Photographer Steven Haining and model Ciara Antoski made history by accomplishing the deepest underwater photo shoot ever documented. The groundbreaking shoot took place 32 feet beneath the surface of the water near Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. The concept for the shoot emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic when photographers faced limitations in working within traditional studio settings. In response to these challenges, Haining and his team organized a unique photo shoot in the frigid waters of Tobermory, renowned as the shipwreck capital of the world.
The underwater photo shoot proved to be a remarkable success and eventually earned recognition from the Guinness World Records as the deepest underwater photo shoot featuring a model. Haining revealed that even before the pandemic, he had been experimenting with underwater portraiture in controlled environments such as pools. As a lighthearted remark, he jokingly suggested to his team the idea of wearing dive gear to ensure their own air supplies and safety during the shoot. Surprisingly, this playful suggestion transformed into a genuine plan, leading to the successful execution of the extraordinary underwater photo shoot.