Noosa, Australia based Liz Harlin is one of the best underwater lenses of the photography world. She began using her dad’s SLR camera when she was 11, developing her film and making prints in the school darkroom. She has enjoyed photography ever since. After university and a short career in London’s corporate world, she took a year off to travel and dive. She worked for a few years in the dive industry around the world, photographing marine wildlife and set up an underwater imaging company and settled down in Australia. When asked about her thoughts about this profession (full interview here), she answered as follows; “The wildlife photography keeps me busy while travelling and diving overseas, while the underwater portraits is my real passion work while at home. I enjoy the collaborative nature of commissioned portraiture, and it’s rewarding to see the finished artwork displayed in my client’s homes.” Undoubtedly, underwater portraiture is one of the most extraordinary types, and if you decide to have a session, Liz and her team guide you all the way along. She explains this unique experience as this; “It starts with a client meeting to explore what kind of art they are drawn to, which colours work with their decor, and where the art will be displayed in their home. From there I design a photoshoot that will give us a selection of suitable images to choose from. The underwater photoshoot itself is almost always a new experience for my clients, something fun and engaging that they’ve never done before, and something they’ll always remember. It begins with custom wardrobe selections in a private dressing room, then underwater makeup by a professional makeup artist, then the fully guided stress-free in-water session with coaching on breathing techniques and posing. My team includes an experienced water safety assistant always available to help. We are all there to ensure the client looks relaxed, natural and at their very best.” Today, we compiled some of the best photos from Liz Harlin’s breathtaking portfolio where art and portraiture meet in an extraordinary way.