PARENTING
10/20/2014 05:46 pm ET Updated Oct 25, 2014

Moms-To-Be Channel Their Inner Mermaids In Otherworldly Photos

Adam Opris encourages his clients to channel their inner mermaids.

The wedding and lifestyle photographer captures maternity in an unusual setting that magnifies the magic of pregnancy: underwater.

Opris told The Huffington Post that being in water is second nature to him as a South Florida native. So when he saw other photographers diving into underwater photography, he was inspired to get his feet wet.

"After doing some research on safety and pregnancy, I realized that being in the water was not only safe when done right, but recommended for pregnant women as it is a great way to relieve stress off their backs and joints," Opris told HuffPost.

So far, Opris said he's done about 20 of the maternity shoots, which last roughly an hour and a half. Though Opris said his clients are initially shy, he eases their nerves by teaching them how to pose and position themselves. Once they loosen up, the real magic happens.

"With that great love for water, I am bringing mermaids out of my maternity clients," Opris wrote on Bored Panda. "By embracing buoyancy and enabling these pregnant women to be free, I am creating magic to capture pregnancy in all of its glory!"

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