These stunning underwater maternity portraits are the work of Steffen Binke Photography, an Australia-based underwater portraiture business. Photographer Steffen Binke and photo editor Arielle Albert exploit the unique properties of water -- its reflectivity, buoyancy, clarity and light -- to create surreal and memorable family portraits, maternity shots, baby photos and kids' captures.
As you might expect, underwater portraits are truly unlike any other kinds of portraits. While regular portraits often look excessively staged and rehearsed, being in water leads to the creation of spontaneous and organic moments that are impossible to plan and stage. During these special moments, the subjects, props, water and light briefly interact perfectly, with the photographer on hand and fully alert to capture the moment.
The underwater maternity portraits are especially alluring, as they combine the timeless beauty of pregnancy with the sensation of weightlessness to create images that are truly magical. Even women in advanced stages of pregnancy can perform movements underwater that they would struggle to perform regularly with their baby bump.
Ultimately, Steffen Binke Photography goes to show how artists and photographers can fully embrace nature's elements to create truly magical and memorable pieces of art.