There’s perhaps nothing that can better prepare you to be an underwater photographer than starting off as a dive model. The best models think just like the person holding the camera, putting the various compositional and lighting elements together for a successful image.
Looking through the portfolio of Daniela Dirscherl, it’s easy to see her skills as a dive model and photo assistant at work. After working as a dive instructor in the Maldives, Daniela met her husband working as a dive model. But it wasn’t long before she put her artistic eye behind the lens—in 2005, she founded the stock photo library WaterFrame, which remains one of the few high-quality agencies in Germany dedicated to marine wildlife, nature and travel.
“At the same time I started taking underwater images… I was learning and improving by persistent practice and always observing those better than me,” says Daniela.
Kids jump into the water from Swandarak Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Orbicular burrfish, Cyclichthys orbicularis, Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia
Schooling bigeye trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus, Mary Island, Solomon Islands
Soft gorals growing in blue water mangroves, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Barred-fin moray, Gymnothorax zonipectis, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Whale shark, Rhincodon typus, Cenderawashi Bay, West Papua, Indonesia
Kelp bass in a kelp forest, Paralabrax clathratus, Cedros Island, Mexico
California sea lion pup, Zalophus californianus, Cedros Island, Mexico
Hairy squat lobster, Lauriea siagiani, living on a Xestospongia barrel sponge, Komodo, Indonesia
Daniela goes back to her modeling roots as she poses for a profile picture
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