Become A Certified Underwater Photographer

The Only Under Portrait Photography Certifiication Program
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Karen Bagley

Karen Bagley

Headmaster Professional Underwater Photographer

Karen Bagley is a seasoned professional in the world of underwater portrait photography, boasting an impressive near decade of experience capturing breathtaking art work beneath the surface. Her journey into this captivating field began with a deep-seated passion for both photography and the ocean, which she seamlessly merged into a thriving career.

Throughout her illustrious career, Karen has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to underwater photography that sets her apart in the industry. Her portfolio showcases a remarkable ability to capture the beauty, grace, and emotion of her subjects while submerged in the aquatic realm. Her work has graced the pages of prestigious magazines and garnered the admiration of photography enthusiasts worldwide.

Recognizing the demand for high-quality education in the niche world of underwater portrait photography, Karen Bagley is now embarking on a new endeavor. She is excited to announce the launch of her certification program, a testament to her dedication to the craft and her desire to pass on her expertise to the next generation of aspiring underwater photographers.

With her extensive knowledge, technical proficiency, and a keen eye for detail, Karen is the perfect mentor for those seeking to master the art of underwater portrait photography. Her certification program promises to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges and techniques involved in this specialized field. Under Karen’s guidance, students will not only refine their technical skills but also learn the art of storytelling through underwater imagery.

Karen Bagley’s commitment to her craft and her passion for sharing her expertise make her an exceptional choice for anyone looking to dive into the world of underwater portrait photography. Join her on this exciting journey, and discover the magic that lies beneath the surface through your lens. Earn your title as a Master Professional Underwater Photographer. 


Becoming a professional underwater portrait photographer through our program offers a unique and exciting path in the world of photography. Here are several compelling reasons to consider joining our certification program:

  1. Expert Guidance: Our program is led by Karen Bagley, an accomplished underwater portrait photographer with a decade of experience. Karen’s expertise and mentorship will provide you with invaluable insights and knowledge that can only be gained through years of hands-on practice.

  2. Specialized Training: Underwater portrait photography is a highly specialized niche with its own set of challenges and techniques. Our program is tailored specifically to equip you with the skills and techniques needed to excel in this captivating field. You’ll learn how to work with underwater lighting, manage buoyancy, and create stunning underwater art work.

  3. Unique Artistic Expression: Underwater photography offers a unique canvas for artistic expression. You’ll have the opportunity to capture the beauty of the underwater world and create evocative, ethereal portraits that stand out from traditional photography. This program will empower you to tell captivating stories through your underwater imagery.

  4. Thriving Industry: The demand for underwater portrait photographers is on the rise. Clients seeking underwater maternity, engagement, fashion, and family portraits are continuously seeking skilled professionals to bring their visions to life. By completing our program, you’ll be well-positioned to tap into this growing market.

  5. Certification: Completing our program will earn you a recognized title in underwater portrait photography. This certification not only validates your expertise but also enhances your credibility in the industry, making it easier to attract clients and secure assignments.

  6. Networking Opportunities: As a part of our program, you’ll have the chance to connect with like-minded individuals, fellow students, and industry professionals. Building a network in the underwater photography community can open doors to collaborations, mentorships, and new opportunities.

  7. Passion and Adventure: If you have a deep love for the ocean/water and a passion for photography, this program will allow you to combine your interests into a fulfilling career. You’ll get to explore the underwater world while capturing art that are both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.

In summary, our program offers a comprehensive and specialized approach to becoming a certified professional underwater portrait photographer. It equips you with the skills, knowledge, and certification needed to thrive in this unique and growing industry. If you’re ready to embark on a creative journey beneath the surface, join our program and dive into a world of endless photographic possibilities.

How The Process Works


Craftsman Certifiication: Every student must start with the craftsman certification as this is the foundation to the profession of underwater photography. Each certification will require physical in-water training with your instructor: Karen Bagley. This certifiication encompasses every physical aspect of being an underwater photographer.


Artisan Certificate: This next step to earning your master certification is also required by every student. You will be trained on working with subjects underwater. Students must have their own underwater housing for their cameras at this point in the program. You will be required to style, design and photograph a session on your own with the purpose of having an image of your choice reviewed afterwards. 


Master Certification: The final part of this certification process will require open water training for every student. While each part of this detailed process requires tests you must pass both before, during and after your in person training. This final step will have tests that will require the knowledge you have gained from the very first step of the process throughout. Each certificate will require logged underwater time however, this final certification will require open underwater time as well as pool underwater time. Part of this logged underwater time will require working with a subject.