Snorkelers and divers are both welcome to drop in in this FREE event.
WHERE: Ulua Beach, right by our flag in the shallows (approx 10 feet deep)
WHEN: Saturday, December 7 from 8:30-9:30 in the morning
WHAT ELSE: It's FREE! We will post all of the photos on our Facebook page (unless you tell us otherwise) and you can download your favorites from there. Snorkelers are welcome too, as long as they can hold their breath long enough for us to snap a shot or two!
AND...If you have friends and family who just want Santa photos on the shoreline, show up a little early and you can catch Santa with your own cameras right before he gets into the water!
PHOTO TIPS: Want your photo to look great? We do too, so here's what we have to do to make that happen.
- Be mindful of kicking up ANY sand. We can get the best shots of you if we use the flash, but if we kick up the sand, there will be tons of white dots in your photo. Let's not do that. To lift off the bottom, take a nice, BIG inhalation. And, if necessary, you can also gently straighten your legs to push off the bottom or you can use one finger to do the same thing.
- To avoid getting sand in your photos, drop down behind Santa and then approach from that direction.
- Get your face CLOSE to Santa's. The closer, the better. Yes, you can even hold on to Santa if that helps; he won't mind! Those santa hats make for "tall" photos anyway.
- The photographer may count to three on her fingers for you. On three, slowly inhale. This will keep the bubbles from blocking your face in the photo.
- Hold your position for as long as you can. Don't worry about what anyone else is doing. Just sit there with a shaka and a smile! This will enable us to get multiple shots. If it seems like nothing's happening, don't worry, the photographer is just waiting for Santa to get his beard under control or waiting for bubbles to drift away from your faces.
- If you want to remove your regulator from your mouth to do one of those freaky-looking underwater smiles, remember to aim it down so that it doesn't free-flow and also remember to let out a continuous stream of bubbles so that your airway remains open.
- If you're waiting for your turn on the surface, please try to stay behind the photographer or well away from the photo shoot. When you get behind the divers being photographed (even if you are on the surface), your fins etc. will end up in their photo.
- Finally, everyone has a mask with a black skirt these days. That's fine, but your photo will come out better 99% of the time if you wear a mask with a clear skirt that can let some light in to your eye area. Masks with black skirts tend to make your entire eye area just look black. The flash could help with this, but due to all the sand floating around, we usually can't use the flash.
Okay, those are the tips! Come on down and see Santa...whether you've been naughty or nice!