We all have a precious memory early on in our lives that initially struck curiosity and wonder inside of us. Whether it was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, visions of underwater treasure, mermaids, Atlantis, the Kraken, or pirate fortune on the seafloor, this group of ocean enthusiasts dreamed of magic beneath the waves.
Enthralled by classic art images of divers in heavy antique gear and mermaids, this experienced underwater crew paid tribute to the beauty of the sea and the people that pioneered dive exploration by doing an actual vintage dive with a real-life mermaid in the ocean!
Hannah Fraser created the vocation ‘Professional Mermaid’, making spectacular mermaid tails, performing & speaking for film, tv, events & environmental actions. She creates breathtaking imagery of human & animal encounters with large ocean creatures such as sharks, whales, manta rays and more. She is featured worldwide for her underwater performance art as an advocate for female empowerment and ocean conservation.
Brett Stanley is an australian born underwater photographer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California.
Brett is renowned for his creative underwater portrait work and has made a name for himself as an innovative photographer pushing the boundaries of this niche genre. He specialises in creating unique underwater sets for his clients to play in, stretching the imaginations of his viewers, and challenging the technology available to bring these worlds to life – even to the point of manufacturing his own equipment to complete the task. His images have been seen and published world wide in magazines, books, and on album covers, and he’s even won a few awards.
As an underwater performance coach, Brett knows how to get the best out of people when they are in the water – even those who have never performed below the surface before, and those who might not know how to swim! His patient and calm nature helps to bring a peace to the set, creating an environment where the work is not rushed but polished.
Whilst Brett is known for his photographs, he works just as well as a cinematographer – bringing his creative eye and smooth sweeping motions to the moving picture. He is comfortable on any size project and is more than happy to lead the creative or to be a part of the team – it’s all part of creating something amazing!
Brett is available for stills or motion work worldwide, or at his Underwater Studio situated in Long Beach, California.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER | FILMMAKER | ADVENTURER
Justin Lutsky is an accomplished filmmaker, published photographer, and a seasoned dive professional with a passion and expertise in underwater production. His experience ranges from underwater portrait photography to open water documentaries, confined water narrative work, features, commercials, music videos, short films and behind-the-scenes imagery and safety diving for the film and entertainment industry. As a filmmaker, having directed numerous projects as well, he also has a strong understanding of both the creative aspects of storytelling and the technical logistics of film production, especially those involving significant underwater work.
Justin’s passion for creative storytelling first began in the theater, both performing on stage and pursuing an interest behind the scenes in technical theater. He then attended Chapman University where film production became his focus. His award winning body of work has since gone on to screen at over 100 festivals around the world winning more than 50 honors and has aired on national television. It wasn’t until getting SCUBA certified in recent years that his obsession with capturing underwater imagery and creating underwater art ignited. Now, he’s dedicated to finding new and exciting ways of merging his two worlds of film production and professional diving.
Justin currently resides in Southern California and travels world-wide for creative endeavors. From studio tanks to olympic pools, oceans, water filled caverns and even underneath frozen seas, with each new project he strives to bring a “larger-than-life”, cinematic experience to audiences everywhere and strongly believe that collaboration is key to any successful creative endeavor.
Major Certifications / Affiliations Include:
Society of Camera Operators (SOC) associate member
PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor, Divemaster, Public Safety Diver, Rescue Diver
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team
IANTD Cave Diver
PADI Tec 50 Diver
Emergency First Response / Oxygen Provider
American Red Cross LifeGuard
Familiar with most major cinema camera systems including:
Hydroflex, Gates, Nauticam, Arri, RED, and Sony
Joshua Myers was born and raised in Southern California, USA. He owns a full service commercial dive company (Myers Marine Division LLC. ) , in Riverside County, California. He was first introduced to diving by his father, as a child and later became a S.C.U.B.A diver at the age of 17, diving at Catalina Island, CA.
In 2002 Joshua enrolled in ADCI affiliated dive school “College of Oceaneering” in Wilmington, Ca. In 2003 Mr. Myers graduated commercial dive school at the top of his class as an AWS certified underwater welder, and underwater commercial contractor. He has spent the last 19 years diving on various infrastructure and military installations across the globe, primarily as a dive operations manager and underwater structural inspector, working freelance. He founded his commercial dive company (Myers Marine Division LLC) in 2017, in an effort to provide an equitable, safe workplace for his fellow commercial divers, and provide honestly priced, efficient, and safe diving services to his customers. He lives on a small ranch in Southern California where he spends time off with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud 5th generation master carpenter, dive instructor, professional dive operations manager, and a deep sea treasure hunter. He has logged several thousands of dives across the globe.