3rd May 2015
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Location LOCATION: Maldives

Zimmermann Bikini / Zara Top (ASOS version here) / Dita Sunglasses

You’ll remember this bikini from my trip to Hawaii in December. Months later and I’m still just as in love, especially when it goes seamlessly with an old Zara top that I wear when I’m snorkelling or swimming underwater for long periods of time in the sun – it’s all about protecting the skin.

Luke’s been specialising in water photography for over 5 years now, so it’s always a blessing when we get the chance to shoot together underwater as we’re usually on the opposite sides of the world let alone in the same place with such crystal clear waters like this.

There’s a lot of equipment and skill that does into shooting photos like this and I never take that for granted when I’m with Luke even though he makes it look so easy. These photos weren’t taken on a GoPro (even though the quality is impressive for how convenient they are!), there were all captured on Luke’s Nikon camera with a water housing and dome port to achieve these split water shots. It’s truly magical to see Luke in action and being able to feel the excitement and energy he exudes when he’s shooting in the water. Water photography is his passion, you can feel it as soon as you hit the sand with him with the water in sight, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.

I can’t wait to show you more of his work, which is separate to Gary Pepper, launching on his new website in just a few days. Even though we try to keep our careers separate so each can grow and gain respect indivudaully, this is one particular moment that I’ve waited just too long for to not share.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt