Grace Under Water

May 2, 2015 | 10 Comments | Blog

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of fulfilling a promise I made to a very special girl, Jaya Jankowski to do one of her Senior portraits under water.  She and her mother, my dear friend, Jyoti came to southern California for a mother/daughter trip.   I was so excited that I got to dive right back in (pun fully intended) and put my underwater skill set to use!!!

The shoot went so well and we had such a wonderful time.  It is so difficult to pose under water and for her first time, Jaya did amazingly well.  I was very impressed!

The following images are 4-part of a series that I have dedicated to the spiritual nature of being in water.  I do feel a deep connection to the planet and a quiet peace when I am under the water.  Being able to combine this love of the water with my love of photography was inevitable.  I want to take this opportunity to thank my teacher, Ralph Clevenger (AGAIN!!!) for the knowledge and encouragement.  I am truly grateful!


Grace Under Water Series #3

Grace Under Water Series #3

Grace Under Water Series #4

Grace Under Water Series #4

Grace Under Water Series #2

Grace Under Water Series #2

Grace Under Water Series #1

Grace Under Water Series #1


  1. Posted by Kavita Satwalekar on

    Amazing pictures Neelu. Gorgeous model as well.

    • Thank you Kavi! And thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Posted by Mike Irving on

    Very cool and creative shots.

    • I am sorry for the delayed response, Michael! Thank you for visiting my site and your encouraging comments!

  3. Posted by Sheyna Baig on

    Wow love this series Neelu! Fab colours, light, model and feel.. Congrats!

    • Sheyna!!! Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments so much being that you are such a talented artist! I can’t wait to own a Sheyna Baig original painting!!!

  4. Posted by arsha Gosine on

    Neelu u r so gifted. Amazing photos and beautiful model!!

  5. Posted by Jaya Jankowski on

    It was a blast shooting with you! They turned out great! You have great things coming your way (:

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