Best of the Maldives: Mermaid Photography – Palm Beach

Palm Beach - mermaid classes

Little Mermaid Day today celebrating the release of Disney’s “Little Mermaid” film in 1989. If you want to release your inner mermaid under da sea (sort of a reverse Ariel if you know what I mean, the Palm Beach is offering an aquatic photoshoot by one of the premier photographers of this style.

· “Imagine building a portfolio of one-of-a-kind underwater portraits in the serene, private setting of a Maldivian Atoll. A place where you’re photographing skilled underwater models against the backdrop of pristine coral reefs and large marine mammals while also funding local ocean conservation efforts…. Now you don’t have to just dream it; you can experience it. Professional underwater photographer Chiara Salomoni leads a once-in-a-lifetime 6 day, 5 night all-inclusive masterclass at the Palm Beach Island Resort in the Maldives on Lhaviyani Atoll, Nov 12th-17th, 2018. This customized workshop enables scuba-divers and photographers alike to gain technical mastery in every aspect of underwater portraiture, working in a variety of settings from pool to open-water shallows and even deep ocean scenes with marine mammals. Expert underwater models Christine Ren and Syrena, Singapore’s premier mermaid performer, will pose as the subjects and provide training on how to work safely with both non-models and models in the water. But the best part is 10% of the trip’s proceeds are reinvested locally into marine conservation projects. Travel somewhere beautiful, learn amazing new skills, and save the ocean – what’s not to love?”

That’s why is hotter, Under the water!

Ariel Photogrphy

Perhaps the most mystical of all Maldivian creatures on sea or land (or both) is the colourful and often elusive Syreni Maldivus (Maldivian Mermaid). Here’s the 2nd collection of Ariel apostles…

“Up where they stay all day in the sun / Wanderin’ free / Wish I could be / Part of that world.”

  1. Beer Passaranan (Thailand) – Hurawalhi [ABOVE]
  2. Sira MaNdonna (Thailand) – Safari Island
    Sira MaNdonna (Thailand) – Safari Island
  3. Mammami A (Thailand) – Hideaway Beach
    Mammami A (Thailand) - Hideaway Beach
  4. Liliana Montoya (USA) – AaaVeee
    Liliana Montoya (USA) - AaaVeee
  5. Martynova Natalya (Russia) – Fotteyo Kandu
    Martynova Natalya (Russia) - Fotteyo Kandu
  6. Koi Chayathip (Thailand) – Vakarufalhi
    Koi Chayathip (Thailand) – Vakarufalhi
  7. Jourdan Raine (United Kingdom) – Meedhupparu
    Jourdan Raine (United Kingdom) - Meedhupparu
  8. Lucy Wangluxi (China)
    Lucy Wangluxi (China) 4
  9. Gypzy (Thailand) – Club Rannalhi
    Gypzy (Thailand) - Club Rannalhi 
  10. Fiona Cooper (France)
    Fiona Cooper (France)
  11. Charlotte (Belgium) – Anantara Dhigu
    Charlotte (Belgium) - Anantara Dhigu
  12. ‘Housekeeping’ (Maldives) – JA Manafaru
    JA Manafaru - mermaid
  13. Ploypraew Nattikarn (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Ploypraew Nattikarn (Thailand) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  14. Chloe Lambertt and Madison Luxe (Australia) – Gili Lankanfushi
    Chloe Lambertt and Madison Luxe (Australia) - Gili Lankanfushi
  15. Stella Huang (China) – Outrigger Konotta
    Stella Huang (China) - Outrigger Konotta
  16. Erika Myriam (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Erika Myriam (USA) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  17. Nana Lee (China) – W Maldives
    Nana Lee (China) - W Retreat
  18. Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
    Janine Wiggert (Germany) – Constance Halaveli
  19. Azura Mermaid – (Maldives) – OZEN Atmosphere – [BELOW]

Best of the Maldives: Mermaid Photo Point – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - mermaid photoshoot point

As Fashion Week has shown, there is nothing like just the right setting and backdrop to “make” a photo. When I was selecting shots for the photoshoot posts, I strong favoured shots by the water (only 2 of the 52 shots were not by the water). The ocean is what engulfs and defines the Maldives.

The “wading into the lagoon” is a popular pose (as is lying down an wallowing in the shallows), but then a part of yourself is submerged and hidden. If you want to set yourself apart, the Ocean Pearls of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi happens to have a random out-cropping of rock between a couple of the water villas. It is easy wading/swimming from to get to it where it provides an ideal mermaidesque posing platform jutting out of the sea.

So for those channelling your inner-Ariels (or if you are very lucky, maybe one of the Maldives’ own extremely rare indigenous mermaids – see reported snap below – might just perch there themselves).

Maldives mermaid