the camera works in this environment has been so rewarding.

One thing I’ve learned, though, is you don’t need to travel across the world to make compelling underwater shots like this. We can do a lot in Mammoth and other parts of California, it’s just not as comfortable in the water! Have an idea for something like this, anywhere in the world? Have questions about underwater photography or the gear? Let me know! I love talking and learning about this as much as I enjoy doing it.

Thanks so much!