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    There is a waiting list of cancer survivors who wants to experience this underwater transformation. We can help them rediscover their beauty and heal their emotional scars.
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The flow of water, the quiet sound of air, and the feel of a 360-degree transcendent meditation space…
Let an underwater portrait photography session transform you.
I’m an underwater portrait photographer and an underwater healer. I travel the world to reach my clients and to help them improve their self-esteem through underwater healing. My goal is to work with people from all over the world to heal their mind and body with the magic of underwater portrait sessions.

My last client had a fear of water. Even though she technically knew how to swim, she still always had a nervous and uncomfortable feeling toward water. After she saw some of my underwater photography portraits, she felt inspired. She thought an underwater photography session might help her conquer her fear, and she became both excited and curious about the underwater world that had felt so foreign before. During the photo shoot, she felt motivated by the experience and invigorated. She was surprised at how much more confident she felt after the session, and she was proud of herself for having taken a step toward conquering her fear of water. The photographs shown below are a couple of our favorites from that shoot. She says that looking at these pictures remind her of the strength and confidence she gained from this experience. She is now ready to move on to her next stage!

Remember—anything is possible! All you need is to be curious and optimistic!

水の流れ,静けさ,そして360度の超越した黙想空間。。。 あなたは水中でポートレイトを撮影している間に トランスフォームしていくでしょう。
私は水中ポートレイト写真家,そして水の中での治療者です。クライアントの自尊心の向上を助ける為に世界中を駆け回ります。 一番の目標は 世界中の人達の心の病みを 水中ポートレート マジックで 少しでも 癒して、元気をつけてあげる事です。ある一人のクライアントは水の恐怖症を持っている人でした。彼女は私のいくつかの作品を見て、水に対する恐怖を克服できるのではないかと考え始めました。 全く違う世界であった水の世界に興奮と好奇心も持ち始め、水の中で写真を撮られている間に、彼女は誘導され,元気つけられている事を感じました。その後、 自信がみなぎり、水の恐怖心を克服した事に誇りを持つ事ができました。 彼女はできあがった写真を見て感動し、この経験で得た力と自身を無駄にしないように 新たな次へのステップに向かう準備をしています。貴方は何か、自分自身にチャレンジしたい物を探してはいませんか? このポートレートセッションは 生きている上で 貴重な思い出と、素晴らしい経験になる事を心から請け合います。水中治療について、お質問がありましたら、ご遠慮なく私に御連絡ください。人生すべてが可能です。何事にも興味と好奇心を持つ事が大切だと私は信じます。皆様にお会いするのを楽しみにしています。





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Underwater Healer – About Face

FREE for cancer survivors and anyone who endured a traumatic life experience

I work with cancer survivors or anybody who want to heal through underwater transformation. I would love your help in continuing to spread the word to help me increase the number of cancer survivors that can take part in my project.  With your help, we can make a difference in their continuous healing process.

We would love to keep working on this project because underwater portrait photography was positively effective for cancer survivors to feel the freedom and to give them courage to try new things. There is a waiting list of survivors who want to experience the underwater portrait session just like everybody here and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Celebrate Your Expected Bundle of Joy with an Unique Maternity Shoot!

I love underwater maternity photo shoots! There is something special about seeing the joy, love and excitement on the mother-to-be’s face. A new baby is the most exciting moment in a family’s history, and it be part of the celebration and documentation is an honor. I’m lucky to see firsthand a very special connection being made under the water – a feeling of floating that reflects what the bundle of joy is experiencing within the womb.


Maternity client Kris had this to say about her underwater maternity shoot on Yelp:

“Erena is great to work with. She captivates chemistry with grace and turns it into art, providing you with great shots of natural movement. Very patient to work with and really down to earth. I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid as a little girl swimming in my own pool, which is what sparked my interest and thoughts of this underwater maternity photo.  It’s definitely an experience because its not as easy as it looks, Erena is just a great photographer.”

If you, or someone you know, is expecting a new bundle of joy please consider booking an underwater maternity shoot! Not only is it a very unique experience, but proceeds of the portrait session go towards sponsoring the underwater shoot of a cancer survivor! It’s an experience that will last a lifetime, and also make a difference in another family’s life.



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Underwater portrait photography has possible psychological benefits for cancer survivors and everyone who experienced underwater transformation.

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